Too often we hear new educators say they leave their preparation programs without the skills they need to engage in twenty-first century classrooms. The Fuse RIC fellowship—a partnership between the RI Office of Innovation, Rhode Island College Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, and the Highlander Institute—seeks to support that need.
The fellowship is in its pilot year, working with a group of Rhode Island College faculty to help them redesign their courses to incorporate more learner-centered, technology-enabled personalized learning strategies in their courses—and to help prepare their students and teacher candidates to teach in these types of blended and personalized learning classes.
In 2014, the Highlander Institute launched the FuseRI fellowship—which connects classroom, school, and district leaders across Rhode Island to support the strategic use of technology and data to increase personalization, engagement, and the development of essential skills for students across our state.
Inspired by the FuseRI fellowship, Fuse RIC is the first-ever Fuse Fellowship model in a higher education setting, aimed at implementing and measuring the impact of personalized learning practices with education professors and teacher candidates.
The ultimate goal of the partnership is to build professor capacity to think critically about personalized learning as it relates to the college and graduate school levels, and to eventually share their strategies with others in the education department as peer coaches. The potential for this collaborative fellowship model in higher education is powerful