How did you communicate when your family, friends, and teachers when you were in school? How have your modes of communication changed since then? In a world that has become increasingly connected, teaching and learning have been forced to shift. In 2009, Jeff Utecht and Kim Cofino created an authentic, practical learning experience for other educators with the goal of empowering them to publically reflect as they transform learning in their classrooms and schools. Over 10 years later, with 1000+ program graduates from 20+ online and in-person cohorts, 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 to 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 tight-knit 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 the 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. Our goal is to support you in feeling empowered in our connected world.