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October 12, 2019

Last Week In Abu Dhabi: Highlander Institute Goes International

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In This Week’s Issue
  • Recapping our CEO Shawn Rubin’s experience at the 2019 Qudwa Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Last call for educators interested in joining the Link Learning Fellowship
  • Grab your tickets to the Autumn PBL RI Meetup on October 17

Recap: Shawn Rubin Presents at Qudwa 2019

Last week, Highlander Institute’s own Shawn Rubin presented at Qudwa 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Qudwa is a forum for teachers, by teachers, that aims to elevate the teaching profession in the UAE. Qudwa’s organizers, the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, are interested in facilitating conversations to encourage more teachers to use student-centered strategies in their classrooms. Qudwa showcased a commitment to engaging deeply with the OECD PISA Global Competence Framework, and kindly invited Shawn to share our work in multiple ways.Over the course of Qudwa, Shawn facilitated a Master Class with early adopter teachers from schools across the UAE, in which participants broke into small collaborative groups to run through simulated playlists around the global competence framework. His trip also included a book talk and signing for Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Changethe book he co-authored with Cathy Sanford. Shawn closed out his experience by participating in a plenary panel, discussing the merits and potential drawbacks of integrating technology in classrooms. While there, Shawn was interviewed live for a feature on Abu Dhabi TV. Check out the segment by clicking here and scrolling to timestamp 2:57:30.

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We are so grateful for the hospitality and warm welcome of the UAE teachers and the Crown Prince Court over the course of event. Thank you!

Last Call for Link Learning Fellowship Applicants

Are you a 3rd-5th grade RI educator implementing Eureka Math through a personalized learning model? Then this opportunity may be a good fit for you! We’re excited to announce the Link Learning Fellowship, a professional learning opportunity over the 2019-2020 school year that will investigate the compelling intersections between personalization and high quality instructional materials, specifically Eureka Math.
Launched in partnership between Highlander Institute, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and Instruction Partners, the Link Learning Fellowship aspires to test the hypothesis that personalization, high quality instructional materials, and culturally responsive teaching do not exist in opposition to one another, but rather when linked, can create powerful learning opportunities for all students.
We’re looking for the first cohort! Learn more about the program here and indicate your interest by Monday, October 14.
Indicate Your Interest
Our Autumn PBL RI Meetup is next week on Thursday, October 17 from 4:30-6:00PM at the Highlander Institute office. Founded in 2017, PBL RI is a community of educators formed around a passion for project-based learning in classrooms in Rhode Island and beyond. If you’re looking for inspiration, a network, interesting conversations, and thoughtful ideas – OR all of the above – this event is for you.
Over the course of this year’s seasonal meetups, we will be looking at how PBL can help shift the cognitive load from teachers to students. During our Autumn Meetup, we will be showcasing the amazing work being led by the RI Mobile Maker Lab. The Mobile Maker Lab is a hands-on, mobile, learning platform exposing students to technologies associated with 21st Century manufacturing. Leveraging digital tools, students engage in project-based learning that aligns with a variety of career opportunities.
We then will end our night with small group discussion and project tuning. As always, refreshments will be available. We hope to see you there!
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October 6, 2019

Registration Open For Our MAPLE Master Class

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  • Registration open for MAPLE Master Class on Pathways to Personalization
  • Autumn PBL RI Meetup – sign up today!
  • The Center for Leadership and Educational Equity is hiring
  • Go For Launch! comes to RI for a space-inspired student event on November 2-3
  • Local educator Dawn Casey-Rowe releases new book


MAPLE Master Class on November 14

In order to build momentum for whole-school change, school stakeholders must be empowered as change agents to collaboratively define goals and create actionable steps. Join us as we dive into the five phases of the Pathway to Personalization framework for guiding school redesign. This hands-on Master Class will place MAPLE leaders into simulated design teams to explore instructional priorities, examine data, and contemplate tactics.

Details: Thursday, November 14 from 8:00AM-2:00PM at Burlington High School in Burlington, MA. All participants will receive a copy of the book Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change.

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Our Autumn PBL RI Meetup is coming up in 2 weeks on Thursday, October 17 from 4:30-6:00PM at the Highlander Institute office. Founded in 2017, PBL RI is a community of educators formed around a passion for project-based learning in classrooms in Rhode Island and beyond. If you’re looking for inspiration, a network, interesting conversations, and thoughtful ideas – OR all of the above – this event is for you.

Project-based learning is an excellent approach for increasing student input, building hands-on learning opportunities, and developing higher-order thinkings skills. Consider joining us in October to hear more about how successful project-based learning implementations can support key practices from Highlander Institute’s Priority Practices Tool. We hope to see you there!

