Learning Accelerator

The Learning Accelerator is committed to providing teachers, administrators and others who are interested in blended learning 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.

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NEW! Blended Learning Implementation Guide 2.0

The Learning Accelerator and Getting Smart joined with DLN to update this popular guide. Version 2.0 reflects feedback from schools and districts, developments in the field, and new educational technology trends.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Rogers Family Foundation – Oakland Unified School District Blended Learning Pilot (Part 2)

The Rogers Family Foundation shares an update to their Oakland Blended Learning case study published in October 2012.

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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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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.

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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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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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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 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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Rogers Family Foundation – Oakland Unified School District Blended Learning Pilot (Part 3)

This update describes an additional year’s worth of planning, design and implementation progress for the foundation’s Blended Learning Initiative in Oakland, CA.

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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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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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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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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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Rogers Family Foundation – Oakland Unified School District Blended Learning Pilot (Part 1)

The Foundation selected four schools as partners in their commitment to fundamentally change and improve teaching and learning in Oakland.

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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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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. - 

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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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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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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.