The Learning Accelerator (TLA) (@LearningAccel) announced the selection of three grantees who will receive nearly $1 million to continue leading on improving the implementation of blending learning and support for educators. Funding for this human capital cohort will focus on principal training, teacher professional development platforms, and further implementation of a previously funded teacher fellowship program. This is the second round of grants in the human capital sector, with the first round announced last March. Upon the announcement, Beth Rabbitt, Partner at The Learning Accelerator said:
Availability of really high quality, highly accessible resources to help educators make the shift [to blended learning] is low. Our initial strategy, which we’ve been calling our Next Gen Human Capital Initiative, seeks to build the ecosystem by building a suite of training and professional development supports for blended teachers and leaders and creating tools that are open, modular, scalable, and competency-based to personalize learning for adults.
This second initiative cohort is comprised of three organizations that are tackling this work from different, but collaborative methods.
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation | NC State University’s College of Education –
- About: Advances education by preparing teachers, administrators, counselors, and educational professionals who use technology to transform the learning process.
- Grant focus: Codify curriculum, pilot a national blended learning principal training program
CFY-Power My Learning | National Non-profit Organization
- About: Supports personalized instruction through innovative tools enabling students to enrich their education through exploration, while offering pathways for self-remediation.
- Grant focus: Help the organization leverage its PowerMyLearning platform to create a personalized professional development approach for educators.
Highlander Institute | Statewide Non-profit Organization, Rhode Island
- About: Alongside sister organization, Highlander Charter School, the Highlander Institute supports learners by designing and providing education services while acting as the outreach and dissemination hub for the school.
- Grant focus: Follow-up grant to fully fund the organization’s efforts to launch and sustain a statewide, Rhode Island teacher fellowship.
As part of The Learning Accelerator’s effort to create scalable solutions in the human capital sector, these grants will continue to build the capacity of TLA’s partnering organization while addressing gaps in the blended learning ecosystem.
For more TLA and the human capital grantees, see:
- Friday Institute Project Designs MOOCs for Educators
- Shrinking the Digital Divide
- TLA Blended Learning Snapshot: EdTech Procurement in Houston Released
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