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Acceleration Roadmap

The Acceleration Roadmap is a tool for teachers and leaders in Massachusetts to support acceleration of student learning in the 2021–22 school year. While all students were impacted during the 2020-21 school year, the pandemic exacerbated many existing inequities and opportunity gaps. This roadmap is designed to provide a focused and phased approach to supporting students as they return to school in the new academic year. Below you will find two versions, one designed specifically for classroom educators and one for building administrators.

Acceleration Roadmap, school leader edition, cover page with DESE and TNTP logos. (Download PDF Document)

Acceleration Roadmap, classroom educator edition, cover page with DESE and TNTP logos. (Download PDF Document)


Implementation Support


Use the links below to register for implementation support sessions.

Office Hours

DateSession TitleSession Objectives

June 17
3:30–4:30pm

June 21
3:00–4:00pm

June 23
4:00–5:00pm

Acceleration Roadmap Introductory Office Hours
For Building Leaders and Classroom Educators
  • Apply learning from the webinar/professional development sessions to your unique context and role
  • Collaboratively plan with others who are engaged in similar work
  • Ask follow-up questions related to webinar/professional development content

*These sessions are offered live at the times above, and this page will be updated with recordings that can be viewed asynchronously if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Building Leader Professional Development Series

DateSession TitleSession Objectives

June 29
3:00–4:30pm

July 15
3:00–4:30pm

All Means All — Acceleration for Students with Diverse Learning Needs
  • Explain how the learning acceleration approach supports students with diverse learning needs, such as multi-language learners or students with disabilities.
  • Create a plan to equitably accelerate student learning for all in a way that proactively attends to the needs of students who are starting significantly behind their peers by defining guiding principles for equity-based, collaborative planning that attends to students with diverse needs.
  • Explain how their system will take next steps to equitably accelerate student learning for all over the next two years by anticipating the adult-centered barriers that could potentially prevent access to accelerated learning for all. (MTSS Tier 2 and 3 support)
  • Identify the key barriers to change management and brainstorm proactive solutions to addressing the barriers.

July 1
3:00–4:30pm

July 19
3:00–4:30pm

Establishing a Sense of Belonging for Students and Families
  • Create a plan for collecting and examining available data regarding student attendance and students' and families' feelings of belonging.
  • Set a specific school culture goal with an eye towards racial equity.
  • Identify a variety of supports to implement to promote attendance and foster belonging.
  • Identify the key barriers to change management and brainstorm proactive solutions to addressing the barriers.

July 7
3:00–4:30pm

July 21
3:00–4:30pm

Diagnosing and Planning for Unfinished Learning
  • Articulate a plan for diagnostics that help teachers bring students into grade level instruction.
  • Identify or build resources to support teachers and leaders in diagnosing students' unfinished learning in the core content areas.
  • Explain how teachers, school leaders, and district leaders will use information gleaned from diagnostics to accelerate student learning using culturally responsive and just- in-time scaffolds.
  • Identify the key barriers to change management and brainstorm proactive solutions to addressing the barriers.

July 8
3:00–4:30pm

July 26
3:00–4:30pm

Prioritizing Strong Instruction
  • Establish an academic focus for the year, based on your school's instructional materials and current student academic needs, and aligned to Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Create a plan for how you will align observation, coaching, and professional learning priorities to this focus area.
  • Develop improvement cycles in key areas to ensure students continue to experience equitable, high-quality learning experiences.
  • Identify the key barriers to change management and brainstorm proactive solutions to addressing the barriers.

July 14
3:00–4:30pm

July 28
3:00–4:30pm

Developing Your Teachers & Leaders
  • Explain their next steps for planning their training for teachers and leaders, including tiered engagement strategies to connect with students and families.
  • Create and practice delivering an investment and communication plan for their stakeholders including leaders, staff, students, and families.
  • Assess and communicate out their progress on access, implementation, and quality goals to develop next steps for implementation.
  • Collaborate with role-alike leaders to plan for building system-wide capacity.

Classroom Educator Professional Development Series

DateSession TitleSession Objectives
August 10
3:00–4:30pm
Establishing A Sense of Belonging for Students and Families
  • Set a vision for a welcoming, supportive, and culturally responsive classroom environment.
  • Set a specific classroom culture goal with an eye towards racial equity.
  • Determine what systems you will implement to maintain communication and 360-degree feedback with families.
  • Set a communication goal that fits within your plan and unique context.
  • Examine how you can use the information you gather about families and students to inform and prepare transitional lesson plans that incorporate social and emotional learning.
August 11
3:00–4:30pm
Prioritizing Strong Instruction
  • Evaluate the quality of assignments you are providing to ensure all students can meaningfully engage in high -quality, grade-appropriate content.
  • Determine how to identify the most critical prerequisite skills and knowledge for each grade level and subject area. (ELA and math)
August 17
3:00–4:30pm
All Means All — Acceleration for Students with Diverse Learning Needs
  • Explain how the learning acceleration approach supports students with diverse learning needs, such as multi-language learners or students with disabilities.
  • Proactively plan scaffolding strategies for daily or weekly lessons according to the learning objective, target standard(s), and your students' needs.
  • Anticipate and plan for potential barriers to learning by designing flexible lessons and learning environments that address the needs of historically marginalized students.
August 18
3:00–4:30pm
Diagnosing and Planning for Unfinished Learning
  • Examine how to strategically use diagnostic, formative and summative assessments to plan for accelerated learning
  • Identify curriculum embedded assessments (formatives) and plan your pacing calendar accordingly to include space for just-in-time scaffolds while prioritizing grade-level content.

Asynchronous Modules

Implementation Resources / Quick Links

Related Research

Last Updated: June 17, 2021

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