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February 9, 2019

Local Events!

A regular weekend feature.

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Ligature Partners Supports Highlander Institute

For the 13th year in a row, executive search firm Ligature Partners has contributed a percentage of their profits to non-profit organizations that are engaged in activities related to improving access, equity and outcomes in education. Highlander Institute is proud to be named a recipient of this generous funding once again! A very special thank you to Willa Perlman, CEO and Managing Partner of Ligature Partners, who also serves on our Board of Directors.

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RI TeacherFest 2019 Now Accepting Proposals

Come on down to the shore to get refreshed and re-energized with a two-day conference featuring tips, techniques, and teaching strategies to help you fully engage your students, your colleagues, and your communities. Whether you teach information literacy, ELA, fine arts, social studies, STEM, world languages, research skills, special education, health & PE, kindergarteners, middle schoolers, seniors, or something or someone in between, this conference will enhance your skill set and bring you some fun in the process!

Join colleagues from all over the state at the air-conditioned Narragansett High School to learn, share, and celebrate before heading back into the classroom, library, or computer lab in September.

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Reflections on Redesign: Lessons Learned from the Fuse Architect Project

In January 2017, Highlander Institute partnered with seven Rhode Island high schools for an 18-month redesign effort supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. This project was an opportunity to learn about what it takes to redesign the high school experience and what is possible when students are empowered as partners in the design process. A summary of the project and our learning about designing an Integrated Learning System and pivoting toward student-centered learning can be found in the full report, which is available by request. However, we have distilled the larger report into five key takeaways that apply to any redesign team leading a high school change effort. Read the blog here.

RI to Rethink High School Instruction in
Partnership with Education Nonprofit

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Thursday that the state will be partnering with the education organization XQ to reimagine the approach to high school education. Rhode Island is the first state to partner with  XQ, which will offer five high schools $500,000 grants to reimagine their approach to education.

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EdCamp RI is Saturday, March 16!

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February 2, 2019

BPLC19 Last Day For Early Bird Pricing

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

02/01/2019
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Good Luck, Nick!

Today, Highlander Institute’s Fuse Architect Program Manager, Nick Vockerodt will begin his new role as Assistant Principal of Thompson Middle School in Newport, RI. Nick started at the Institute two years ago, in January 2017. He was a vital asset to the high school redesign project in schools throughout Barrington, Central Falls, Narragansett, Newport, Providence, and Woonsocket. We all wish him luck in this exciting journey and believe that this is not goodbye, it’s “see ya later”!
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Talking Transformative Change (1)

Talking Transformative Change with
Shawn Rubin of Highlander Institute

Our very own Chief Education Officer Shawn Rubin caught up with New Profit to talk about the release of Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change, the book he co-authored with Cathy Sanford. The conversation focused on the motivation for writing the book, key tenets of personalized learning, and the importance of a design approach that convenes diverse stakeholders. Click the button below to read the full interview.
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Why Veteran Teachers Need an Instructional Coach

by Liz Russillo, 2019 Smithfield Teacher of the Year
Highlander Institute Fuse RI Fellow, Cohort 3

“Jill is sitting at her desk during her prep period and feeling overwhelmed. She is overwhelmed because she is driven to be a more effective teacher today than she was yesterday. She is overwhelmed because she has 15 ideas floating around in her head that she wants to try with her students. She is overwhelmed because she is unsure how to stay efficient and also improve her instructional quality and depth. She is overwhelmed because she doesn’t know where to start. Jill could be any teacher across the country feeling the constant drive to improve without the resources necessary to do so. The thing is, the resources exist and they are in our buildings. Thanks to coaching, Jill is no longer feeling overwhelmed and her instructional toolbox has expanded.”

We’d like to congratulate Liz on being featured on the Rhode Island Department of Education blog this month. Interested in hearing more about Liz’s thoughts on instructional coaching for veteran teachers? Read the full post at the link below and follow her on Twitter @lizrus218.

