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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Amanda Wendt teaches science at the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico. She participated in GOA’s Blended Learning Design Studio (BLDS) from October to December, 2016. This post was originally published on Amanda’s blog. The next BLDS session begins February 6! I started this year with a focus on personalizing learning. As we worked through […]

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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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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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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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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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