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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.

Welcoming a New TLA Team Member, Shanice Maxwell

by Lacey Gonzales on April 25 2023

As spring transitioned into full swing, we had some celebrating in order at The Learning Accelerator (TLA)! We welcomed Shanice Maxwell as the Associate Director, Talent, Culture, and DEI Initiatives at TLA. A former educator who brings her...

Innovating While Leading Schools is Hard – Lessons from Using ChatGPT

by Rashida Kimbrue Major on April 19 2023

Recently, districts from across the U.S. converged at Dell's Innovation Summit to tackle problems of practice around innovating in schools, including: designing innovative learning models, implementing new structures of high school through a...

Investigating Creativity in the Classroom: Research Tools for Teachers and Leaders

by Beth Holland on April 12 2023

Creativity is the competence to leverage self-interests, motivation, imagination, and prior knowledge in flexible ways1 to generate, evaluate, or improve ideas; imagine new ways of solving problems;2 forge new connections — across content and...

Generative AI in Schools: Leaders Ask for Guidance

by Jin-Soo Huh on April 6 2023

While artificial intelligence (AI) has been present in schools for years through adaptive learning and feedback tools, this new wave of generative AI tools, headlined by ChatGPT, feels different due to their ability to make unique, sophisticated...

AI’s Role in the Future of Innovation in Education

by Nate Kellogg on March 31 2023

Technology has a knack for raising alarms in education: the advent of tools like the radio, calculators, television, and smartboards have all caused a stir. OpenAI’s artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, ChatGPT, has introduced us to the latest...

Can AI Solve the Uniquely Human Challenges Facing Educators Today?

by Beth Holland on March 17 2023

This article originally appeared in the Learner-Centered Collaborative's Blog. Conversations in the education sector have converged in the past several weeks around three seemingly unrelated topics: pandemic recovery, educator shortages, and...

Student-Centered Environments Foster Independent Learners

by Ryan Mick on March 10 2023

At a recent conference session on student-centered learning, the facilitator asked participants to wrestle with the question, “When did you become an independent learner?” My discussion partner Charli — a high school student who wouldn’t describe...

Perception, Exclusion, and Quality: Virtual Course Access Challenges for State Leaders

by Michael Ham and Nate Kellogg on February 22 2023

With support from the Walton Family Foundation, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) is exploring ways to support State Education Agencies (SEAs) in developing and strengthening virtual and hybrid learning models as part of a broader student-centered...

Sustaining Equitable Edtech Use: TLA and MA DESE Kick Off a New Peer Learning Cohort

by Roshni Lakhi on November 2 2022

The unexpected and rapid switch to virtual learning during the pandemic led to a massive infusion of technology devices and online programs in school systems across the country. In the wake of this shift, education leaders and practitioners are now...

Without Ethics, Digital Equity is Impossible: Three Questions Leaders Must Answer

by Beth Holland on September 27 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, educators, leaders, and policymakers have undertaken substantial efforts to increase student access to devices and high-speed internet in an attempt to close the digital divide. However, improved digital access...
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