How might we leverage our class community to learn about and from each other? In Global Online Academy courses, students from around the world gather in online classes to explore topics they care about. With so many people, places, and perspectives in one learning community, designing for global understanding is not only possible, but important. One of […]

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Online Learning
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Lunch in a school cafeteria is often chaotic and quick. You dodge about foraging for food, assemble a meal, try to remember to grab silverware, and get to a table with little time to enjoy whatever you’ve gathered. It’s likely you’ll also attempt to finish your math homework or study for a Spanish quiz while […]

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Student Experience
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Time Management

Is collaboration becoming a term like… innovation? organic? or feminism? That is, has it come to mean everything and (potentially) nothing? Collaboration is often bandied about as a critical 21st-century skill, which amuses me, given that some of us were collaborating in the 20th century. Part of our troubles in schools may come from collaboration’s […]

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Student Engagement
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Blended Learning
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Student Experience

Early on I started thinking of my typography teacher, Juliet Shen, as “the doctor.” Each week during my typography class, taken several years ago at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, my classmates and I would arrive and hang our projects on a clothes line, strung along one of the classroom walls; then “the […]

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Professional Development
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The most interesting thing in education right now may be competency-based learning (CBL). CBL allows students to show what they know through demonstrations of learning rather than pursuit of a letter grade earned through content knowledge and seat time. Many learning organizations adopting CBL aim to foster flexible pacing, to utilize new technology, and to […]

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Instructional Design
Student Experience

The summer months bring many educators to the water, be it oceans, lakes, or swimming pools. We close our laptops, put away the required reading, and try to clear our minds. No matter how much we try to get away from it all, there is a part of our teacherly minds that stands on another […]

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Student Engagement
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What kind of learning should happen here? It’s a deceptively simple question, one that gets to the heart of why schools and other educational organizations exist. It’s also an increasingly important question as traditional modes of teaching and learning face scrutiny from a world demanding new ways of thinking and operating. It’s why GOA is […]

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Student Engagement
Student Experience

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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Professional Development
Student Experience

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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Online Learning
Student Engagement
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Blended Learning
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What should a high school graduate know and be able to do? THINK Global School (TGS) is an example of how one group of educators is putting a new vision for school into practice by asking that question. TGS is often often called The World’s First Traveling School and is a school literally with no […]

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Leadership
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