On occasion, GOA will invite guest contributors to the blog. Here, teacher and blended learning coach Tina Bessias of Durham Academy shares her experience engaging her community.  When we think of “blended learning,” we often begin with our face-to-face classes: how might digital elements augment in-person learning? This fall, at Durham Academy, we did the […]

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Professional Development
Blended Learning
Making Connections
Student Engagement

What does learning look like? When we commit to competency-based learning, that’s the first question to answer. Tackling it requires crafting competencies and outcomes, the way we articulate the skills and measurable results we want students to develop. Once they’re articulated, we’re beautifully positioned to choose the content to cover and the assessments to design. […]

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Instructional Design
Professional Development
Student Experience

I’m a sucker for a good Wonder Wall. I pop into my son’s elementary classroom and admire their list: Are gerbils and hamsters the same thing? Can plants grow in sand? How big is a googol? At home, we keep one in our kitchen. Much like our own family, it verges on the absurd (Is […]

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Professional Development

We held our first ever professional learning pop-up course recently, titled Rethinking School. The course had over 200 participants from nearly 50 schools in 9 countries. You can read more about our takeaways from the course here. Our team mined the content created from all the participants in the course, including book recommendations. We asked […]

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Leadership
Professional Development

In the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about coaching. I recently designed and facilitated the GOA course Coaching Innovation with twenty participants from independent and public schools and all with various roles as coaches or faculty leads. As we dove into the content, participants began to share their experiences of coaching and […]

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Professional Development

I had trouble falling asleep when I got home from two days at the Nueva Innovative Learning Conference: my brain felt like it was on fire. An unfortunate comparison, given that the conference was held on the Nueva School campuses in California, where not far away the state was smoldering. In my case, however, I […]

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Leadership
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Student Experience

By Emily Hamlin and Jason Cummings Each fall, the OESIS conference in Quincy, Massachusetts, provides the GOA faculty and staff with an invaluable opportunity to share our work. Just as important, however, is the opportunity to connect in person and share a few meals and a lot of good conversation. Whether online or in-person, deep […]

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Online Learning
Blended Learning
Making Connections
Professional Development

Students need reflection routines and time to pursue them. In our recent pop-up course, Rethinking School, an exchange between two of the more than 200 educators in the course resonated deeply with me. While considering the role of feedback and its indispensable complement — student reflection — Rob Policelli, a history teacher at Durham Academy, […]

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Making Connections
Student Engagement
Student Experience

Why do we ask students to complete certain requirements before they graduate? Whether schools require completion of core coursework, fulfillment of athletic or community service commitments, or achievement of certain test scores, there is an important idea that drives these choices: we believe certain experiences, knowledge, and skills are essential to success in the world beyond high school. Ideally, the requirements we designate […]

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Online Learning
Student Experience

Rethinking School, GOA’s first ever professional learning online pop up course, wraps up today. 214 participants across 49 schools in 9 countries generated over 17,300 pageviews (and counting) in 6 days. What have we learned so far? How will this pop up course inform our professional learning work moving forward? Here are four of our most […]

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Leadership
Professional Development
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