Think of the best professional learning experience you’ve had. Why did it stick with you? Most likely it was meaningful, relevant to your own work, and maybe it even refined your practice and impacted student outcomes. Now, if I asked if that experience was online, I’d bet your answer would be, “no”. Too often online […]

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Professional Development

We know educators use summer not just to refresh, but to seek out and ponder new ideas, many of which are found in unexpected places. At GOA, we’re no different: we’re constantly trading our favorite links and stories, discovering new opportunities, and hoping others do the same. We’ve put together a short playlist of some of […]

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Professional Development

The learning management system (LMS) has become ubiquitous in secondary school education. While the power of a LMS is immense, it can also feel limiting, formulaic, and bland. There may be some degree of truth to each of these adjectives, but there is another reality as well: many schools and teachers are just scratching the […]

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Online Learning
Professional Development

I worked for 8 years as an advisor and college counselor at Highline Big Picture High School in the Seattle area. (Highline Big Picture is part of a network of Big Picture Learning schools). The students AND the teachers created personalized learning plans each year. The learning plan was a Google Doc that had three […]

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Student Experience

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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Blended Learning
Leadership
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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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Leadership
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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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Professional Development

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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Online Learning
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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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Leadership
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Making Connections
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