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.

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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Find TLA at iNACOL 2017

by Jennifer Wolfe on October 19 2017

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Orlando at the 2017 iNACOL Symposium Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality. The Learning Accelerator is pleased to be presenting on numerous important topics in blended and personalized learning, in many instances with partner organizations and school leaders. Please join us at...
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Don’t Drink from the Firehose: Harnessing the Potential of Blended Learning Data

by Stephen Pham on October 16 2017

At The Learning Accelerator, we believe that a core part of blended learning is the use of real-time data. Students, parents, and educators continuously monitor learning progress to assess for mastery, tailoring learning activities to match each learner’s needs. However, with the influx of so much data -- from informal observations, formative...
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Introducing The Learning Accelerator's Blended Learning Measurement Fellows

by Saro Mohammed on October 3 2017

The Learning Accelerator (TLA) believes that supporting effective blended learning innovation and implementation requires effective measurement to understand outcomes and inform collective improvement. As part of our work to catalyze this measurement, TLA is piloting a one-year Fellowship to support individuals conducting research that advances...
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Building a Team

by Mark Hennes on September 26 2017

"Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work." – Vince Lombardi In my 26 years in the Army, I held 18 different jobs. Although I enjoyed the highs and lows of every one of them, there was no tougher circumstance than taking over a job because my predecessor had been fired. One of the two times this happened to me, it...
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Teachers Guild & TLA Are Partnering Up to Launch a Personalized Learning Design Challenge

by Jennifer Wolfe on September 12 2017

Too often, teachers’ ideas go unrecognized and never travel beyond the four walls of the classroom. This is our opportunity to change that. Today we are launching a Personalized Learning Design Collaboration with The Teachers Guild. We are excited to be working with The Teachers Guild to catalyze and amplify promising practices in blended and...
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Next Gen Professional Development (Part 1)

by Jon Corippo on August 30 2017

“Professional development” has a negative connotation for many teachers. In other professions, professionals are hungry for training on the latest techniques, mindset, and tactical approaches. NASCAR Pit Crews get training. If they fail to get a tire changed in seconds, it’s a major public event. If you are a professional marketer, you attend...
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Different Schools Find Common Practices: Blended Learning in Urban Chicago and Suburban Colorado

by Daniel Owens on August 23 2017

One year ago, The Learning Accelerator launched our Blended & Personalized Learning Practices at Work platform to help capture and share what high-quality blended and instructional practices look like. The site featured six school models and a multitude of instructional strategies they use to create personalized, mastery-based learning...
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SXSWedu Panel Picker is Live

by Jennifer Wolfe on August 21 2017

The public voting for SXSWedu is upon us and we would love your help in bringing The Learning Accelerator back to Austin! Would you mind taking a few minutes to vote for our sessions described below? (If you aren't registered to vote for SXSWedu sessions yet, you can click here to create your account and cast your votes. The voting ends August...
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Personalized learning and equity: The means or the end?

by Saro Mohammed on June 23 2017

Despite our best efforts, educational inequity persists across the country. This inequity currently takes a variety of forms including achievement, discipline, graduation, and opportunity gaps. Proponents and opponents of technology-enabled personalized learning alike believe that inequity remains a serious problem that needs to be solved sooner...
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