Throughout this year, GOA has partnered with  THINK Global School (TGS) to coach faculty as they built online spaces for their students. TGS puts new meaning into the term place- based learning. At TGS, described as “the world’s first traveling high school”, students spend their academic year in four different countries where they learn, live, […]

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Online Learning

On occasion, GOA will invite guest contributors to the blog. Here, Paulette Unger, Upper School Science Teacher at Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES), shares how teaching online with GOA helped her design better discussions, online and on campus.  The best online discussions don’t look that different from the best in-person discussions. When it comes to any discussion, […]

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Instructional Design
Student Engagement

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

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

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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Making Connections
Student Engagement
Student Experience

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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Making Connections
Professional Learning
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
Instructional Design
Student Experience

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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Online Learning
Making Connections
Professional Learning

Students need reflection routines and time to pursue them. In our recent pop-up course, Rethinking School, an exchange between two of the more than 200 educators in the course resonated deeply with me. While considering the role of feedback and its indispensable complement — student reflection — Rob Policelli, a history teacher at Durham Academy, […]

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Student Engagement
Competency-Based Learning
Making Connections
Student Experience
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