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.

Our Top Blogs of 2017

by Samantha Brumley on December 28 2017

Before we head into the New Year, we're reflecting on the innovation and achievement that 2017 brought across the fields of blended and personalized learning. The Learning Accelerator team, and guest experts, highlighted much of this work in our BlendED blog throughout the year. In case you missed them, here are ten of our most popular blog posts...
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Analysis: Teaching, Technology, Transformation — 5 Ways to Talk (and Think) About Personalized Learning

by Beth Rabbitt on December 28 2017

This piece originally appeared on The 74 Million.It seems that anytime a blog post, op-ed, or white paper about personalized learning is published, a mighty rift emerges in the field. On one side, skeptics condemn personalization with great zeal but often show little evidence of understanding what it actually looks like in practice. On the other...
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What about the Students? Research Project Unearths Students’ Blended Learning Experiences and Perceptions

by Kah Yin Cheong, Ya-Ru Chiu, Poom Chotikavan, Brandon Gaylord, Rujia Liu, Jingyu Lu on December 20 2017

We are a team of graduate students at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and recently had the opportunity to partner with The Learning Accelerator (TLA) on a project focused on investigating students’ perceptions of and experiences with blended learning. Blended learning has been discussed and explored to a great extent both in theory...
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See the Path to Change: How Vision-setting and Change Management Practices Support Effective School Transformation

by Stephen Pham on December 18 2017

With the perpetually lagging outcomes from our U.S. K-12 schools, we can all agree that our education system needs significant improvement. In order to produce equitable outcomes for all children, we need to creatively innovate on all levels – within classrooms, schools, and the systems overseeing our schools. And while different systems of...
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TLA is Hiring!

by Michela Marini on December 13 2017

As we enter 2018, we are growing our team and are looking for a Director of Finance and Operations to help our dynamic and mission-driven organization build strong organizational foundations upon which to grow and sustain our work. While the job description will give you better details on the position, including the responsibilities and qualities...
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Next Steps in Personalized Learning’s Equity Agenda: Clarifying Definitions, Goals and Measurement

by Tricia Maas on December 12 2017

In the last two and a half years that I have conducted research on the implementation of personalized learning, many principals and teachers have told me that equity is the core motivation for their instructional shift. Indeed, teachers frequently define personalized learning as, “providing each child with what he or she needs.” But despite this...
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Ready to Try These Favorite Teacher-Designed Ideas In Your Classroom?

by Jennifer Wolfe on December 1 2017

Personalized Learning Design Collaboration Winners Announced At The Learning Accelerator, we love the opportunity to celebrate teachers. Our recent Personalized Learning Design Collaboration with The Teachers Guild provided us with a chance to recognize and amplify some great ideas from educators around the country. We believe that often the best...
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Empowering Students to Take Action on Global Issues: The Facing Difference Challenge from Students Rebuild

by Leonetta Elaiho, Students Rebuild on November 29 2017

One of the values of blended learning is ensuring that every child has an engaging and effective education that is just right for them. An engaging education not only meets students where they are, but also connects learning to the world around them. Making the learning personalized is not just about the learning approach, but also tapping into...
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Putting it All Together: Decision-Makers and Blended Learning Measurement

by Saro Mohammed on November 28 2017

Over the past year, I’ve written about how educators, researchers, ed tech developers, and funders are all important to enacting TLA’s Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning to connect the research and implementation cycles and help us all understand how to best support all students in reaching their full potential. This post, the last of the...
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Keep your Messages Fresh and Relevant to Spark Engagement

by Kira Keane on November 20 2017

Recent survey points the way to better messaging around personalized learning Over the past five years, The Learning Accelerator has highlighted how effective communications are a critical component of successful innovation in education. We’ve joined with other education leaders, organizations, and practitioners during this time to provide helpful...
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