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May 12, 2018

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

A final item from Thursday’s inbox…

05/10/2018
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At Highlander Institute, our vision is to move toward an equitable, just educational system that meets the needs of all students as it prepares them for success in our complex, rapidly changing world.

This movement is not possible without the passion, creativity, and boundless energy of the teachers supporting and challenging students in classrooms every day.

Teachers, while this specific week recognizes you, please know that we value and respect your hard work and commitment to your craft each day of every school year.  Thank you!

Sending a special thank you to the:

526 Teachers
111 Schools
25 Districts

within our Highlander Institute partner community who have dedicated over 16,000 hours of their own time to improving their practice.

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May 7, 2018

Anneliese Sheffield Uploaded A Full-Text Citing You

Note the new K-12 blended learning item just made available in an open access repository.

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May 5, 2018

Springing Into The Nice Weather..

From yesterday’s inbox…

05/04/2018
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Join Us for the Last PBL RI Meetup of the School Year!

On Monday, May 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 pmThe Compass School will be hosting the May Meetup for Project Based Learning Rhode Island! This month we will focus on how to build a project with a purpose. Teachers from The Compass School will share their stories and expertise around how to design and implement a project that gives back to the larger school community. We will also lead a roundtable discussion about planning and implementing projects at the primary, elementary, and secondary levels. We’ll have food and refreshments for all attendees, and look forward to enjoying the school’s beautiful campus and gardens.
The goal of PBL RI is to provide attendees a network of artists, professionals, and educators passionate about designing meaningful learning experiences for students through Design Thinking and Project Based Learning. PBL RI will strive to accomplish this through monthly meetups focused on best practice, local spotlights, collaborative work time, and discussion.
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RSVP for Fuse Fest 2018

Join Highlander Institute on Tuesday, June 12th from 4:30 – 7:00pm as we wrap up another successful year of the Fuse RI program! Fuse Fest 2018 is the third annual graduation ceremony and celebration of our Fuse Fellows and will take place at the Tech Collective in Providence.

The event will showcase the Cohort 3 Fellows, their Fuse Partner Districts, the growth of early adopter teachers the Fellows have coached, and the blended and personalized learning implementations happening across our state – and beyond!

As the Fellowship continues to grow, we have added new projects and layers of programming, including Fuse Classroom, Fuse Architect, Fuse Leader, and Fuse MA. All participants in these initiatives are welcome to attend this event. Fuse Fest is a night of accolades, accomplishments, fun, food, and drink, alongside school and district leaders, community partners, family, and friends. We hope you can celebrate with us on June 12!

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EdCampRI This Weekend!

The 6th annual EdCampRI will be held at Rhode Island College in Alger Hall on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8AM to 1:30PM. Join a dynamic group of educators for a great day of learning and sharing. All are welcome to be a part of the conversation, whether you’re an EdCamp veteran or newbie.

Click here to register.

Camp PBL RI

This summer, Highlander Institute is offering an exciting summer fellowship for educators interested in Project Based Learning. Camp PBL RI is a summer professional development opportunity that brings together teachers from schools across RI for hands-on practice and personal project development. Camp PBL RI will help prepare teachers to guide students through a project from launch to final presentation.

Apply here by May 15!


Now Hiring: Adminstrative Assistant

Highlander Institute is an education non-profit organization focused on researching, developing and disseminating innovative educational methods to improve outcomes for all learners. Highlander Institute focuses on methods that work to create student-centered, personalized learning environments through various models and outreach efforts, improving teaching and learning across the region.

Job Summary: Highlander Institute’s Administrative Assistant to the Implementation Team supports the Implementation team by providing the backbone functions needed for continued excellence and growth. Primarily, this individual provides administrative and office support activities for multiple individuals while helping to develop these systems throughout the organization.

