Performance Learning Systems Opens Course Enrollment for Spring 2013

Performance Learning Systems Opens Course Enrollment for Spring 2013

Company Partners with 15 Academic Institutions to Offer On-site and Online Courses

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Dec. 11, 2012) – Enrollment is now open for spring 2013 courses from Performance Learning Systems (PLS), a leading provider of on-site and online graduate education and professional development courses for educators. PLS has partnered with 15 academic institutions to offer more than 100 on-site courses and 700 online courses this spring.

“PLS is committed to offering quality professional development for educators looking for license renewal, movement on the salary scale, or to continue their education and learn strategies to teach more successfully,” said Donald Jacobs, Ph.D., CEO of 3rd Learning, a wholly owned subsidiary of PLS. “PLS courses offer teachers the opportunity to stay up-to-speed with the latest teaching methods, without sacrificing valuable time in their own classrooms.”

Aimed at meeting the needs of practicing educators, PLS courses provide instructional skills and strategies that are applicable to any grade level and content area. Topics include classroom management, Common Core curriculum development and cooperative learning. Courses are offered in locations across the country and also accessible online, providing a convenient and affordable opportunity for professional growth.

On-site courses for Spring 2013 will be offered through:

  • Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.
  • University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.
  • Grand Canyon University in Phoenix
  • Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
  • Rockford College in Rockford, Ill.
  • Marygrove College in Detroit
  • Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

PLS also partners with Rockford College and Wilkes University to offer innovative online and blended Master’s degree programs in education.

The courses are taught by practicing educators – master teachers who infuse the educational theory in each course with their own professional experience. “There is nothing quite like sharing and learning in an upbeat, relevant and purposeful way,” said Dr. Susan Brien, a PLS instructor since 1988. “PLS courses promote these three traits, while providing the latest research, instructional methods and opportunities for growth as a professional. The courses are practical in that participants can use the materials and see the impact right away in their classrooms.”
Courses range in price from $525 to $870, and the deadline to register for the spring 2013 semester is January 2 for site-based courses that continue throughout the semester. The first online session begins January 15.

For more information about courses from PLS, visit

About Performance Learning Systems
For over 45 years, Performance Learning Systems, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, 3rd Learning, have been committed to providing educators with the highest standard of online and on-site graduate education courses, professional development and technological resources. The PLS team of experts has helped more than one million teachers obtain the skills and strategies necessary to meet the needs of today’s students and beyond. With over 45 courses and more than 13 published resources available in all 50 states and over 30 countries internationally, PLS and 3rd Learning are market leaders in education services. For more information, visit

About 3rd Learning
Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, 3rd Learning is an award-winning educational company that provides standards-based software solutions for educators throughout the world. Founded in 2007, 3rd Learning develops state and country education portals, curriculum tools and resources, and teacher/leader professional development resources, as well as new school start-up and turnaround school strategies, products, and services. For more information, visit

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