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.

Helping Educators and Leaders Surface What Works, For Whom, and Under What Conditions 

by Violet Ford on November 29 2023

Over the past few years, the context of education has dramatically changed as schools and systems grapple with the ongoing ramifications of emergency remote learning, lost instruction time, a growing student well-being crisis, and educator...

Using Data to Advocate for Equitable Practices

by Violet Ford on August 28 2023

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” – John Lewis At The Learning Accelerator (TLA), we are working to advance a research-informed vision for...

The Future of Education Research and Measurement

by Violet Ford and Beth Holland on May 18 2023

For decades, quantitative, randomized control trials (RCTs) have been considered the gold standard of education research. The What Works Clearinghouse even prioritizes studies that randomly assign participants to conditions and show statistical...

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...

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...

More Than Mindfulness: Strategies to Improve the Wellbeing of Educators and Leaders in Schools

by Beth Holland on August 31 2022

Burned out, demoralized, anxious, and exhausted – these are just a few terms that have been used to describe both teachers and leaders as they head into a new school year. At The Learning Accelerator (TLA), we saw this issue emerging over a...

New Tools Support Our Strategy Lab: Virtual & Hybrid Cohorts

by Beth Holland on June 9 2022

In March 2022, The Learning Accelerator (TLA) launched the first of three Strategy Lab: Virtual & Hybrid cohorts to tackle the challenge of developing more effective, engaging, and equitable virtual or hybrid learning environments. Working through...

Leveraging the Urgency of ‘Now:’ Fostering Remote Family Engagement to Identify and Address Student Needs

by Keri Randolph on October 7 2021

At Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), we are committed to ensuring every student is known, cared for, and respected. This ethos became a guiding light for the ways in which we designed our strategies and supports for our school community during...

Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: “Engagement Through Inquiry”

by Diana Laufenberg on September 28 2021

Diana Laufenberg is the Executive Director at Inquiry Schools, a nonprofit working to create and support student-centered learning environments that are inquiry-driven, project-based and utilize modern technology. For 16 years, Diana was a secondary...

Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Leveraging technology to “do education differently” and focus on equity, social-emotional learning (SEL)

by Jilliam Joe on September 14 2021

Dr. Jilliam Joe is the Vice President of Learning Insights at LEAP Innovations. Jilliam has dedicated her career as an educational researcher to measuring effective teaching practices. At LEAP, she provides research and evaluation leadership for...
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