Powerful Learning Practice has expanded its staff and brought some fascinating new minds (and fresh ideas) to our team. We’d like to introduce our team to you, one by one, and so we’ve come up with seven questions for each of them so you can have a little peek into what they’re thinking and who they are.

Meet Christen Dodd, Powerful Learning Practice eLearning Director

Christen Dodd, PLP eLearning Director

Christen Dodd, PLP eLearning Director

Hi, my name is Christen Dodd and I was born and raised in upstate New York.  I currently reside in Virginia Beach, VA where I have spent the majority of my life.  I love being creative in all that I do and sharing my knowledge with others, both face-to-face and virtually.  I enjoy being outdoors (esp. when it is warm) and challenging myself physically and mentally.  I have completed two IronMan races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), one Marine Corps Marathon and numerous half marathons.  I am currently working on getting back in “race shape” and look forward to my next race in the springtime.

What do you do here at Powerful Learning Practice?

I am the Director of eLearning for PLP. I coordinate all the eCourses being currently offered, and am working with some wonderful instructors to create exciting new offerings for this spring and beyond!

What else are you up to professionally?

I am working on growing my digital footprint and creating a new online experience that will help open up the dialogue in families with children of all ages.

Desert island situation – you get to take five books. What are they?

Probably all children’s books if my daughter was with me.  If she weren’t with me, I’d probably still take her books because it would remind me of her and our special times together.  I also think the smallest books can still have the best lessons and morals in life.  My top four choices would be Love You Forever, Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree and I Am Really A Princess.  My ‘adult book’ would be anything by John Grisham.  I love reading and watching mysteries that keep me on the edge of my seat.  Oh and I can’t forget my newest read, The Connected Educator by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall.

What is your favorite example of how online communities are powerful and transformative?  

Unfortunately, not all schools embrace a culture of sharing. In schools where the competition can be fierce, online communities have allowed the educators I’ve worked with to transform their teaching practices.  By working online they have felt the freedom to grow by asking questions, voicing concerns and sharing ideas and resources with others.  The feedback and stories of transformation I hear at the end of every course are nothing short of amazing.

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: chris10dodd

Any final words?

Each day remember to appreciate all that you have accomplished, thank those that have helped and know that tomorrow will only get better!

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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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