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Spring has sprung and bees aren't the only busy ones. As blended and personalized learning continue to garner more attention than ever, and from broader audiences across the country, our team has been hard at work sharing stories of success, delving into challenges facing the field, and collaborating to help educators and leaders make effective, engaging, and equitable learning a reality for students. We're excited to share with you a few recent stories highlighting our work.
TLA in the News
TLA Associate Partner Stephen Pham underscored the importance of shifting from polarizing, either/or thinking to progressive, both/and thinking when working to leverage technology in the classroom in this piece for EdSurge .
TLA Partner Daniel Owens was quoted in an article by Wired that investigates the price differences districts may encounter when looking to acquire new technology. Owens drew attention to the importance of spending public funds responsibly and in a way that helps improve education.
In an article by Inside Philanthropy focused on the recent shift in discourse about blended learning and its potential implications in terms of K-12 philanthropic giving, TLA CEO Beth Rabbitt encouraged the importance of highlighting which strategies work – and don't work – to make way for effective personalized learning.
In an article for Education Week , TLA Associate Partner Stephen Pham introduced the Learning Commons, a new platform created by TLA and Yet Analytics (and in partnership with other innovative organizations) devoted to free and open educator learning, and provided an in-depth look into how to use its resources.
Beth Rabbitt, TLA's CEO, advocated for critical thinking around blended and personalized learning in an article for the 74 Million . As blended learning continues to gain momentum, Rabbitt urged scrutiny, rigorous implementation, and testing are crucial for its success.
TLA Measurement Fellow Emily Pulham and TLA Partner Saro Mohammed joined voices in a piece for Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard that emphasized the growing need for peer-reviewed publications that analyze blended and personalized learning to ground the field in a robust base of evidence, and offered suggestions on tackling this challenge.
TLA was profiled by the Center for Digital Education in an article that highlighted the history of our organization, our forward-focused goals, and the actionable online resources we work to provide at no cost to educators and leaders.
TLA was selected by Getting Smart to appear in a list of over 50 organizations dedicated to making a difference in education for our work as personalized and competency-based learning advocates.
In Other News
The Learning Accelerator is pleased to announce that it has received a generous two-year, $1,000,000 grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in support of our work to accelerate field learning and the implementation of high quality blended and personalized learning across the nation. We're delighted to have their support as a funder and partner as we work towards our vision of ensuring every child receives a highly effective, engaging, and equitable education that's informed by data, personalized, and mastery-based.