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
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...Read More
by Lisa Duty on Oct 31, 2016
How Four States Are Advancing Blended and Personalized Learning Statewide
Today we are releasing State Profiles in Innovation: How Four States Are Advancing Blended and Personalized Learning Statewide (“Profiles”). This new publication is produced by Innovation Partners America in partnership with The Learning Accelerator (TLA).
Profiles includes reviews of four select initiatives...Read More
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
TLA Partner Saro Mohammed will join the MVLRI team in a day-long research community meeting fostering a space for researchers,...Read More
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...Read More
by Jennifer Wolfe on Sep 22, 2016
The Learning Accelerator and OER
Almost three years ago, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) began its journey into open education resources (OER). As our understanding of OER deepened, we saw exciting opportunities for a new model of instructional materials: high quality, standards-aligned and low cost. These new OER materials had the potential to improve student learning, provide educators with more...Read More
Call it what you want: Why we don’t need a common definition of ‘blended’ or ‘personalized’ learning to measure effectiveness
by Saro Mohammed on Sep 21, 2016
Last year’s enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act, when viewed alongside other recent federally supported education initiatives such as the expansion of the national E-Rate program, the ConnectED initiative, and the Go Open campaign, was perceived by proponents of personalized learning as a clear victory. Their expectation is that under ESSA, educational innovations,...Read More
by Michela Marini on Aug 29, 2016
Interested in seeing blended learning on the agenda for this year’s SXSWedu? As part of their session selection process, SXSWedu welcomes public voting: anyone can cast their vote for session proposals, and public input accounts for 30% of the decision-making process for conference programming.
With your vote, we can together ensure that SXSWedu 2017 offers some great blended learning panels....Read More