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Q&A with Joshua Marland

Meet the newest addition to the Highlander Institute Team, Joshua Marland! As Manager of Organizational Learning at the Institute, Joshua oversees the development of data collection and analysis systems. He is currently working on his dissertation in the Research in Educational Measurement and Psychometrics doctoral program at UMass Amherst. Before UMass, he worked at the Regents...

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Inside Rhode Island's Transformative Blended Learning Workforce

As featured in Ed Tech Magazine in 08/2015:   When Rhode Island’s schools took the blended-learning plunge, they weren’t just transforming how their students are taught, they were also fundamentally changing how their teachers are taught. The second year of study has just begun at Fuse RI, an initiative created by the Highlander Institute that is...

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Reflections on a Year as a Fuse Fellow

by Kyle Wilson, Fuse Fellow, 4th Grade Teacher So, exactly what is it that you’re doing?” As Fuse Fellows, this is something we’re asked all the time, whether we’re talking to colleagues, family, or our better halves.  Offering up the details explaining our work can mean a hefty response. Do I just jump right into...

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Whose Role is it Anyway?

  This fall, iNACOL released Teacher Competencies for Blended Learning, offering a framework describing the characteristics and skills educators need in order to lead successful blended classrooms. Interestingly, the document does not begin with a description of technical skills and acumen; rather it starts by identifying the new educator mindsets that teachers must adopt in...

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Adaptive Software: Friend, Not Foe

Laura Jackson, Highlander Institute February 25, 2015 In my work supporting blended learning in Rhode Island and the surrounding region, one of the push-backs I occasionally hear is, “Why would teachers embrace technology that’s going to make them obsolete?” When I am faced with this question, I feel a mix of anxiety and assurance. Anxiety...

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MVLRI Catches Up With Shawn Rubin! Check Out the Podcast Now!

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute sits down with Shawn Rubin, to discuss Highlander Institute’s latest works, including Fuse RI, integrating technology into instruction, and harnessing its potential to do a better and smarter job of educating Rhode Island’s students. Listen to the podcast here!

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The School of the Future Is Here

By: Laura Jackson, Highlander Institue January 23, 2015 Well, actually, it’s in California. Picture a child learning to swim whose parent keeps surreptitiously scooting backward to encourage them to swim further. That’s a little bit like how I feel in my work supporting blended learning at the Highlander Institute. Just when I feel like I’m...

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RI Educators to Visit Summit Public Schools in Silicon Valley

Providence, RI (January 7, 2015) A team of educators from across RI will travel to the Bay area in California next week to visit with leaders of  Summit Public Schools.  The trip brings together local school leaders, education researchers, and school designers. Participants in the trip to Summit Public Schools include:  Jessica Waters, RI Mayoral...

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Educators Spend Summer Day at Unconference

EdTechRI’s fifth unconference took place on Tuesday, July 15 at West Warwick High School. Over 60 educators from 19 districts attended the event, which ran from 9:00am until noon. Unconferences aim to provide educators with an environment that fosters learning, understanding, and innovation. Their content is prepared by the same people who attend them, allowing...

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Orton Gillingham Associate Course Applications Being Accepted

Course Information: The Highlander Institute’s Orton-Gillingham course at the Associate Level is a one-year training program accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Upon completion of the course and practicum, participants may apply to the Academy for membership at the Associate Level. The complete course includes 60 seminar hours and a 100-hour supervised...

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