May 27, 2014
Preparing Educators to Lead Transformational Change in Schools across New York State

PLS 3rd Learning and LEAF Inc., Present the LEAF Institute for Blended and Online Learning

Buffalo, New York — PLS 3rd Learning, in partnership with LEAF, Inc., is proud to announce a unique online professional development program for educators across New York State. The LEAF Institute for Blended and Online Learning is designed to prepare and support district leaders and teachers in the successful delivery of new online learning modalities in K-12 settings.

“We believe that providing effective and ongoing professional learning opportunities for educators is critical to driving transformational and systemic change”, said Donald Jacobs, Ph.D., CEO of PLS 3rd Learning. “Partnering with LEAF allows us to support school leaders and teachers as they plan for and implement new online and blended learning initiatives.”

The Institute offers online courses specifically targeted to district leaders, school administrators and teachers. Fully facilitated and highly interactive, the courses allow educators to connect with experienced online instructors and colleagues across the state. Through pragmatic application of knowledge and skills, participants will choose a model that best fits their district’s needs, create an implementation plan to introduce online and blended learning opportunities, and integrate best practices for online instruction.

“The Leaf Institute will equip New York State’s educators to revolutionize what is taking place in K-12 classrooms,” said Kelly Masline, Director, LEAF, Inc. “This program serves as a catalyst for progress, preparing students for career and college readiness as they enter into the 21st-century marketplace.”

The LEAF Institute courses are aligned to iNACOL’s Standards for Quality Online Courses and Standards for Quality Online Teaching. iNACOL is the premier organization supporting high-quality blended and online learning initiatives.

To learn more about the Leaf Institute for Blended and Online Learning, visit

About PLS 3rd Learning:

PLS 3rd Learning co-creates projects and initiatives with partnering organizations to support teaching and learning. The custom technology projects, combined with unique professional learning opportunities, allow PLS 3rd Learning to assist educators and advance their continued professional growth. Across NY State, PLS 3rd Learning’s curriculum management and standards-based system,, provides educators with the educational resources and tools necessary to achieve their curricular and instructional goals.

For more information, visit

About LEAF, Inc.:

Established in 2006, the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation, Inc. (LEAF, Inc.) is a 501 (c) 3 organization that serves as the professional development arm of The New York State Council of School Superintendents (The Council). LEAF, Inc. provides high quality professional learning to support the development of superintendents and school district leadership team members. In partnership with The Council, LEAF’s programs are research-based, aligned to the needs of the field, responsive to changing expectations for school leaders, and cost effective.

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