Do you remember AOL Instant Messager (AIM)? After 20 years, it is being retired today. In those 20 years, teaching and learning have been forced to shift in a world that has become increasingly connected. In 2009, Jeff Utecht and Kim Cofino created an authentic, practical learning experience for other international educators to support them in building the capacity to reach all students. Almost nine years later, COETAIL continues to inspire educators around the world to integrate technology and information literacy in all aspects of the school community.
The COETAIL community is passionate about student learning. With this student focus at our core, COETAIL empowers educators in our increasingly connected world. Not only does our content differ from typical professional development that educators are accustomed to, our community approach to learning is also a new experience for many. COETAIL sets itself apart by nurturing a strong community of educators just like you, hoping to improve their teaching practice, methods, and curriculum with a central focus on students.
Have you ever felt isolated as an educator? One of the greatest benefits of technology is the ability to instantly connect with other people around the world. COETAIL harnesses this through our cohort approach and ever-growing community. We believe that we learn and grow better together instead of in silos. Our cohorts become tightknit groups of educators who support each other throughout their COETAIL experience while our active community of over 1000 COETAILers are only a hashtag away. Before, during, and after your COETAIL experience, the COETAIL community is ready to ask questions, share advice, and learn from and with each other.
The greatest benefit we hear from COETAIL participants is the enduring community built during their time in the COETAIL program:
“In addition to the course materials, I learned so much from the other people in the program. I feel like I’m part of a network of educators I can turn to for support.” – 2016 Participant
As educators ourselves, we understand the challenges involved with balancing your learning and growth with that of your students while also taking care of yourself as a person. Our core desire is to offer a flexible professional development experience that meets the demands of the life of educators. COETAIL is 100% online, taking place over 3 semesters (18 months) and providing space for both summer vacation and school holidays. We work with you to help you get the most out of your program.
COETAIL bridges the geographical gap and encourages genuine relationships between members of your cohort and COETAIL community. You’ll build your professional learning network (your tailored network of other educators around the world), share successes, and gain ideas for your classroom that you will be able to implement immediately.
The next COETAIL cohort, Online 10, begins in February. Are you interested in learning more? Sign up for our mailing list to get updates and to be notified when you can register for Online 10!