Accelerating Learning

June 2023

Acceleration aims to ensure all students overcome learning gaps to do grade-level work. This issue shows what educators should know and do to shift practice.

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Acceleration keeps students moving forward. How do we do it?

Professional learning can address the shifts in understanding and practice needed to close student learning gaps.

Accelerate or remediate? Key factors for educators to consider. 

Acceleration provides the best way forward to close student learning gaps. Doing so with equity takes intentionality.

A districtwide path to acceleration starts with teacher teams

A framework for accelerating learning drives professional learning and instructional changes in a Connecticut district, and student achievement grows.

Connecting across grades helps teachers close student learning gaps

Two mathematics professional learning experts discuss the role of vertical alignment and how to support teachers to facilitate it.

Reimagine summer to accelerate learning

Shifting summer learning from remediation to acceleration has implications for professional learning with and for school-year teaching staff.

How do we prepare teachers for accelerated learning? Experts weigh in. 

Here’s what educators need to know about acceleration and how professional learning can help them build that knowledge and accompanying skills.

To close learning gaps, address social and emotional skills: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE 

What educators should know about the pandemic’s impact on students’ social and emotional development, and how to help.

Learning acceleration at every level

Infographic shows how all levels of the educational system play important roles in accelerating learning to close student learning gaps.


Achieving the full benefit of new curriculum

A fictional case vignette illustrates the vital role of standards-aligned professional learning in building educators’ capacity to implement high-quality curriculum.

Through the lens

How this issue’s articles can help you understand and apply Standards for Professional Learning.

Data points 

The latest research on teacher and leader retention and turnover, superintendent evaluation, and extended school days.


Educator’s professional learning transforms Texas school

Revamped literacy instruction helps put school in the 99th percentile for growth.

Professional learning vs. PD: The distinction matters

Shift mindsets from delivering information to intentionally co-designing learning and growth opportunities grounded in evidence.

‘Are we doing it right?’ Tool guides curriculum implementation.

A reflection tool supports educators across roles in navigating the twists and turns of curriculum adoption and implementation.

How do we cultivate resilience in an inequitable system?

Efforts to tackle educator stress should balance self-care with demands for changes to the unjust systems that cause the stress.


Survey gives systems a clear picture of their professional learning

Learning Forward’s updated Standards Assessment Inventory is a powerful tool for districts and schools, thanks to more data and streamlined navigation.


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