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Director, Global Online Academy

Professional Opportunity: Director, Global Online Academy
Location: Seattle, WA

(Catlin Gabel is a founding member of the Global Online Academy.)

The Global Online Academy is a 21st-century educational initiative of leading independent schools around the United States and worldwide. The founding members of the Global Online Academy are well known nationally and globally for the strengths of their curricula and programs and for the excellence of the teaching and advising they provide their students. Collaborating in this online educational enterprise allows member schools to offer courses that would not otherwise be available to their students; to share their best teachers’ expertise; and further to diversify the communities and experiences at each member school as students from, ideally, all over the nation and the world interact vigorously with one another. The academy will foster a vital network of schools with a common purpose, enabling a sharing of ideas and initiatives that will benefit each and all.

The mission of the Global Online Academy is to replicate in online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools; to foster new and effective ways, through best practices in online education, for students to learn; and to promote students’ global awareness and understanding by creating truly diverse, worldwide online schoolroom communities.

This will be a full-time, year-round appointment beginning immediately.

Responsibilities
The Director of the Global Online Academy will report to the Board of Trustees of the academy. The director will be responsible for carrying out the academy’s mission; for working with the board to envision, plan, and implement the initial stages of the online academy and its future growth; to direct the goals and activities of the academy; and to produce regular reports and feedback on the academy’s operations.

The Director will manage the day-to-day operations of the academy. S/he will be responsible for managing student enrollment and ensuring adequate student support, as well as for supervising curriculum development and instructional design, faculty evaluation and professional development, and technology investigation, implementation, and support. S/he will also oversee business operations of the academy, including marketing and communications, budgeting, and strategic planning. Frequent travel will be required.

Qualifications
• A master’s or higher degree in a relevant field.
• Online- and/or hybrid-classroom teaching experience at the high school or college level.
• A sound understanding of online education in a secondary school setting.
• Successful experience in hiring, managing, and developing faculty.
• Successful experience in managing a complex budget with revenue and expenses, directing performance reviews of employees, and executing a business and/or strategic plan.
• Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Knowledge of leading academic technologies and a demonstrated commitment to and passion for staying current with emerging technologies.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary based on education and experience along with a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Additional Information
This position will reside on the Lakeside campus and the selected candidate will be expected to reside in the Seattle area.  While Lakeside School representatives are leading the recruitment process, the Global Online Academy will be incorporated in Washington State and will be seeking 501c3 status.

Apply at Lakeside School

The Greatest Benefit Of Online Schooling

Teachers are experimenting with online learning in a way that will lead to improved, blended learning environments in schools. Resulting improvements in on-campus education are likely to outshine the benefits of purely online learning systems. Online learning alone is unlikely to capture the special qualities of high-quality teaching: the deep teacher-student relationship, the vibrancy of a learning cohort, and the richness of a group experience.

What reasons do proponents offer for the rise of online learning?

1. Rapid early adoption

Yes, early adoption of online learning has been rapid, but that in no way ensures that online learning will supplant place-based learning. Like other innovations, online learning is likely to follow a typical adoption curve through phases of early enthusiasm, disillusionment with shortcomings, and then an adoption plateau that meets a specific niche need. How large will the niche be? That is to be determined. Online learning is more likely to exist alongside place-based learning than supplant it.

Source: Mike Slinn

2. Examples of effective content delivery and adaptive assessment systems

Khan Academy in particular has caused a stir in the independent school community. Many advocate “flipping” instruction so that students watch instructional videos at home and do group practice and discussion and school. Yes, lecturing during class time is not the most effective mode of content delivery. Online content delivery systems should put an end to classroom-based content delivery. However, Khan Academy has more potential to enhance education when a great teacher incorporates it into a course than on its own. Even Khan’s adaptive testing and practice system will fall short compared to the adaptive skills of an experienced teacher working directly with a student.

Mark Milliron recommends that teachers “curate resources from the open education space.” His favorites: OER Commons, HippoCampus, BigThink, Academic Earth Open Learning Initiative, and YouTube EDU.

3. Economies of scale

This argument proposes that online education can deliver content and skills practice so much more cheaply than traditional schools. However, online schools are quickly finding out that providing quality online instruction actually takes more effort and time than an in-person class, because of the barriers of time and space in online systems.

So what will happen?

I doubt that we can accurately predict where online learning will end up. However, the effect on classroom instruction is clear. Arguments for online learning apply equally well to blended learning environments without giving away the high value of face-to-face instruction. Online learning will be most effective as an addition to, not a replacement of, classroom-based instruction. Encouraging teachers to try teaching online will improve their toolkits for blended, school-based instruction. Encouraging students to take a few online courses to complement their school-based programs will enhance their school experiences. Online learning may become the primary mode of education for a niche market, home schoolers, competitive athletes and artists, children in remote locations, and other special circumstances.