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January 27, 2018

REL Webinar—Blended Learning in Practice: Understanding the Potential of Using Technology in the Classroom

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REL Webinar—Blended Learning in Practice: Understanding the Potential of Using Technology in the Classroom

Blended learning combines online and face-to-face instruction. Join Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic for a free webinar that explores blended learning in practice and builds on their recently released infographic on the effectiveness and implementation of blended learning.

Presenters will provide an overview of blended learning, research evidence on its effectiveness at improving student outcomes, and experiences implementing it in schools. District leaders from Delaware will share their motivation to introduce blended learning and experiences with early implementation in a consortium of school districts.

Register for the webinar at the link below and submit your questions for the panelists in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

This webinar is open to the public. District superintendents and instructional leaders, school board members, principals, and other school-level administrators may find this information useful. If you are unable to attend, register to be notified when the webinar recording is available.

Blended Learning in Practice: Understanding the Potential of Using Technology in the Classroom 
February 5, 2018
3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
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January 25, 2018

🌟 Highlander Institute is in the Spotlight! 🌟

From Monday’s inbox…

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The PBL RI January Meetup is January 29th at 5pm

Are you an innovative educator looking to
design meaningful learning experiences for students?
Are you an educator interested in
Project Based Learning and not sure where to start?
Are you an administrator interested in
integrating more PBL tasks into your school community?

Join us on Monday, January 29th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm for Project Based Learning Rhode Island! This month we will be showcasing the work of several educators from around the state who have used the elements of PBL to design student-driven service learning projects. We will also be facilitating a roundtable discussion about empowering student voice in PBL through design thinking. The most important part? FREE wine and food for all attendees! Who could ask for a better night?

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Providence Business News on Shawn Rubin

As Highlander Institute’s chief education officer, Shawn Rubin designs and manages the institute’s blended and personalized learning initiatives. He is a national thought leader around coaching and consulting approaches to personalized learning, and has been an integral driver of the statewide personalized learning demand that is growing in Rhode Island.

Rubin is the chief architect of the institute’s Fuse program, which trains early adopter educators from across the state to become change-management agents for personalized learning in districts and charters looking to accelerate this work.

Rubin has received national recognition for his work at Highlander Institute. He won MassCue’s 2014 Pathfinder Award, was named a finalist for Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 2015 Lawrence O’Toole Award and most recently received iNACOL’s Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning Award for 2017.

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Rhody Innovator Spotlight:
Dana Borrelli Murray

Across all of American Inno, 50 on Fire is the premier awards show, honoring the influential people and fast-growing businesses that are driving the city’s forward.

50 is a celebration of innovators – both individuals and organizations – across multiple categories and industries. Though Rhode Island Inno primarily focuses on the state’s thriving tech and startup communities, they understand that these sectors do not have an exclusiveness on innovation. The unbelievably talented graphic designer at your agency is innovative. The local enterprise company that helps fuel your small business is innovative. The non-profit you donate to is innovative. Your favorite food truck is innovative. Innovation is everywhere in Rhode Island and 50 on Fire is a showcase for those that are heating up the region’s ecosystem

Highlander Institute’s own Dana Borelli Murray has been nominated for this amazing award. Murray is the executive director of The Highlander Institute, an education nonprofit aimed at creating and sharing innovative learning methods. Under her leadership, the Institute has grown in its reputation as a national leader for education, and as such received a $1M grant this year from New Profit, a program created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

View the Whole List Here

Be Education Podcast

“One of the universal challenges that I’ve seen as a teacher is, how do we create lessons that reach all the kids in front of us? How do we personalize learning? And at Highlander, the answer to that is Blended Learning….it’s one of the solutions to get there.”
– Christina Corser
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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.
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January 15, 2018

“Be Education”

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01/12/2018
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Check it out: Be Education

Are you looking to try something new in your classroom?  Have you heard about Blended and Personalized Learning but don’t know where to start?  Take a listen to The Be Education Podcast: 15-minute quick-bite episodes you can listen to during a prep or short commute with ideas to try in your classroom tomorrow.