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Highlander Institute’s Executive Director: Dana Borrelli-Murray

CEO State of Play
in Personalized Learning

March 6, 2019 3:30-4:30pm
Hilton Austin Downtown: Salon H
Personalized learning is one of the frontier movements in education with massive potential; but making sense of the term, the moment of opportunity, and the future of the field is challenging. Hear from leaders sharing their insights on the field. What trends are they paying attention to? How do they think about building the capacity of their organizations? In short, what is it like to be a CEO in the fast-paced and evolving world of personalized learning?

Highlander Institute’s Chief Education Officer: Shawn Rubin

Pathways to
Personalization

March 6, 2019 11:00am-1:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown: Room 412
This session will help leaders who are struggling to design, launch, and scale blended and personalized learning initiatives across a school or district. Over the course of the workshop, the presenter will break down Highlander Institute’s Pathway to Personalization Framework – a linear process for determining readiness, creating a vision for pilots, launching pilots, evaluating pilots through continuous improvement, and scaling best practices.
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January 30, 2019

Reflections On Redesign: Lessons Learned From The Fuse Architect Project

Notes from this blended learning initiative.

01/29/2019
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Reflections on High School Redesign:
Lessons Learned from the Fuse Architect Project

Two years ago, the Highlander Institute launched Fuse Architect to supports the redesign of seven Rhode Island high schools. The goal was to build and implement custom integrated learning systems to support student-centered learning. Paradoxically, what resulted from the project both fell short of and greatly exceeded our expectations. A fully-functioning ILS is still more aspiration than reality in these high schools. But, through the Architect work, all parties gained valuable insights into what it takes to redesign the high school experience and what is possible when students are empowered to design, construct, and advocate for the educational experienced they want and need.

We’ve compiled our key lessons in this short report in the hopes that it will inform other teams in their redesign efforts. Click the button below to read the full report.

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January 12, 2019

Happy January!

A newsletter from Friday’s inbox.

01/11/2019
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2019 Program

April 4-6, 2019
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Pathways to Personalization:
Highlander Institute’s Framework for School Change

On December 21, 2018 Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark published an article about Pathways to Personalization. This post highlights the work of Highlander Institute in developing personalized learning as a strategy for transforming an entrenched education system. It talks about the framework and the five phases it’s divided into.

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“Only My Smartest Kids Can Handle This”

The Be Education Podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things related to K-12 classroom teaching. Practical tips to learn how to implement blended learning techniques, driving classroom culture, differentiation, how to approach rigor and mastery, and much more. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran educator, the Be Education Podcast will have actionable tips to help you drive student learning. In this episode Nick Dinardo and Highlander Institute’s Christina Corsertalk about why this phrase may come out of someone’s mouth and how is it handled, they also talk about student mastery, honors-based education and classroom culture. Listen here.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING

Exploring the Why and What of Personalized Learning

Personalized learning is one of the biggest trends in education, but it involves much more than giving different kinds of tasks to different students.

In Exploring the Why and What of Personalized Learning, you’ll discover how to use the LEAP Learning FrameworkTM to personalize learning to meet the individual needs of students by leveraging rich instructional practices. Through knowledge-building activities, case studies, video demonstrations, reflective writing assignments and weekly coaching consultations, you’ll actively experience personalized learning firsthand.

This is a 30-hour, self-paced course supported by weekly “live” coaching consultations. Winter session begins January 22, 2019. Enroll here.


Exciting Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

The Carter Roger Williams Scholarship helps Rhode Island students who appreciate and embody Roger Williams’s values and legacy attain a college education. This annual scholarship program is intended to inspire students and their parents to think big about what’s possible for their future and to value the role of education. The application deadline is February 12, 2019. Click here for more information. 

Seeking a Math Teacher ASAP

The Nowell Leadership Academy seeks a passionate and highly skilled Math Teacher willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the academic success of all 160 Nowell Leadership Academy students. This is a unique opportunity to join the full-time faculty of a small, forward-thinking charter school serving some of Rhode Island’s hardest working young adults. This position reports to the Principal. This position is for the 2018-2019 academic school year. Click here to apply. 
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January 1, 2019

Happy 2019 From The Learning Accelerator!

A final seasons greetings for this year…

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Wishing you a 2019 filled with love, laughter, and learning.
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