Through our publications, we address gaps across all levels of the student and educator experience by creating and disseminating insights to the field at large.

The Culturally Responsive & Sustaining (CRSP) Framework is grounded in research, neuroscience, and the rationale of Geneva Gay, Zaretta Hammond, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Sami Alim, Django Paris, and others. The framework highlights the importance of sociocultural awareness, relationships, developing student ownership, and cultivating higher-order thinking skills within an anti-racist approach that builds the capacity of teachers and students to disrupt inequitable systems and create more relevant and self-directed learning environments.

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Our Pathways to Personalization Framework acts as a guide for scaling best practices across a school or district. During the two years of the Fuse RI Fellowship, Fuse Fellows use this tool to guide partner districts in the pursuit of their visions. Our theory of action involves supporting small pilots of early adopter teachers and frequently reflecting and iterating throughout to build internal capacity and buy-in.

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Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change (Harvard Education Press, 2018) offers an innovative five-step framework to help school leaders and teacher teams design and implement blended and personalized learning initiatives based on local needs and interests. The book draws on principles of improvement science and change management, as well as work in nearly five hundred classrooms, to help educators define their own rationale for personalized learning. It guides them as they establish small pilot initiatives, determine criteria for success, evaluate their efforts, and create paths for replication and scale. Filled with activities and templates for organizing information and student feedback, the book also includes many examples of how district leaders, school principals, and teachers have successfully navigated the change process to create more student-centered classrooms.

From 2016-2020, we used iterations of our Priority Practices Tool as a walkthrough tool for teachers implementing blended and personalized learning in their classrooms. The tool includes classroom practices aligned to four domains: Classroom Culture; Ownership & Agency; Differentiation; and Rigor & Mastery. Schools and districts undergoing change efforts typically prioritized 3-4 practices on this tool to guide the coaching process. Changes in teacher practice and student behavior observed through walkthroughs comprised the process measure data for school measurement plans.

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In an effort to accompany the Priority Practices Tool (PPT) with a clear set of performance criteria, the Priority Practices Tool (PPT) Rubric is designed to bring detail, depth, and structure to the processes of embedded coaching and of observational research around priority practices. The PPT Rubric operates with the dual purpose of outlining high-quality and actionable approaches to personalization for coach-teacher partnerships and highlighting key observational data points that characterize and contextualize how priority practices are deployed in the classroom. The structure of the Rubric has created opportunities for observers to codify and systematically analyze practices at varying depths across all school partnerships, further enabling research that can align priority practices with other data points sourced from students.

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Our Personalized Learning Progression illustrates different stages of personalized learning, from traditional, teacher-centered instruction to fully personalized, student-centered environments. The text below each column describes the shifts necessary to move along the progression. Highlander Institute used this to frame coaching conversations with teachers implementing blended learning in their classrooms. The progression is non-evaluative, but does encourage any rightward shifts away from traditional models.

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Fuse RI District Readiness Survey
Rhode Island Edtech Feasibility Study and Cluster Strategy
Coaching in a Blended Learning Classroom: The Launch Phase
Fuse RI - Statewide Blended Learning Implementation: Voices from Fuse RI Stakeholders
Takeaways from the 2016 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference
School District 2.0: Redesigning Districts to Support Blended Learning
Fuse RI - An Open Access Model of K-12 Blended Learning Implementation
RILP: 5 Year Project Report