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.

Announcing TLA’s Virtual and Hybrid Learning Strategy Lab

by Beth Rabbitt & Nate Kellogg on November 17 2021

The Learning Accelerator is excited to announce a new cohort-based learning opportunity for districts across the country to explore how virtual and hybrid capabilities can advance equitable, personalized, and accelerated learning for students. As brick-and-mortar schools reopen across the country, many school systems are exploring how – and if –...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Opportunities to Shift from a “Teaching” Profession to a “Learning” Profession

by Kristi Ransick on October 20 2021

Kristi Ransick is an education consultant with over 25 years experience working in school and curricular innovation. In the wake of initial pandemic-related school closures, Kristi supported work with the Chief Council of State School Officers to develop a “Restart and Recovery” playbook for system leaders and supported members of TLA’s Strategy...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Leveraging Collaborative Leadership When Making Long- and Short-Term Financial Decisions

by Scott Milam on October 12 2021

Scott Milam is the co-founder and managing director of Afton Partners LLC, a professional services firm focused on forging an alignment between financial strategies and educational priorities. With over 25 years of experience providing management and advisory services for clients in the commercial and public sectors, Scott supports school...
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Leveraging the Urgency of ‘Now:’ Fostering Remote Family Engagement to Identify and Address Student Needs

by Keri Randolph on October 7 2021

At Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), we are committed to ensuring every student is known, cared for, and respected. This ethos became a guiding light for the ways in which we designed our strategies and supports for our school community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a moment rife with so much uncertainty, we wanted to make sure that one...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: “Engagement Through Inquiry”

by Diana Laufenberg on September 28 2021

Diana Laufenberg is the Executive Director at Inquiry Schools, a nonprofit working to create and support student-centered learning environments that are inquiry-driven, project-based and utilize modern technology. For 16 years, Diana was a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at...
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Ensuring a Successful Return to In-Person Learning

by Juliana Finegan on September 21 2021

This post was originally published on the ASCD Blog on August 15, 2021. As educators and students prepare to reenter school buildings, there will be inevitable challenges—not only around shifting back to yet another setting (even a previously familiar one!), but also around supporting teacher and student mindsets. Teachers may have one vision...
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Adult Learning Culture: An Underrated Ingredient for Success in Uncertain Times

by Chelsea Waite & Beth Rabbitt on September 16 2021

This blog was originally published on Next Generation Learning Challenges. A recent ASCD article confronted an uncomfortable reality: the COVID-19 pandemic is likely not the only major interruption to K–12 schooling in our lifetimes. Contemplating an uncertain future, the article explores several key shifts—from investment in universal broadband...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Leveraging technology to “do education differently” and focus on equity, social-emotional learning (SEL)

by Jilliam Joe on September 14 2021

Dr. Jilliam Joe is the Vice President of Learning Insights at LEAP Innovations. Jilliam has dedicated her career as an educational researcher to measuring effective teaching practices. At LEAP, she provides research and evaluation leadership for LEAP's programs and leads their personalized-learning educator competency framework development. As...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Seeing and Supporting the Whole Student

by Malika Ali on September 2 2021

Malika Ali is a Managing Partner at the Highlander Institute and is responsible for the Institute’s evolving and iterative pedagogical approach to change, as well as program implementation across all classrooms, schools and districts. She is passionate about working to develop educators to be change agents of instructional and systemic equity and...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: How to Navigate a Once-in-a-Generation Equity Moment

by Chong-Hao Fu on August 25 2021

Chong-Hao Fu is the Chief Executive Officer of Leading Educators, which “partners with school systems to build and sustain the conditions, teaching, and leadership to ensure that the students furthest from opportunity succeed in school and in life.” A former teacher and founding school leader, Chong-Hao is a leading expert in teacher leadership...
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