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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.

Personalized Learning: Trendy and True

by Saro Mohammed on Jun 15, 2016


Personalized learning practices are increasingly being used in a variety of K-12 settings. These include public, private, and charter schools; at elementary, middle, and high school levels; in many content areas—including core subjects like reading, English language arts, math, and writing; and with students from various backgrounds.The current pace of growth in the implementation of personalized...

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Top 10 Ideas for Knowledge Sharing in Education

by Jennifer Wolfe on May 10, 2016


Over the last nine months, TLA has been engaged in a deep research effort to better understand teaching and learning in blended and personalized learning environments. We have learned a great deal and identified some really terrific practices at a number of schools nationally. We plan to share out as much as we can in an open source manner for others to use for their own work and purposes.

We know...

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innovateNJ: Gaining Momentum

by by Lisa Duty and Takecia Saylor on Mar 28, 2016


The state of New Jersey has been quietly spurring a wave of innovation that is gathering force and speed. The wave is engaging schools and districts, collaborators across the nation, and community partners close to home. The initiative - innovateNJ - is creating a corps of innovators who push, from each of their different roles and perspectives, for more personalized, blended, and effective student...

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All Together Now: Data, Personalization, and Mastery-Based Progression

by Beth Rabbitt on Mar 14, 2016


As I shared in last week’s post, the TLA team has spent a lot of time over the last six months seeking clarity on what exactly we mean when we say we’re an organization transforming schools through blended learning. Over the course of hundreds of conversations and visiting an equal number of classrooms throughout the country, we landed on the following vision to guide our work:

Blended...

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Sharpening Our Focus on Blended Learning

by Beth Rabbitt on Mar 7, 2016


Since our founding, The Learning Accelerator’s belief has been that blended learning is an innovation with the potential to transform the education of millions of students in American K-12 schools. By using technology to help teachers and students more deeply understand and respond to individual needs, we think schools can better reach their goals: effective, equitable, and engaging learning...

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Engaging Teachers in Blended through Blended Best Practices

by Juliana Finegan on Feb 9, 2016


Blended learning can do for educators what it is already doing for students, as long as professional development (PD) designers are as strategic with its implementation as teachers are when building a blended lesson for their students! Significant work has been done on how to create effective blended learning experiences for k-12 students and how important personalization is to buy-in, engagement,...

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New Blended Learning Recommendations and Resources

by Scott Ellis on Dec 1, 2015


I recently attended the iNACOL symposium in Florida, the largest blended learning conference in the country, where I heard district leaders and educators describe their efforts to embrace blended learning. These were not theoretical discussions; these innovators were facing real challenges, iterating concrete solutions, and, most loudly, seeking clear guidance for implementing blended learning....

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What’s Your Plan? Implementing Innovative and Sustainable Blended Learning School Models

by Scott Milam and Katie Morrison-Reed, Afton Partners on Oct 30, 2015


Across the county, skilled educators are implementing truly innovative approaches to teaching and learning. At Afton Partners, we’ve had the privilege to work with over 100 school districts and charter management organizations (CMOs) that have implemented blended learning school models to strengthen individualized curriculum and improve outcomes for students with varying academic abilities....

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Attending iNACOL? Mark your calendars for these valuable TLA sessions

by Michela Marini on Oct 7, 2015


The Learning Accelerator team will be busy at iNACOL this year, with many of our partners and grantees involved in compelling sessions and/or pre-conference workshops. Please join us!

Sunday, November 8

A Step-By-Step Guide to Communications Planning for Blended Learning: Key Messages, Tips, and Tactics for Knowing What to Say and When to Say It

1:00 pm

Communicating effectively with key stakeholders...

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The Learning Accelerator helps districts think about how to measure blended learning

by John Watson on Sep 14, 2015


The Learning Accelerator has just released its District Guide to Blended Learning Measurement, which provides a useful framework to districts thinking about how to determine whether their digital learning efforts are yielding results.

Educators and blended learning advocates are increasingly stressing the fact that technology should be implemented only with clear educational goals in...

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating Your Blended Learning Goals

by Kira Keane on Jul 24, 2015


CommsGuide_ImageDevices? Check. Software? Check. Communications Plan? Woops.

Like many of you, I make the rounds of edTech conferences looking for golden nuggets of wisdom about how to successfully implement blended learning in schools. Case studies, lessons learned, best practices...these are what I hunt for and I’ve discovered a new theme that many of us have overlooked: communications.

At conferences...

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Making Competency-Based, Personalized Learning Real for Teachers

by Beth Rabbitt, Margaret Roth on Jun 29, 2015


With Yet Analytics_June 2015Across the country, teachers are trying to bring technology into their classrooms to better meet the needs of every student. The goal is to make learning more personalized, competency-based, and data rich.

As educators work to make the shifts necessary to make this a reality, we have to ask ourselves what our systems for professional learning can do to achieve similar ends.

  • Don’t teachers...
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The Classroom Blender: Looking at Education Through a New Lens

by Jessica Anderson on May 21, 2015


Montana-based science teacher, Jessica Anderson, is one of the 11 Master Teachers selected to participate in our project with BetterLesson. We asked her to reflect on her experience making the switch to blended learning and to share advice for other teachers and leaders. Read on below, and tell us what you think at @TriSciCurious and @learningaccel. You can learn more about her classroom and teaching...
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Hold that Elevator! A Message on Pitching Your Plan for Blended Learning

by Kira Keane on Apr 28, 2015


Let’s face it, implementing blended learning is complex. Each of the steps can be challenging, whether it’s shifting to personalization, integrating technology, or embracing competency-based learning. If you’re not crystal clear about why your school or district is embracing blended learning, you’ll likely have a hard time building support among your key audiences.

It takes...

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Longevity: The Key To Getting Good EdTech Advice

by Chris Borunda on Apr 21, 2015


When I ask educators why it’s difficult to select software for their classrooms their emphatic response is consistently: “It’s overwhelming!” And, I completely agree. Products are abundant, categories are fuzzy and the criteria used to evaluate the software are highly debatable. However, I also believe that we have historically overlooked a simple data point that could intelligently...

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States Must Change, Too For Blended Learning

by Lisa Duty on Mar 17, 2015


Schools around the country are taking steps to organize around students and engage in more personalized and blended learning strategies and approaches to learning. The creation of these new models is endowed with a spirit of discovery, collaboration, trying, testing, pushing, and, ultimately, transforming the student's learning experience. As a state committed to becoming the first fully 'blended...

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How To Choose A Blended Learning Professional Services Partner

by Luis Rodriguez on Feb 26, 2015


How To Choose A BL PS PartnerSchool districts often ask me, “Who can help us implement high-quality blended learning?” And my answer is always, “It depends on which phase of the project you are in and your organization’s strengths and weaknesses.” Some districts are starting blended learning from the beginning and some are looking for partners to help them think through scaling beyond a pilot....

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