Professional Learning


Whether you’re new to online environments or experienced with technology and eager to gain new skills, join GOA for professional learning experiences that will connect you to a global community of educators working together to reimagine the classroom.

“I get so excited when I hear educators talking about process and not product and sharing ways their students are authentically experiencing learning in the world. GOA is rich in transformative experiences. This is not a program that is about technology; it’s a program that is about relationships and tools for inspired learning.”

-Becky Green, Singapore American School


Summer In-Person Events

Blending Leadership Summer Seminar, July 23-25, 2017

A transformational learning experience for school leaders. Led by Reshan Richards and Stephen Valentine, authors of Blending Leadership, this seminar guides participants through the changing leadership landscape and develops key skills through project-based, collaborative work. Held at the beautiful Islandwood School on Bainbridge Island, WA, USA, this immersive experience will connect leaders to likeminded colleagues from many different schools. Learn more about Blending Leadership.

Blended Learning Institute, July 23-28, 2017

The Blended Learning Institute is a unique online and in-person workshop for teams of classroom educators looking for the time, space, and support to apply the latest thinking in blended learning. After completing a two-week online course on blended learning and design, participants will join GOA at the beautiful Islandwood School on Bainbridge Island, Washington, for five days of intensive learning. BLI participants spend 50% of their time in workshops designed to further their understanding of and practice with relevant strategies and technology, and 50% of their time working with a coach to shape a specific experience for their home school classroom. Learn more about the BLI.

Summer Online Courses

Introduction to Blended Learning, June 16-30

This two-week online course (formerly known as OLE1) offers participants an opportunity to think about and discuss what it means to leverage online learning environments in their teaching, how it works best for students, and what it can look like in their classrooms. Participants will leave the course with a clear definition of blended learning, resources that support further inquiry, and a plan for how to begin implementing blended learning in their classrooms. Learn more about Introduction to Blended Learning

Designing for Personalized Learning, June 16-30

How might online learning spaces help students understand, reflect on, and build upon their own learning? We’ve taken the most popular challenge from our Blended Learning Design Studio and adapted it into its own two-week course. Our goal is to help you understand how technology can help you rethink time and space in a way that puts your students in more control of their learning. Learn more about Designing for Personalized Learning

Coaching Innovation, Part I: July 7-21 and Part II: October 13-27

Coaching is one of the most transformative forms of professional learning. A coach must navigate diverse terrain, drawing on content knowledge, communication, collaboration, and reflection – all before beginning a coaching relationship. This course, delivered in two 2-week phases (July and October), is for educators in any position at a school interested in building the coaching skills and practice needed to hone their craft, whether you are new to coaching or interested in expanding your practice. Our particular focus is on learning (Part I) and applying (Part II) coaching skills in the context of modern learning: how might technology support our work in building communities of practice at our schools? Learn more about Coaching Innovation. 

Tech Deep Dives, Canvas: July 10-14 and EdTech Tools: July 31-August 3

GOA Tech Deep Dives are intensive, 5-day explorations of the tools that support modern learning. Each day of a Deep Dive, participants are introduced to a new tool and asked to design a learning experience using it. This project-based approach to professional learning both ensures participants have hands-on experience with technology and models the kind of learning GOA believes students should practice in blended and online environments. In Summer 2017, GOA will offer two deep dives, one on the Learning Management System, Canvas and one on our favorite EdTech Tools. Learn more about Tech Deep Dives.

Coming in October 2017

Blended Learning Design Studio

An online program that brings the best of our teacher training to all educators. BLDS is a hands-on experience where participants use GOA’s learning design strategies to create and test new ideas in their classrooms. Led by an expert coach, BLDS participants will discuss the latest thinking in learning and technology, tackle challenges that will help their reimagine their use of time and space in the classroom, and connect with a community of like-minded colleagues. Each 11-week BLDS session is flexible and personalized, allowing you to tailor the experience to your students’ needs and your professional goals. Learn more about BLDS.