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The Highlander Institute is a non-profit community of educators and professionals working to improve the educational experience of all learners.
Founded in 1990, the Highlander Institute was more of an idea than an organization until 1999 when philanthropists David and Kim Dunn committed multi-year gifts to help the emergent Institute develop programs and expand services.
In 2005, a dynamic collaboration with the Highlander Charter School was the catalyst for our new mission-driven strategy of supporting "all kids", expanding our target audience from students with diagnosed learning differences (LD) to all students. Recognizing that proven interventions for LD students are also effective for a large percentage of struggling students, we expanded programming for students, teachers and families.
In 2006, the launch of the Hasbro Center for Teaching Excellence (through generous multi-year support from Hasbro Children’s Fund) established the Institute as a credible regional provider of high quality professional development.
The Institute services are directed at improving education by focusing on the educator, providing unique, tailored, embedded supports both at the classroom and district level. Institute supports center on blended learning models, showcasing the ways in which blended learning methods create personalized learning environments, enhance the anytime, anyplace learning movement, and incorporate 21st century essential skills. Each year, the Institute supports more than 1,500 educators through professional development and school change initiatives.
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