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Building a Liberatory Data Model: Karina Rodriguez Named Director of Research and Analytics at Highlander Institute

Building a Liberatory Data Model: Karina Rodriguez Named Director of Research and Analytics at Highlander Institute Karina Rodriguez, Director of Research and Analytics From a young age, my parents – 1980s immigrants from the Dominican Republic to New York City – instilled in me the notion that education is the greatest equalizer. I believed this…

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Honoring Truth & Visibility this Native American Heritage Month

Highlander Institute’s office is based in the state of Rhode Island, occupying the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples. This region’s Indigenous peoples and their time-honored traditions continue today and ought to be recognized and respected. We thank the original caretakers of this land and celebrate your strength, resilience, and legacy. November is…

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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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