How might we use what we learn to raise awareness about issues that matter? Young people want to be — and believe they can be — changemakers. Learning experiences that tap into this passion for social justice don’t just engage students in deeper learning, but help them create content they can use to advocate for […]

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Student Experience

  This is a vibrant and exciting time to be in education. Continuing to conduct business as usual is a shrinking option for our schools as other sectors more nimbly embrace change and innovation. Additionally, the number of schools and teachers actually doing this work is increasing, creating a network of individuals and institutions pushing […]

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Leadership

It’s time to stop talking about blended learning. For more than a decade, I’ve been integrating technology into my teaching. For the last four years, I’ve been working almost entirely in the online learning environment. And, the more time I spend immersed in technology, the less time I spend thinking or talking about blended learning. […]

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Student Engagement
Student Experience

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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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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Professional Learning
Competency-Based Learning
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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 Learning

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 Learning

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 Learning

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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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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