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  This episode is part of our series documenting the Fuse Architect Project, a collaboration between the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Highlander Institute, and several other Rhode Island-based stakeholders endeavoring to design and pilot systems that promote student-centered learning. In this episode, we’re talking with Nick Vockerodt, Fuse Architect Project Manager at… Read more

“Our students are really working in the iCreate Lab already, and it’s exciting to see.” Given what is happening on a national and international level, the students have decided that there’s been all this controversy around Civil War memorials. So they’re interviewing professors from Brown and Boston University regarding it. They’re also studying… Read more

“We are a little overwhelmed by all of the Fuse Architect meetings with all of the groups involved. We have a lot of initiatives going at the same time, and a lot that is changing in our day-to-day work because of it. The work of Fuse Architect definitely has had a ripple effect… Read more

In late 2017, we had the opportunity to catch up with the Barrington High School teachers. They had so much to say about their work in the iCreate Space, a maker space that was set up as part of the Fuse Architect project. They can see excitement rising outside of the core Fuse… Read more

We heard from Rob Young recently the P-TECH High School Director in Newport, Rhode Island, who shared more about their experience in the Fuse Architect project. “I can speak the language.” Because I had a role to play in Fuse RI as a Fuse Fellow, this work resonates with me. I have my… Read more

We had the opportunity to chat with Principal Dan Warner at Narragansett High School who shared with us an organic shift from fear to courage with his Fuse Architect team. One area of growth for our team is that they’re starting to look at our design challenge courageously. When we first started out,… Read more

Student-centered learning has exploded as a mantra in many education circles. For the schools involved in Fuse Architects, this is no different. Schools’ applications and design meetings were and continue to be infused with this theme. From involving students in designing a new project-based learning space to students redesigning the 9th grade experience,… Read more

This episode is the fourth in our series documenting the Fuse Architect Project, a collaboration between the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Highlander Institute, and several other Rhode Island-based stakeholders endeavoring to design and pilot systems that promote student-centered learning. In this episode, we’re talking with Roberto Gonzalez of the Rhode Island-based nonprofit… Read more

This episode is the fifth in our series documenting the Fuse Architect Project, a collaboration between the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Highlander Institute, and several other Rhode Island-based stakeholders endeavoring to design and pilot systems that promote student-centered learning. In this episode, we’re talking with Pegah Rahmanian, the Executive Director of Youth… Read more

In education as in other sectors, there exists this buzz phrase – “thinking outside the box.” While so commonly used, Highlander and its Fuse Architect partner schools have experienced that this phrase may not be as simple a concept as it sounds. From the start of the Fuse Architect program, Highlander and NMEF… Read more

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