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Or browse through our resource library below to find additional 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 Implementation Guide 3.0

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.


Clayton Christensen Institute – A guide to personalized learning

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.

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Disruptive Innovation Investment Program

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.

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Texas Lease vs. Buy Guidelines

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) studied leasing vs. purchasing information technologies as directed by the General Appropriations Act of the 75th Legislature. 

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School District Partnerships Help CO K-12 Blended Learning Take Flight

This case study of three Colorado school districts includes a profile of TLA partner district Greeley-Evans School District.

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Communications Planning for Blended Learning: Step-By-Step Guide

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. 

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District Guide to Blended Learning Measurement

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. 

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Blended Learning Teacher Training Modules

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. 

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So You Think You Want to Innovate?

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.

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Why Proficiency Matters

ExcelinEd developed this interactive website to help inform and engage parents on the importance of states establishing high proficiency expectations that drive student achievement.


Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

The report identifies the key obstacles and potential solutions for the discovery and acquisition of K-12 personalized learning tools.

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Network Essentials for Superintendents

This resource provides tips for district leaders who are managing network upgrades and helps ensure that district broadband infrastructure is digital learning-ready.


Clayton Christensen Institute – Convening Rhode Island around digital learning

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.


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.

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MasteryTrack: System Overview

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.

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Greeley-Evans District 6 Teacher "Listening Tour"

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.

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Reimagining Teaching in a Blended Classroom

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.


HISD Cost Calculation

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.

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NASBE Guide for State Boards to Craft Better Policies for Blended Learning

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.

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State of Opportunity: The Status and Direction of Blended Learning in Ohio

This 2015 survey provides an overview of the blended-learning environment in Ohio and makes recommendations for increasing success in OH and beyond.

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Blended Learning Messaging

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.

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TLA Blended Learning Snapshot: EdTech Purchasing in Houston

This recommendation-filled report on Houston's computer hardware purchasing program includes links to sample RFPs, lease vs. buy guidelines, and more.

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Blended Learning Communications Timeline

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.

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District Stakeholder Blended Learning Readiness Assessments

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.

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E-Rate Modernization Toolkit

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 EdTech Device RFP

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.

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Blended Learning Measurement Framework

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. 

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Greeley-Evans District 6 Blended Learning Report

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.

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Framework for Cultivating High-Quality Blended Learning at the State Level

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.

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2015-2020 Rhode Island Strategic Plan for PK-12 and Adult Education 

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. 


FUSE RI: An Open Access Model of K-12 Blended Learning Implementation

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). 


iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework

A framework to help leaders and teachers better understand the competencies educators need to be effective in blended teaching and learning environments.

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Smart Series Guide to EdTech Procurement

TLA Partner Daniel Owens co-authors this framework for edtech purchasing, offering practical advice to guide key decisions.  Includes infographic.

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NASBE State Innovations: Rhode Island's Blended Approach to Blended Learning

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. 

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District Guide: Financing to Scale Blended Learning

A five-step guide showing school districts how to avoid getting stuck in the pilot phase, and successfully budget for scaling blended learning.

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NASBE from Practice to Policy

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.

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2015 State of the States

A report from EducationSuperHighway detailing the state of connectivity in K-12 public schools, state by state, and identifying opportunities for action.


Rogers Family Foundation – Oakland Unified School District Blended Learning Pilot

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.


Education Elements Hardware Analysis: Choosing the Right Hardware for Your District

Download this free analysis of various devices and recommendations based on school district variables. Includes valuable tips to consider before making your big purchase.


Going Google: Lessons Learned from Rolling Out 1200 Chromebooks

EdSurge posts this helpful blog by New Orleans educator Brandon Phenix highlighting how to prototype a pilot and build teacher professional development.


Personalized Learning in Progress

Case studies of four Race to the Top–district grantees’ early implementation efforts.


Rhode Island Department of Education - Innovation Powered By Technology Model School

This report details the implementation of blended learning at a Providence elementary school chosen to be a proof point for the state.

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Blended Learning Research Clearinghouse 

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. 

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A Policy Playbook for Personalized Learning: Ideas for State and Local Policymakers

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. 


A Blueprint for Effective and Adaptable School District Procurement

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.

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Aspire Public Schools Blended Learning 101 Handbook

A helpful guide for any school or district considering blended learning implementation - includes school case studies and online resources. - 


Blended Master Teacher Videos

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.


Community Collaboration for School Innovation Toolkit

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.


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Measurement Agenda for Blended 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.

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Competency-based Education Communication Toolkit

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.


Blended & Personalized Learning Practices At Work

A collection of resources designed specifically for educators and school designers who are implementing blended and personalized learning in their classrooms.

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TLA Blended Learning Snapshot: Connecting Every Learner

An in-depth profile of Lindsay Unified School District's efforts to provide students with home Internet access. Includes useful strategies and artifacts.

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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.

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Mastery-Based Progression

Explore this TLA  collection of teaching strategies that capture learning objectives, definition and assessment of mastery, learning pathways, and reporting. 

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Compare & Connect K-12

This free tool makes broadband and pricing data transparent so that state and school district leaders get more bandwidth for their broadband budget.

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Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning

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.


EdTech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach

This tool helps you evaluate educational technology use in your school so that you can make better, more informed decisions and improve student outcomes.

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Inside Mastery Based High Schools: Profiles and Conversations

A useful series of profiles of mastery-based learning high schools, including artifacts, tools, and resources.


Blended and Personalized Learning: Insights from the Blended Master Teacher Project

BetterLesson has compiled key lessons learned about how to support teachers in blended and personalized environments.

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

A video case study exploring P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School's successful blended learning program.


What’s Possible with Personalized Learning?

This paper is designed to inform schools, families, and communities about the potential of personalized learning - including what it looks like in schools for teachers and students.


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Blended & Personalized Learning Communications Planning Worksheet

Download this simple worksheet to identify your key audiences, messengers, messages, and tactics, building support for your blended and personalized learning programs.


Communications Planning for Innovation in Education

TLA and Education Elements partnered on this updated guide for your blended and personalized learning initiatives. Includes profiles of real-world district communications strategies, and worksheets, templates, videos, and more.

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TLA Blended Learning Snapshot: The Middletown Learning Path

This report highlights one example of how a district in New York is innovating around the use of Open Educational Resources, including links, resources and key takeaways.

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