Working with States

At The Learning Accelerator, we believe that states have an important role to play in the shift to blended learning.

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

SFWIt's not enough to have a few great models of blended learning schools. States need to create system conditions where innovation thrives. Forward-thinking states are seizing the opportunity to create a new universe of possibilities for student learning — acting as catalysts in a number of ways.

Learn about TLA’s Framework for Cultivating High‐Quality Blended Learning at the State Level and inquire about state-level partnership with TLA.






We’ve made investments in a number of state-level partnerships and organizations to develop strategies, blueprints and tools to support all states in the transition to blended learning with the goal of achieving improved student outcomes within an innovative culture.



TLA and our partner 2Revolutions teamed up to better understand the factors that contribute to innovation culture, what it takes to build and sustain it over time, and what we could learn from other organizations that innovate outside of the education sector. The result of our study is a framework, assessment tool, and Innovation Scorecard for organizational leaders at the state level as they work to create a Culture of Innovation.


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Rhode Island is one of the first states in the country to empower its community to develop a state plan for public education through a design-based process. TLA is proud of its involvement in helping to catalyze and support development of the 2015-2020 Rhode Island Strategic Plan for PK-12 Education, which prioritizes personalizing learning statewide and will guide the state's work in public education over the next five years. The narrative, process, and key materials used in the Rhode Island process are available for free here:


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COToolkit_Cover_small copyCommunity engagement has largely become a one-way mechanism for districts to push out information about initiatives and programs into the local community. Along the way, a small but widening gap has formed, separating the community from the school, often to the detriment of students and innovation.  In response, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Education Initiative, and The Learning Accelerator developed the Community Collaboration for School Innovation model and toolkit. The kit provides a framework by which any district can shift from a model that centers around pushing information out, to a new model that pulls in directives from the community.

As the question of preparing students for independent adult life becomes increasingly complex, the development of new education models and practices stand to benefit from empowered people, communities, and more open innovation.



Ohio Report_no logosThe Ohio Blended Learning Network received support from TLA working in partnership with the Clayton Christensen Institute in conducting a statewide survey for the purpose of providing an overview of the blended learning environment in Ohio. The result is a report titled State of Opportunity: The Status and Direction Of Blended Learning in Ohio. 

State of Opportunity provides details of implementation, challenges, and lessons learned in addition to focusing on four recommendations for public institutions, non-profit organizations, funders and others who want to continue developing blended learning in Ohio.