BlendED Blog

Innovation... disruption... transformation... the path to successfully implementing high-quality blended learning in America's schools is rapidly unfolding and The Learning Accelerator is developing a road map for districts ready to embark on this journey. On the BlendED Update you will find our latest research, commentary, and helpful tools for schools that are ready to blend.

TLA is Hiring!

by Michela Marini on December 13 2017

As we enter 2018, we are growing our team and are looking for a Director of Finance and Operations to help our dynamic and mission-driven organization build strong organizational foundations upon which to grow and sustain our work. While the job description will give you better details on the position, including the responsibilities and qualities...
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Next Steps in Personalized Learning’s Equity Agenda: Clarifying Definitions, Goals and Measurement

by Tricia Maas on December 12 2017

In the last two and a half years that I have conducted research on the implementation of personalized learning, many principals and teachers have told me that equity is the core motivation for their instructional shift. Indeed, teachers frequently define personalized learning as, “providing each child with what he or she needs.” But despite this...
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Ready to Try These Favorite Teacher-Designed Ideas In Your Classroom?

by Jennifer Wolfe on December 1 2017

Personalized Learning Design Collaboration Winners Announced At The Learning Accelerator, we love the opportunity to celebrate teachers. Our recent Personalized Learning Design Collaboration with The Teachers Guild provided us with a chance to recognize and amplify some great ideas from educators around the country. We believe that often the best...
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Empowering Students to Take Action on Global Issues: The Facing Difference Challenge from Students Rebuild

by Leonetta Elaiho, Students Rebuild on November 29 2017

One of the values of blended learning is ensuring that every child has an engaging and effective education that is just right for them. An engaging education not only meets students where they are, but also connects learning to the world around them. Making the learning personalized is not just about the learning approach, but also tapping into...
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Putting it All Together: Decision-Makers and Blended Learning Measurement

by Saro Mohammed on November 28 2017

Over the past year, I’ve written about how educators, researchers, ed tech developers, and funders are all important to enacting TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning to connect the research and implementation cycles and help us all understand how to best support all students in reaching their full potential. This post, the last of the...
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Keep your Messages Fresh and Relevant to Spark Engagement

by Kira Keane on November 20 2017

Recent survey points the way to better messaging around personalized learning Over the past five years, The Learning Accelerator has highlighted how effective communications are a critical component of successful innovation in education. We’ve joined with other education leaders, organizations, and practitioners during this time to provide helpful...
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Confessions of a Blended Leader

by Elizabeth Anthony on November 14 2017

Have you ever felt like your blended- or personalized-learning program should be more innovative than it is? I certainly have. In my role as blended learning coordinator for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), I help leaders and teachers in Catholic schools implement blended-learning programs. I am always a little self-conscious about...
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Philanthropy and Measurement are Inextricably Intertwined

by Saro Mohammed on November 13 2017

At The Learning Accelerator, we recently refreshed our Blended and Personalized Learning at Work website in anticipation of attending this year’s iNACOL Symposium as a team. Both of these activities consumed all of our cognitive resources over the past several weeks, and they also got me thinking about the influence funders have over the...
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Reflections from an iNACOL Rookie

by Ellie Avishai on October 31 2017

"The hard work we do is a manifestation of love for our students." - Rachel Moola, iNACOL Teacher of the Year For a gathering of almost 3000 people, the iNACOL Symposium has the feeling of a family reunion. In all directions, there are people shaking hands, hugging or waving to each other with smiles. Among the crowds of people flowing in and out...
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Heart Smart & Head Smart: Reflections on a Year of Giving Teachers the Support They Need to Make the Leap to Personalized Learning

by Jeff Liberty on October 20 2017

While the shift from “differentiated instruction” to “personalized learning” seems like a reasonable enough commitment to make philosophically, the changes in practice that this generation of teachers will need to make to realize the potential of personalized learning are daunting.  In contrast with differentiation, which has been in teachers’...
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