The Learning Accelerator, a Bay Area nonprofit whose mission is to transform K-12 education by accelerating the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across the United States, has announced a $5 million grant from the San Francisco-based Jaquelin Hume Foundation.
The grant will support TLA's work to create robust district-level implementations of blended learning approaches and establish solutions that can be replicated nationwide. While many school districts are looking at blended learning and service providers are beginning to offer some components of the approach, such efforts remain fragmented, risky, and expensive. With the grant, TLA will work to identify barriers to the adoption of blended learning and develop solutions to overcome those barriers. "This is the biggest grant the foundation has ever made and the first time it made an exception to its policy of giving anonymously," said Hume Foundation president Jerry Hume. "The foundation considers TLA's mission so critical that we chose to make our commitment public."
Founded in late 2012, TLA aims to mobilize $100 million to accelerate the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across the country. The organization received a $750,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in January and awarded $500,000 to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization that is working to upgrade the nation's K-12 Internet infrastructure and provide every school with the kind of broadband access needed to enable digital learning in the classroom.
"Blended learning is the transformative educational innovation of our time and has the potential to significantly improve K-12 education in America," said Joe Wolf, president and founding board member of TLA. "Over the next five years, we will partner with organizations across the country to make this happen faster, more effectively, and with high quality. Students and teachers will receive the benefits every day in their classrooms."