Michael
Michael Nachbar
Michael Nachbar is the Executive Director of GOA. Clear in vision and generous of spirit, Michael’s approach to GOA starts with fostering strong, personal relationships between GOA students and their teachers. Michael exhibits a keen understanding of all aspects of school administration, along with a great deal of flexibility and ingenuity as he leads a consortium of diverse schools, each with its own culture and mission. Prior to GOA, Michael was middle school assistant director at Lakeside School in Seattle. Connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Below is the letter I sent our member schools on our recent NEASC accreditation.    Dear GOA Member Schools, I am thrilled to announce that GOA was granted formal accreditation by NEASC’s Council of Independent Schools (CIS) and Commission on International Education (CIE).  Accreditation affirms our program’s excellence and validates our team’s significant efforts over […]

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Online Learning
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Professional Development

My father texted me over the weekend to remind me to look at Sunday night’s supermoon – the largest and brightest moon I will see in my lifetime. My dog has never been on so many walks in one night as then, but despite my efforts, my view was obscured by clouds, which glowed a […]

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Making Connections

Global Online Academy’s professional development program offers independent-school educators the opportunity to participate in professional growth experiences in a supportive, interactive environment, learning strategies that are relevant, meaningful, and immediately applicable to their practice. This June-August, independent-school educators and administrators have 17 different two-week course offerings to choose from.

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Our focus when we began Global Online Academy remains our focus now: to offer students from around the globe the highest-quality online classes possible taught by great teachers.

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Three years ago when Global Online Academy began, we were just ten schools that spanned two countries, nine states, and six time zones. We served 120 students in ten inaugural classes. Today, GOA includes students and teachers from four continents, nine countries, 24 states, and 12 time zones. Over 900 students have taken our courses […]

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March 12 marked GOA’s third anniversary. When GOA began, we were just ten schools spanning two countries and nine states. Today, Global Online Academy includes students and teachers from 4 continents, 9 countries, and 24 states. Over 900 students have taken our courses, and we’re hoping to have over 1000 students register next year in […]

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Leadership
Online Learning

In my last post I proposed that coursework should foster and expose the connections that exist between topics, subjects, and ideas. Getting students to see these connections begins with thoughtfully constructed classes and assignments. Below are a few class assignments that GOA teachers created that help students to begin to see common threads connecting ideas […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design
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Student Engagement

I had the chance the other day to meet with a Gates Foundation grantee about what at first appeared to be a topic that had little relation to our work as a school – mosquitos. It turns out that efforts to eliminate dengue by introducing the Wolbachia bacteria into mosquitos, which acts to “vaccinate” the […]

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Online Learning
Making Connections
Professional Development
Student Engagement