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Four Ways to Incorporate Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom

August 13th, 2019

Adolescent years are more than a time for educational development. They are a time for young people to learn the critical personal and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the workplace and life. Schools across the country are incorporating social emotional learning (SEL) techniques into their instruction to help students understand the complexities of emotions… Continue Reading >

Two New On-Site Instructors Join Our Team

August 12th, 2019

Please help us extend a warm welcome to Darnell Decker and Brittany Ranck, the two newest on-site instructors to join the PLS Classes team. Both instructors will be teaching a total of three different courses through our partner Mercyhurst University this fall! What follows is a little background on each instructor as well as information… Continue Reading >

Drake University and PLS Classes Launch New Self-Paced Online Course

August 8th, 2019

Together with our partner Drake University, we are pleased to announce Building a Professional Network, a new self-paced facilitated online course for graduate students in education. Participants will learn knowledge and skills essential to building a professional network. Topics include pedagogy resources, professional responsibilities, 21st century networking tools, and ongoing professional growth to support classroom… Continue Reading >

Four Tips to Connect with Parents and Students Before the First Day of School

August 7th, 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s already August. That means your favorite summertime iced coffee drinks are in limited supply, and you’ll be back to school in only a few short weeks. It also means that you’re not the only one starting to think about the upcoming school year. Your new students and their parents are… Continue Reading >

The Importance of Instructional Coaching — Featuring Steve Barkley

July 30th, 2019

An instructional coach is chiefly responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. The benefits of instructional coaching include development of instructional skills, self-reflection, changes in school culture, and collaboration. Benefits of Instructional Coaches Teachers develop instructional skills. Working with a coach allows teachers to practice and learn… Continue Reading >

Summer Reading Recommendations for Educators

July 29th, 2019

Summer break is a wonderful time to catch up with friends, sleep, and to tackle those books piling up on your nightstand! With the dog days of summer ahead, there’s still plenty of time to curl up with a good book. If you’re looking for something good to read — you’re in luck. We asked… Continue Reading >

Congratulations to Steve Barkley on his 100th Podcast!

July 25th, 2019

Our team at PLS would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Steve Barkley on producing his 100th episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast. Steve is the Executive VP of PLS 3rd Learning and a partner and mentor to PLS Classes. He has served as an educational consultant to school districts, teacher… Continue Reading >

The Link Between Parental Involvement and Student Achievement

July 23rd, 2019

Whether you’ve been teaching for one year or twenty, you have likely witnessed a broad spectrum of parental involvement. Some parents are extremely cognizant of their child’s progress and are heavily committed to hands-on support. Other parents may take a less collaborative and integrated approach — and some parents fall somewhere in the middle. Read… Continue Reading >

10 Ways Teachers Can Earn Extra Income During Summer Break

July 2nd, 2019

For some teachers, summer break is a time for maximum rest and a total hiatus from work. And the break is well deserved! After a few weeks of R&R, you might be wanting to find ways to keep your creative edge, hone in on your educational focus, or find new ways to help the next… Continue Reading >

FAQs: PLS & Mercyhurst University’s New M.S. in Teaching Excellence Program

June 17th, 2019

Last month we announced a new master’s program available through our partner Mercyhurst University. With the M.S. in Teaching Excellence, you can enhance your skills as a master educator while earning credit through PDE endorsements, teaching experience, and PLS coursework. The following are some FAQs to help you determine if this program is right for… Continue Reading >