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2019 TLA Measurement Fellow Application

The Learning Accelerator is pleased to announce our 2019 Measurement Fellowship. This Fellowship convenes a diverse group of individuals who will be conducting research that advances our measurement agenda for blended learning. Through these fellowships, we will catalyze the measurement ecosystem (including future researchers, leaders, and educators) to work together towards the mutual goal of all students receiving an outstanding education, enabling them to reach their full potential.

Timeline

  • August 6, 2018: Application open for Independent Study fellowships (details below)
  • September 4, 2018: Application open for Partner Study fellowships (details below)
  • October 5, 2018: Application deadline for Independent Study fellowships
  • October 31, 2018: Applicants for Independent Study fellowships informed of decisions
  • Fall 2018: Initial 1:1 & cohort virtual meetings/calls
  • November 30, 2018: Application deadline for Partner Study fellowships
  • January 15, 2019: Applicants for Partner Study fellowships informed of decisions
  • January - December 2019: Ongoing cohort virtual meetings/calls, in-person convening, conference presentations
  • December 2019: Field-friendly resources launch & dissemination begins

Our Vision for Blended Learning

The Learning Accelerator’s vision for blended learning is the strategic integration of in-person learning and technology to enable personalization, mastery-based progression, and the use of real-time data. There is still much to be learned about if, how, and when blended learning is effectively implemented in K-12 settings. Implementing evidence-based practices requires multiple stakeholders to take coordinated action utilizing a breadth of knowledge and skills traditionally associated with very different roles and responsibilities.

Doing what’s best for students requires good research and measurement practice to be applied equitably. The goal of our work is to deeply understand what is and is not working, for whom, and under what conditions. We do not expect (and indeed, we would be suspicious of) findings from these studies that are universally positive.

Our Measurement Agenda

Knowing and implementing evidence-based practices increases our ability to meet each student’s instructional needs. Our Measurement Agenda for Blended Learning outlines the skills, knowledge, and activities necessary for stakeholders to build our evidence base and advance our collective understanding and implementation of effective blended learning practices. As with our Blended and Personalized Learning at Work site, our District Guide to Measurement, and the accompanying Blended Learning Measurement Framework, the objectives contained in this agenda are primarily focused on the teaching, learning, application, and implementation of evidence at the classroom and school levels.

Similarly, advancing measurement of blended learning includes increasing evidence-gathering, access to funds, people, and classrooms, alongside the broad sharing of findings and their implications. If we expect to build a knowledge base that is relevant and applicable to a diverse student body, we must build an ecosystem that is reflective of that student body and diverse along several dimensions including ethnicity, socioeconomic status, first or native language, identity, and other factors. TLA is committed to facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion through supporting individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and a demonstrated need for opportunities and support in doing this work. We aim to grow the next generation of measurement professionals by building a cadre of graduate students who are excited to begin this work – not necessarily those who are already experts.

Benefits

The Blended Learning Measurement Fellowship offers the following benefits to each of up to five individuals:

  • $1,000 research start-up stipend
  • TLA resources, mentorship, expertise, and support (including participant recruitment) during the 2018-2019 school year and beyond to complete a blended learning research study
  • Virtual and face-to-face access to the Community of Practice formed by the cohort of 2019 Fellows (during the Fellowship and beyond)
  • Registration, travel, and attendance to a conference to present research findings
  • Connections to established researchers who are members of TLA's Measurement Alliance, as well as Alumni Measurement Fellows
  • TLA-supported dissemination and memorializing of research findings
  • $250 completion bonus

Eligibility

This Fellowship is offered to current and aspiring researchers including current graduate students, and/or graduate-level research organization or school system professionals who are able, intending to, or already conducting research on blended learning that is expected to be completed during the fall of 2019.

Fellows must commit to attending regular virtual meetings and conference calls during the fall of 2018 and throughout 2019, as well as in-person attendance at a convening during 2019. In addition, Fellows must present their study findings at a conference and broadly disseminate these findings in a form that is open and freely accessible to the public.

Study Types

This year, TLA is offering two ways to fulfill the research study requirement of the Fellowship:

  1. Independent Studies will be completed by Fellows who are intending to or conducting research on blended learning that is expected to be completed during the fall of 2019. Applicants will be required to provide details about their study in the application form. Applications for this type of study closed on October 5, 2018.
  2. Partner Studies will be completed by Fellows who have the capacity and support to conduct research on blended learning, expected to be completed during the fall of 2019, driven by the needs of a school system that has partnered with TLA to collaborate on testing and adaptation of blended practices. Details about Partners' needs and research interests are included in the application form, and applicants will be required to provide details about their approach to designing an appropriate study. Applications for this type of study are currently being accepted until November 30, 2018.

Apply

To apply with an Independent Study, please complete the form below ASAP and before October 5, 2018.

To apply for a Partner Study, please complete the form below after September 4, 2018 and before November 30, 2018.

After September 4, 2018, you will select in question 5 which study type you are applying for, and will be asked in question 6 for relevant details after making this selection. If you have any questions about applying for this Fellowship, please don't hesitate to contact Saro Mohammed via email: saro@learningaccelerator.org.