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.

Innovating teaching and learning this school year? Find the right experts with ILEx!

by Nithi Thomas, Rachel Klein on August 13 2019

August has arrived, and school leaders are busy planning for a strong launch to the school year. Many are focused on implementing innovative approaches to make learning more personalized, mastery-based, and supportive of whole child development. Doing this work is complex, and there is no one right “pathway” or model for implementation. So how can...
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Are You Ready for Some New Teachers?: Resources for onboarding new teachers to innovative models

by Juliana Finegan on August 8 2019

August is here, and in education that means one thing: the first day of school is near! With the start of school on the horizon, school and system leaders around the country are working to design and plan content and experiences that will prepare, engage, and inspire new and novice teachers alike for the year ahead. The Challenge Each year,...
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Rethinking Time in the Blended and Personalized Classroom: Strategies and tools to maximize technology’s effect on teaching and learning

by Caleb Allen on July 24 2019

TLA periodically shares perspectives from educators and other voices from the field. The views and opinions expressed in these guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of TLA. If you are interested in writing a guest blog, please contact us! The future of blended learning is promising! Educational...
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Good professional development focuses on problems of practice

by Stephen Pham on June 17 2019

High-quality, effective professional learning can be hard to find. Too often, educators experience learning that is not personalized, engaging, or relevant. Professional development that is designed to be one-size-fits-all does not take into account the different needs and skill levels in the room, making sessions feel more about compliance than...
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Need help implementing innovative learning? The ILEx is here!

by Beth Rabbitt, Leona Christy on June 12 2019

Schools and systems across the country are pursuing innovative approaches to make learning more personalized, mastery-based, and supportive of whole child development. Doing this work is complex, and given the variety of contexts, goals, and assets already in place, there is no one right “pathway” or model for implementation. Educators tap into a...
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Is technology good or bad for learning?

by Saro Mohammed on May 15 2019

This blog was originally published on the Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard. I'll bet you’ve read something about technology and learning recently. You may have read that device use enhances learning outcomes. Or perhaps you’ve read that screen time is not good for kids. Maybe you’ve read that there’s no link between adolescents’ screen time and...
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TLA is looking for its next Chief of Staff

by Samantha Artukovich on May 9 2019

At The Learning Accelerator (TLA), we’re looking for our next terrific Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer. Our small but mighty and mission-driven team envisions a future in which each student receives an effective, equitable, and engaging education – one that is informed by data and supported by technology – enabling them to reach...
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Research Community @ DLAC

by Saro Mohammed on May 2 2019

This post was originally published on the Digital Learning Collaborative blog. The inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC) took place on April 1-3, 2019, and one of the highlights of the event for me was the prominent and focused conversation around research and evidence. In fact, DLAC kicked off with a research community meeting,...
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Digital Citizenship: Focusing on the what, why, and how

by Nyree Copeland-Whyte on April 17 2019

The call to teach digital citizenship has been heard by schools around the world, yet there are a few schools who question the value, purpose, and position of teaching digital citizenship within the classroom. Many of those questions stem from a lack of understanding around what digital citizenship is, why it is important, and how it should be...
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Planting Trees Under Which You May Never Sit: The long-term work of school transformation

by Karen Perry on April 11 2019

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson Transforming schools and districts from industrial models to student-centered ones is bold, noble, worthy work that requires a sustained effort over a long period of time. Typically, such movements begin with one bold, visionary leader or a...
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