TLA Blog


The field of education is constantly innovating as schools across the country search for the best ways to improve learning for each student. On the TLA Blog, The Learning Accelerator team and guest experts investigate and help you navigate the latest research, commentary, and useful tools to push the field forward.

Reaching Across the Screen: Fostering Wellness in Virtual Systems

by Rae Lymer and Beth Holland on May 30 2024

When students and educators primarily interact through screens and chat boxes in fully virtual settings, school and system leaders may feel removed from the broader physical and social-emotional needs of the people in their community. However, the...

From Policy to Practice with the NETP: Three Questions for Leaders

by Beth Holland on May 30 2024

In January, the Office of Educational Technology released the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP). This latest iteration of the flagship federal edtech policy gave sweeping recommendations to do what we’ve always known is best for kids....

Getting to Know TLA’s New COO, Brittany McCullough

by Lacey Gonzales on May 9 2024

I recently sat down with The Learning Accelerator’s (TLA) Chief Operating Officer, Brittany McCullough, to learn more about her background, perspective, and vision as she joins our organization. You just joined us this May, welcome to TLA! Tell us...

Meet the Newest TLA Team Members

by Lacey Gonzales on March 6 2024

As The Learning Accelerator kicks off an exciting slate of work to tackle unfinished learning in 2024 and beyond, we also have the pleasure of celebrating the addition of some new teammates. These team members — with years of experience, notable...

Ensuring Quality EdTech Investments: Two Questions For System Leaders

by Michael Ham on February 23 2024

September marks a turning point for the K-12 sector. Since March 2020, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund has infused billions of dollars into school systems to aid pandemic recovery efforts designed to accelerate...

Supporting Students with SEL Strategies

by Ashley Fellows on February 9 2024

As we’re approaching assessment season and spring breaks, students find themselves caught in a whirlwind of emotions surrounding time away from traditional schedules and a break from their studies. In my time as a teacher and school leader, I...

To Help Teachers Survive the Next Few Weeks, Focus on Creativity

by Beth Holland on December 14 2023

The holiday season brings both happiness and hardship. The three-week period between Thanksgiving and the winter break is marked by celebrations as well as disrupted schedules. While some students become exuberant in their anticipation of vacations,...

Helping Educators and Leaders Surface What Works, For Whom, and Under What Conditions 

by Violet Ford on November 29 2023

Over the past few years, the context of education has dramatically changed as schools and systems grapple with the ongoing ramifications of emergency remote learning, lost instruction time, a growing student well-being crisis, and educator...

Catalyzing Collective Change Toward More Equitable Edtech Systems

by Michael Ham on November 17 2023

Edtech can be a powerful tool in any school system’s efforts for equity when implemented effectively. However, rapidly changing technologies and slow-moving systems have led many schools and systems to report challenges in realizing this potential....

Engaging 3 Key Groups for Equity in Edtech

by Jin-Soo Huh on November 10 2023

When implemented thoughtfully and equitably, edtech has the power to accelerate learning and address persistent disparities. While academic edtech tools can make learning more inclusive and responsive to students’ interests and needs, edtech...
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