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.

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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,...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

A Personalized Journey: Three lessons learned from school redesign

by Kristen Watkins on March 21 2019

“How might we redesign school to better meet the needs of each student?” We posed this question to educators in the Dallas Independent School District back in 2014 with the hope of bringing together like-minded educators who wanted to redefine what’s possible for students and teachers in a large, urban district. This question still continues to...
Read More

Coast-to-Coast Connections: How a national network fosters better education for all students

by Amy Dodson on March 12 2019

When I was a little girl in small-town Texas, I loved to travel. I also loved school. Learning and seeing other parts of our country were simply my favorite things. On an extended trip to New York City, I remember meeting a little girl from New Jersey in a laundromat when I was seven years old. We talked like little kids do – “how old are you?...
Read More

Failing Forward: What school innovation networks have taught me about learning from failures

by Grace Magley on February 28 2019

Do you think about failure as a way to look at how to transform education? The last two years have enhanced my abilities to do just that! I credit the state and national innovative leadership networks that I belong to for opening my eyes to look at failure in the same way I look at success in helping me solve complex problems. My district, Natick...
Read More
◀ Newer Posts Older Posts ►