SHIFTING GEARS: The Learning Accelerator, a nonprofit that provides funding to schools and organizations for blended learning projects, has a new CEO: Beth Rabbitt, who formerly led the group’s investment in human capital projects.
Scott Ellis, who founded TLA in 2012, will remain on the team but “focus exclusively on the definition, scaling, and tools of competency-based education as a separate area of work within TLA,” according the organization’s press release. Under his watch, TLA has given more than $5.8 million to more than 20 companies, nonprofits, state and consulting organizations for projects focused on improving broadband access, teacher training and open educational resources.
In the press release, TLA acknowledges the difficulty in getting different stakeholders on the same page when it comes to defining what blended learning means, or looks like.
We believe the greatest barrier, and unmet need, the sector now faces for transforming education at scale is the lack of clarity about exactly how blended learning happens in the classroom to enable personalization, data use, and competency-based progression.