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Teach for GOA

A unique professional experience

GOA teachers are part of a global community of students and educators exploring new ways to learn.

Openings for 2021-2022

Arabic Language Through Culture
Japanese Language Through Culture
Introduction to Investments
Business Problem Solving
Personal Finance
Game Theory
iOS App Design
Cyber Security
Computer Science I
Prisons and Criminal Justice Systems
Medical Problem Solving
ELL/ESL

GOA actively seeks to recruit and hire a faculty whose diversity is reflective of our global student body.

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Who We Are

Global Online Academy is a nonprofit organization that reimagines learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. Teaching at GOA is a professional learning opportunity that often leads our teachers to reimagine aspects of their approaches to teaching and learning and to become professional learning resources for their home schools.

Who You Are

With a decade of experience offering fully online courses, we have identified (and updated) the five competencies faculty need to thrive while designing and facilitating GOA classes. These competencies anchor our professional learning (PL), our student surveys, our facilitation strategies, and our approaches to ongoing course design and maintenance.

  • Design and give feedback that leads to learning
  • Write and revise course-specific competencies and outcomes that guide design and enable students to set learning goals (and anchor course design, facilitation, and assessment to competencies and outcomes)
  • Design course architecture that leads students to develop agency and autonomy through competency-based learning experiences
  • Build, foster, and participate in an inclusive learning community
  • Reflect on, review, and revise design and facilitation

As our faculty competencies indicate, GOA courses are rooted in competency-based learning (CBL), an approach we adopted in 2016 and continue to implement and refine.

If you are drawn to our mission, the descriptions of our work and the position below, ongoing efforts to improve as an educator, and an opportunity that will enable deep consideration of what learning is and can be as well as when and how it can happen, we welcome your application to teach with us. The essential qualities we look for in our teachers are captured in the faculty competencies, the GOA core competencies (the habits and approaches that students build in all GOA courses, which are relevant for teachers, too), as well as the information below, which adds specifics to the faculty competencies. (See also the outcomes and “what this looks like” in the faculty competencies document.)

Feedback and CBL

  • You craft clear and action-oriented feedback for students
  • Your students would say you give excellent, learning-moving feedback and are prompt with assessing their work; you see the big picture and articulate well what you want students to know and be able to do and take away from an assignment, a unit, and a course
  • You believe in and use formative feedback, enabling students to wrestle with and apply what you provide
  • You are able to receive feedback, even seek it out, and apply it to grow

Course Design and Revision

  • You bring experience with course design and were resilient and imaginative when thrown online in recent months, finding new ways to think about learning in a fully online setting, even landing on new approaches that will endure beyond the pandemic
  • You often think of new ways to improve what and how you teach and respond to student data by revising your course design and facilitation
  • You can describe your history of evolving as an educator and a learner and are still moving forward

Community

  • You have thrived on teams, and your colleagues describe you as collaborative, committed to equity, attentive to detail, open minded, eager to receive feedback and apt at providing it, and eager overall to evolve as an educator
  • You have empathy for others and most especially students because you are a lifelong learner and challenge yourself to learn new things and to remember what it’s like to be a beginner
  • You don’t ask students to do things you aren’t comfortable doing yourself
  • You can imagine becoming a professional learning resource for your home school, while also sharing the PL from your home school and current initiatives with your GOA colleagues

Problem Solving, Communication and Organization

  • You have outstanding executive functions and are adept at and on it with timely, consistent communication
  • You are confident using your computer and various apps and are quick to search for information to answer your own questions and solve your own problems

About our Faculty, Courses, and Structure

Our teachers largely yet not exclusively come from our member schools and typically teach for us in tandem with full-time positions at their schools. The majority of GOA courses have several sections, and a team of teachers works collaboratively on course design and updating, while individual teachers facilitate sections of up to 20 students. Teachers frequently strategize with their course teams about best facilitation and feedback practices. The GOA teacher role extends beyond the semester and includes collaboration on course design, revision, and maintenance with teams and coaches, professional learning during the summer and school year, a commitment to CBL, outcomes-based assessment, and intention about ensuring students develop competencies that will transfer well beyond the semester.

Each teacher has a coach, often an experienced GOA teacher, who works with a cohort of teachers, coaching course teams and individuals. It’s common that GOA teachers become resources at their home schools, able to lead professional learning workshops on CBL, leveraging the learning management system, and diversifying feedback (and more).

Our Commitment to Equity

The student program goals prioritize equity. We are currently defining outcomes -- what does competence look like in specific outcomes within each course -- and do so through course team discussions centered on student work. Such clarity enables, we believe, consistency and equity in our assessment and grading practices.

We are committed to ensuring that every student has full access to all aspects of our courses, and we believe that such full access and inclusion require our faculty’s cultural competency as well as commitment to examining and improving our practices, course content, and the student experience. At the heart of our endeavors: dedication to ongoing evolution. We strive never to become complacent and always to remember that we can and will get better and do so on behalf of serving students. Further, we believe that excellent student learning comes from excellent faculty learning; the two are inextricably connected.

Onboarding and Professional Learning

Onboarding for new faculty begins in the spring and continues in the summer. New teachers complete the first pieces of onboarding during the latter half of the school year and devote about 15-20 hours to onboarding over several weeks then. During the summer, all faculty participate in an intensive faculty learning camp as well as work with course teams to prepare for the school year. GOA are expected to participate in ongoing faculty learning throughout their years with us.

Learn more about us

Read blog posts; explore the course catalogue for the student program and read about our flex courses and middle school offerings; look over our professional learning offerings. Understanding what we aim to do and how we strive to fulfill our mission will enable you to consider whether you see yourself teaching, learning, growing, and thriving at GOA.

Compensation

When hiring member-school teachers, GOA pays member schools a $7000.00 stipend per teacher per semester, and the school may then arrange a reduction in that teacher's responsibilities and use the funds to support any additional staffing that the teacher's load-reduction brings about, or pass the stipend directly on to the teacher if a load reduction is not possible. This stipend compensates for both the design and facilitation work described above. Teaching candidates should have a conversation with their home school administration before accepting a teaching position with GOA.

When hiring teachers who do not work at our member schools, we compensate them directly. That said, we will be reaching out to your supervisors at your school for a reference, so we suggest having a conversation with them about this opportunity just the same.

Global Online Academy supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class. We are eager to meet candidates from historically underrepresented groups.

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