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 ever. We are offering an updated version of this course for 2019.

If you could design the ideal school, what would it look like? How would you incorporate the elements of assessment, content, student roles, place, and time in order to create that vision? Rethinking School is an online course where participants can immerse themselves in conversations around big ideas in rethinking the design and culture of modern schools.

The course offers the opportunity to hear from a panel experts in the field on innovations in whole school design and to learn new concepts and ways of thinking around school change. Stay tuned as panelists will be announced soon!

In this 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.

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.

Have 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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