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W00T! It’s been a long time in coming but for us (Kim and I) this is a big announcement.

COETAIL is coming to the U.S.!

We have recently partnered with Heritage Institute to offer continuing education credits through Antioch University Seattle. Antioch University credits are acceptable in most states for re-certification and in most school districts for salary enhancement.

This means that U.S. based teachers can now take COETAIL and receive credit!

This works out nicely here in Washington State, for example, as teachers need 15 quarter credits every 5 years to maintain their certification. This means teachers can participate in COETAIL and they would fulfill the requirement needed for re-certification in the state as well as potential movement on the pay scale.

For the past couple of years, we have had U.S. based teachers ask us if they could take the COETAIL program for this reason and starting this September you can!

Before you rush over to register for the September cohort, there are some things you need to know about the program:

CIRCLE-RGB-300pxWe ask you to commit to the entire 5 course program. COETAIL is a journey not a one-off course.

CIRCLE-RGB-300pxCOETAIL focuses on educators reflecting on their own practice in their own classroom with whatever technology they have available to them. You don’t write papers…you write reflective blog posts. Head over to the COETAIL home page to see what COETAIL assignments look like.

CIRCLE-RGB-300pxPrepare yourself for what the participants have coined as the “COETAIL Effect”. Participants on their own without permission from the instructors (the nerve of them!) started writing down what the COETAIL Effect meant to them. Here are a few:

So far the COETAIL effect for me is the result of actually practicing what I hope will happen with my students; having lived it, it becomes possible to lead others along the path. It also means taking a safe leap of faith and being released from old routines and paradigms as I interact with a different set of assumptions and values. The old reality is still there, it just is sharing space with new possibilities, and yes, it looks different. Despite the vague longing for change that I have felt for several years, this shift was not possible on my own. ~Mary Carley

The COETAIL Effect is the result of the process through which educators learn about, engage with, reflect upon, and share experiences with innovative, divergent techniques of technology integration in the classroom.  Indicators of the COETAIL Effect include:  a raised awareness of the role of technology, both present and future, in our own and in our students’ lives; a changed perspective in which traditional assumptions about teaching and learning are actively challenged; a connectedness with like-minded educators across the globe; and ultimately, an ever-expanding enthusiasm over the limitless possibilities for learning that technological advances and applications provide. ~ Beth Marinucci

This COETAIL program broadens my horizon and stimulates my interests. What I learned from this course came alive especially after attending the GAFE Middle East Summit this week. It has definitely changed my attitude toward teaching and learning, as we are living in a “connected world” and with technology that advances our opportunities to collaborate and work together. ~ Devita Villanueva

I will just add a couple more quotes from a recent feedback survey from those that just finished Course 2. These participants are just approaching the halfway mark in the program:

It’s been awesome. I’m continuing to learn so much. The recommended readings are great, because it gives us background knowledge and ideas for where to look elsewhere. They’ve been very useful.

I really like the Wordpress format. I appreciate that we are learning new skills as we submit and share with others.

I think that the expectations and time are very reasonable and realistic for working and completing a course.

The collaborative approach.
The course overview and layout (I like being able to mark each unit when completed).
The video tutorials.
The feedback from instructors and coaches.
The extra week built into Course 2 for Spring Break.
The blog flexibility of topics.

The videos and examples on the weekly assignment posts make it very easy to understand.

register-buttonThe 742 members have published over 12,500 blog posts and over 10,000 comments. Sharing all their learning, resources, lesson plans and projects freely to the world under a creative commons license (a program requirement).

So…if this sounds like it might interest you, you can now head over to the registration page, read more about the program there and then sign up for September!

If September doesn’t work for you, no problem! We’ll be starting another cohort in February 2015. Simply sign up for our mailing list below and you’ll be updated when new cohorts are running.

Local Cohorts

We also offer “Local Cohorts” to schools/districts that can get 25 teachers to commit to the program. If you want more information on these cohorts please contact me.

Exciting times for COETAIL!

I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.


  1. Great to hear I have some friends that would love to take the program , after hearing about my experience. Well done Jeff and Kim.

  2. Brian Lalor Reply

    Hi, I am moving to China in August. Are there any cohorts there? How about Google+, will I be able to participate fully?

    • Jeff Utecht Reply

      Hi Brian,

      We have quite a few people from within China that are in COETAIL. They seem to always find away to participate no matter the technology we use. That being said we are aware of the limitations in China and do our best to help you work around those. So far it hasn’t been that big of an issue as far as I know…maybe others will chime in here and add their comments.

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