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.

Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Advancing Mastery-Based Policies Post-COVID-19

by Karla Phillips-Krivickas on June 14 2021

Karla Phillips-Krivickas is the senior policy director for KnowledgeWorks and founder of Inclusive Strategies. A long-time advocate for innovation and personalization, especially on behalf of students with disabilities, Karla works with federal, state, and local leaders to build and adopt policies and practices that advance academic achievement...
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What Has Emerged: Introducing the Hop, Skip, Leapfrog Project

by Beth Rabbitt on May 5 2021

“Inside the word ‘emergency’ is ‘emerge’; from an emergency new things come forth.” – Rebecca Solnit As the K-12 education community closes out one of the most exceptional school years in recent history, we’re asking a lot of questions about student learning. What new skills, planned or otherwise, have our students built? What learning have...
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The pandemic forced many to change how they teach the arts. What can we learn from them?

by Beth Rabbitt on May 3 2021

Few of us would argue that engaging students in the arts — visual, music, dance — is an important part of school. It’s well documented that arts engagement supports academic and social development, but with competing demands on time and budgets, enrichment in visual arts, music, and dance, historically has taken a secondary seat. So, as the...
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In person, remote, and hybrid – oh my! Engaging and supporting students – no matter where they are along the road.

by Jin-Soo Huh & Roshni Lakhi on April 26 2021

Looking for ways to assess your students equitably despite their physical locations? With more districts moving to some variation of in-person and remote learning (e.g., hybrid, simultaneous learning, concurrent learning, Zoom-and-Room, and Click-and-Brick), the challenges of supporting students in multiple contexts continue to face educators....
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What does remote DEI look like for you?

by Stephen Pham on April 7 2021

This article was originally posted on Medium.Back in 2019, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) partnered with six other remote organizations based in education to form the Remote DEI Collective (RDC), a community of practice focused on the intersections of remote work culture and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). After launching our community and...
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Parabola Project: Free resources bridging education and health for school leaders

by Jin-Soo Huh & Roshni Lakhi on March 23 2021

The Learning Accelerator is excited to share a newly redesigned website for the Parabola Project, which provides evidence-informed tools to help school leaders identify options for school reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parabola Project draws on expertise from both the education and health communities with the goal of minimizing health...
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5 Tips for Engaging ALL Students Virtually

by James Cross on March 11 2021

This post was originally published on Rocketship Public Schools. What does an engaged classroom look like? Do images of happy students raising their hands, sharing ideas, collaborating with peers, and completing assignments that challenge their learning come to mind? Now take a moment to think about what engagement looks like in a virtual...
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Every education leader deserves expert coaching to manage through and beyond COVID-19

by Beth Rabbitt on February 24 2021

Every education leader deserves expert coaching to manage through and beyond COVID-19: Here’s what we learned from trying to deliver on this visionWhen schools abruptly closed for in-person learning last spring, hundreds of thousands of district and school leaders stepped into extended periods of crisis response and change management. The last...
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Barriers, Challenges, and Empathy in Fostering Broadband Access

by Beth Holland on February 19 2021

This piece was originally published on ShapingEDU: Part 1, Part 2. In this two-part series, TLA Partner Beth Holland shares the insights gleaned from her research into digital equity for students across the United States. Dr. Holland underscores that while a lack of adequate internet access makes it difficult for students to learn and work...
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Tools for School Financial Planning During COVID

by Nithi Thomas on January 29 2021

In the spring of 2020, The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a national nonprofit, launched the Always Ready for Learning (ARL) Coaching Network, a partnership among 13 education coaching organizations to provide K-12 leaders with pro-bono, customized guidance to help them improve teaching and learning during the pandemic. A critical challenge that...
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