Educator Courses

Rethinking School

  • Dates

    September 16 - 20, 2019
  • Cost for members

  • Cost for non-members


Rethinking School is our most popular professional learning course for secondary school teachers and school leaders.

We’re offering an updated version of this course for 2019.

In this online course, you will:

  • Evaluate elements of modern schools, and question their applicability to both your own school or classroom and your school’s mission and vision.
  • Analyze new school models and apply elements of innovation to your classroom or school contexts.
  • Create deeper connection with independent school colleagues who are rethinking school.

This is a practical one week course for any educator looking to reimagine what school could look like for students and teachers. This course is asynchronous. You can do work at your own pace and time during the time frame that the course is open. We encourage participants to take this course in school-based teams. Spaces in our “Rethinking School” series courses fill up quickly. We advise and encourage you to register today!

About the "Rethinking School" Series

GOA’s “Rethinking School” series of online courses for educators offer a deep exploration of the design elements that form the critical axis of change in schools. The first course in the series, “Rethinking School,” provides an overview of the five design elements: assessment, content, role of student, place, and time. The other four courses in the series (Rethinking Assessment, Rethinking the Role of Content, Rethinking the Roles of Students and Teachers, and Rethinking Time and Place) dig deeper into each of the five elements and offer a playlist of resources and strategies, an opportunity to engage, learn, and apply understandings, and a networked professional learning community. Click here to view all of the Rethinking School courses and register.

While the “Rethinking School” course provides an overview for the series, there is no need to start there. There are no prerequisites: you don’t have to start the series at the beginning, because there is no beginning. You can pick and choose courses that are most relevant to you. From 2018 - 2020, we will cycle through all of the courses twice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I take a GOA online course?

Our professional learning courses allow teachers to expand their professional knowledge, develop new ways of thinking about their practice to match the modern world, and prepare students for a global future. Specifically, participants will enhance their current practice and have the flexibility to learn at a time that works for their individual schedules.

What will I learn in an online course that might benefit me and my school?

We believe in the power of networks to transform learning. Pop-up courses allow you to engage with colleagues from other schools to push your thinking or share inspiration and ideas that can impact the way you teach and lead. We mix the practical with the theoretical. You will explore playlists of resources, engage in dialogue with peers, share your own experience, ask questions, and create something with your new knowledge.

How much time should I expect to spend in an online course?

This is really up to you. We say the expectation is anywhere from two to four hours a week. This can be in one chunk, or you may spend time a few days a week in the course. Courses are also open on the weekends if that’s more convenient for you. The amount of time is really up to you and what you want to get out of the experience.

I’m thinking about signing up for a GOA educator course. Are there any technical prerequisites or requirements?

Participants will need a working computer, access to the internet, and a functional webcam. Unless specified in the course description, there are no prerequisites for GOA Educator courses.

How much do GOA online courses for educators cost?

We offer one week courses online and two week online courses. These courses are free for GOA members. For non-members, please see the specific course page for pricing.

How do I register for an online course for educators?

You can register for educator courses here.

Have additional questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more specifically about how our courses work and what to expect.

To learn more and explore some of the Rethinking School course content, see our publication: Five Design Elements for Rethinking School: A Toolkit for Educators.

To sign up for additional professional learning opportunities, check out all of our educator courses.

Follow along with us as we share insights, ideas, and updates about our "Rethinking School" series on Twitter @GOALearning and using #RethinkingSchool.

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