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.

Hogwarts: Proof There’s No Magic in Strong Instructional Practice

by Daniel Owens on March 30 2018

Due to a collection of unbelievable circumstances, I recently had the opportunity to observe a school almost everyone has heard of but almost no one has seen firsthand: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The school is incredibly well known but only small snippets of instructional practice have been seen by the public at large. In the name...
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A Commons for Educator Learning

by Stephen Pham on March 20 2018

This blog was originally posted on Education Week. One of the most valuable yet scarcest resources we have in our school systems is teacher time. Inundated with countless demands--lesson planning, preparing materials, meeting with families, after school meetings and functions, and teaching itself--teachers are left with very limited, precious time...
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Personalizing Staff Development with Deeper Learning Week

by Daniel Owens on March 6 2018

The subject of passion projects in the workplace elicits mixed feelings among employers and employees. The concept gained momentum when Google created its “20% time” idea, providing employees the opportunity to spend 20% of their time focused on passion projects. While many companies have followed suit and adopted their own form of passion...
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What We Mean When We Say "Ecosystem Coordinator"

by Jennifer Wolfe on February 16 2018

Sometimes it can be difficult to convey the value of ecosystem coordination. As I reflect on the origin and evolution of Open Up Resources, I realize that the success of Open Up provides a great example of how our work as an ecosystem coordinator at The Learning Accelerator (TLA) created an important and powerful impact. It has been tremendously...
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Teachers and Technology Must Not Be an Either/Or Dichotomy

by Stephen Pham on February 14 2018

This piece was originally posted on EdSurge. We must either: integrate technology or support teachers; teach traditionally or personalize learning; support districts or support charters; fund edtech or fund schools; individualize learning or humanize instruction. As oversimplified as the above statements may seem, recent public discourse around...
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Ensuring a Return on Instruction

by Eric C. Sheninger, Thomas C. Murray on February 12 2018

A portion of the following is an excerpt from the new ASCD book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today. For decades, school leaders have discussed “the need” to integrate technology. The problem with these conversations has been a lack of focus on the why and how technology can support a learning transformation. The...
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LearnLaunch’s Innovation Showcase: How I was Inspired and What I Learned from Students

by Ellie Avishai on February 7 2018

“What if you could eradicate the fear of public speaking? We’re working to design a virtual reality program to help people get over that fear.” The high school students making this pitch seem to have benefited from their own innovation. They are poised and clear-spoken, standing on the stage speaking into a microphone to a room full of students,...
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Hungry for a New Year’s change? We have you covered!

by Juliana Finegan on February 6 2018

As a classroom teacher for almost 10 years, I remember January and February being a time when I was inspired to revisit different aspects of my classroom. During the break, I would reflect on what needed fine tuning, how to implement shifts to better support student needs, and explored new ways to engage students in their own learning. Sometimes...
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Publish or (the field will) perish: Blended learning needs more peer-reviewed publications

by Emily Pulham & Saro Mohammed on February 6 2018

This blog was originally published on the Brookings Institution's Brown Center Chalkboard. Blended learning research is at a very interesting crossroads when it comes to interests of the public school system, nonprofit organizations, corporate entities, private research firms, and traditional academic institutions. There are several ongoing...
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Cisco ISD: Blended Learning in the Heart of Rural Texas

by Daniel Owens on January 29 2018

Nestled in north central Texas is Cisco Independent School District, a rural school system implementing high-quality blended learning. Those making their way across Texas on Interstate 20 are likely to compare the district to a scene from Friday Night Lights, but a closer look reveals a district fiercely dedicated to improving teaching and...
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