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.

With Remote Professional Learning, The Opportunities Are Boundless

by Juliana Finegan on January 13 2021

This post was originally published on Getting Smart. Ever since March 2020, many educators have felt as though they've been thrown into the "deep end" with little to nothing to hold onto. The rapid shift to remote learning forced teachers to challenge their preconceived notions of what instruction and learning could and should look like. Over the...
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Share strategies (not germs!) in 2021

by Juliana Finegan on January 5 2021

Before the end of last year, I was given the amazing opportunity to meet with K-12 educators from all over the country and hear about what was making them and their students happy and engaged during these strange times. I wanted to capture specific ways teachers were building strong cultures and structures for students to engage in learning across...
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Centering Instructional Look Fors: A new implementation tool for personalized learning

by Stephen Pham & Amalia Lopez on November 5 2020

2020 brought immense uncertainties to schools, so it is critical to center the design of any school model on student experiences. That’s why Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD), a small, rural district in central California, is doubling down on their Instructional Look Fors, a set of 26 observable, research-based indicators that depict how...
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Communicating Through Change: How a CA District Is Supporting Families in the Year Ahead

by Kira Keane on October 21 2020

This post was originally published on EdSurge. This article, written by TLA Managing Partner Kira Keane, emphasizes the importance of communicating with families through periods of rapid change, particularly as schools work to navigate their challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The piece explores the work of Monterey Peninsula School...
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Three Steps to Building an Effective Remote Learning Experience

by Juliana Finegan on October 2 2020

Education is more than content. It is a place for support and connection, so let’s do it right! As of March 2020, a lot of life as we knew it changed. As school buildings closed and moved to remote forms of engagement and instruction, the pain of this shift was acutely felt by teachers, students, leaders, and families alike. Education has been...
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School Leaders: Four Focus Areas for the Fall

by Beth Holland on September 30 2020

This piece was originally published on Edutopia. This article, written by TLA Partner Beth Holland, outlines the research done by The Learning Accelerator (TLA) in partnership with Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD) to gain insight into remote learning as a result of COVID-19. From the research, four key areas were identified for leaders to...
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Strategy Lab Expert Talk Redux: Safe School Reopening

by The Learning Accelerator on August 1 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a bevy of risks that affect almost every aspect of our lives. Chief among these risks is returning to in-person learning and the increased opportunity for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. However, returning to in-person learning also greatly minimizes the risks associated with remote learning, which...
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DEI Work Is More Important Than Ever. But How Do We Do It Remotely?

by Jin-Soo Huh on July 14 2020

This piece was originally posted on EdSurge. Widespread protests, sparked by the killings of Black people at the hands of police, have led to a global conversation on racial discrimination. How can companies take action to meaningfully foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) after many rapidly converted to operating remotely due to...
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Walking the Walk with Remote DEI

by Stephen Pham on June 15 2020

More and more, organizations are investing time and resources to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), recognizing its importance in making teams better. With the proliferation of remote work – particularly due to recent physical distancing measures taken to address the spread of COVID-19 – leaders have wondered how to engage in equity...
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Curiosity Connected the Cat: Honoring Cultural Differences in the Classroom

by Pranati "Pranoo" Kumar on June 4 2020

Confronting a sea of stares, my hands were sweaty. Every thought ran through my mind while I slowly opened my tri-fold poster board entitled, “The Beauty of India.” Why am I presenting this? Do people want to hear what I have to say? Will I fit in? Is the teacher just trying to fill up time? Am I the right person to talk about this? Will people...
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