Powerful Learning Practice: ConsultingGlobal consultants on education, professional learning, and community building
Led by Powerful Learning Practice’s Chief Executive Officer, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, our consultants combine deep knowledge with practical experience to achieve results. We will exceed your expectations.
Our consulting focuses on our clients’ most critical issues and opportunities such as:
- back to school and ongoing planning during COVID-19
- creating strategies for digital transformation
- developing customized professional learning plans
- collaborating with your leads on project design and implementation
- determining strategies for best practice in blended learning environments
- planning, organizing and implementing virtual conferences
- creating a training and implementation plan for your coaching team
- facilitating educational technology standards refresh
- guiding the creation, timeline and ongoing development for building online learning communities
Powerful Learning Practice works with local, national, and international schools and organizations to meet goals and keep deadlines with a smile.
Need help creating a new initiative or program?
Want us to work alongside you to optimize your organization’s existing talent?
Need help planning for or managing change and transformation?
Want someone to serve as a subcontractor on a grant proposal?
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Contact Sheryl at Sheryl@plpnetwork.com
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.
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.
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.
Future Ready Leaders
U.S. Office of Educational Technology
We searched throughout the United States for school districts that exemplify the Future Ready initiative and captured their stories in a series of compelling videos. This project includes a Future Ready Rubric based on a systematic review of research, an online self-assessment, and a set of 50 three-minute videos aligned with the rubric. After taking the assessment, superintendents receive personalized professional learning – a playlist of videos that can be updated as they make progress toward their goals. This dynamic PD will propel superintendents and their school districts toward becoming Future Ready. Learn more
Connected Educator Month
American Institutes for Research
Connected Educator Month networks educators and education stakeholders through connected professional learning experiences worldwide. Over the past four years, millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development and other educational opportunities, offering highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to all stakeholders at all levels.
Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Learning Toolkit
U.S. Office of Educational Technology
This toolkit provides leaders with a multi-step decision-making process, practical tools, and numerous examples for setting a trajectory of positive change, moving assertively toward achievement of student learning and improvement goals. The toolkit recognizes that improvements in student learning are related to improvements in educator practice and that strengthened practice is supported by research- and standards-based professional learning. Learn more
Departments of Education
- Alberta Department of Education
- Belize Ministry of Education
- BOCES in NY
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria, Australia
- Department of Education in Western Australia
- Georgia Department of Education
- Guam Department of Education
- New York City Department of Education
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- United States Department of Education
- Office of Educational Technology
- Virginia Department of Education
- Education Week
- Knowledge Delivery Systems
- Solution Tree
- Vulcan Productions
- IBM- Transitions to Teaching
- Intel Education
- Microsoft Partners in Learning
- American Institutes for Research
- Alabama Best Practices Center
- Alberta Regional Consortium
- Carnegie Foundation
- Center for Teaching Quality
- CORE in New Zealand
- George Lucas Foundation (edutopia)
- Ideas Lab in Melbourne
- National Education Association
- National Science Foundation
- Oberkotter Foundation
- Project Hope
- Stanford Research Institute
College and University
- University of Wisconsin
- Virginia Community College System
- The College of William and Mary
Schools and Districts
- Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District
- Edmonton Catholic Schools
- El Paso Independent School District
- Sandvika High School (Norway)
- White Oak Independent School District
What they're saying
One learns to be in the community with ‘intention’, with purpose and passion. This allows ‘ideas to find us’ as Eleanor Duckworth might say. It’s not always comfortable – but then ‘cognitive & emotional dissonance’ are at the heart of learning. If you want to learn how to best meet the needs of students in this era, this differentiated environment affords the best opportunity I know.
Sheryl, Will and all the gang involved were supportive and really encouraged you to think deeply, asking questions that promoted thinking and problem solving at a deeper level. Our wrap up ‘show case’ day was fantastic. It was inspiring to see the growth and development of the community of PLPpeep’s across Victoria.
If you have a chance to get involved, I’d say, “Go for it!” I’m glad I did.
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