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Critical Work at a Critical Time: Shawn Rubin Named Executive Director of Highlander Institute

Critical Work at a Critical Time: Shawn Rubin Named Executive Director of Highlander Institute Shawn Rubin, Executive Director My favorite job ever was teaching kindergarten at Highlander Charter School. Each day we began our morning meeting criss-cross on the floor in a circle sharing something important from our lives or something we were excited about…

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Can We Center Both Joy and Safety This Year?

Yesterday, during a Design Team meeting with the fantastic staff at Baychester Middle School in the Bronx, we worked collaboratively to interrogate the school’s vision for change using the thinking routine Word-Phrase-Sentence from Project Zero. One teacher elevated the phrase “safe and joyful space” because it resonated with her as a powerful statement as the…

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Time for Transition: A Look Back at a Leadership Journey

Time for Transition: A Look Back at a Leadership Journey I have started the process of transitioning out of Highlander Institute. In 2006, I took a one-year leave of absence from my PhD program in anthropology to complete a new Masters program just starting off at Brown University, bringing me back home to my native…

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A Holistic Approach to Learning Loss

As we begin to wrap up an unprecedented school year, several issues weigh heavily on the minds of school and district leaders as they plan for the fall. Concerns about unfinished learning predominate, followed by a recognition that the mental state of both students and teachers has been impacted by the excessive trauma, increased responsibilities,…

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Beyond the “Magic Bullet”: Lessons on the Integration of High-Quality Instructional Materials and Personalized Learning

Beyond the “Magic Bullet”: Lessons on the Integration of High-Quality Instructional Materials and Personalized Learning Co-authored by: Sue Pimentel SAP Cathy Sanford Highlander Institute If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, the field of education could well be considered certifiable. The long-standing popularity of the “magic bullet”…

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