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.

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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5 Tips for Engaging ALL Students Virtually

by James Cross on March 11 2021

This post was originally published on Rocketship Public Schools. What does an engaged classroom look like? Do images of happy students raising their hands, sharing ideas, collaborating with peers, and completing assignments that challenge their learning come to mind? Now take a moment to think about what engagement looks like in a virtual...
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Questions for the Field on School & System Redesign

by Strategy Lab on March 2 2021

Reflections on the Real-Time Redesign Process The need for school systems to make near-term, meaningful improvements to teaching and learning has never been greater. Systems are facing increased pressure to adapt teaching and learning to meet individual students’ diverse needs as well as the changing needs of the world around them; systems are...
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Advice: Common Pitfalls & Tips for Success in Design Work

by Strategy Lab on March 2 2021

Learnings from Strategy Lab school systems using the Real-Time Redesign toolkit The design process is transformational and thrilling – but not without its challenges. Here, we surface six common pitfalls, along with potential ways to avoid these same pitfalls, captured from school systems that completed our Real-Time Redesign process as part of...
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What We Learned from the Strategy Lab

by Strategy Lab on March 2 2021

Reflections from our work with seven districts during the pandemic In our work to support seven school systems from the Strategy Lab through the Real-Time Redesign process, we encountered three powerful takeaways about what it means to advance equity and resiliency in teaching and learning in a school system context. 1. There are sector-wide...
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Where Real-Time Redesign Originated: Always Ready for Learning Strategy Lab

by Strategy Lab on March 2 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Learning Accelerator, along with Bellwether Education Partners, created a new networked learning community focused on equity and resiliency called the Strategy Lab. The nine-month, pro bono, cohort-based learning experience supported seven school systems in their reopening planning in the fall and winter...
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Key Terms & Definitions for Redesign

by Strategy Lab on March 2 2021

The following terms are used in the Real-Time Redesign toolkit developed through the Strategy Lab. Educational Equity“Creating opportunities and removing barriers in educational experience so each student can reach his or her full potential - in academics and beyond; removing the predictability of success in academics or other life outcomes along...
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Every education leader deserves expert coaching to manage through and beyond COVID-19

by Beth Rabbitt on February 24 2021

Every education leader deserves expert coaching to manage through and beyond COVID-19: Here’s what we learned from trying to deliver on this visionWhen schools abruptly closed for in-person learning last spring, hundreds of thousands of district and school leaders stepped into extended periods of crisis response and change management. The last...
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