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Accelerated Learning

An accelerated learning approach looks at achievement as a comprehensive endeavor with a strategic support system in and out of the classroom. This approach ensures that students, families, and educators have a foundation for success.

Ask “How will they learn best?” not “Can they learn?”                                                                                                                                                                                       — Jaime Escalante

Accelerated Learning

What is accelerated learning? It’s a different way of thinking about how to address learning gaps. You might be thinking, “I’ve been teaching for a while, and learning gaps are nothing new.” Unfortunately, that is true. Just look at the decades of NAEP data in the U.S. and it’s pretty clear we have not been able to move the needle very far in closing achievement gaps for all students. An accelerated learning approach attempts to change that trend by considering not just the micro-level elements of learning and teaching, such as evidence-based instructional approaches, highly trained teachers, and creative leadership, but also the macro-level elements, such as mental health supports for students and educators, developing a growth mindset, and maintaining an asset driven — not deficit driven — focus.

What Does It Take to Move the Needle?

Your first response might be, “everything” and you wouldn’t be far off. Research has shown time and time again that it’s not one element but the right mix of effective practices and knowledgeable people that come together to support students and their families that make a sustainable approach to excellence. As the well-known African proverb reminds us, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Nowhere is that more evident than in an accelerated learning approach.

Digging Deeper

Learn more about how to start your accelerated learning journey by identifying what your school is doing well and areas that may need some creative problem solving. You’ll also find some practical advice on how to make subtle and seismic shifts in your instructional practice and partnerships, as well as how to creatively maximize time within classes and across the school community. 

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Taking Stock: Identifying Glows and Grows

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Making Shifts: Seismic and Subtle Steps Towards Success

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Indicators of Success and Sustaining Growth

Grab-and-Go Resources

Enjoy a preview of some of our new Accelerated Learning Grab-and-Go’s that offer quick tips on shifts you can make at micro and macro levels as you begin implementing an accelerated learning approach in your school.