Powerful Learning Practice

Powerful Learning Practice is professional learning for connected educators.

Since 2008, we’ve worked with over 10,000 teachers, leaders, and others to re-imagine their teaching and learning practice.

We serve connected educators.

Powerful Learning Practice

The Connected Learner Experience

We customize year-long, job-embedded, coached professional learning for schools, districts, and states. Learn more

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). Learn more

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. Learn more

What they're saying

Sheryl has the rare talent of being both an inspiring visionary and detailed implementer. She can take a high-level idea and turn it into a well-oiled machine without losing sight of the goals. This made Sheryl an an indispensable partner to the U.S. Department of Education in launching initiatives such as Connected Educator Month and Future Ready Leaders. Her collaborative leadership style and deep educational knowledge allows her to find solutions to the most complex educational challenges.

Richard Culatta

Former Director, Office of EdTech, US Department of Education

When our district began refining its instructional vision in 2012, we turned to Powerful Learning Practices and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach as a necessary first step to help lead and facilitate the planning and goal-setting, and to work with us as we designed and implemented Professional Learning Collaboratives (PD training) that were needed to connect our teachers and administrators across the curriculum and grade levels.

Here we are in 2016 and four years into the process and the support we have been given is the best in the business. They have provided leadership training, both online and face-to-face, and designed professional development specifically to transition WOISD to a ‘this century’ learning environment.

Mitzi Neely

Asst. Superintendent, White Oak ISD

I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with Sheryl over the last four years on Connected Educator Month and the Future Ready Leaders initiative. Sheryl has an unparalleled ability to keep track of both the big picture and the practical details. She is a creative, systems thinker with a compelling vision of where education ought to be going, but she is simultaneously attuned to the realities of politics and resources and able to navigate both in ways that yield tangible results while remaining aligned to that transformative vision. One of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, she is a true collaborator who brings out the best in others and comes through for the team even under the toughest conditions. Her contributions have been indispensable to the success of the most impactful projects I have led in recent years.

Darren Cambridge

Director of Policy Research and Development at National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Powering Up

Online Courses for the Busy Educator

We’ve got over a dozen practical, affordable, self-paced online courses on topics like Google Apps for the classroom, Twitter, Make & Take Lesson Plans, and more.

From the Powerful Learning Practice Blog

Passion Based Learning (PBL) in the Primary Grades: Who Asks the Questions?

Because we are doing inquiry or PBL (passion-based learning) this year, my students have asked more questions than they ever have before in my classroom. Both the students and I are still learning about this process, but I like this shift. The person who asks the questions is in charge of the learning, and I want my grade one kids to be in charge of their own learning.

Project Based Learning (PBL): Am I Doing it Right?

PBL is a construct made up by human beings — there are lots of variations! And you are entitled to construct your own version within some parameters. Study many of the great resources that are available to you and then create your own working definition and effective PBL practice. And consider our Continua Frame. We like to think with it, rather than dichotomies, simply because things are rarely on or off, black or white, ones or zeroes!

Innovation- What Do We Need To Know?

“Innovation is the calling card of the future.” – Anna Eshoo Lately, I have been thinking a lot about innovation and what it looks like across organizations. Specifically: Innovation in education and innovation in our places of worship. And in particular, the...

What they're saying

PLP has completely changed the way that I think about teaching me. Through the PLP network, I feel that I have grown as a teacher and the support has helped me to change my practices in the classroom in a way that enhances the learning of my students to be prepared for the world which they will enter.

Dana Livne

5th Grade Teacher in Maryland

PLP has been an incredible growth experience for me. Here, I find people to bounce ideas off, to challenge the way I think, to push me to do more, go further, think deeper, try again and again and yes, again, to figure out the best way to help my colleagues and students and me make the shift to 21st century learning. I am not the same learner I was before I began this journey, and I know I have much farther to go.

Lisa Noble

Queen Mary School, Ontario

The sky is the limit! If you are ready to launch your professional growth into the next century, buckle up and join PLP.

Rose Arnell

K-12 Gifted & Technology Specialist, Nagel Middle School, Cincinnati, OH

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.