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Our Approach

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What sets the Highlander Institute apart from other education reform nonprofit organizations is the built-in relationship to sister organization, Highlander Charter School.  While both organizations operate as separate 501(c)(3) nonprofits, the organizations have come together under one board with a common mission:  supporting all learners through education innovative and best practices.

The feedback loop displayed above shows the symbiotic relationship between the organizations:  while the Highlander Institute acts as the outreach and dissemination hub for Highlander Charter School, the school acts as the lab for research, design, experimentation and incubation of Highlander Institute-led projects.  The Highlander Charter School/Highlander Institute partnership is the first and only one of its kind in RI, providing a mechanism for  charter school dissemination and a solution for creating educational innovations in real-time.