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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.

Improving Teacher Morale in Virtual Schools

by Nate Kellogg on June 25 2023

Teachers have a history of being underappreciated and overworked. Teaching in and beyond the pandemic has been particularly thankless and unsustainable, as schools respond to the unfinished learning needs of their kids while curricula became a...

Learning Alongside Others Sparks Plymouth-Canton’s Virtual Redesign

by Nate Kellogg on June 20 2023

Amanda Pelukas joined Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CCS) in Michigan to transform P-CCS’ Virtual Academy. “COVID remote learning,” as Pelukas described it, needed to improve. Instead of solving the problem on their own, Pelukas and her team...

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...

Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Leveraging Collaborative Leadership When Making Long- and Short-Term Financial Decisions

by Scott Milam on October 12 2021

Scott Milam is the co-founder and managing director of Afton Partners LLC, a professional services firm focused on forging an alignment between financial strategies and educational priorities. With over 25 years of experience providing management...

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...

Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Advancing Mastery-Based Policies Post-COVID-19

by Karla Phillips-Krivickas on June 14 2021

Karla Phillips-Krivickas is the senior policy director for KnowledgeWorks and founder of Inclusive Strategies. A long-time advocate for innovation and personalization, especially on behalf of students with disabilities, Karla works with federal,...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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