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Dear Friends,

As 2017 comes to a close, we want to thank you all for your support, thought partnership, and collaboration. We look forward to working with you in the new year and pledge our ongoing commitment to a future in which all children in America receive an effective, equitable, and engaging education that helps them fulfill their dreams as scholars and valued community members.

We're excited to be releasing some new profiles of innovative schools in action before year's end (see below for essential holiday reading!) as well as to share news about the launch of several new projects. Sending you the warmest wishes from the TLA family!

Beth Rabbitt, CEO

Recent Highlights
Blended & Personalized Learning at Work
We have updated, expanded, and refreshed our website, including two new, in-depth profiles of schools that are doing exceptional blended and personalized learning. As always, our profiles include detailed strategy cards that allow educators and school leaders to quickly understand and replicate these best practices. 
Valor Collegiate is a top-performing charter school in Nashville, TN, with a unique, personalized approach to social-emotional learning that focuses on developing students far beyond academics –– creating a community that prioritizes comprehensive scholar development through relationships, connections, kindness, and joy, among other habits.
Locust Grove Middle School is a part of Henry County Schools, a public K-12 district in Georgia, and has a vision for blended and personalized learning which centers around educating the individual student by providing rigorous curriculum, personalized pacing, and multiple “Learning Pathways” that connect with students’ strengths and interests. 
Our refreshed website also includes:
  • Resources to set the conditions for success and scale
  • Expert insights on implementation
  • Teaching and learning strategies you can use today
  • Additional school profiles, with more to come in 2018
Latinos for Education
Latinos for Education selected The Learning Accelerator to participate in its inaugural Problem of Practice Consultancy along with the cohort of Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellows. Our goal was to explore the unique opportunities and barriers English Language Learner students might face within blended learning environments, and determine how TLA should address them when designing and developing field guidance for program development, teacher training, and impact evaluation. TLA engaged in this work as part of its commitment to serve all students, including English Language Learner students –– the majority of whom are Spanish speakers. 
TLA is Hiring!
We are expanding our team and are looking for a Director of Finance and Operations to help our dynamic and mission-driven nonprofit build a strong organizational foundation to grow and sustain our work. Curious about what it's like to work with us? Here is a small window into what life looks like at at TLA.

Coming Soon
Problems of Practice
In order to provide educators access to our resources in a highly focused and translatable manner, TLA is creating a series of "Problems of Practice" user guides around our blended and personalized learning practices. These guides will give educators and leaders the ability to explore concrete ways to address various specific challenges, from how to roll out stations in a traditional classroom to supporting diverse learners within a personalized learning environment. The new Problems of Practice section of our website will bring together not only the "what," but also the "why" and the "how," by explaining the pain point, grounding the rationale in research, and then highlighting tangible ways to address these challenges using specific resources, strategies, and tools. 
The Learning Commons
Across the country, educators, leaders, and school support organizations are working to develop and implement new blended and personalized approaches to student learning. Accelerating this work will require sharing across organizations, platforms, and frameworks to help practitioners access resources to develop their skills and knowledge.

The Learning Accelerator and Yet Analytics, in partnership with other innovative education organizations, will soon launch the Learning Commons –– a shared space for connecting and accelerating educator learning. The Learning Commons is an online space where educators (teachers, designers, and leaders) can find, curate, and provide feedback on ideas, tools, and open content linked to specific competencies they’re trying to develop. Sign up for beta access today.
Blended & Personalized Learning Conference
This April 5-7, the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute, and The Learning Accelerator are showcasing the best classroom, school, and district implementers from across the nation at our 2018 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, RI. This event is a chance for educators and leaders to discuss blended learning as it exists today on the ground –– both in terms of day-to-day implementation in blended classrooms, and the strategies and systems that have effectively supported replication and scale across schools and districts. Join us!
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