Sheryl3Powerful Learning Practice CEO and co-founder Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is available to speak on a variety of topics related to 21st century teaching, passion-driven learning, and more. She always tailors keynotes and workshops to address the audience at hand, whether presenting to teachers, administrators, parents, or non-profit organizations. Here are some topic suggestions based on her most popular speaking events and workshops. In addition to these, Sheryl is an active presenter on homelessness, children of poverty, teacher leadership and community-building.

Watch highlights from Sheryl’s keynote at ULearn08, Christchurch, New Zealand

Speaking topics

Any of these sample presentations can be structured as a keynote address or a day-long, hands-on workshop.

aSNB-TCE-bkThe Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age

This hands-on, interactive workshop is based on Sheryl’s popular book The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age. A revolution in technology has transformed the way we can find each other, interact and collaborate. This wave of tech helps us to create knowledge as connected learners and to develop the social fabric, capacity, and connectedness found in communities of practice and learning networks. Join Sheryl in this interactive presentation as she explores the question- What should professional development look like in the 21st Century? Book this workshop

PLCs in the 21st Century: Partnerships for Powerful Learning

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Learning is now an anytime, anywhere, anyone experience; and, for educators to fully understand the implications of an interconnected, networked world for their students, we must begin to see ourselves as a part of a global community of learners. This means a willingness to share what happens in our classrooms with others beyond our own hallways and to collaborate and reflect with other educators without the constraints of time and space. It also means working to build a culture of openness and trust on a local level that will lead to greater connections and learning for every constituency, from students to parents to teachers themselves. This session will look at the way school teams from around the world are making these shifts and will discuss in detail the results from studying the interactions of one global PLC in particular. Book this workshop

Introduction to 21st Century Learning: The Digital Natives are Restless

What is 21st Century learning? Why is it important? Come gain an understanding of the shifting learning literacies that the 21st Century demands and why developing a 21st Century pedagogy is critical to student learning in a digital age. Leave with a sense of urgency for why you should shift your classroom practice toward more engaging approaches. Book this workshop

Keeping Up with the Net Generation

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

A passionate student is a learning student. Using digital media students are building their own learning experiences, constructing meaning, and collaborating in teams to solve authentic content-based problems. Teachers who use these empowering technologies are discovering we can have rigor without sacrificing excitement. The secret: Focus on student passion and interest. Book this workshop

Connected Learning Communities of Change

Professional learning communities can engender much-needed meaningful collaboration and learning among educators — collaboration that leads to improved practice, greater student achievement and positive school reform; collaboration now further enabled by the affordances of current technologies. Book this workshop

Schooling for the 21st Century: Unleashing Student Passion


A passionate student is a learning student. As the people of the world are becoming increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge are changing in profound ways. Our goal as educators is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools. Come listen as Sheryl stirs a sense of urgency for shifting classroom practice toward more engaging approaches that unleash the passion that lies within each learner. Book this workshop

Creating Environments that Support Passion- The Role of Emerging Technologies in the Core Curriculum

In this follow-up to her opening keynote, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach focuses on real-world examples of learning environments that extend the walls of the traditional classroom, offering new possibilities and igniting a passion for learning. Evidence based on exemplary practices in education suggests that newmodels of teaching and learning have the power to improve educational outcomes dramatically. Come learn how to have it all—including both creativity and rigor—when delivering your core content curriculum. Book this workshop

Effective School Leadership: The 21st Century Administrator

As the people of the world are becoming increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge are changing in profound ways. Our goal as educational leaders is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improving teaching and learning in our schools. This workshop will show you how. Book this workshop

Engaging Staff & Students- Creating Personal Learning Networks for Global Collaboration

How do we promote the knowledge, skills and sense of urgency for 21st Century teaching and learning among all teachers in our schools? As the physical and virtual worlds converge to become the ‘real world’ of teaching and learning, virtual exchanges, online mentoring and other Web-based environments will play increasingly important roles in educational reform. The “new” Web affords us an amazing opportunity to pursue our passions within online communities of like-minded learners from around the globe. Participants will learn valuable lessons for designing and leading global collaborations. Book this workshop

Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd: Collaborative Action Plans

If using technology is so easy, why is implementation so difficult? Preparing students for the 21st Century calls for collective action of all stakeholders and this workshop looks at the steps needed to build momentum and garner buy-in from the entire school community. Participants will discuss ways to plan collectively and strategically for the future, develop a professional development plan for 21st Century skill building, and make sure all students have equitable access to a 21st century education. Book this workshop