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What We Do: Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative

The Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) team knows that dedicated and well-prepared teachers and leaders are key to the success of any initiative. We engage educators and education stakeholders across the PreK-16 education system to develop, share, and implement innovative models and approaches that support the whole student. We build capacity, grow educator leadership, facilitate strategic planning and research, and coach educators to implement personalized and blended teaching and learning to meet the needs of all students. We design with the learner in mind.

Our work is driven by a vision to help everyone reach their potential. We do this by:

  • Analyzing the unique needs of educators and the learning environments they work within;
  • Building networks of schools and districts in which they can, through continuous improvement, learn and collaborate together;
  • Creating personalized and blended learning environments designed to focus on the ‘whole student’, recognizing inequities and diverse needs have to be addressed;
  • Developing ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities based on the data-driven needs of educators and administrators in an effort to support each and every student;
  • Empowering educational leaders to plan and implement innovative learning initiatives while co-developing a coherent long-term strategy that benefits all stakeholders; and, 
  • Facilitating one-of-a-kind professional learning experiences customized to meet educators’ individual and organizational needs.

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How the PLLC Can Support You

The PLLC team provides customized coaching and strategic planning support for schools and districts implementing new programs, with sustainability in mind. Additionally, the team works to build networks between schools and districts who share goals or who may be learning partners while launching a program.

We have expertise and can provide subject matter expertise and perspectives in the following:

  • Competency-based learning
  • Design thinking
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Digital learning initiatives
  • Equity-mindedness
  • Grant writing
  • Alternative licensure and beginning teacher support
  • Leadership and culture building
  • Personalized learning
  • Social and emotional learning
  • STEM and computer science education
  • Remote/virtual school learning supports

Dedicated and well-prepared educators and administrators are key to the success of any initiative within a school. Our focus on professional development and learning is geared toward the knowledge and skills necessary for planning and implementing innovative learning initiatives and provides a deeper understanding of the intersection of curricular standards and sound pedagogy through the use of content-specific/digital age resources, research-based methods and job-embedded strategies. Our professional development design is customized and tailored to fit critical needs, combining face-to-face and virtual opportunities and allowing participants to experience innovative learning strategies to support their own learning.

  • Customized in-person, blended and virtual professional development for teachers, coaches and/or leadership
  • Online professional learning for educator courses targeted for district, team and individual capacity building for all educational stakeholders
  • Coaching support 
  • Computer science education 
  • Learning differences
  • Micro-credentialing
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Virtual learning supports

School and district leadership need access to quality, relevant and job-embedded professional development that enables leaders to plan and implement innovative learning initiatives that build on the existing foundation within a school or district to develop a coherent long-term strategy that sets directions and priorities, supports innovation and provides resources to enable educators and students to benefit fully from innovative instructional initiatives, such as personalized learning, social and emotional learning.

  • Creating and analyzing needs assessments specific to the school or district focus areas
  • Setting direction and priorities based on identified needs
  • Developing educator and staff supports for innovation
  • Providing resources for leading school and district programs

The PLLC team has extensive knowledge and experience in instructional design, facilitation and application in a variety of mediums, including but not limited to, online course design, personalized lesson planning, learning management systems and needs and task analysis to get to the root of your professional development needs. Customized train-the-trainer models in which learning experiences are provided for your on-site support staff in instructional design and adult learning theory is available through contracting.

  • Needs assessments
  • Task and gap analysis
  • Online and blended course/ curriculum design
  • Personalized lesson planning
  • Customized train-the-trainer models
  • Andragogy and adult learning theory
  • Data-driven planning and decision making personalized to the needs of your learning/training needs

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