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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Reimagining Faculty Meetings and Exploring Online Communities Two weeks into our semester, our faculty connected to explore approaches to building community and establishing rapport with students online. Two groups of colleagues met synchronously (#fastchat) while others contributed to an asynchronous discussion on Slack over the course of a week (#slowchat). Of those who met together, some […]

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That one of the most popular MOOCs of all time is Coursera’s Learning How to Learn suggests an immense global appetite for learning. That hunger undoubtedly grew when Brian Chesky, founder of Airbnb and also a self-made billionaire, stated recently that the most important thing an entrepreneur can do is “learn how to learn.” Many […]

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In April, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released a study on the impact of online learning. It’s a fascinating, useful read, and one recommendation has stuck with me: the need for a “new breed of professional — the learning engineer.” Learning engineers will require a broad range of skills. They must be passionate about education, and […]

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Mr. Samuel Finch has been teaching Entrepreneurship for years and loves the idea of students giving peer feedback on each other’s business ideas. He firmly believes in developing each student’s ability to give and receive constructive criticism … at least in theory. In his first attempts at this type of feedback, he is disappointed. Most […]

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As June drew to a close, thirty-three independent school teachers from six countries descended on Bainbridge Island for our fifth annual new teacher conference at Islandwood. This event is the culmination of our new teacher training program, which began with six weeks of online coursework where teachers designed and connected prior to arriving. For GOA […]

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GOA’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Eric Hudson, is teaching “Advocacy” this semester. Every week, he will blog about his experience designing and facilitating this online course for high school students. You can learn more about the course here. Read Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.  “Global Learning” is a term — like “blended learning,” “21st […]

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