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Beyond the Binary: Affirming Gender Identity with Our Students

At Highlander Institute, improving experiences for students is a critical part of our mission. Hearing the student perspective about what is working and what is not working in classrooms — including what may be causing harm — inspired the creation of our Student Experience SurveyHighlander Institute’s Student Experience Survey (SES) helps educators understand how students…

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Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Pedagogy (CRSP): Research, Rationale, & Practices

“…we can no longer be victims, we can impact social change.”  A 5th-grade student of a teacher we coach wrote these words as part of a project reflection. I keep these words on a post-it at my desk to remind me of the purpose of schooling: to inspire and support our students to become self-directed…

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The Power of a Question: Recapping My Return to In-Person Conferences

Last week, Stephanie Garcia from our coaching and change management team attended the New York Charter School Association Conference in New York City. Read on for Steph’s thoughts from the experience: In all honesty, given the education field’s chaotic climate right now, I truly did not know what to expect. What resulted was a revival…

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Reflecting on Filipino American History Month through the Lens of CRSP

October is associated with traditions and holidays that offer us a time to reflect on our shared history. It is, among many things, Filipino American History Month (FAHM). As we aspire to be agents of positive change in the education space, we are always working to build our sociocultural awareness. Examining the best and worst…

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Elevating Hope through Latinx Stories

As an educator, I draw incredible inspiration from my niece. Her picture sits on my desk and she is the reason I push through challenging times with grit and persistence. She was born in 2011 when I was a teenager. She grew up amidst multiple family traumas, which became a trigger for her behavioral issues…

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