Educator Courses

Rethinking School

  • Dates

    September 16 - 20, 2019
  • Cost for members

  • Cost for non-members


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    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, featuring brand new expert panels and cutting edge resources designed to push our collective thinking on what school is and can be!

    Join us for a one week online course for any educator looking to reimagine what school could look like for students and teachers. Grab a group of colleagues: while you can register on your own, we encourage participants to take this course in school-based teams. This course is asynchronous: you can work at your own pace and time while the course is open.

    In this course, participants will:

    • Evaluate elements of modern schools, and consider their applicability to both your own school or classroom and your school’s mission and vision.
    • Absorb cutting edge resources on new school models.
    • Analyze and discuss how you might strategically shift elements of school and reflect on the role you may play in such shifts.
    • Forge deeper connection with colleagues who are rethinking school.

    Spaces in our “Rethinking School” series courses fill up quickly. We advise and encourage you to register today!

    2019 Rethinking School Panelists

    Brendan Buckland, Assistant Director of SEGL at African Leadership Academy

    Brendan’s love for education solidified while completing a Spanish teaching apprenticeship at the High Mountain Institute semester program in Leadville, CO. After that, he served as Dean of Residential Life and as a Spanish teacher at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership, a residential semester school for high school juniors in Washington, DC. More recently, he completed the Klingenstein Program for independent school leadership at Teacher's College, Columbia University. He continues to teach Spanish and serve as the assistant director of the School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) semester program in partnership with African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg. Brendan has years of experience coaching students through academic challenges and transitions to new and demanding learning environments. For fun and during his breaks, Brendan leads educational trips abroad to some of his favorite places: South Africa, the UK, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

    Jaymes Dec, Chair of Innovation, Marymount School of New York

    Jaymes Dec is a the Chair of Innovation and a technology teacher at the Marymount School of New York. After graduating from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, he served as the Program Manager at GreenFab, a National Science Foundation program for high school students from the South Bronx that taught science, technology, engineering, and math skills through classes on sustainable design and green technologies. Jaymes is on the Board of Directors of the Nerdy Derby, an education non-profit that organizes creative design challenges for children. He is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Creative Technologies Certification Program and the coauthor of Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids. Jaymes was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools and a Senior Fab Learn Fellow by Stanford University.

    Nicole Furlonge, Director of the Klingenstein Center

    Nicole is the director of the Klingenstein Center, a nonprofit Center at Teachers College Columbia University committed to cultivating, researching, teaching, collaborating, and designing for effective teaching, leading, and learning in independent and international schools. Prior to joining the Klingenstein Center, Nicole spent nearly twenty years teaching English and leading in various roles in independent schools, including Department Chair, Directory of Diversity, and, most recently as Director of Teaching and Learning at the Holderness School, where she facilitated professional learning for faculty. Also a scholar and writer, Nicole is the author of Race Sounds: The Art of Listening in African American Literature (University of Iowa Press). Her book examines listening as an essential ethical and civic practice that leads to deeper engagement with identity and particularly racial difference. She served on the Boards of Trustees of the non-profits Village Charter School in Trenton, NJ and People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos in Princeton, NJ. At heart a New Englander, Nicole happily enjoys living in New York City with her husband (also an educator-leader) and three children (her best teachers yet).

    Andrew Housiaux, Currie Family Director of the Tang Institute, Phillips Academy

    Andrew Housiaux has taught in public and private schools in Massachusetts and New York City since 2004. He is the Currie Family Director of the Tang Institute at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, where he also teaches philosophy and religious studies. His work focuses on supporting faculty learning and curricular innovation at Andover and other schools and educational organizations. At other times in his career, he has coached soccer and ultimate frisbee, served as a house counselor in a dorm, traveled with students to India, been a department chair, and initiated a campus-wide mindfulness program. He and his spouse Julia welcomed their first child earlier this year.

    Eder Williams-McKnight, Co-Director Tulsa Term, Holland Hall

    Since the beginning of her teaching career, Eder J. Williams McKnight has pursued ways to make education meaningful, relevant and impactful for high school students. Her work in schools has included developing curriculum, leading teaching teams, interdisciplinary studies, civic engagement, global literature through the lens of critical pedagogy, diversity and inclusion leadership, and experience-based learning. These days she wears two big hats. First, she teaches in the English Department at Holland Hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At Holland Hall, Eder helped to re-envision the 9th grade curriculum and senior electives. She has led and contributed to various inclusivity initiatives, such as co-writing the Holland Hall’s Diversity and Inclusion statement and initiating the African American affinity group in the upper school. Second she co-created and co-directs a spring semester program called Tulsa Term with Jane Beckwith. Tulsa Term is an experience based semester program for high school juniors and seniors where the city is the classroom. It is a partnership between Holland Hall and Tulsa Public Schools, currently based at City Hall in downtown Tulsa.

    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 2019 - 2020, we will cycle through all five of the courses.

    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 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.

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