Free Tickets Here

From Other Organizations

CLEE
Seeking Assistant Director of Finance and Business Operations

CLEE is a learning organization dedicated to leading for educational equity. We innovate, collaborate, and move at a fast pace to continuously improve ourselves and increase our organization’s impact on the field of education. The Assistant Director of Finance and Business Operations position is multifaceted to help our growing organization scale up our programs and impact, with the following responsibilities:

  • Financial Operations: implements all financial systems to ensure CLEE manages, sustains and expands funding, including management of budgets, books, contracts/registrations, fundraising revenue, grants, etc. This role includes seeking and managing processes to apply for grants in collaboration with program staff.
  • Human Resource Operations: maintains and improves systems related to hiring, payroll, benefits, onboarding new employees, etc.
  • Other Operations: maintains and improves facilities use, relationships with vendors
  • Collaboration: engages in collaborative processes with CLEE staff to learn and continuously improve our collective practice.
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Go For Launch! Space-focused Student Event on November 2-3

Go For Launch! is excited to be coming to Rhode Island for the first time ever on November 2-3 from 8AM-6PM both days. Students will work with astronaut Wendy Lawrence and compete to have their ideas launched to the International Space Station! Students in grades 8-12 are invited to participate in this space-inspired STEM event at Tech Collective. For full details visit www.GoForLaunch.space.

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New Book Release from Local RI Educator

From Rhode Island’s own Dawn Casey-Rowe comes the new book A Broke Teacher’s Guide to Success. Are you spending your paycheck on your job and never getting ahead? Do you punt your own financial wellness to finance your class? Are you using your ultra-valuable “teacher skills” to help the universe for free while your bills, student loans, and credit card debt threatens to suffocate you? A Broke Teacher’s Guide to Success will help you…

  • Identify and eliminate the “teacher behaviors” that make (and keep!) you broke
  • Learn to crowdfund a project so those funds don’t come out of your pocket
  • Build or rebuild your finances using techniques that work for top entrepreneurs
  • Use your “teacher skills” to build your bottom line rather than couponing your expenses to zero
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September 29, 2019

Announcing The Link Learning Fellowship!

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09/27/2019
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In This Week’s Issue
  • Announcing the Link Learning Fellowship!
  • Shawn Rubin Presents at Qudwa 2019
  • Autumn PBL RI Meetup on October 17
We’re excited to announce the Link Learning Fellowship, a professional learning opportunity over the 2019-2020 school year that will investigate the compelling intersections between personalization and high quality instructional materials, specifically Eureka Math.

Launched in partnership between Highlander Institute, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and Instruction Partners, the Link Learning Fellowship aspires to test the hypothesis that personalization, high quality instructional materials, and culturally responsive teaching do not exist in opposition to one another, but rather when linked, can create powerful learning opportunities for all students.

Are you a 3rd-5th grade RI educator implementing Eureka Math through a personalized learning model? We’re looking for the first cohort! Join us for an information session at our office (188 Valley Street, Suite 101, Providence, RI) on Wed. Oct. 2nd or Thurs. Oct. 3rd from 4-5 PM. You can also join virtually on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/4018317323).

Learn more about this opportunity here!
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Our new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change, is making waves internationally! Co-author Shawn Rubin is presenting in Abu Dhabi, UAE on October 6th at Qudwa 2019, a forum for teachers, by teachers that aims to elevate the teaching profession in the UAE.

Qudwa educates on the latest teaching innovations and facilitates networking between education leaders, while positioning teachers at the heart of the education conversation. Learn more about this exciting conference and Shawn’s presentation!

Learn More
Our Autumn PBL RI Meetup is coming up next month on Thursday, October 17 from 4:30-6:00PM at the Highlander Institute office. Founded in 2017, PBL RI is a community of educators formed around a passion for project-based learning in classrooms in Rhode Island and beyond. If you’re looking for inspiration, a network, interesting conversations, and thoughtful ideas – OR all of the above – this event is for you.

Project-based learning is an excellent approach for increasing student input, building hands-on learning opportunities, and developing higher-order thinkings skills. Consider joining us in October to hear more about how successful project-based learning implementations can support key practices from Highlander Institute’s Priority Practices Tool. We hope to see you there!

Free Tickets Here
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September 27, 2019

Sorry You Couldn’t Attend This Webcast

This blended learning webinar recording may be of interest to some readers.

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September 24, 2019

[Today] Challenges and Rewards of Technology in Our Schools

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Leadership Panel: The Challenges and Rewards of Technology and Blended Learning in Our Schools
Educators across the U.S. have been utilizing technology to bring blended learning to life for decades. But recently, this practice has come under scrutiny in the national media. Leaders of two Educational Technology companies are joined by school and district leadership to discuss technology in the classroom.
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