Change is necessary, complex & messy. But change doesn't have to be scary.

Change can be scary. But you don’t have to do it alone.

The team at Powerful Learning Practice is experienced in working alongside educators to help them navigate the sea of change we are facing in the 21st century and preparing them for the future.

I’m being challenged to grow in ways outside my comfort zone. No one else is pushing me to grow as a teacher and a leader like you are.

– Renee Hawkins, Educator and Director of Instructional Technology, Garrison Forest School, Maryland

The Powerful Learning Community experience is a year-long, job embedded professional development journey that immerses educators in Web 2.0 tools as they connect and collaborate to become better teachers and leaders. We help educators move from their respective points of comfort with these virtual environments to becoming connected learners capable of leveraging these technologies for school-wide improvement.  The end of the experience is marked with an action research project – a project that begins shifting change for many of the participating schools. These educators often become champions for learning with technology in their schools, scaling their efforts to colleagues and administrators.

PLP has been the best PD experience in my career thus far. From this experience, I have learned that teaching isn’t just teaching, but learning as well.

– Danielle Cripe, Language Arts Teacher, Ohio 

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 have started their journey this month. Other new Communities are forming right nowthat will be kicked off in the Fall.

Our registration closes August 15th, so don’t delay!

Communities are forming - Map

To find out more, email the contact person listed for the Community forming near you or attend one of our scheduled info sessions. At an info session, we’ll let you know which Community is right for you or how you can start one in your area. If you’re ready to join now, fill out a letter of intent to reserve your spot. Our registration closes August 15th, so don’t delay!

Canada – Ontario

  • Hosting Organization: Upper Grand District School Board
  • Contact: Brenda SherryEmail | Fill out a letter of intent

Canada – Saskatchewan

  • Hosting Organization: Prairie South School Division
  • Contact: Dean Shareski | Email | Fill out a letter of intent


  • Hosting Organization: All Saints’ Academy
  • Contact: Carolyn M. BaldwinEmail | Fill out a letter of intent

Maryland & Washington, D.C.

  • Hosting Organization: Garrison Forest School
  • Contact:  Renee Hawkins | Email | Fill out a letter of intent


  • Hosting Organization: West Clermont Local Schools
  • Contact: M.E. Steele-Pierce | Email | Fill out a letter of intent

Pennsylvania/International – Catholic Educator Community

  • Hosting Organization: Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Contact:  Nancy Caramanico | Email | Fill out a letter of intent

Pennsylvania – ADVIS

Pennsylvania – IU-13

Texas – Houston


  • Hosting Organization: Fredericksburg Academy
  • Contact: Susan Carter Morgan | Email | Fill out a letter of intent


  • Hosting Organization: Champlain Valley Educator Development Center
  • Contact: Darlene H. Worth | Email | Fill out a letter of intent

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. We’ll also let you know which Community is right for you or how you can start one in your area.

Book your seat at an info session now

Our registration closes August 15th, so don’t delay!

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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