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.

Blog: Introducing the Always Ready for Learning Strategy Lab

by Nate Kellogg & Lauren Schwartze on July 24 2020

The Learning Accelerator (TLA), in partnership with Bellwether Education Partners, is excited to announce the launch of the Always Ready for Learning Strategy Lab, a new networked learning community to accelerate the development of school system...

DEI Work Is More Important Than Ever. But How Do We Do It Remotely?

by Jin-Soo Huh on July 14 2020

This piece was originally posted on EdSurge. Widespread protests, sparked by the killings of Black people at the hands of police, have led to a global conversation on racial discrimination. How can companies take action to meaningfully foster...

How can we help? 5 ways to shift in-person professional development online

by Juliana Finegan on April 6 2020

Great professional developers, trainers, and coaches lean on a variety of face-to-face tools and supports when working with teachers in person. Through actions like whispering in a participant’s ear to give specific guidance, “reading the room” and...

TLA’s Top OER Resources for Supporting and Developing Teachers

by Jeremy Jones on March 6 2020

A transition to Open Educational Resources (OER) represents a commitment to increased equity, increased personalization, and increased rigor and relevance. However, the transition to OER requires attention to myriad factors. One of the primary...

A Vision of Success Is Key to OER Adoption: Resources to Support Leaders

by Jeremy Jones on March 5 2020

Our principals are required to be exceptional in a lot of facets of executive leadership. Foundational among these skills is the ability to create, articulate, and execute on a vision of excellence for teaching and learning. Vision is a crucial...

Nurturing the Fertile Ground of Open Educational Resources from Districts Around the Country

by Jeremy Jones on March 4 2020

In total, there are 98 Launch Districts and 23 Ambassador Districts in the #GoOpen initiative, a nationwide Office of Ed Tech campaign to support school districts adopting and implementing Open Educational Resources (OER). A Launch District makes...

Addressing Equity with High-Quality Instructional Materials: Learnings from Virginia

by Jeremy Jones on March 3 2020

Since its launch in 2015, the #GoOpen initiative has expanded discussion, networking opportunities, and resources for states and school districts across the country seeking new ways to build curricular resources. The motives for “going open” range...

Are GIFs the Secret Sauce to Working and Learning Remotely?

by Beth Rabbitt on November 13 2019

This blog was originally published on EdSurge.When new colleagues start work at The Learning Accelerator (TLA), they’re often surprised that one of the first “required” organizational readings is actually a 2014 video called “Conference Call in Real...

Innovating Teaching and Learning This School Year? Find the Right Experts with ILEx!

by Nithi Thomas, Rachel Klein on August 13 2019

August has arrived, and school leaders are busy planning for a strong launch to the school year. Many are focused on implementing innovative approaches to make learning more personalized, mastery-based, and supportive of whole child development....

Good Professional Development Focuses on Problems of Practice

by Stephen Pham on June 17 2019

High-quality, effective professional learning can be hard to find. Too often, educators experience learning that is not personalized, engaging, or relevant. Professional development that is designed to be one-size-fits-all does not take into account...
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