Vision, Mission, Values

Our Vision

We envision a world in which each student receives the effective, equitable, and engaging education they need to reach their full and unique potential.

Our Mission

TLA accelerates individual, organizational, and sector learning to transform K-12 education.

Our Values

We commit to applying the following values internally and externally in our work. Our values articulate core beliefs that we want to make central to our work - externally as well as internally with each other. As a team, we revisit these values often, making changes as needed.

Kids First

Our work is about pursuing educational equity and positively changing kids’ learning opportunities and lives. Period.


We exist to accelerate field learning and improve equitable outcomes – particularly for students systematically underserved, impacted by institutionalized racism, and furthest from opportunity – in classrooms, schools, and systems across America.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We actively advance a fair and inclusive future in which personal or social circumstances such as race, gender, sexuality, ethnic origin, economic circumstances, or family background are not determinants of educational or life outcomes.

Collective Intelligence and Action

We don’t “own” the solution or the capacity to produce the change we seek; we are betting on the power of many organizations and people – including teachers, students, and families representative of the communities we seek to serve – to work together to transform education.

Joyful Authenticity

This work is difficult but joyful. We approach it with the clear eyes, curiosity, and transparency necessary to earn the trust of each other, our partners, and stakeholders in the ecosystem while finding time for joy and celebration of one another and our work.

Humble Persistence

There is no one “right path” for tackling the challenges of teaching and learning. Scaling ideas successfully in one setting requires not just adoption, but adaptation as local communities take change and try new approaches based on their own contexts and goals. We commit to respectfully and consistently sharing lessons, listening, learning, and offering new resources and ideas to support growth and improved outcomes.

Nimble and Entrepreneurial

We are a team of problem-solvers who harness resources creatively and wisely to accomplish goals.