Donald Jacobs, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Founder

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Don uses his 30+ years of education experience to lead PLS 3rd Learning with focus on designing and developing projects that have high impact in education.

Dedicated to inspiring and promoting educational excellence throughout his lifetime, Don founded the award-winning Center for Applied Technologies in Education at the University at Buffalo; led projects and planning initiatives with educational organizations across the world; and helped develop signature projects in New York State, Pennsylvania, Texas, Costa Rica, Panama, and Turkey.

Don has also collaborated with renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall to develop technology-based projects that advance environmental education and awareness throughout the world.


  • Ph.D., Educational Organization, Administration and Policy, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • M.S., Instructional Systems Design, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • B.S., Education, SUNY College at Buffalo
  • Arts, language and history coursework, University of Siena, Italy
Donald J. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Donald Jacobs, Ph.D.

“I want to bring my very best efforts—and the efforts of PLS 3rd Learning’s education and technology professionals—to projects that matter for students and educators. Our mission focuses special efforts on those projects that seek to serve the underserved.”