Hosted by Nick DiNardo and Highlander Institute’s Christina Corser, 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.

This first episode gives you an overview of what to expect from this podcast in terms of content, the frequency of episodes, and why we do what we do.

Check Out the Podcast

The EdTech RI January Meetup is Next Week!

Are you an educator looking to implement blended or personalized learning?

Are you a parent or community member interested in learning about educational technology?

Are you an entrepreneur seeking to connect with champions of change?

If you answered yes, please join us for our EdTechRI Meetup on Thursday, January 18th at 4pm! Each Meetup features several new companies and entrepreneurs in the world of educational technology — specifically ones that want to connect with Rhode Island educators and community members to truly meet the needs of our students. We’re looking for innovative teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the latest in edtech and is excited to pilot new products in their classrooms and homes.

The most important part? FREE beer, wine, and food for all attendees! Who could ask for a better night?!

RSVP Here
Are you an innovative educator looking to design meaningful learning experiences for students? Are you an educator interested in Project Based Learning and not sure where to start? Are you an administrator interested in integrating more PBL tasks into your school community?

Join us on Monday, January 29th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm for Project Based Learning Rhode Island!

This month we will be showcasing several educators from around the state to share how they used PBL to design student-driven service learning projects. We will also be facilitating a roundtable discussion about empowering student voice in PBL through design thinking. The most important part? FREE wine and food for all attendees! Who could ask for a better night?

RSVP Here
Welcome to the Highlander Institute Team: Nicole Lanni!
Nicole joins the Highlander Institute as an Educational Strategies Specialist, where she will work with administrators, and teachers to further support students on their individual journey through personalized and blended learning. Nicole brings passion, talent and a great deal of experience to the team. As a former educator for the Cumberland School Department, she focused on an enhanced, personalized learning experience for her students. During that time, she also worked as an Instructional Technology Coach alongside teachers, to promote purposeful technology integration in the classroom. Nicole received a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhode Island College in Secondary Education with a Middle-Level Endorsement. She is excited to work with the intelligent educators who make up the ESS team and other educators around Rhode Island. Nicole resides in Cranston with her Labradoodle, Nyla!
Read five fun facts about Nicole here!
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January 6, 2018

Welcome to the New Year

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01/05/2018
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As we gear up for an epic 2018, we are committed more than ever to our vision of creating an equitable and just educational system that meets the needs of all learners in this rapidly changing and complex world. We will continue to shine a light on educators as change agents. We will continue to identify gaps in the educational system, create systems of support for all, and act as trusted advisors. We will be purposeful, nimble, and relentless!

Here are some events happening in our community:

Virtual Learning and the Death of the Textbook
Featuring Entrepreneur Luyen Chou

January 10, 2018 6-8pm

The Slater Technology Fund invites you to join them as they welcome education technology pioneer, software entrepreneur, and product strategist Luyen ChouChief Product Officer of Pearson. He will discuss how digital technology and online marketplaces are transforming education and rewriting the rules of the business of education in the process. Will the billions of dollars in venture capital funding innovation finally hasten the death of the textbook? Find out as you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with entrepreneurs and investors in edtech and other fields who are transforming industries with their innovations. This free event will be held on January 10 from 6-8pm at South Street Landing, 350 Eddy Street in Providence.
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CYCLE is Seeking an Administrative Assistant!

Roger Williams University (RWU) is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

RWU’s Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) is now seeking an administrative assistant. This individual will provide a variety of administrative and clerical services for CYCLE, including internal coordination of office operations and assistance with most aspects of program administrative support.

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Mark Your Calendar:

EdTechRI January Meetup is Tuesday, January 18th

Are you an educator looking to implement blended or personalized learning?

Are you a parent or community member interested in learning about educational technology?

Are you an entrepreneur seeking to connect with champions of change?

If you answered yes, please join us for our EdTechRI Meetup on Thursday, January 18! Each meetup features several new companies and entrepreneurs in the world of educational technology — specifically ones that want to connect with Rhode Island educators and community members to truly meet the needs of our students. We’re looking for innovative teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the latest in edtech and is excited to pilot new products in their classrooms and homes.

