Students and teachers too often fall into the trap of cranking out work, earning or awarding grades and moving on. Unfortunately, this leaves all parties feeling more urgency than agency when it comes to the work they do and the way they do it. In the worst cases, school becomes about completion and compliance rather than […]

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From April 27-30, more than 300 students from the GOA consortium presented at our Catalyst Conference, an online event that showcased student projects designed to spark change in local communities. The conference is the culmination of a capstone project where students were asked to transform learning from their courses into interactive, relevant presentations that can have real-world impact. Five […]

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We are thrilled to share this post from guest writer Katrina O’Connor, an Instructional Coach and Senior Teacher at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, Canada. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn. Over the past three months I have been immersed in GOA’s Blending Leadership, an online course facilitated by Stephen J. Valentine and […]

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Will you be in Baltimore for the National Association of Independent Schools conference in March? Join us at one of our four sessions. We’re excited to share the work we’ve been doing with the independent school community, and we hope to connect with you! From Teacher to Learner and Back: a Blended Learning Design Studio    […]

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This is Part Three of a three-part series. Part One, “Professional Learning as Construction Play,” makes the case for playful, nonlinear professional learning. Part Two, “Vision, Action, Reflection,” tells the story of two educators who did this work in online spaces. Here, we explore in-person learning environments. In the age of the internet, why do we travel for […]

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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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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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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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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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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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