Highlander bets on tech-learning blend

A WHOLE NEW WORLD: Highlander Institute is dedicated to spreading innovation to transform education. Here, left, Eric Butash, director of operations for the nonprofit, discusses smartphone potential with staff at Central Elementary School in Lincoln. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
A WHOLE NEW WORLD: Highlander Institute is dedicated to spreading innovation to transform education. Here, left, Eric Butash, director of operations for the nonprofit, discusses smartphone potential with staff at Central Elementary School in Lincoln. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Five years ago, Pleasant View Elementary School in Providence ranked as one of the lowest-performing schools in the state. Only 17 percent of the school's third-grade students were considered proficient in math. But visit Pleasant View today and you'll experience a totally different school. In 2014, Pleasant View saw the most statistically significant growth in…

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