Innovation...disruption...transformation...the path to successfully implementing high-quality blended learning in America's schools is rapidly unfolding and The Learning Accelerator is developing a road map for districts ready to embark on this journey. On the BlendED Update you will find our latest research, commentary, and helpful tools for schools that are ready to blend.

The Learning Accelerator's Blended Learning Measurement Fellowship

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...

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CUE Names LPS' Sophia Thomas BOLD Educator of the Year

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.

 IMG_5811.JPGThe 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....

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Solving the Problem of "Teaching to the Middle"

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...

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Is Communications the Secret Sauce for Innovation?

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....

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Communications Tips for School Leaders

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...

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Timely Reflections from SXSWedu

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...

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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...

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What is unique about the researcher’s role in measuring blended learning success?

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,...

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What is the educator’s role in measuring blended learning success?

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...

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ARPA-Ed: What would it take?

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...

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Lounge Lessons - Clearing up persistent teacher misconceptions on blended learning.

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...

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A Measurement Agenda: Role of EdTech Developers?

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...

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We Had to Personalize Teaching to Personalize Learning

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...

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Forward. A letter to my team.

by Beth Rabbitt on Nov 9, 2016


The results of yesterday’s U.S. elections have prompted a collective pause across the educational community. The majority of us, individually and together, are engaged in deep reflection as we look forward to next steps in achieving our dreams for children, the sector, and our country.

Earlier today, I sent a message to my team at The Learning Accelerator, sharing my own thoughts about...

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Join TLA at iNACOL!

by Michela Marini on Oct 20, 2016

The Learning Accelerator team will be in San Antonio next week and many of our partners will be involved in compelling sessions and/or pre-conference workshops at #iNACOL16. Please join us!

Tuesday, October 25

8:00 am

K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting

TLA Partner Saro Mohammed will join the MVLRI team in a day-long research community meeting fostering a space for researchers,...

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Really the End of Average?

by Saro Mohammed on Oct 6, 2016

It seems that everywhere I turn these days, there’s another book or article reproaching our reliance on averages, and, by extension, the “gold standard” of scientific research – the randomized controlled trial (RCT)–in education. The two concepts are intertwined, since RCTs rely on both random assignment as well as averages (or means) as the statistic of importance...

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