August 8, 2013
PLS 3rd Learning’s Michael Horning, Jr. A Featured Co-Presenter at WNY Summer Law Education Conference

Noted Education Technology Innovator Addressed School Board Administrators With Differentiated Activities and Strategies for Annual Professional Performance Review Assessors

Buffalo, New York – PLS 3rd Learning Executive Vice President and education technology expert Michael Horning, Jr., was selected as a featured co-presenter for the 2013 WNY Summer Education Law Conference. This year’s annual meeting of school attorneys, staff and board of education members, administrators and legal advisors in Erie County was held at the Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa, Grand Island, New York on Wednesday, August 7.

Horning co-presented “TIPs and PIPs,” an exploration of ways to approach New York State Education Department’s provisions and mandates of Education Law §3012-c regarding annual professional performance reviews (APPR) of classroom teachers and building principals. Co-presenting with Horning was Karl W. Kristoff, lead attorney for the Education Law Practice Group of Buffalo law firm Hodgson Russ.

The presentation covered such critical information as the assessment of progress when dealing with inadequate teachers, the over-prescription of remedial activities, and the timelines involved. Horning illustrated differentiated activities and strategies that can be assigned to teachers needing improvement, and discuss ways such improvements can be assessed.

The WNY Summer Education Law Conference was co-sponsored by the WNY Educational Service Council and the Erie County Association of School Boards, in cooperation with the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association.

About Michael Horning, Jr.

Michael Horning, Jr., M.Ed., has worked for over seventeen years as an educator at many academic levels and settings. Horning has served as a middle school social studies teacher, museum educator, instructional technology specialist and adjunct professor, leading multiple practical experiences in utilizing technologies in the classroom with various instructional approaches. As Executive Vice President and co-founder of PLS 3rd Learning, and President and co-creator of NYLearns, Horning’s mission is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges faced by educators and students in the 21st century.

About PLS 3rd Learning

PLS 3rd Learning co-creates custom technologies to align standards-based content and resources, and offers Professional Development, to elevate teaching and learning. The organization 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

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