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.

TLA Is Looking for a Data Analyst to Join Our Small but Mighty Team

by Michela Marini on December 3 2018

The Learning Accelerator (TLA) is launching an 18-month partnership with a leading performance-based school system to support the district’s use of evidence across its adult-facing initiatives to inform continuous improvement and the scaling of highly innovative competency-based learning strategies and programs across the organization. We are...
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Tech or No Tech, Effective Learning is All About Teaching

by Saro Mohammed on November 5 2018

This blog was originally published on the Brookings Institution's Brown Center Chalkboard. As millions of students head back to school, families are probably wondering if those shiny new devices, apps, and even games that are becoming a typical part of the school day are good for learning. As an education researcher focused on blended learning, I...
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Let’s Improve Professional Learning Through Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

by Stephen Pham on October 30 2018

In education, we have a tendency to reinvent the wheel. At its core, the challenge is not a lack of will to share; rather, our public education system isn’t built for sector-wide collaboration. Instead, it decentralizes structures and policies, leading to the unintended outcome of a hyper-local system. While adapting content to local contexts is...
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Find TLA at iNACOL 2018

by Samantha Brumley on October 16 2018

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Nashville at the 2018 iNACOL Symposium: Driving the Transformation of Learning! The Learning Accelerator (TLA) is thrilled to be presenting alongside many of our partner organizations and education leaders on numerous important topics in the blended and personalized learning space. Sessions...
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TLA's New Tools Enabled Team Success in a Remote Setting

by Michela Marini on October 9 2018

As we described in the first post in our work culture series, The Learning Accelerator is a small, remote-first organization with a team of 12 people stretched over four time zones and eight states. Much of the work of our internal Operations team and our Happiness sub-team is focused on ensuring we have structures, processes, and rituals in place...
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TLA Measurement Fellowship: A New Blended Teaching Assessment Tool Emerges

by Emily Pulham on September 27 2018

As blended teaching becomes more prevalent throughout the country, leaders in the field are looking for how to measure and assess quality blended teaching skills. As part of my TLA Measurement Fellowship, I distilled the information that I gleaned from a literature review (Pulham & Graham, 2018) to create an objective test of teacher skill in...
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SXSWedu PanelPicker is Live

by Jennifer Wolfe on August 24 2018

The public voting period for SXSWedu is upon us, and we would love your help in bringing The Learning Accelerator back to Austin! Would you mind taking a few minutes to vote for our sessions described below? (If you aren't registered to vote for SXSWedu sessions yet, you can click here to create your account and cast your votes. Voting ends August...
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Leading Innovation? You'll Need These Six Skills

by Juliana Finegan on August 21 2018

In June 2018, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) launched the Innovation Directors Network (IDN), a small but powerful group of school system leaders. These individuals sit at the nexus of academic and operational change, leading efforts to seed, test, and scale innovative instructional approaches across schools in their district or networks. Their...
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Personalizing Learning Without Technology to Address Student Needs

by Daniel Owens on August 14 2018

Personalized learning can take many forms, and more effective personalization does not always mean more technology. The promise of blended and personalized learning is that educators can better meet the individual needs of each of their students, as opposed to providing a single approach to instruction and having students adapt to that. Technology...
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Back to School Playlists Can Help Educators Prepare for the Upcoming School Year

by Jennifer Wolfe on August 9 2018

As we enter August, the start of the school year is just around the corner for educators. Over the summer at The Learning Accelerator, we have been hard at work creating playlists full of resources and strategies to help educators prepare to welcome students back into their classrooms. We know educators are thinking about how to best setup their...
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