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One of the great pieces of work in the area of online education is being done by a group of independent schools and it’s called the Global Online Academy… you gain this unbelievable ability to bring diversity into those classroom discussions… It’s efforts like that that are really going to point the way.

– Bill Gates, 2012 NAIS Annual Conference

Online learning is strengthening schools around the globe. By teaching our students 21st-century learning skills we can prepare them to be global citizens who can communicate with people who have backgrounds different from their own; who can collaborate effectively with peers in other states or even on different continents; who can advocate for their own learning; who can publish their work and ideas in a format that will preserve their work in perpetuity; and who know how to be creative, flexible, proactive learners. Being successful in college and beyond will require each of these skills, but teaching them in a traditional classroom setting is often challenging or not feasible. Online, these skills are taught directly and used regularly.

Global Online Academy connects students from all over the world and allows them to offer their local perspectives on global issues. Classmates in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco work on projects with peers in Madaba-Manja, Jordan, and Portland, Oregon. Students in Hawaii and Chicago discuss global health issues with students in New York, Seattle, Boston, and Jakarta, Indonesia. These connections and interactions are becoming the norm in today’s society; it is essential that we prepare students to do this now.

About Global Online Academy

Global Online Academy is a consortium of leading independent schools from around the world. Global Online Academy prepares students for a global future. We provide new, modern ways for students to learn and teachers to teach.

Our courses allow schools to expand what schools can offer, and help students to test their passions and interests in ways typically unavailable on a single campus. We maintain excellence through rigorous teacher training, building on the best practices and values of leading independent schools – and by ensuring classrooms stay at a small size that fosters strong teacher-student relationships and student-to-student collaboration and interaction.

With Global Online Academy, teachers and students can share their voice on a global state, improving learning and enabling the pursuit of individual passions.

Learn more about GOA, our member schools, teachers, and courses by visiting our website: www.globalonlineacademy.org, or follow us at @GOAlearning