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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 >

Tips to Help Students Stress Less and Do Well on Final Exams

June 2nd, 2019

It’s June, and you know what that means. Summer vacation is so close that it’s nearly tangible (cue “The Final Countdown”). If you’re feeling the itch to start enjoying summer break, then you know your students are too. There is only one hurdle standing between you and your students and warm, long, summer days: Final… Continue Reading >

Listen to PLS Instructors Discuss Popular Themes and Challenges in Today’s Classroom on The Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast

May 22nd, 2019

Since the beginning of 2019, Steve Barkley has featured six of our PLS instructors on his podcast, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud! Steve has served as an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and… Continue Reading >

Flexible Master’s Program Offers PA Teachers Personalized Path to Teaching Excellence

May 22nd, 2019

Mercyhurst University has partnered with PLS 3rd Learning (PLS Classes/PLS) to offer certified teachers in Pennsylvania a new Master of Science in Teaching Excellence designed as a personalized option for continuing education and fulfilling ACT 48 hours. Teaching Excellence includes five core courses that total fifteen credit hours as well as fifteen hours of electives…. Continue Reading >

Are Smartphones Making Our Students Smarter?

May 21st, 2019

Three Reasons Why Teens Should Take a Break From Their Digital Devices When parents say they fear their teen is addicted to their smartphone, they may be right. According to Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day online. Considering the average teen needs eight to ten hours of sleep per… Continue Reading >