From its website
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, PLP co-founder, coined the phrase connected learning communities to describe the PLP experience.
The connected learning community model is based on empirical research and years of experience. It represents a three-pronged approach to professional development. Connected learning communities weave together
1. Learning communities that happen face-to-face at school.
2. Purposeful learning networks where we harvest and share resources.
3. Global, online communities of practice and inquiry where we dig deep.
Traditional professional development models (like in-services and one-day conferences) fail to focus on the realities of daily classroom life and the skills needed to serve today’s iGeneration learner. Our Connected Learner Experience is grounded in job-embedded activities where professional learning becomes a regular part of the educator’s work day. We help you integrate technology, content, and the best pedagogy in ways that excite student interest and advance school improvement goals. We advocate for professional learning that builds collective responsibility for student success and shifts the culture within the school to one of learning first, teaching second.
Even though Powerful Learning Practice is oriented to educators, at least one of its courses–Connected Coaching–has application in myriad online settings where adult learners congregate. Two of the three Women’s Learning Studio founders have taken this course and savored its focus on using the Appreciative Inquiry framework for coaching other adults to reach their practice improvement and career goals. Co-learners define their learning pledges in week 2 of what has been an 11-week experience. Co-learners participate in weekly 90-minute synchronous sessions with the course facilitators and each other in the Blackboard Collaborate environment. The course is highly experiential with multiple asynchronous discussions each week, collaborative projects, and quick trust and perspective building exercises delivered through a variety of usually free social media tools that we all gain experience using.