Leading Teachers Online

  • Dates

    January-March, 2021
  • Cost for members

  • Cost for non-members


Join a global cohort of school leaders

How might we best support teachers during a unique, challenging school year?


Leading Teachers Online is Back!

After a successful debut in 2020, GOA is thrilled to continue offering Leading Teachers Online in 2021. This program is a series of monthly online gatherings for those leaders who are supporting teachers through a uniquely challenging school year. We welcome both new participants as well as those leaders who joined us in 2020's program and want to continue learning.

Facilitated by Eric Hudson, GOA’s Director of Learning and Design, and Learning Design Coach Kawai Lai, this program will bring together a global network of school leaders for discussion of relevant resources, collaboration on common challenges of leadership, and sharing of strategies.

Program Goals

  • Equip school leaders with practical strategies and a plan to support teachers online.
  • Learn and discuss core issues of online teacher support.
  • Provide school leaders with ongoing opportunities to connect across schools to share ideas and address challenges collaboratively.
screenshot of leading teachers online Zoom session

In 2020, Leading Teachers Online welcomed nearly 150 participants from dozens of different schools. We are thrilled to continue this program in 2021. For a sample of how the program works, see this recorded segment and slides from the October 2020 session.

Key Details

The program includes three 60-minute synchronous video calls, to be held the last week of January February, and March. These are interactive, discussion-based gatherings that will include small-group connection in breakout rooms. To accommodate a variety of time zones, each session has two options.

  • Session 1: Wednesday, January 27th at 8amEST (13:00UTC) or 7pmEST (00:00UTC)
  • Session 2: Wednesday, February 24th at 8amEST (13:00UTC) or 7pmEST (00:00UTC)
  • Session 3: Wednesday, March 31st at 8amEDT (12:00UTC) or 7pmEDT (23:00UTC)

The week before each session, GOA will send participants via email some brief pre-work as well as information on how to join the call.

Who is This For?

This program is designed for those district or school leaders who directly support teachers. This may include Division Heads/Principals, Deans of Academics/Faculty, Directors of Technology, Directors of Innovation, Department Chairs, Instructional Coaches, etc. We developed this program because we have heard from leaders in these positions that collaborating and connecting with peers at different schools is critical to their own success and growth.

How Does It Work?

The program is built around the three synchronous sessions, conducted on Zoom. The week before each session, the facilitators contact participants via email with pre-work and information on how to join the call. Based on feedback from participants, the facilitators design each session to include relevant content as well as prompts for small-group conversation in breakout rooms. GOA provides participants with recordings and relevant materials from all sessions. In between sessions, we continue the conversation online using the discussion tool Discourse. For a sample of what these sessions look like, see this folder that includes a recording and slidedeck from our September 2020 session.

What People Are Saying

  • The infor­ma­tion that was pre­sent­ed gave clear, con­crete exam­ples of things you could do TODAY that could ben­e­fit your school. Hav­ing dis­cus­sions with oth­er teach­ers from around the world was real­ly interesting.” Molly Millay Distance Learning Support Specialist, Crocker Farm Elementary School (MA)
  • Each week I came away with some­thing that I could use and made a dif­fer­ence in the way I lead, not only from the con­crete advice giv­en in the pre­sen­ta­tions, but also from the break­out rooms… The facil­i­ta­tors’ empha­sis on human­i­ty and kind­ness was cru­cial at this time.” Paula Cuello Science Department Chair, The Dalton School (NY)
  • I learned at least one new pro­to­col and/​or tool each time we met. I uti­lized sev­er­al ideas right away.” Julie Cantillon Associate Director of Schools, Diocese of San Diego (CA)


I took Leading Teachers Online in 2020. Should I sign up again?

Yes! This is a continuation, not a repeat, of 2020's program, and we're welcoming both new and veteran participants. We'll tackle brand new topics and curate new ideas and resources. We'd love to see you again!

I didn't participate in 2020. Can I still sign up?

Yes! We welcome new participants.

How do I sign up a team?

For teams of five or less, we recommend that individuals register on their own via our online registration form. For teams of five or more, you can make a copy of our enrollment template, download it as a csv file, and email it to hello@globalonlineacademy.org with the subject line “Leading Teachers Online team enrollment.”

Is there a discount for teams?

No. Pricing is set at individual rates.

What is the time commitment?

We recognize you are busy. Participants in this program are committing to three 60-minute synchronous calls on Zoom during the last week of January, February, and March as outlined above. In between calls, GOA will provide participants with curated resource playlists and planning templates. These are optional, but relevant to our work and will take less than an hour to explore.

What if I can’t make one of the calls?

GOA will record each call and provide it to all participants.

What is the refund policy?

To cancel your registration, please email hello@globalonlineacademy.org. Registrations canceled before January 31, 2021 will receive a full refund.

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