Learning Accelerator

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 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.


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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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.


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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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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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. - 


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. 


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.

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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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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.


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). 


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

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. 

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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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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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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.


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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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. 

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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.


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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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.


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.


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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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.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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.


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. 

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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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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. 


Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

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


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. 


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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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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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.


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.


Personalized Learning in Progress

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

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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.


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.