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.

Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Seeing and Supporting the Whole Student

by Malika Ali on September 2 2021

Malika Ali is a Managing Partner at the Highlander Institute and is responsible for the Institute’s evolving and iterative pedagogical approach to change, as well as program implementation across all classrooms, schools and districts. She is passionate about working to develop educators to be change agents of instructional and systemic equity and...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: How to Navigate a Once-in-a-Generation Equity Moment

by Chong-Hao Fu on August 25 2021

Chong-Hao Fu is the Chief Executive Officer of Leading Educators, which “partners with school systems to build and sustain the conditions, teaching, and leadership to ensure that the students furthest from opportunity succeed in school and in life.” A former teacher and founding school leader, Chong-Hao is a leading expert in teacher leadership...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Supporting and Celebrating Educators as They Innovate in LAUSD

by Dr. John Garcia III, Kristina Romero on August 16 2021

Dr. John Garcia III is the President of the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation (GLA), and Kristina Romero is the organization’s Manager of Special Projects. The Greater LA Education Foundation is the philanthropic, knowledge, and action arm of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the organization seeks to advance a deeper...
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Introducing TLA's Leadership Podcast Series: What Will We Take With Us?

by Samantha Artukovich on August 11 2021

From the onset and through the ongoing duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the United States had to quickly pivot and adjust to rapidly changing conditions. Dealing with circumstances never before experienced, educators, school leaders, families, and students were tasked with making the most of a school year in the midst of a global...
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Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Effectively Shifting Professional Development (PD) During a Pandemic

by Sarah Johnson on August 3 2021

Dr. Sarah Johnson is the CEO of Teaching Lab. She is passionate about strengthening outcomes for students by improving professional development for teachers. Teaching Lab strives to fundamentally shift the paradigm of teacher professional learning for educational equity. Sarah has a wealth of experience as a former classroom educator and leader at...
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TLA's DEI Principles: Committing to Action

by Beth Rabbitt on July 21 2021

While school is technically “out,” educators across the country are hard at work reflecting on the past and planning for the future. From catching up on essential reading, to taking over whiteboards in quiet district offices, to piloting changes with students during summer school, the summer months create the opportunity for imagination and...
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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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