Will you be at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference in Atlanta? We will! Jason Cummings, Eric Hudson, Bonnie Lathram, and Michael Nachbar from GOA are attending and presenting. As we review the list of workshops and speakers and start planning what sessions to visit, we’re seeing a number of trends emerge […]

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News

This has been the year of feedback at GOA. Among our faculty, we’ve focused on building a culture of feedback and a pedagogy of transparency.  As a result, faculty are laser-focused on improving and enriching the feedback they give to students in the name of more powerful learning. But what about the feedback we get […]

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Student Experience

Video interviews are the new normal. In an age of powerful technology, it’s no longer necessary or practical to bring candidates to you or to go to them. In fact, people are increasingly interviewed and hired without an in-person meeting. That’s how I was hired at Global Online Academy, and now it’s how I hire […]

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Leadership

“Education is something that is done to you. Learning is something you do for yourself.” Joi Ito Have you heard of Moore’s Law? Moore’s Law is the premise that everything digital gets faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate. I recently read the book Whiplash: How to Survive our Faster Future by Joi Ito, […]

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Leadership

By Jeff Schwartz, GOA Faculty Member and educator, Greenwich Academy After five years of teaching GOA Poetry Writing, an online course at Global Online Academy, I continue to learn how to create multi-layered feedback. My students give each other feedback, I give them feedback, and they give me feedback. When it works, we all learn. […]

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Instructional Design

One of my most meaningful learning experiences happened the first semester of graduate school for my masters in education. On an early Saturday morning, I met my cohort and professor at “Malcolm X Park” in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and went on a scavenger hunt of sorts with items listed such as […]

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Professional Learning

During a meeting the other day someone jokingly asked, “What do you call this? A video conference? A phone call? What is this called these days?!” My answer was, “A meeting.” Though some people are reluctant and unsure of how to engage when they can see the people they’re meeting with on their screen, this […]

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Leadership

What does a transition to competency-based learning (CBL) mean for a teacher? What does it mean for instructional design, classroom community, and feedback? In the past eighteen months GOA’s faculty have worked hard to craft competencies and outcomes for their courses, building the infrastructure for GOA’s transition to CBL, then doing the hard work of […]

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Competency-Based Learning
Instructional Design

Before my son traveled back to school, after he spent winter break with us and his phone, I asked him whether he looked forward to reconnecting with friends on campus. Silly, naive, old-fogey me. His response: “We’ve been in touch all break; there’s not much to catch up on.” In a world like his, people […]

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Professional Learning

My work as an educator has involved technology for over a decade. When working at a small school in Tanzania in 2006, I was in charge of a large internet computer lab of 30 computers. I also taught teachers how to use laptops in 2006 as a Teacher Technology Trainer. One afternoon, I was helping […]

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Professional Learning
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