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The JUST education section explores media literacy and education as they relate to the needs of learners attempting to interpret, react to, and affect change for their own personal development as well as for the  benefit of their respective cultures and communities.

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Apr222012

"Powerful Learning Practice" Actualizes Educators, Improves Schools, One Project at a Time

Bob Lasiewicz,
April, 2012

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

I recently sat down (virtually via webcam, that is) with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, CEO of Powerful Learning Practice, (PLP) a Virginia based company she co-founded in 2007 with Will Richardson. PLP utilizes a unique palette of research, group process and social technology to support educators bravely marching into a challenging digital future. It’s an approach that can be applied to many learning communities.

By incorporating elements of action research, appreciative inquiry and distributed communities of practice, PLP has created a laboratory for self-actualization via collaboration that extends past the boundaries of traditional education systems. They blend elements of connectivism and the “wisdom of the crowd” to educate as well as impact systems and processes that effect the communities of participants as well as the educational landscape at large.

In this interview you’ll find out about the genesis of PLP’s approach, some of the obstacles and solutions encountered, and how choices were made.

As preparation for the interview, I set the stage with a short background on the social action/social justice nature of the JUST journal. When I mentioned that “educators are at the forefront of such issues,” Sheryl jumped right in…

One of the things that I often think about is the legacy teachers could leave, if just half of them organized their curriculum around an outcome relating to social justice or working with marginalized populations or doing something that left the world a better place

Read the full interview

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