by Jennifer Wolfe on Sep 12, 2017
Too often, teachers’ ideas go unrecognized and never travel beyond the four walls of the classroom. This is our opportunity to change that. Today we are launching a Personalized Learning Design Collaboration with The Teachers Guild. We are excited to be working with The Teachers Guild to catalyze and amplify promising practices in blended and personalized learning, and provide new open and...Read More
by Jon Corippo on Aug 30, 2017
“Professional development” has a negative connotation for many teachers. In other professions, professionals are hungry for training on the latest techniques, mindset, and tactical approaches. NASCAR pit crews get training. If they fail to get a tire changed in seconds, it’s a major public event.
If you are a professional marketer, you attend events like InBound 2017 and...Read More
by Daniel Owens on Aug 23, 2017
One year ago, The Learning Accelerator launched our Blended & Personalized Learning Practices at Work platform to help capture and share what high-quality blended and instructional practices look like. The site featured six school models and a multitude of instructional strategies they use to create personalized, mastery-based learning experiences for their students. After launching the site,...Read More
by Jennifer Wolfe on Aug 21, 2017
The public voting for SXSWedu is upon us and we would love your help in bringing The Learning Accelerator back to Austin! Would you mind taking a few minutes to vote for our sessions described below? (If you aren't registered to vote for SXSWedu sessions yet, you can click here to create your account and cast your votes. The voting ends August 25.)Read More
by Saro Mohammed on Jun 23, 2017
Despite our best efforts, educational inequity persists across the country. This inequity currently takes a variety of forms including achievement, discipline, graduation, and opportunity gaps. Proponents and opponents of technology-enabled personalized learning alike believe that inequity remains a serious problem that needs to be solved sooner rather than later.
Many interpret inequity as an...Read More
by Saro Mohammed on Jun 21, 2017
The Learning Accelerator is pleased to pilot a one-year Fellowship (fall 2017 - spring 2018) with a diverse cohort of individuals who will be conducting research that advances our measurement agenda for blended learning. Through these fellowships, we will catalyze the measurement ecosystem (including future researchers, leaders, and educators) to work together towards the mutual goal of all students...Read More
by Jennifer Wolfe on May 10, 2017
We were thrilled to attend CUE’s 1st ever BOLD (Blended and Online Lesson Design) Conference this past weekend and celebrate as Leadership Public School’s Sophia Thomas received the Blended and Online Educator of the Year Award.
The Blended and Online Educator of the Year Award recognizes a teacher who has made a noteworthy contribution to learning in an online or blended setting....Read More
by Juliana Finegan on Mar 30, 2017
After 10 years of teaching, I have streamlined my approach to identifying effective personalization practices. Recently, while working on a project to design teacher prep for blended and personalized learning, I had the unique opportunity to visit numerous blended classrooms and schools around the nation. I witnessed a wide spectrum of approaches and uncovered some common denominators of practice...Read More
by Kira Keane and Janice Vargo on Mar 29, 2017
Over the past several years, our organizations have been deeply involved in the national movement towards blended and personalized learning, both as implementation experts and catalysts for innovation.
We have engaged with hundreds of districts between us and have witnessed a broad range of schools working to shift instructional practice to be more student-centered, data-driven, and mastery-based....Read More
by Kira Keane and Anthony Kim on Mar 20, 2017
There are many elements critical to the success of change management initiatives, including those involving blended and personalized learning. Having worked with almost 200 districts across two organizations, we have learned that communications is one of the areas districts have the least experience with, but which can have the biggest impact. That's why we've designed a communications...Read More
by Daniel Owens on Mar 16, 2017
Having spent last week at SXSWedu 2017, I walked away from the conference exhausted, but also inspired by many of my interactions. Four years ago, SXSWedu was the first education technology conference I attended, and while I thought it was interesting, my main takeaway was “too much tech, not enough ed.” The conference has changed quite a bit in the past four years and, from the perspective...Read More
Reflections on TLA’s Blended & Personalized Learning Practices at Work Project: What We Learned and What’s Next
by Daniel Owens on Jan 30, 2017
The Learning Accelerator’s mission is to catalyze the implementation of high-quality blended learning. TLA has worked diligently to capture and share some of the best blended and personalized instructional practices from across the country. Our early work focused on the enablers to blending learning, things that districts need to have in place to make blended learning a reality (e.g. internet...Read More
by on Jan 24, 2017
TLA is giving away one free pass to this year’s conference in Austin from March 6-9. To enter to win, simply do the following:
Go to the Christensen Institute’s newly launched BLU Blended and Personalized Learning Practice Forum.
Post a question you’ve been struggling with or thinking about as you implement blended or personalized learning in your practice, school, or organization....
by Saro Mohammed on Jan 11, 2017
In previous posts, I illustrated to edTech developers and educators how they can contribute to our shared understanding of if, when, and how blended learning is effective through TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning. In this post, I focus on researchers, and how their role can be expanded out of the traditional boundaries of “evidence curation” in to dissemination, competence-building,...Read More
by Jennifer Wolfe on Dec 20, 2016
As we head into the holiday season and a New Year, we are reflecting on 2016 here at The Learning Accelerator. It has been an exciting year in blended and personalized learning, and we wanted to share our most popular blogs from the past year:
All Together Now: Data, Personalization, and Mastery-Based Progression (by Beth Rabbitt)
Sharpening our Focus on Blended Learning (by Beth Rabbitt)...
by Saro Mohammed on Dec 14, 2016
At this year’s iNACOL symposium, there was increasing consensus around the idea that understanding the effectiveness of blended and personalized learning in different contexts can no longer be put off into the future or left to researchers and think tanks alone. Several speakers agreed that we need these answers today and a broad group of stakeholders, including educators, must play a critical...Read More
by Saro Mohammed on Dec 7, 2016
Recently, the White House hosted a Symposium on the Future of Education R&D and Digital Learning, at which 100 or so researchers came together to share with and learn from each other. The purpose of this meeting was twofold—first, to review progress made in supporting educational innovation by the outgoing administration, and second, to consider what research and development path...Read More
by Juliana Finegan on Dec 6, 2016
Having taught high school and middle school for almost ten years, I still have many friends who are educators and administrators throughout the country. Recently I visited a school and was able to reconnect with some of them, talk about life, and chat about education. As we caught up in the teacher’s lounge, I was questioned about my work in blended learning. Some teachers asked about...Read More
by Saro Mohammed on Dec 1, 2016
As the implementation of blended and personalized learning grows, questions about effectiveness are becoming relevant to more students and families, teachers, and classrooms across the nation. Researchers and think tanks cannot generate these answers alone. A broad group of stakeholders must play a critical role, and edtech developers have a unique position in their ability to both contribute...Read More
by Michael Fauteux on Nov 21, 2016
Blended and personalized learning holds tremendous promise for meeting the individual needs of our students and deepening their learning.
Unfortunately, in the rush to implement these models, we often overlook the needs of those responsible for putting them into practice: the teachers.
Whole model implementation is an overwhelming endeavor because it involves significant changes to a multitude...Read More