2018 Professional Learning Courses



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Modern Learning Lab

Dates: February 2 through February 16, 2018 AND July 9 through July 20, 2018

Member School Participant: $300; Non-member School Participant: $400


As the landscape of teaching and learning has changed, so have our roles as teachers and school leaders. What is the role of teachers and students in modern learning? Through an interactive two week online course, participants will explore more deeply innovations in learning that place students at the center of their own learning. The course will also consider implications around the use of technology to support students as they learn at their own pace, and learn beyond traditional school walls. Participants will reflect deeply on the role that school design might play at their schools as they seek to create, establish, and sustain modern schools for modern learners.

What is modern learning?

Modern learning…

  • Places students at the center of their own learning by fostering student agency, voice, and choice.
  • Leverages creative use of time and space.
  • Drives learning through emphasis on content and core competencies .
  • Reimagines the role of assessment.
  • Creates supportive spaces for student and teacher growth.

In Week 1 of the Modern Learning Lab, participants will explore exemplars of modern learning classrooms and teaching practices from around the world that promote student agency and inquiry. Participants will meet with and learn from teachers and school leaders that are rethinking teaching and learning in novel ways.

In Week 2, participants will head into a short Design Lab. Through using GOA’s student competencies and Catalyst Card strategies, participants will design student and/or teacher learning experiences that are relevant and meaningful to growth.

All participants will also receive GOA’s Modern Learning Lab Toolkit. The Toolkit contains the tools to support you in the design of student and teacher experiences that promote student-driven learning.

The course will be facilitated by GOA learning design coaches, experts in instructional design, student-led learning, and professional growth.

This course is primarily asynchronous, with one optional, recorded synchronous activity.


This course is both for classroom teachers designing student experiences and faculty leaders designing collaborative experiences for adults.


Coaching Innovation

Dates: June 18 through June 29, 2018

Member School Participant: $300; Non-member School Participant: $400


Coaching is one of the most effective forms of professional growth for educators. In this course, participants will discover the power of instructional coaching framed by a relationship-based approach, explore different coaching models that allow for time and space to be redefined, and create a personalized coaching project relevant to their own work.

In the Week 1 Seminar, participants will explore why coaching is meaningful and create a coaching credo. Participants will then dive into several strands of coaching content more deeply with a focus on developing coaching stances, listening authentically, having better conversations, questioning that welcomes others to share, and creating online spaces for coaching.

In Week 2, participants will be ready to design a coaching project. With the support of a GOA learning design coach participants will create a relevant response to this question: How can elements of relationship-based coaching inform my work right now? Participants will leave with skills needed to become a more effective faculty leader and peer.

This course is primarily asynchronous, with one optional, recorded synchronous activity.


This course is for educators in any position at a school where faculty mentoring and leadership are part of your work (such as instructional coaches, department chairs, tech integrationists, and professional learning leaders).

Learn more about our Coaching Innovation course.

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Coming Soon! A 1 week long professional learning pop-up course

Dates: February 26 through March 2, 2018

Member School Participant: Free; Non-member School Participant: $150

Description Coming Soon.

What’s a pop-up course? In October 2017, we offered our first ever professional learning Pop-up course, Rethinking School. This course filled quickly with over 200 participants from 49 schools and 9 countries. Stay tuned as we will announce our next Pop-up course soon. Read more about Rethinking School on the Rethinking School page and also in a recent article on our blog, 4 Takeaways for Rethinking School.


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