More Information Here

Last Call for Fuse RI Fellowship Applications

We are seeking Fellows for Cohort 5 of the Fuse RI Fellowship. Applications are due by Monday, May 7 at midnight, so be sure to submit yours by the deadline! Click here to review the applicationand reach out to Program Manager Maeve Murray with any questions.

Fuse RI is a 2 year program. As a Fellow, you will receive monthly training, a stipend, a flexible spending account, and a professional network to push your blended learning practice. You will be matched with a Partner District and provide 5 days of on-the-ground support per year, facilitating meetings and coaching teacher leaders.

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April 28, 2018

Fuse Fellowship Feature

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…

04/27/2018
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This Friday issue is a special edition of the Highlander Institute newsletter, with a feature on the Fuse Fellowship. We hope you consider applying for this unique professional learning opportunity and encourage you to share this program with your educator friends and colleagues! 

We’re Looking for Cohort 5 Fuse Fellows

Launched by Highlander Institute in 2014, Fuse RI is a 2 year program focused on sharing the best practices of blended and personalized learning across the Ocean State. All K-12 Rhode Island educators are eligible to apply. As a Fellow, you will receive:
  • monthly training;
  • a network of thought partners;
  • a $1,500 stipend each year; and
  • a $2,000 flex spending account for things like classroom resources & conferences

Fellows meet from 4-7pm once a month during the school year and participate in summer boot camps; additionally, they consult in partner districts five days per year. This work centers on facilitating district vision meetings and coaching early adopter teachers.

If you have already been experimenting with blended learning in your classroom and are looking to hone your coaching skills, this program is for you!

The application window closes on Monday, May 7. Please reach out with any questions or concerns to Maeve Murray, Program Manager for the Fellowship, via email at mmurray@highlanderinstitute.org

Apply Here by May 7!
Watch our brief intro video on the Fuse Fellowship to learn more!
“I am learning and growing with every new opportunity. I seek out connections to support my district and share with other districts, I thank you for the lasting connections I have made during the past 2 years. Thanks for all of the opportunities that have been opened up through this program.”

– Cohort 1 Fuse Fellow

The power of the Fuse Fellowship comes from a cohort model built on cross-collaboration across Rhode Island. This tweet shows an example of some of the districts partnering through the program & their amazing Fellows.

Fuse Beyond Rhode Island

The passion for movement-building around blended & personalized learning continues to grow. Fuse Fellowship models are underway in Syracuse, NY; Orange County, CA; and Massachusetts! Follow #SyraFuse#ABLEOC, and #FuseMA on Twitter to learn more.
For more information on Fuse, including curriculum and individual Fellow profiles, check out the Fuse RI website. Please reach out to fuse@highlanderinstitute.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.
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April 22, 2018

Happy April Vacation!

A final item for the weekend as I catch up (quite unsuccessfully, but I can’t just post indiscriminately)…   :)

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Apply Now for Cohort 5 of the Fuse RI Fellowship

The application for Highlander Institute’s Fuse RI Fellowship is now open! Fuse RI is a 2 year program focused on sharing the best practices of blended and personalized learning across our state. All K-12 educators who work in a school or district in Rhode Island are eligible to apply.

As a Fellow, you will receive monthly training, a network of thought partners, a $1,500 stipend each year, and a $2,000 flex spending account for resources and conferences. Fellows meet from 4-7pm once a month and participate in summer boot camps; additionally, they consult in partner districts five days per year. This work centers on facilitating district visioning meetings and coaching early adopter teachers.

Interested? Check out the Fuse RI website to learn more or reach out to Program Manager Maeve Murray with any questions.

This summer the Highlander Institute will be offering an exciting summer fellowship for educators interested in Project-Based Learning. Camp PBL RI is a summer professional development fellowship that brings together teachers from schools across RI for hands-on practice and personal project development. The Camp PBLRI Fellowship will help prepare teachers to guide students through a project from project launch to final presentation.

