Communities are forming now!

It seems like just yesterday a new group of educators joined the Powerful Learning Practice family to begin a year-long, practice-changing journey in  learning communities around the country. Those very same educators are now approaching the end of their first-year Community experience. They are developing Action Research Projects that they will scale within their schools to help bring their learning to fellow teachers – projects that will be presented at the fast-approaching culminating celebrations. We’re proud of our PLPeeps and can’t wait to show you the results of their hard work this past year. This is just a taste of some of the amazing work these educators are doing to help change their schools and education:

How do we help instructional leaders evaluate 21st Century teaching and learning and coach teachers more effectively? One team is trying to improve its current walk-through observation tool and make it more effective at determining best practice and in evaluating collaboration, sharing, and creativity in the classrooms.
How do we scale the transformative power of networked learning from our PLP team to the rest of our school? One team is doing just that by creating a mentoring program between teachers already utilizing personal learning networks and those who aren’t. They are essentially creating a PLP-style learning journey right within their school. The team has also signed on for a second year with Powerful Learning Practice.
How do you build a collaborative culture? Another team is faced with a brand new building and learning space that supports open learning. They are working to find ways to re-culture their staff and take advantage of this new environment.
How do we support learning among the genders? We know that certain approaches impact male and female students differently, but how do we address this with a 21st Century lens? One team is tackling that big question with the goal of improving learning for all students.
Our Year 2 participants are studying Project-based Learning (PBL) and how to implement this powerful model into their classrooms. Some of our participants’ classrooms are even collaborating with other PLPeeps and their students to help save the planet from a deadly asteroid in PLP’s Doomsday-1 Mission to Save Earth project.

You can also see great projects by past Powerful Learning Practice teams on our Action Research page.

New Communities are forming now

Powerful Learning Practice is ready to impact a whole new crowd of educators in 2011. A Community of 70 educators in Australia will be starting their journey this month. Other new Communities are forming right now that will be kicked off in the Fall.

“What surprised me the most was my own intensity and hunger for more. I feel like I have some go-to people I can call on in the future.” – Wendy Darga, Rochester, Ontario

More ways to get involved

In addition to the traditional Community experience, we also can provide customized virtual professional development around your school’s needs and schedule. Watch for a Leadership Boot Camp later this year, plus a rich multimedia online course on How To Become A Powerful and Effective Online Educator. Sign up for the newsletter so we can let you know when these initiatives take off.

“If we do this, our students will be well-prepared for the participatory culture that awaits them.” – Betsy Woods, Milford, OH

Talk to us

If you have questions about how a year-long, job embedded professional development experience can help teachers and students in your school, please join us for a live, one-hour information webinar. You will have a chance to speak with Powerful Learning Practice co-founders Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson about the philosophy behind Powerful Learning Practice and the proven outcomes that make this experience practice-changing.

More than 4,000 teachers have been a part of these Powerful Learning Communities and have helped bring change to their schools and renewed passion to their students. Join us.

Book your seat at an info session now

If you are already planning to register your school to be a part of one of next year’s communities (or if you are planning on enrolling for a second- or third-year experience), please fill out the letter of intent to reserve a spot. Read more about the PLP Community.

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During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.
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