GOA's mission is to reimagine learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
The Global Online Academy (GOA), a nonprofit, international learning organization, empowers students, teachers, and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.
By partnering with leading schools from around the world, GOA offers courses that connect students and faculty to topics they care about and leverages digital tools to reimagine traditional learning environments, unfettered by space and time constraints. Today, more than 85 independent schools are consortium members, representing 16 countries and 25 states.
As noted in Dalton’s Strategic Plan, we aim to support and challenge our students to be ready to engage with the world. As a proud, founding member of GOA since 2011, we provide our students and faculty members with the opportunity to learn and exchange new ideas with some of the best educators around the globe. Thanks to GOA’s one-of-a-kind classes and professional development courses -- not ordinarily available at Dalton -- community members can explore new ideas and deepen their passions, anytime, anywhere.
“…working with students with different academic backgrounds provides new
insights into the topics we're learning in class because each person brings their own knowledge and learning to the table. Through this communication, I feel I have enhanced my appreciation of opinions vastly different from my own or any of my peers, which makes me feel more prepared for college and future collaboration outside of Dalton.”
Cara Haas '12
John Neiers, Dalton Global Online Academy Director
"Dalton has innovation in its mission and Go Forth Unafraid as its motto. As we examine trends in teaching and learning, we need to embrace the usefulness of online learning. Dalton's membership of the academy allows us to continue to be at the forefront of teaching and learning, it is in concert with our mission and motto, it is aligned with our strategic plan of global initiatives, and it provides rich opportunities for our faculty and students."
Students form a unique online community where they reflect on and offer local and personal perspectives on global issues:
In a discussion in our media studies class, one student from Jordan discussed 9/11 with a fellow student from Washington, D.C.—a unique dialogue that teased apart stereotypes around a contemporary issue.
Global Health students compile their local knowledge around asthma to compare trends among different regions of the world.
Academy courses are a unique opportunity for high school students to meet and work with peers from around the world.
Teachers report this is the best professional development they’ve ever done. We’re making sure our teachers are at the cutting edge of their profession and the field of education.
Students report a high level of engagement with their teachers in GOA courses. Teachers prioritize connecting with students and getting to know them as individuals and as learners. GOA teachers know each student in their class.
Online learning encourages deep critical thinking, promotes access to a wider range of courses, ensures greater diversity in class enrollment and allows every voice in every class to provide varied perspectives:
Students have time to think through their responses—not just the quickest hand up gets heard.
Students can go back to look at material from any date during the course.
The online course structure razes the home/school dichotomy and affords a unique opportunity for classes to move beyond the traditional schoolwork and homework pairing, allowing a fresh approach to teaching and learning.
Teachers undergo a rigorous training program before teaching a GOA course; both teachers and courses are evaluated regularly and held to similar standards as all of our schools.
GOA offers students an expanded course selection, providing more opportunity for them to pursue their passions.
As technology transforms the way we work, connect, share and learn, students require new approaches to learning that supplement and enrich our classroom structure.
21st-century skills are used and practiced in GOA courses; students learn to collaborate effectively with peers in other states and countries, to advocate for their learning, and to publish their work and ideas in a format that will preserve it in perpetuity.
One in three college students takes an online course. As preparatory schools, we prepare students for what they will encounter in college and beyond.
Students report that taking GOA online classes provides an opportunity to reflect on their learning style, making them stronger, more focused learners.