Camp PBLRI will be held August 7th-9that The Highlander Institute in Providence with an information night in June and a final showcase during the 2018-19 school year. The deadline for application is May 15. Educators will be notified the week of May 25th.

The 6th annual EdCampRI is being held at Rhode Island College in Alger Hall on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8AM to 1:30PM. Join a dynamic group of educators or a great day of learning and sharing. All are welcome to be a part of the conversation, whether you’re an EdCamp veteran or newbie.

Click here to register.

In honor of co-founder Alan Tortolani, we will be giving out the first ever Alan Tortolani Scholarship for Teachers, to send one incredible RI educator to ISTE 2018 in June. If you’re interested in this opportunity, complete the brief application by clicking here.

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Continuous Improvement Coordinator

Highlander Institute is an education non-profit organization focused on researching, developing and disseminating innovative educational methods to improve outcomes for all learners. Highlander Institute focuses on methods that work to create student-centered, personalized learning environments through various models and outreach efforts, improving teaching and learning across the region.

Job Summary: The Continuous Improvement Coordinator provides logistical and data collection support across multiples offices at the Institute. The Continuous Improvement Coordinator is primarily responsible for organizing, coordinating and implementing all on-the-ground data collection across Institute projects, as well as data cleaning and database supports. S/he will be supported by members of the R&D office as well regarding tool use and techniques, along with various departments of the Institute that utilize the collected data for reporting outputs.

Get more info here!


Now Hiring Summer Mentors for Teaching Fellows

Generation Teach (GT) partners with local schools to provide high school and undergraduate students with high-quality summer teaching experiences to inspire them to pursue careers in urban teaching. GT also works with professional teachers who are interested in coaching, leading, and developing pre-service teachers. If you love collaborating, learning, and helping others grow, consider coaching or leading this summer.

GT is recruiting professional teachers to be coaches/mentors to their summer teaching fellows in Providence. Learn more about paid opportunities here and at www.generationteach.org or contact Ive Sanchez at isanchez@genteach.org. The program dates are June 25 – August 10. Full and part-time opportunities are available; apply now!

Survey Request!

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX) have developed this survey which will ask you about how often and to what degree you consult different types of educational research, and how such research influences decisions about product selection and purchasing at your school or district. The goal of the survey is to develop a better understanding of how research does or does not inform decisions about procurement and adoption of digital tools in schools and districts. This survey is appropriate for teachers, instructional aides, library/media specialists, school leaders, district leaders, and district staff who use educational technology. You do not need to know anything about educational research to complete this survey, and there is no expectation that you should. If you have any additional questions about this survey, please contact Dr. Brandon Olszewski at ISTE at brandon@iste.org. This survey is anonymous and will take you about 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey here!


Grant Opportunity

The goal of this grant opportunity is to investigate the extent to which student-centered learning practices can be used to advance equity in public education. Research proposals should be directed at building the knowledge base related to the impact of specific student-centered learning approaches on marginalized populations of students, the supports that may be needed to ensure realization of positive outcomes for those populations, and the contextual conditions needed to sustain equity-enhancing forms of implementation. The subgroups of particular concern include students who identify as Latinx, African American, and/or Native American; students from low-income families; those who qualify for special education services; emerging bilingual students; and recent immigrants and refugees (other definitions of “underserved” may be applied in proposed studies). The intention is for this research to influence educational practice, policy, and public awareness. Grantees will be expected to join the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative and contribute to its ongoing efforts to build the evidence base, inform policy and practice, and scale effective approaches.

Researchers from grant-eligible research institutions, universities, and colleges are encouraged to apply. Thanks to the generosity of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and other Research Collaborative supporters, SATCH expect to make up to three grants of approximately $400,000 each to be conducted over two years. Detailed requirements and criteria are described in Sections IV, V, and VI of the RFP.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 5:00 p.m. ET on June 4, 2018. We anticipate announcing the recipients by the end of July. Please contact rcsubmit@jff.org with any questions.

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