Small tweaks can accumulate into big changes. Maybe we’ve heard this before in the context of diet and exercise, the power of the everyday language we use, car maintenance, flossing … and yet when it comes to online learning environments we sometimes approach it as an “all or nothing” endeavor.  We’re either going to fully […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design
Professional Development

Where and how faculty gather are critical factors in the life of a school. In an environment where time can be scarce and adult connection can be fleeting, a faculty room serves a variety of purposes: as a hub for information and communication, as a place to encourage adults to interact meaningfully, as a refuge […]

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Leadership
Online Learning
Professional Development

In my role as Director of Professional Development for Global Online Academy I am constantly striving to continue my own professional growth, especially in the online environment. Recently I had the opportunity to be a participant in one of our GOA online PD courses, “Coaching Innovation.” I chose to take this course because the participants […]

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Leadership
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My colleague Susan Fine and I, along with three History teachers – Beth Calderone (The Blake School, MN), Ben Watsky (King’s Academy, Jordan), and Tim Morford (Columbus Academy, OH) – spent July 8-10 planning an interscholastic version of 9th grade Big History. Big History is, in a nutshell, a modern origin story – a compaction of 13.8 billion years […]

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Online Learning

Each year, since launching Global Online Academy, we’ve hosted an in-person teacher training workshop as the culminating event in our Teacher Training Program. This June marked the 4th anniversary of the in-person Teacher Training Workshop, which is an all-hands-on-deck, week-long bonanza, with a blend of intensive workshops, 1-on-1 instructional design coaching sessions, and team planning, […]

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Online Learning

What were you doing one year ago? One year ago this week, three of us on the GOA staff team started our journey here at Global Online Academy. What a year it has been! The highlight of our days often come from having the chance to witness the innovation, creativity, and hard work from the […]

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Online Learning
Student Experience

A perpetual question that we face as designers of online instruction, in the era of rapidly evolving communications technologies and learning management systems is: what is the best way to roll out the social features of the learning management system during an online course? We want to orient students comfortably, not overwhelm them with technology, and […]

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Online Learning
Instructional Design
Making Connections
Student Engagement

BY ARI WORTHMAN | DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING, LAKESIDE SCHOOL These days in selective applicant pools, tons of students have high grades, scores and great curricula.  Having those pieces makes you admissible, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to be admitted.  You need something else to make you jump off the page: great flare or […]

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Online Learning
Student Experience

By now the majority of us in the education community have heard the term reflective educator. Many times we have also heard this term associated with our own professional growth. I mean, really, who wouldn’t want to consider themselves reflective? Someone who: sets aside time each day or week to think about one’s practice; changes […]

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Leadership
Online Learning
Professional Development

In this video, I will highlight tips and examples for utilizing and managing video chats, both student-to-student and student(s)-to-teacher. Examples in this video come from from Glenda Baker (The American School in Japan), Nan Ketpura-Ching (Punahou School), Jen Neubauer (The Dalton School), and Alyson Solomon (Germantown Friends School).    

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