20 episodes

The mission of The Learning Accelerator is to connect teachers and leaders with the knowledge, tools, and networks they need to transform K-12 education. We make the 'potential' possible and practical for every teacher and every learner. In TLA Stories of Learning, TLA will share our insights, learnings, and conversations with real-world educators and education leaders as they make effective, equitable innovative learning a reality in their schools. Tune into our leadership series, "What Will We Take With Us?" to hear how education leaders rose to tackling the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they're working to take what they've learned into a future that supports student-centered learning across the K-12 field.

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The mission of The Learning Accelerator is to connect teachers and leaders with the knowledge, tools, and networks they need to transform K-12 education. We make the 'potential' possible and practical for every teacher and every learner. In TLA Stories of Learning, TLA will share our insights, learnings, and conversations with real-world educators and education leaders as they make effective, equitable innovative learning a reality in their schools. Tune into our leadership series, "What Will We Take With Us?" to hear how education leaders rose to tackling the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they're working to take what they've learned into a future that supports student-centered learning across the K-12 field.

    Beyond Brick and Mortar: TTU K-12’s Flexible & Community-Oriented Emphasis on Student-Centered Virtual Learning

    Beyond Brick and Mortar: TTU K-12’s Flexible & Community-Oriented Emphasis on Student-Centered Virtual Learning

    In The Learning Accelerator's new podcast series, Beyond Brick and Mortar, hear from leaders of established virtual and hybrid learning programs from across the U.S. about what makes their programs a success – and what they had to learn along the way.

    In this episode, we chat with Justin Louder,  Associate Vice Provost for e-Learning at Texas Tech University K-12 (TTU K-12), about their long history of service to students who have sought out flexible options for their learning, and how their program operates through a student-centered lens to help learners work flexibly to engage while facing physical and mental health challenges, career obligations, and other obligations, as well as their orientation toward immersive community exploration and engagement in the context of virtual learning.

    • 13 min
    Beyond Brick and Mortar: Gem Prep Online's Whole-Community Approach to College and Career Readiness

    Beyond Brick and Mortar: Gem Prep Online's Whole-Community Approach to College and Career Readiness

    In The Learning Accelerator's new podcast series, Beyond Brick and Mortar, hear from leaders of established virtual and hybrid learning programs from across the U.S. about what makes their programs a success – and what they had to learn along the way.

    In this episode, we chat with Laurie Wolfe, Chief Academic Officer at Gem Prep Online, about their whole-community approach to preparing students for college, career, and beyond, emphasizing unique partnership opportunities, family engagement, flexibility, and supports to help students at every level of their learning journey.

    • 9 min
    Beyond Brick and Mortar: ASU Prep Digital on Building Relationships and Human Connections in Virtual Learning

    Beyond Brick and Mortar: ASU Prep Digital on Building Relationships and Human Connections in Virtual Learning

    In The Learning Accelerator's new podcast series, Beyond Brick and Mortar, hear from leaders of established virtual and hybrid learning programs from across the U.S. about what makes their programs a success – and what they had to learn along the way.

    In this episode, we chat with Jill Rogier, Head of Schools, Digital, and Betsy Fowler, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at ASU Prep Digital, about their approach to student-centered supports, flexibility for educators, and ensuring all of their students have a path to post-secondary education.

    • 9 min
    Beyond Brick and Mortar: My Tech High's Tuition-Free & Student-Centered Approach to Virtual Learning

    Beyond Brick and Mortar: My Tech High's Tuition-Free & Student-Centered Approach to Virtual Learning

    In The Learning Accelerator's new podcast series, Beyond Brick and Mortar, hear from leaders of established virtual and hybrid learning programs from across the U.S. about what makes their programs a success – and what they had to learn along the way.

    In this episode, we chat with Matt Bowman, founder and CEO at My Tech High, about their innovative model focused on personalizing education to students' individual goals and learning preferences, offering their students flexibility and a tailored approach to education – all at no cost to families.

    • 10 min
    Beyond Brick and Mortar: Map Academy on Healing and Holistic Student Supports

    Beyond Brick and Mortar: Map Academy on Healing and Holistic Student Supports

    In The Learning Accelerator's new podcast series, Beyond Brick and Mortar, hear from leaders of established virtual and hybrid learning programs from across the U.S. about what makes their programs a success – and what they had to learn along the way.

    In this episode, we chat with Rachel Babcock, Co-Director and Co-Founder of Map Academy, about their holistic and student-centered approach to education, designed to address the unique needs and life circumstances of students as an alternative high school. Their model weaves together collaborative and cooperative learning, student data, support structures, and crucial programs that help them develop their postsecondary and career readiness in order to attend to myriad aspects of their students’ learning experiences. 

    • 11 min
    Beyond Brick and Mortar: VLACS on a Mastery-Based Approach in Virtual Learning

    Beyond Brick and Mortar: VLACS on a Mastery-Based Approach in Virtual Learning

    In The Learning Accelerator's new podcast series, Beyond Brick and Mortar, hear from leaders of established virtual and hybrid learning programs from across the U.S. about what makes their programs a success – and what they had to learn along the way.

    In this episode, we chat with Dr. Steve Kossakoski, CEO at Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS), about their mastery-based approach, emphasis on meaningful discussion between students and instructors, and advisors who support students throughout their entire virtual learning journey with the school.

    • 10 min

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