Anyone familiar with Sheryl Nussbaun-Beach’s Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) community of 21st century learning products knows by now that PLP is one company likes to be on the cutting edge of teacher professional development. From their excellent worldwide blended learning model of active research-driven professional development to their influential group blog “Voice from the Learning Revolution” to the various web-based e-courses they offer, the PLP group of learning opportunities is growing quickly. Nussbaum-Beach has been able through her years of presenting workshops, training and networking, to surround herself with a core group of like-minded educators.
PLP is an entire company is driven, it seems, by educators that want to truly make a difference. If they make some cash along the way, good for them, but they are not a corporate-profit driven enterprise that has only the bottom line which many of the current crop of professional development corporations are. Apple and Pearson have nice professional development opportunities, but when they are gone they are gone. PLP on the other hand stays around, checking in occasionally like a good next door neighbor that wants to make sure everything is alright. PLP is doing professional development for educators in the early 21st correctly correctly.
The latest venture by the company is Powerful Learning Press, an in-house publishing offshoot that draws on the experiences of the various educators that make up the PLP universe of learners and thinkers. Using the PLP team of educators as it’s core writers , PLPress will be publishing books in the 15-30,000 word range. (Anyone familiar with Will Richardson’s book “Why School” will have an idea of the size of the books: about 130 pages.
So, take advantage of the first free book”Powering Up” by signing up on the PLPress website today.
Here is their press release:
Today is a big day here at Powerful Learning Practice!
We are celebrating the launch of Powerful Learning Press — our own unique publishing venture — by giving away a free interactive eBook that we hope will inspire more educators to become connected learners.
About this free eBook
The Connected Teacher: Powering Up shares stories written by teachers and school leaders who are making the shift to technology infused, student-driven learning on behalf of their iGeneration students.
The 22 helpful articles in Powering Up first appeared here in our Voices from the Learning Revolution group blog. In addition to the original text, the book includes images, clickable links, videos and selected comments from readers of the original posts.
You can download your free copy at the new Powerful Learning Press website.
“We want to create vital, action-oriented books that give teachers and other educators the advice and encouragement they need to make the shift to connected learning,” — Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, PLP co-founder and CEO
While you’re there, be sure to read about our plans for PLPress and our refreshingly different approach to education publishing. And if you’re an active educator thinking about writing a book of your own, visit the Write for Us page and share what you have in mind!
What are you waiting for? Get your free eBook, find out all about the press, and join us for a launch party!
Here is a video about the PLPress: