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.

Supporting Students with SEL Strategies

by Ashley Fellows on February 9 2024

As we’re approaching assessment season and spring breaks, students find themselves caught in a whirlwind of emotions surrounding time away from traditional schedules and a break from their studies. In my time as a teacher and school leader, I...

To Help Teachers Survive the Next Few Weeks, Focus on Creativity

by Beth Holland on December 14 2023

The holiday season brings both happiness and hardship. The three-week period between Thanksgiving and the winter break is marked by celebrations as well as disrupted schedules. While some students become exuberant in their anticipation of vacations,...

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students and Staff All Year Long

by Taylor Bowers on July 21 2022

At The Learning Accelerator, we believe an inclusive and welcoming environment is critical to push learning forward and create spaces that allow students and educators alike to engage, grow, and develop as members of our local and global...

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...

Big Ideas from Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Seeing and Supporting the Whole Student

by Malika Ali on September 2 2021

Malika Ali is a Managing Partner at the Highlander Institute and is responsible for the Institute’s evolving and iterative pedagogical approach to change, as well as program implementation across all classrooms, schools and districts. She is...

Celebrating Pride in Schools: TLA Team Viewpoints

by Jin-Soo Huh, Bianca Dávila, Stephen Pham on June 28 2021

A core component of whole-child education is supporting student identity development while building an inclusive, caring community. At The Learning Accelerator, we believe that personalizing learning for students includes creating a safe, caring...

Centering Instructional Look Fors: A new implementation tool for personalized learning

by Stephen Pham & Amalia Lopez on November 5 2020

2020 brought immense uncertainties to schools, so it is critical to center the design of any school model on student experiences. That’s why Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD), a small, rural district in central California, is doubling down on...

Good News: In The Debate About School Re-opening, There Are A Few Things Schools Don’t Actually Need To Do

by Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH; Evan Benjamin, MD, MS, FACP; Margaret Ben-Or, MPH on November 5 2020

As schools across the United States near the end of the year, teachers, leaders, and students are grappling with the challenges associated with a variety of teaching and learning modalities, ranging from in-person instruction to hybrid and fully...

School Leaders: Four Focus Areas for the Fall

by Beth Holland on September 30 2020

This piece was originally published on Edutopia. This article, written by TLA Partner Beth Holland, outlines the research done by The Learning Accelerator (TLA) in partnership with Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD) to gain insight into remote...

Strategy Lab Expert Talk Redux: Safe School Reopening

by The Learning Accelerator on August 1 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a bevy of risks that affect almost every aspect of our lives. Chief among these risks is returning to in-person learning and the increased opportunity for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. However,...
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