The Learning Accelerator is committed to providing teachers, administrators and others with resources to help understand and successfully implement blended and personalized learning. We have collected specific recommendations and resources for school districts and state leaders on the necessary conditions for success. We also offer free, open, and practical teaching and learning strategies specifically for educators who are implementing blended and personalized learning.
Or browse through our full resource library below to find 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.
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.
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.
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 case study of three Colorado school districts includes a profile of TLA partner district Greeley-Evans School District.
Effective communications is a cornerstone of successful blended learning. This 10-step guide includes useful links and examples, and helps districts create a communications strategy for implementing blended learning.
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.
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.
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.
ExcelinEd developed this interactive website to help inform and engage parents on the importance of states establishing high proficiency expectations that drive student achievement.
The report identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the discovery and acquisition of K-12 personalized learning tools.
This resource provides tips for district leaders who are managing network upgrades and helps ensure that district broadband infrastructure is digital learning-ready.
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.
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.
MasteryTrack is a prototype developed to demonstrate the key elements of mastery-based progression and to show how it can be implemented at scale in districts across the country.
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.
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.
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 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.
This 2015 survey provides an overview of the blended-learning environment in Ohio and makes recommendations for increasing success in OH and beyond.
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.
This recommendation-filled report on Houston's computer hardware purchasing program includes links to sample RFPs, lease vs. buy guidelines, and more.
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 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.
SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action developed several resources to support policymakers and digital leaders as they navigate the modernized E-rate program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Rhode Island Department of Education conducted a unique community-based process for developing its state plan for public education, which prioritizes personalized learning statewide.
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).
A framework to help leaders and teachers better understand the competencies educators need to be effective in blended teaching and learning environments.
TLA Partner Daniel Owens co-authors this framework for edtech purchasing, offering practical advice to guide key decisions. Includes infographic.
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.
A five-step guide showing school districts how to avoid getting stuck in the pilot phase, and successfully budget for scaling blended learning.
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.
A report from EducationSuperHighway detailing the state of connectivity in K-12 public schools, state by state, and identifying opportunities for action.
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.
Download this free analysis of various devices and recommendations based on school district variables. Includes valuable tips to consider before making your big purchase.
EdSurge posts this helpful blog by New Orleans educator Brandon Phenix highlighting how to prototype a pilot and build teacher professional development.
Case studies of four Race to the Top–district grantees’ early implementation efforts.
This report details the implementation of blended learning at a Providence elementary school chosen to be a proof point for the state.
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.
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 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.
A helpful guide for any school or district considering blended learning implementation - includes school case studies and online resources. -
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.
A guide to community collaboration from TLA, CO Department of Education, and CO Education Initiative; includes case studies, community facilitation video trainings, and templates to accelerate 21st Century learning.
A collection that outlines the skills, knowledge, and activities necessary for multiple stakeholders to build our evidence base and advance our collective understanding of blended learning’s effectiveness.
This useful toolkit includes recommendations and key talking points on how to most effectively communicate with parents and other stakeholder groups about competency-based education.
A collection of resources designed specifically for educators and school designers who are implementing blended and personalized learning in their classrooms.
An in-depth profile of Lindsay Unified School District's efforts to provide students with home Internet access. Includes useful strategies and artifacts.
State Profiles in Innovation: How Four States Are Advancing Blended and Personalized Learning Statewide
This report features profiles of state actors who are on the leading edge of cultivating blended and personalized learning.
Explore this TLA collection of teaching strategies that capture learning objectives, definition and assessment of mastery, learning pathways, and reporting.
This free tool makes broadband and pricing data transparent so that state and school district leaders get more bandwidth for their broadband budget.
An overview of the Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning program developed by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and designed to support school leaders in the transition to blended and digital learning.
This tool helps you evaluate educational technology use in your school so that you can make better, more informed decisions and improve student outcomes.
A useful series of profiles of mastery-based learning high schools, including artifacts, tools, and resources.
BetterLesson has compiled key lessons learned about how to support teachers in blended and personalized environments.