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.

Perfectionism ≠ Excellence: Leading with Inclusivity in Remote Working and Learning

by Lavada Berger on April 28 2020

This is a summary of “Leading Differently: How to Decenter Perfectionism in Remote Working and Learning,” originally posted on Transcend’s blog. With more organizations going virtual (in some cases, doing so overnight), leaders are pushed to build strong and trusting remote cultures. In the midst of this rapid transition, it can be very tempting...
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Introducing TLA's Leader-Driven Series on Remote Learning

by Jeremy Jones on April 21 2020

Over the next few months, The Learning Accelerator will be designing resources, curating conversations, and engaging with school leaders like we’ve never done before. We’ll be doing this through the launch of a companion to our “One Thing” for educators series that specifically offers support and guidance to school leaders during this time of...
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Looking Back and Looking Forward: Lessons from Lindsay Unified School District

by Beth Holland on April 14 2020

Schools across the country (and around the world) are in the throes of responding to the challenges of remote learning as a result of the novel coronavirus crisis. For the moment, many schools might feel as though they are in survival mode, but perhaps we can draw actionable lessons from systems uniquely poised to not only weather the storm but...
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How can we help? 5 ways to shift in-person PD 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 deciphering body language to decide what people are ready for next, and engaging learners through...
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Week 1 – Today's One Thing for Teachers: Building Connections

by Bianca Dávila on April 1 2020

Find all installments of Today's One Thing on our Blended & Personalized Learning at Work site.This week, we’ll be launching our series with a focus on building connections through technology. Maintaining connections is a key, research-based strategy in any learning environment, and we know many of you are looking for ways to engage and connect...
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Welcome to Today's One Thing: TLA's Teacher-Driven Series on Remote Learning

by Beth Rabbitt on April 1 2020

A core value of The Learning Accelerator (TLA) team is understanding and tapping into the collective intelligence of those on the front lines of teaching to learn and improve together. That’s why we reached out to teachers around the nation to figure out how we can best provide support – and in just a week, we were able to hear from one hundred of...
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The Remote DEI Collective: Exploring the intersections of remote work and DEI

by The Remote DEI Collective on March 26 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and urgent need for physical distancing, schools, organizations, and companies are scrambling to put the systems in place to allow for remote work. With this shift, some are even wondering whether operating virtually is more feasible – and, at times, optimal – than in-person after all. The future of work offers...
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Defining and Measuring the ‘Personal’ in Personalized Learning

by Beth Holland on March 19 2020

This blog originally appeared on Getting Smart. Although the term “personalized learning” may seem new, the idea actually predates modern schooling. For centuries, learning was considered a personal endeavor that resulted from asking questions, engaging in social interactions, and developing self-awareness. Prior to formal schooling, all learning...
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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 opportunities that schools and districts should consider is developing teacher capacity and teacher teams...
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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 condition for success in a school. More and more school leaders are realizing that to fully realize the...
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