About Powerful Learning Practice

Who we are, what we do.


Powerful Learning Practice is professional learning for connected educators.

We turn educators into connected educators through a number of approaches:

Our year-long, job-embedded, coached professional development transforms teaching practice through a collaborative experience.

Through instructor-led and self-paced online courses, educators can learn anytime, anywhere on topics like connected coaching, blended learning, tech-infused lesson plans, Google Apps, other Web 2.0 tools, and more.

We consult with local, national, and international organizations like the U.S. Office of Educational Technology, American Institutes for Research, and the Alberta Department of Education to create communities, initiatives, and strategy around connected education.

Our CEO, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics of 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless.

Our approach

Since 2008, we’ve worked with over 10,000 teachers, leaders, and other educators to shift their practice into the 21st century. Check out our participating schools and organizations.

Our evidence-based brand of professional learning takes a three-pronged approach that emphasizes:

  • local learning communities at the school/district level
  • a global online community of practice
  • a personal learning network that each educator develops as a mega-resource for ideas and information

What we’re about

Empowering Educators

We’re not about creating an empire, but enabling educators to empower themselves and become self-directed professionals  who collaborate effectively on behalf of children.

Learners First

We have a vision and a clear message about what schools need to become and how they can be transformed by educators who see themselves as learners first, teachers second.

Walk The Walk

Our staff are the poster children for the “learners first” concept. We take charge of our own learning and actively seek out others who can help us. We try to figure things out. We’re collaborative. We walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

Connected Educators

We are truly connected educators. We’re out there networking and contributing in other communities of practice ourselves. We all belong to tribes.

The Powerful Learning Practice Experience

Connected Learner Experience

Our year-long, job-embedded coached learning communities use a research-based, three-pronged approach to professional development for schools, districts, and states.

Two full day, face-to-face events (a kickoff and a culminating event), webinars, 1-1 coached meetings, and thought-filled discussions in a virtual community make up this unique PD offering. With support and scaffolding, teams will discover a topic of interest and through a coached process, explore possibilities through the development of an action plan to be applied in your local setting.

Online Courses

Our instructor-led and self-paced online courses are practical, affordable, and an easy way to get your professional learning in from the comfort of your own home (or wherever your laptop and your imagination take you).

We use a flipped classroom model for our online courses and graduate PD credit is available for every single course you take. We offer bundled pricing when you take more than one course, and significant discounts are available for bulk enrollment for schools, districts, or states.

Consulting & Speaking

Through our consulting arm of Powerful Learning Practice we have designed and executed everything from personalized learning for a small organization to a multi-national, month-long online conference. See our featured clients, and let us know what your PD needs are. We’ll create something customized to fit your organization.

If you are in need of a keynote presenter, our CEO, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach speaks internationally on 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless.

Work With Us.

Whether you’re an individual educator who wants practical, affordable professional learning, a school administrator leading your school through digital conversion, or an organization that wants customized, community-based professional learning, we want to work with you. Get in touch and let us know what you need so we can get started.

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