October 10, 2012
3rd Learning CEO Don Jacobs To Be Honored With Inaugural BUFFALO 612′ Award

Don Jacobs, Ph.D., among Business First’s 2012 Buffalo 612′ C-Suite Level Executive Honorees

donald-jacobsBuffalo, NY – 3rd Learning, an education company that develops leading software solutions, formally announces that founder and CEO Dr. Donald Jacobs, Ph.D. was among the honorees receiving this year’s 2012 Buffalo 612′ award.

Presented by Buffalo publication Business First, this award, which alludes to the fact that Buffalo is 612 feet above sea level, honors C-Level executives—Chief Executive, Operating, Financial, Marketing and Information Officers—whose outstanding contributions to both their companies and community have made a difference in the Buffalo Niagara region and beyond. Recipients are independently nominated as innovators within their company, trailblazers who effectively navigate the complexities of their field, role models for their staff among their peers, standard-setters within their industry, and as leaders (whether publicly or behind the scenes) in the Buffalo community. Jacobs was presented with his award at a ceremony on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

“While I am proud of what I have been able to contribute to Buffalo and the educational community at large, this award is really a testament to the hard work and innovative contributions each and every one of the members of the 3rd Learning team makes on a daily basis,” said Jacobs. “A leader is only as successful as those he is called to lead, and it is their combined strength and dedication that affords me the opportunity to continue on our mission of creating technological solutions for the problems that educators face preparing the children of the world to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Jacobs has worked in education for the past 31 years and is passionate about designing and developing alternative educational delivery systems to serve K-12 students. The founder of the award-winning Center for Applied Technologies in Education at the University at Buffalo, he and his team designed and implemented numerous educational technology projects for K-12 schools across the world, notably NYLearns.org. Jacobs’ work with 3rd Learning includes projects and planning initiatives with educational organizations and ministries of education in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Tanzania, Poland, Oman and with numerous other schools across the world.

For the past 12 years, he has collaborated with renown primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall in the design and development of environmental and education initiatives in various countries in Europe, Africa, and Central America. A current member of the Board of Directors for The Park School of Buffalo as well as Performance Learning Systems, Inc., Jacobs has also served previously as a member of the Board of Directors (Executive Board) of the Jane Goodall Institute, USA, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jane Goodall Institute Global Advisory Committee, Teachers Without Borders, Computers for Children, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. He is a recipient of the University at Buffalo Innovator Award (2006, 2007), and the University at Buffalo Entrepreneurial Award (2007), among others. Jacobs was also named one of the Top 100 Researchers at the University at Buffalo in 2006, and was appointed Co-Chair of New York State Technology Policy and Practices Council, 2004-2008 by the New York State Board of Regents.

About PLS 3rd Learning
PLS 3rd Learning co-creates custom technologies to align standards-based content and resources, and offers professional development, to elevate the craft of teaching. The company provides educators with innovative resources and professional development to create and improve curriculum, instruction and assessment. Guided by the principles of passionate educators with decades of real-world experience, PLS 3rd Learning is helping teachers and schools worldwide reach their full potential. For more information, visit PLS3rdLearning.com.

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