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...Read More
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...Read More
by Saro Mohammed on May 9, 2016
Whenever a new study comes out that says blended learning is effective, or blended learning isn’t effective, the first thing I do is take a close read of the methods to see what the authors really mean by “blended learning” and “effectiveness.”
Sometimes it’s very clear how these terms were defined, but frustratingly it is often not clear at all.
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...Read More
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:
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...Read More
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,...Read More
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....Read More
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....Read More
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
Communicating effectively with key stakeholders...Read More
by John Watson on Sep 17, 2015
An earlier post reviewed the recently published District Guide to Blended Learning Measurement from The Learning Accelerator, and promised a follow-up post regarding the distinction that the guide makes between research and evaluation.
This distinction is important, for reasons explained by Richard Culata and Katrina Stevens of the US Department of Education:... Read More
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...Read More
by Kira Keane on Jul 24, 2015
Devices? 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...Read More
by Beth Rabbitt, Margaret Roth on Jun 29, 2015
Across 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...
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... Read More
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...Read More
by Beth Rabbitt on Apr 24, 2015
At The Learning Accelerator (TLA), we believe that effective principal leadership is absolutely critical for creating and sustaining schools that foster deeper and personalized learning. Given this, as part of TLA’s next human capital initiative, we’re running two experiments aimed at supporting and increasing the capacity of these leaders as they engage in...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
by Luis Rodriguez on Feb 26, 2015
School 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....Read More