As a catalyst for educational transformation, The Learning Accelerator is committed to providing teachers, administrators and others with resources to help understand and successfully implement blended learning programs.
These resources currently include whitepapers on personalized learning, case studies on how innovative districts are adopting blended learning, and step-by-step implementation guides for districts ready to take the first steps.
Blended Learning Resources
The Learning Accelerator and Getting Smart joined with DLN to update this popular guide. Version 3.0 reflects feedback from schools and districts, developments in the field, and new educational technology trends.
Published in 2012 as suggestions for the Race to the Top-District Competition. RTT-D is sponsored by the US Dep. of Education to create personalized learning to bolster student achievement.
The guide, written with TLA Partner Lisa Duty among others, explores the strengths and challenges of implementing blended learning policies, and the role state boards of education play.
ExcelinEd developed this interactive website to help inform and engage parents on the importance of states establishing high proficiency expectations that drive student achievement.
This tool provides a series of sample assessments for district leaders to gather information, opinions and perspectives from important stakeholders when starting to implement blended learning.
Version 1 of this framework will help state leaders better understand the role they can play in a transition to blended learning, with the goal of achieving improved student outcomes within an innovative culture.
The report identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the discovery and acquisition of K-12 personalized learning tools.
Relay Learn offers free, practical blended learning training modules featuring techniques that make the deepest impact in schools, as tested by master teachers and principals.
This recommendation-filled report on Houston's computer hardware purchasing program includes links to sample RFPs, lease vs. buy guidelines, and more.
This brief describes in detail one blended learning classroom in Middletown school district in the state of New York, and draws out the policy implications from the actual instructional experience.
HISD built an RFP for purchasing devices that covered the district’s non-negotiable specifications. Other districts are free to use this resource as a template.
In order to decide whether to lease or buy EdTech devices, HISD made calculations that helped inform their decision. Other districts are free to use this example as a resource.
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) studied leasing vs. purchasing information technologies as directed by the General Appropriations Act of the 75th Legislature.
This resource provides tips for district leaders who are managing network upgrades and helps ensure that district broadband infrastructure is digital learning-ready.
The Rogers Foundation selected four schools as partners in their commitment to improve teaching and learning in Oakland, CA. This three-part series shares updates on the progress for their BL initiative.
Case studies of four Race to the Top–district grantees’ early implementation efforts.
TLA's school district partner in Colorado shares its blended learning update to their school board. A useful example of how to communicate about blended learning initiatives, implementation timelines and district responsibilities.
This report details the implementation of blended learning at a Providence elementary school chosen to be a proof point for the state.
A framework to help leaders and teachers better understand the competencies educators need to be effective in blended teaching and learning environments.
Education Sector – The Right Mix: How an L.A. School is Blending a Curriculum for Personalized Learning
This profile of an implementation in a school in Los Angeles describes both the potential and the challenges of blended learning.
A summary of the implications of the K-12 blended learning research that has been promoted to date and guidance on how to interpret the evidence.
A helpful guide for any school or district considering blended learning implementation - includes school case studies and online resources. -
This case study shows how the Rhode Island Board of Education and RIDE has moved to implement blended learning through a combination of top-down and bottom-up policies.
Eleven of the highest-performing blended teachers in the country share their effective practices in this collection of strategy videos. Includes related resources that highlight blended-specific instructional models and professional learning.
This framework outlines measurable variables that incorporates TLA's vision of blended learning with a focus on teaching and learning to provide actionable information about implementation and success.
Download this free analysis of various devices and recommendations based on school district variables. Includes valuable tips to consider before making your big purchase.
First in a series of reports from MVLRI, this is an overview of the Highlander Institute's Fuse RI program, an open access model for supporting and expanding K-12 blended learning implementation in Rhode Island (RI).
Effective communications is a cornerstone of successful blended learning programs. This 10-step guide includes useful links and examples, and helps districts create a communications strategy for implementing blended learning.
TLA and 2Revolutions' new framework for state and school district leaders working to build a culture of innovation. This resource includes a helpful assessment tool and suggested action steps.
This case study of three Colorado school districts includes a profile of TLA partner district Greeley-Evans School District.
TLA Partner Daniel Owens co-authors this framework for edtech purchasing, offering practical advice to guide key decisions. Includes infographic.
Bellwether Education Partners’ playbook is designed to help state and local policymakers identify the policy changes needed to expand access to quality personalized learning in their states and communities.
This Colorado school district's initial blended learning implementation efforts included a series of meetings with teachers to hear their questions and comments. Early outreach to teachers, and their ongoing involvement, is key to blended learning success.
Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems
This issue brief by CompetencyWorks and iNACOL provides insights from education leaders on district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones.
BL involves much more than introducing technology into classrooms; it offers an opportunity to rethink how teachers teach and students learn. TNTP's first version of guidance to help districts and schools rethink their human capital systems to support BL.
An education case study developed from the “Innovation Powered by Technology” conference in 2012. A model of how to convene a successful conference about student-centered digital learning.
EdSurge posts this helpful blog by New Orleans educator Brandon Phenix highlighting how to prototype a pilot and build teacher professional development.
This five-step guide shows educators how to measure their own blended learning initiatives, so that results are useful to them as well as contribute to a general body of knowledge about blended learning.
This sample timeline shows districts a way to link their blended learning implementation plans to a communications plan. Districts should use this example as a starting point, adding detail and customizing for their specific needs.
This guide provides helpful sample messages for districts to use when communicating about their blended learning initiatives. Messages are tailored to key stakeholder audiences and can be freely customized.
Reynoldsburg City Schools and TLA developed a school-level grant competition to foster new or developing initiatives that further progress toward financially sustainable academic growth and achievement for all students.
This report holds innovative public agencies up as a model for how school districts should work on procurement and recommends four steps toward meaningful procurement reform.