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.

Confessions of a Blended Leader

by Elizabeth Anthony on November 14 2017

Have you ever felt like your blended- or personalized-learning program should be more innovative than it is? I certainly have. In my role as blended learning coordinator for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), I help leaders and teachers in Catholic schools implement blended-learning programs. I am always a little self-conscious about...
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Philanthropy and Measurement are Inextricably Intertwined

by Saro Mohammed on November 13 2017

At The Learning Accelerator, we recently refreshed our Blended and Personalized Learning at Work website in anticipation of attending this year’s iNACOL Symposium as a team. Both of these activities consumed all of our cognitive resources over the past several weeks, and they also got me thinking about the influence funders have over the...
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Reflections from an iNACOL Rookie

by Ellie Avishai on October 31 2017

"The hard work we do is a manifestation of love for our students." - Rachel Moola, iNACOL Teacher of the Year For a gathering of almost 3000 people, the iNACOL Symposium has the feeling of a family reunion. In all directions, there are people shaking hands, hugging or waving to each other with smiles. Among the crowds of people flowing in and out...
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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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