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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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Focusing on Academic Rigor in the Face of Disruption

by Kristi Ransick on December 14 2020

One school’s experience using instructional materials to advance personalized, mastery-based learning By: Kristi Ransick In the midst of the uncertainty and change that has unfolded in school systems in 2020, one topic that isn’t getting enough attention is the role that high-quality curriculum materials could play in mitigating the widening...
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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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Good News: In The Debate About School Re-opening, There Are A Few Things Schools Don’t Actually Need To Do

by Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH; Evan Benjamin, MD, MS, FACP; Margaret Ben-Or, MPH on November 5 2020

As schools across the United States near the end of the year, teachers, leaders, and students are grappling with the challenges associated with a variety of teaching and learning modalities, ranging from in-person instruction to hybrid and fully remote learning. Planning for any of these models has been difficult and complex for all stakeholders...
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Are You Ready? Real-World Support for Reopening

by Jin-Soo Huh on October 22 2020

The Parabola Project is a unique, cross-sector initiative that brings together education expertise from The Learning Accelerator and public health expertise from Ariadne Labs. The project rapidly identifies, develops, and shares strategies to help school system leaders make decisions and implement practices that support the mitigation of...
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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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Blog: Building the Car While We’re Driving It - Lessons Learned and Back-to-School Priorities in Four Districts

by Nate Kellogg & Lauren Schwartze on September 21 2020

Throughout much of 2020, school and system leaders have encountered unprecedented challenges within both instruction and operations as schools work to navigate closure, and ultimately, school reopening. Through a networked community called the Always Ready For Learning Strategy Lab, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) and Bellwether Education...
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