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Fuse MA Enters Year 2 

Fuse MA kicked off Year 2 of our first cohort with a summer Boot Camp on July 25 & 26th. The 17 fellows gathered to prepare for a new school year of blended and personalized learning strategies, resource sharing, coaching, and cross-district collaboration.

Highlander Institute’s Shawn Rubin discusses the connection between priority practices and concrete strategies to use in the classroom.

Fellows are all full time educators from seven of The Education Cooperative’s member districts, including Dedham, Medfield, Millis, Needham, Norwood, Walpole, and Wayland, as well as TEC High School and TEC Phoenix Academy. In a conscious effort to promote cross-collaboration and break down the silos that often exist in education, fellows provide coaching and consulting services to a partner district outside of where they work on a daily basis.

The program launched in December 2017 and built momentum through a spring semester of thoughtful visioning work around what blended and personalized learning looks like in each district’s context. The upcoming 2018-2019 school year will shift into coaching, with fellows providing embedded supports, feedback, and thought partnership to their assigned “early adopter teachers” over five targeted days.

Cathy Sanford, Highlander Institute’s Director of Special Projects, talks with Fuse MA Fellows about key coaching techniques.

Fellows were joined by more than 25 of these early adopters who opted to attend Day 2 of Boot Camp. Attendees began getting to know one another, discussing goals for the year ahead, and brainstorming actionable strategies to bring to their classrooms in the fall.

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Written By: Meg Smallidge