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
Fall 2017 Professional Learning Courses
Rethinking School: A Pop Up Course, October 6 through October 13 (ONE WEEK)
In this course, you will immerse yourself in conversations around big ideas in rethinking the design and culture of modern schools, learn new concepts and ways of thinking around school change efforts, and learn from experts in the field on innovations in whole school design. Reimagine the future of education in your own classrooms and schools. Participants will join GOA’s platform to engage in a short, asynchronous week long course. Conversations in this course will be like having a water cooler conversation with school teachers and leaders around the globe. Learn more about Rethinking School.
Blending Leadership, October 2 through November 10th
Back by popular demand, this fall course features Blending Leadership authors Stephen Valentine and Reshan Richards as your coaches. Aimed at educational leaders, this course takes a deep dive into the changing skills of edleaders in leading for innovation at global schools. This course sold out last fall! Called “a new rite of passage for independent school leaders” in this course you’ll have access to top notch consulting and ideas to put into practice at your schools and organizations. You’ll discuss and hone practical leadership skills for modern schools, then you’ll have time to apply tools and tips through learning and coaching with Reshan and Steve. Learn more about Blending Leadership.
Coaching Innovation: Building Online Professional Learning Communities, October 13 through October 27
Professional learning (PL) should be meaningful, relevant, and spark growth. In our hectic school lives, meaningful PL is often limited by time, space, and resources. In this two-week course, you will explore the question: how might technology help to build sustainable communities of practice driven by collaboration, coaching, and connection? This course is for educators in any position at a school where faculty mentoring and leadership are part of your work (such as instructional coaches, department chairs, tech integrationists, and professional learning leaders). Learn more about Coaching Innovation.
Intro to Blended Learning, September 22 through October 6
This two-week online course 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.
Blended Learning Design Studio (BLDS), dates are personalized with school partners
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 BLDS session is flexible and personalized, allowing you to tailor the experience to your students’ needs and your professional goals. If interested in a BLDS session at your school, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject BLDS and we will follow up with you soon. Learn more about BLDS.
Summer In-Person Events: SOLD OUT
Blending Leadership, July 23 through 25
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. THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.
Blended Learning Design Studio, July 23 through 27
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. THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.
Summer Online Course: SOLD OUT
Intro to Blended Learning, June 16 through June 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. THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.