The most interesting thing in education right now may be competency-based learning (CBL). CBL allows students to show what they know through demonstrations of learning rather than pursuit of a letter grade earned through content knowledge and seat time. Many learning organizations adopting CBL aim to foster flexible pacing, to utilize new technology, and to […]

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Instructional Design
Student Experience

The summer months bring many educators to the water, be it oceans, lakes, or swimming pools. We close our laptops, put away the required reading, and try to clear our minds. No matter how much we try to get away from it all, there is a part of our teacherly minds that stands on another […]

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Student Engagement
Student Experience

What kind of learning should happen here? It’s a deceptively simple question, one that gets to the heart of why schools and other educational organizations exist. It’s also an increasingly important question as traditional modes of teaching and learning face scrutiny from a world demanding new ways of thinking and operating. It’s why GOA is […]

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Student Engagement
Student Experience

One of my favorite times at GOA is June, when I collaborate with our second-year faculty on teacher evaluations. It’s a chance to do in-depth exploration of courses, analyze student surveys, and have detailed conversations with my colleagues about what they are learning from working with students. The process is interactive and growth-oriented: it culminates in letters I write to […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design
Blended Learning
Making Connections
Professional Development

By Kristin Daniel and Bonnie Lathram   Why do good questions matter? How can educators use inquiry to foster deeper learning? Inquiry is a way of teaching that encourages people to ask questions and to seek meaning. The role of a professional learning leader is to design learning experiences that foster discussion, collaboration, communication, and […]

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Professional Development

Think of the best professional learning experience you’ve had. Why did it stick with you? Most likely it was meaningful, relevant to your own work, and maybe it even refined your practice and impacted student outcomes. Now, if I asked if that experience was online, I’d bet your answer would be, “no”. Too often online […]

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Professional Development

We know educators use summer not just to refresh, but to seek out and ponder new ideas, many of which are found in unexpected places. At GOA, we’re no different: we’re constantly trading our favorite links and stories, discovering new opportunities, and hoping others do the same. We’ve put together a short playlist of some of […]

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Professional Development

By Eric Hudson and Bonnie Lathram Nearly 6 million American high school students take at least one course online. Americans also spend, on average, over 10 hours a day on devices, much of this devoted to consuming media. As the blend of our online and IRL (in real life) learning continues, we will see the […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design

The learning management system (LMS) has become ubiquitous in secondary school education. While the power of a LMS is immense, it can also feel limiting, formulaic, and bland. There may be some degree of truth to each of these adjectives, but there is another reality as well: many schools and teachers are just scratching the […]

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Online Learning
Professional Development

I worked for 8 years as an advisor and college counselor at Highline Big Picture High School in the Seattle area. (Highline Big Picture is part of a network of Big Picture Learning schools). The students AND the teachers created personalized learning plans each year. The learning plan was a Google Doc that had three […]

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Professional Development
Student Experience
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