September 19, 2014
Steve Barkley to Deliver Closing Keynote to District Leaders Across New York State

Buffalo, New York — PLS 3rd Learning is proud to announce that Steve Barkley, Executive Vice President, will deliver the closing keynote at the upcoming New York State Council of School Superintendents (The Council) Fall Leadership Summit. PLS 3rd Learning will be sponsoring the closing session at the annual event, running Sunday through Tuesday, September 21st through the 23rd, 2014.

The theme of this year’s summit is Leading Transformative Education. Barkley’s closing comments will focus on creating schools for modern learners, capping off several days of discussion, meetings and workshops.

“Our company has supported the mission of The Council for many years,” said Michael Horning, Jr., Executive Vice President at PLS 3rd Learning. “Our partnership has led to opportunity and innovation as we work together to support educators in our home state.”

In partnership with LEAF, Inc., the professional development arm of The Council, PLS 3rd Learning launched the LEAF Institute for Blended and Online Learning earlier this year. The LEAF Institute offers professional learning opportunities for district teams committed to delivering high-quality blended and online learning for students.

“The great work of The Council and LEAF, Inc., empowers teachers and administrators to empower today’s learners,” said Barkley. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to address the education leaders at the closing session of this year’s summit. It’s an exciting time for districts as they plan the right investments for future learning.”

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.

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About The New York State Council of School Superintendents:

The New York State Council of School Superintendents (The Council) is a professional and advocacy organization with over a century of service to school superintendents, and recently assistant superintendents, in New York State. The Council provides its more than 800 members with numerous professional development opportunities, publications and personal services, while advocating for public education and the superintendency.

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