A few weeks ago I wrote about the coach as an essential component to a successful online professional learning (PL) program. What I didn’t say–and what I’ve been thinking about since–is how much of the work of a coach is unseen. A coach navigates complex terrain, drawing on content knowledge, communication, collaboration, and reflection–all before […]

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This is Part Two of a three-part series. Part One, “Professional Learning as Construction Play,” makes the case for playful, nonlinear professional learning. In this part, we’ll look at how two educators do this work in online spaces. Part Three, “5 Questions to Ask Before you Travel for PD,” explores in-person learning environments. How might online […]

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This is Part One of a three-part series, Part Two tells the story of two educators in online professional learning experiences, and in Part Three we meet teachers who engaged in in-person learning. What is it about Legos? The tiny blocks have been around for nearly a century, and their resilience in the face of changing […]

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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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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

Once you start thinking about competencies, it’s hard to stop. You find yourself asking your own kids for evidence of how well they’ve digested and internalized some concept or another. You find yourself hunting for ways you can capture precisely what you know and are able to do. You get filled with envy for concrete […]

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I recently attended the NWAIS Fall Educators Conference and went to a workshop on effective professional learning (PL) in independent schools, Make it Stick: Transformational Professional Development. The facilitators, Julie Kalmus and Nick Zosel-Johnson, asked participants: What type of professional learning experience is most effective for you? The options were “on-site,” “off-site,” “required,” “self-chosen,” and […]

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When did you last take a selfie with a librarian? How about yesterday?! What was the inspiration behind these selfies? Students in Tina Bessias’ Water: From Inquiry to Action, one of our new learning studio courses, researching in their school libraries for a case study on the Flint water controversy. While all students read the […]

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We just launched our first flex course: U.S. Elections in the World. New this year, GOA flex courses are blended learning opportunities for students and teachers that partner with programming already offered in member schools. Our hope was that more students and teachers could explore blended learning in a global, networked context if the opportunity […]

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We’re swimming in data seas. And, every time I turn around or open my inbox, someone wants more data. I appreciate Alaska Airlines’ interest in my recent trip with them, and I kind of love how MyEmma can tell me how our “campaigns” are going. I’m grateful for the ample info that Google Analytics provide […]

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