Free beer, wine, and food will be provided for all attendees. Who could ask for a better night?

For more information, click the button below or check next week’s newsletter!

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December 20, 2017

What’s New Heading Into 2018?

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Dear Friends,
As 2017 comes to a close, we want to thank you all for your support, thought partnership, and collaboration. We look forward to working with you in the new year and pledge our ongoing commitment to a future in which all children in America receive an effective, equitable, and engaging education that helps them fulfill their dreams as scholars and valued community members.
We’re excited to be releasing some new profiles of innovative schools in action before year’s end (see below for essential holiday reading!) as well as to share news about the launch of several new projects. Sending you the warmest wishes from the TLA family!
Beth Rabbitt, CEO
Recent Highlights
Blended & Personalized Learning at Work
We have updated, expanded, and refreshed our website, including two new, in-depth profiles of schools that are doing exceptional blended and personalized learning. As always, our profiles include detailed strategy cards that allow educators and school leaders to quickly understand and replicate these best practices.
Valor Collegiate is a top-performing charter school in Nashville, TN, with a unique, personalized approach to social-emotional learning that focuses on developing students far beyond academics –– creating a community that prioritizes comprehensive scholar development through relationships, connections, kindness, and joy, among other habits.
Locust Grove Middle School is a part of Henry County Schools, a public K-12 district in Georgia, and has a vision for blended and personalized learning which centers around educating the individual student by providing rigorous curriculum, personalized pacing, and multiple “Learning Pathways” that connect with students’ strengths and interests.
Our refreshed website also includes:
  • Resources to set the conditions for success and scale
  • Expert insights on implementation
  • Teaching and learning strategies you can use today
  • Additional school profiles, with more to come in 2018
Latinos for Education
Latinos for Education selected The Learning Accelerator to participate in its inaugural Problem of Practice Consultancy along with the cohort of Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellows. Our goal was to explore the unique opportunities and barriers English Language Learner students might face within blended learning environments, and determine how TLA should address them when designing and developing field guidance for program development, teacher training, and impact evaluation. TLA engaged in this work as part of its commitment to serve all students, including English Language Learner students –– the majority of whom are Spanish speakers.
TLA is Hiring!
We are expanding our team and are looking for a Director of Finance and Operationsto help our dynamic and mission-driven nonprofit build a strong organizational foundation to grow and sustain our work. Curious about what it’s like to work with us? Here is a small window into what life looks like at at TLA.
Coming Soon
Problems of Practice
In order to provide educators access to our resources in a highly focused and translatable manner, TLA is creating a series of “Problems of Practice” user guides around our blended and personalized learning practices. These guides will give educators and leaders the ability to explore concrete ways to address various specific challenges, from how to roll out stations in a traditional classroom to supporting diverse learners within a personalized learning environment. The new Problems of Practice section of our website will bring together not only the “what,” but also the “why” and the “how,” by explaining the pain point, grounding the rationale in research, and then highlighting tangible ways to address these challenges using specific resources, strategies, and tools.
The Learning Commons
Across the country, educators, leaders, and school support organizations are working to develop and implement new blended and personalized approaches to student learning. Accelerating this work will require sharing across organizations, platforms, and frameworks to help practitioners access resources to develop their skills and knowledge.
The Learning Accelerator and Yet Analytics, in partnership with other innovative education organizations, will soon launch the Learning Commons –– a shared space for connecting and accelerating educator learning. The Learning Commons is an online space where educators (teachers, designers, and leaders) can find, curate, and provide feedback on ideas, tools, and open content linked to specific competencies they’re trying to develop. Sign up for beta access today.
Blended & Personalized Learning Conference
This April 5-7, the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute, and The Learning Accelerator are showcasing the best classroom, school, and district implementers from across the nation at our 2018 Blended & Personalized Learning Conferencein Providence, RI. This event is a chance for educators and leaders to discuss blended learning as it exists today on the ground –– both in terms of day-to-day implementation in blended classrooms, and the strategies and systems that have effectively supported replication and scale across schools and districts. Join us!
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