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Igniting education through blended learning.

What Is Blended Learning?

The Highlander Institute defines blended learning as:

  • The strategic integration of teaching, technology, and data to increase personalization, engagement, and mastery of all essential skills for all students.

  • A movement away from teacher-centered lecturing and testing to a student-centered learning environment in which students of all ages have increased choice over the path, pace, time, and place that their learning happens.

  • A spirit of learning that creates space for innovation, experimentation, and design thinking for educators and students to incorporate 21st century and real-world skills.

Three-Pronged Approach


We provide in-person support to districts to assess the status of blended learning in their schools across a range of indicators, and help district leaders create an action plan and identify next steps.

Fuse Fellowship

We identify and train Rhode Island educators who understand the power of personalized education. They provide individualized support to districts to assist with self-assessments and connect them with resources and thought partners. 

Open Education Resource Library

We facilitate the sharing of resources and best practices by serving as curator of an Open Educational Resource (OER) Library, stocked with blended learning case studies, research-based practices, and vetted articles.

Meet the Fellows

Fuse Fellows hail from all corners of the state and are eager to collaborate, connect and learn with district partners during their two-year fellowship.   

Click here for a list of our first Fuse Fellow cohort.

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Our Mission

Fuse RI grew from a need to fill the current blended learning scalability void by providing a statewide system for sharing, implementing, and evaluating technology usage and blended learning in schools across Rhode Island.

Fuse RI provides a systematic yet customizable solution for all RI school districts — created by, with, and for RI educators.

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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.