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.

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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Behind the Curtain of Flex Time

by Rob Schwartz, Jeffrey Starr on July 25 2018

This blog first appeared on EdWeek’s Next Gen Learning in Action column.With all the interest in innovative school models, many schools are creating “flex time” periods during the day for students to increase student agency. We at Silicon Schools Fund and Relay Graduate School of Education set out to understand what makes flex time periods work...
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How an Injury Made Me a More Accessibility-Focused Digital Citizen

by Samantha Brumley on July 11 2018

I’ve been fortunate to live most of my web-browsing life as an able-bodied person. I’ve never encountered any difficulties being able to find, see, and otherwise experience online content, which is crucial in an age where people are so likely to consult Google for answers to their questions and dilemmas. The convenience is undeniable – especially...
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