What do we know about learning now that demands we change what we do in schools? Our team started with this question and designed an exploratory one-week professional learning pop-up course, Learning Now. The course generated 5000 pageviews, and had over 100 participants from 8 countries and 39 schools. The weeklong course generated participation in a […]

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Professional Learning

How do you introduce learners to a topic they ultimately must define for themselves? Several months ago, GOA partnered with the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) to design and facilitate a series of in-person and online professional learning experiences for MTC members. The goal: to introduce educators to the pedagogy, practice, and possibilities of a mastery-based […]

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Professional Learning

By Bonnie Lathram and Emily Hamlin Our mission at GOA is to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked world. Our mission states: “We work with students. We deepen learning through courses that equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in high school, college, career, and life. We […]

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Leadership
Professional Learning

One of my most meaningful learning experiences happened the first semester of graduate school for my masters in education. On an early Saturday morning, I met my cohort and professor at “Malcolm X Park” in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and went on a scavenger hunt of sorts with items listed such as […]

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Professional Learning

Before my son traveled back to school, after he spent winter break with us and his phone, I asked him whether he looked forward to reconnecting with friends on campus. Silly, naive, old-fogey me. His response: “We’ve been in touch all break; there’s not much to catch up on.” In a world like his, people […]

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Professional Learning

My work as an educator has involved technology for over a decade. When working at a small school in Tanzania in 2006, I was in charge of a large internet computer lab of 30 computers. I also taught teachers how to use laptops in 2006 as a Teacher Technology Trainer. One afternoon, I was helping […]

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Professional Learning

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

I’m a sucker for a good Wonder Wall. I pop into my son’s elementary classroom and admire their list: Are gerbils and hamsters the same thing? Can plants grow in sand? How big is a googol? At home, we keep one in our kitchen. Much like our own family, it verges on the absurd (Is […]

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Professional Learning

We held our first ever professional learning pop-up course recently, titled Rethinking School. The course had over 200 participants from nearly 50 schools in 9 countries. You can read more about our takeaways from the course here. Our team mined the content created from all the participants in the course, including book recommendations. We asked […]

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Leadership
Professional Learning
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