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.

Hit Pause: 3 Steps to Bring Humanity into Decision-Making Processes This Summer

by Kelly Cole, Deraan Washington, & Nate Kellogg on July 15 2021

Inside the word "emergency" is "emerge"; from an emergency new things come forth. The old certainties are crumbling fast, but danger and possibility are sisters. - Rebecca Solnit “Unprecedented” has become the oft-used term to describe this pandemic school year. It’s no surprise that the year’s end would warrant the use of the term, as well. With...
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Four Safeguards for Schools to Make Equity Work Stick

by Kelly Cole, Deraan Washington, & Nate Kellogg on July 7 2021

In response to the ways COVID-19 highlighted inequities in their schools, a small team of district leaders at Austin Independent School District embarked on a process to redesign elements of their teaching and learning to make school work better for more kids as part of the Always Ready for Learning Strategy Lab. Despite the daily challenges and...
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Celebrating Pride in Schools: TLA Team Viewpoints

by Jin-Soo Huh, Bianca Dávila, Stephen Pham on June 28 2021

A core component of whole-child education is supporting student identity development while building an inclusive, caring community. At The Learning Accelerator, we believe that personalizing learning for students includes creating a safe, caring culture and fostering supportive relationships so that all students, regardless of their identities,...
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Emily Park: Supporting TLA and Personalized Education

by Hali Larkins on June 23 2021

COVID-19 brought about many unanticipated disruptions and forced us to find new ways of engaging, connecting, learning, and supporting one another. This was especially true for high school seniors whose final year looked nothing like they had expected. One California senior, Emily Park, found time during this ambiguous and demanding season to...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Advancing Mastery-Based Policies Post-COVID-19

by Karla Phillips-Krivickas on June 14 2021

Karla Phillips-Krivickas is the senior policy director for KnowledgeWorks and founder of Inclusive Strategies. A long-time advocate for innovation and personalization, especially on behalf of students with disabilities, Karla works with federal, state, and local leaders to build and adopt policies and practices that advance academic achievement...
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What Has Emerged: Introducing the Hop, Skip, Leapfrog Project

by Beth Rabbitt on May 5 2021

“Inside the word ‘emergency’ is ‘emerge’; from an emergency new things come forth.” – Rebecca Solnit As the K-12 education community closes out one of the most exceptional school years in recent history, we’re asking a lot of questions about student learning. What new skills, planned or otherwise, have our students built? What learning have...
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The pandemic forced many to change how they teach the arts. What can we learn from them?

by Beth Rabbitt on May 3 2021

Few of us would argue that engaging students in the arts — visual, music, dance — is an important part of school. It’s well documented that arts engagement supports academic and social development, but with competing demands on time and budgets, enrichment in visual arts, music, and dance, historically has taken a secondary seat. So, as the...
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In person, remote, and hybrid – oh my! Engaging and supporting students – no matter where they are along the road.

by Jin-Soo Huh & Roshni Lakhi on April 26 2021

Looking for ways to assess your students equitably despite their physical locations? With more districts moving to some variation of in-person and remote learning (e.g., hybrid, simultaneous learning, concurrent learning, Zoom-and-Room, and Click-and-Brick), the challenges of supporting students in multiple contexts continue to face educators....
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What does remote DEI look like for you?

by Stephen Pham on April 7 2021

This article was originally posted on Medium.Back in 2019, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) partnered with six other remote organizations based in education to form the Remote DEI Collective (RDC), a community of practice focused on the intersections of remote work culture and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). After launching our community and...
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Parabola Project: Free resources bridging education and health for school leaders

by Jin-Soo Huh & Roshni Lakhi on March 23 2021

The Learning Accelerator is excited to share a newly redesigned website for the Parabola Project, which provides evidence-informed tools to help school leaders identify options for school reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Parabola Project draws on expertise from both the education and health communities with the goal of minimizing health...
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