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.

Introducing the First Cohort of TLA’s Strategy Lab: Virtual & Hybrid Network

by Rashida Kimbrue Major on April 20 2022

The Learning Accelerator (TLA) is proud to introduce the first of three Strategy Lab: Virtual & Hybrid cohorts, a new year-long, pro bono, cohort-based learning experience for traditional school systems with a virtual or hybrid school. Through an inclusive improvement process, these diverse district teams will come together to tackle challenges of...
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Welcoming the Newest TLA Team Members

by Samantha Artukovich on February 15 2022

As The Learning Accelerator closed out 2021 and welcomed a new year, we also got to celebrate the addition of several new teammates to the organization. These team members – with decades of experience, notable accomplishments, and demonstrated passion for education among them – have joined us to lead and support multiple facets of TLA’s programs...
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Applications Now Open to Join TLA’s Strategy Lab: Virtual & Hybrid Learning

by Nate Kellogg on December 1 2021

Last month, we announced an exciting new project at TLA, our Strategy Lab: Virtual & Hybrid Learning opportunity for districts and school systems across the United States. Today, we are excited to share that applications are now open for any districts and school systems interested in taking part in this experience! Apply now for The Learning...
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Solving Problems in Uncertain Times

by Nate Kellogg on November 30 2021

School and system leaders continue to face numerous trials and tribulations. While vaccines are finally available to most school-age kids, the 2021-22 school year continues to present uncertainty. Between navigating challenges with teacher burnout, shortages in critical positions, and ongoing closures due to the pandemic, the need to navigate...
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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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