Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Israel, Norway, and China to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities.
During a 25-year education career, Sheryl has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.
Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics of 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless. She is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Educators initiative and a leader in the development of USDOE’s first Connected Educators Month in August 2012. She currently serves on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors. She also served on the New Media Consortium’s 2012 Horizon.K12 Report Advisory Board and their 2013 Horizon Higher Education Report Advisory Board. Sheryl consults with governments and non-profits that are integrating online communities and networks into their professional learning initiatives, including the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI),Virtual Independent School Network (VISNET), and the Oberkotter Foundation.
Sheryl lives near the Virginia shore and spends her spare time playing on the water with her four children, her grandson Luke Skywalker Walblay, and a trio of longhaired dachshunds.
During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Israel, Norway, and China to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.
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What Sheryl has done
- Co-founded the Powerful Learning Practice network which has worked with over 4000 educators worldwide in building their capacity for change
- Co-founded the K12Online Conference, a global professional development opportunity for educators by educators from around the world who are interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools for leading and learning
- Co-developed and led a four year, Microsoft funded, 21st Century learner curriculum and professional development model delivered to educators and students in schools across the state of Alabama through the Alabama Best Practice Center
- Co-developed and led a three year, New York State Education Department funded Enhancing Education through Technology project around re-envisioning teachers, educational leaders and student roles in the 21st Century
- Co-developed and lead ENDAPT – (Electronically Networking to Develop Professional Teachers) a Virginia Department of Education funded electronic induction project in conjunction with the Teacher Leaders Network and the College of William and Mary that used community and networks to connect novice teachers to mentors
- Served on the advisory board of the Horizon Project: K-12 Edition 2011
- Served on the steering board that helped develop the Teacher Leaders Network (TLN) and served as a TLN senior fellow
- Served as a teacher voice and an online facilitator for CTQ’s TeacherSolutions, a model that brings together a diverse cross-section of accomplished teachers who examine critical issues facing public education and offer solutions
- Designed the breakout process the National Education Association used at NBCT Policy Summits as well as oversight of the facilitators on-site at each Summit
- Received the Technology Leadership Research Award from UCEA School Technology Leadership Special Interest Group 2008
- Awarded Most Influential Post, Resource or Presentation by the EduBlogs Awards- K12 Online Conference
- Won the Edward E. Brickell School Leader Partnership Award
- Garnered a Distinguished Service Award by Virginia Parent Teacher Association
- Was a National Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Finalist
- Selected out of 5,500 teachers as the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Teacher of the Year
- Included in Who’s Who in American Women and American Education
- Taught at Connected University which was at the forefront of online community before Web 2.0 tools were mainstream
- Served on the Georgia School Improvement Panel for Georgia State Department of Education
- Co-founded Dream School, a project based initiative, in conjunction with Valdosta State University
- Worked with the Ministry of Education in Belize to re-envision education through a project based learning lens and led Dream School Belize
- Launched and designed a curriculum for a K-12 charter school based on the inquiry approach to education
- Created graduate level courses for Performance Learning Systems and University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
- I served as a community development consultant for Intel, SchoolNet, Microsoft and IBM.
- Creation and development of all curriculum associated with CLTNet seminar series for higher education faculty who are part of National Science Foundation’s Center for Learning and Teaching
- Was a full time instructor for three years each, in Curriculum and Instruction at Valdosta State University teaching a wide variety of early childhood courses and at The College of William and Mary teaching instructional technology courses to graduate and undergraduate students.
- Worked with educators and educational leaders across the United States, Canada, across both islands in New Zealand, across both coasts in Australia, Shanghai, Belize and Oslo, Norway
- Founded a state wide home school organization and collaborative school for homeschoolers in Georgia
- Founded a tutoring service for at-risk learners
- Facilitated the development of a multi-tiered licensure system with teacher leaders for the Virginia Department of Education
- I recently was invited to attend TEDWomen in DC
- I co-founded Powerful Learning Practice, LLC with Will Richardson.
- I am the founder and sole proprietor of 21st Century Collaborative, LLC.
- I am a presenter for Solution Tree.
- I am contracted for two books to be published with Solution Tree, one with Lani Ritter-Hall and another with Will Richardson.
- I am contracted with Jossey Bass Wiley for a chapter in the soon to be released book, What School Administrators Need to Know about Digital Technology and Social Media.
- I am a freelance writer and you will find my pieces in various educational publications.
- My blog is syndicated nationally on the NEA’s EdVoices and SchoolNet.
- I am a co-researcher on the PLPNetbooks Trial with Sofia Pardo through IdeasLab in Melbourne, Australia.
- I am a member of these professional organizations.
- I am a regular panel member for grant reviews for the NSF’s STEM Education Distributed Learning (NSDL) program
- I am an Educational Advisory Board member for New Venture Challenge University of Chicago Booth School of Business