Michael Horning, Jr. to Receive the Dr. Robert W. Heller Distinguished Service Award





Buffalo, New York – PLS 3rd Learning and the Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC) are proud to announce Michael Horning, Jr., Executive Vice President of PLS 3rd Learning, as the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Robert W. Heller Distinguished Service Award.

Since co-founding PLS 3rd Learning as a spin-off from SUNY University at Buffalo in 2007, Horning has worked on impactful projects in education locally, nationally, and internationally while being a featured speaker at educational conferences. Horning is also co-creator of SuperEval, which follows best practices in streamlining the superintendent and school leader evaluation process both effectively and efficiently.

The Heller Award, initiated in 2014, recognizes an individual not employed by a school district whose leadership, vision, and determination have made a positive impact on education within the eight-county region of Western New York. In addition, the award recipient has contributed to the WNYESC’s efforts to service its member districts.

“Michael Horning, Jr. represents the best intents of the Robert W. Heller Award,” said Robert Christmann, Executive Director, WNYESC. “His recent research has created significant improvements in the administrative evaluation process in a large number of school districts locally and statewide. In addition, his other work has impacted the teaching and learning process to the direct benefit of countless students. His positive influence on public education can’t be overestimated.”

2017 Heller Award Recipient, Michael Horning, Jr., said, “To have one’s professional work and contributions recognized by the educational community is an incredible honor that I graciously accept with great humility and deepest levels of profound appreciation. For me, this remarkable award represents my shared passion for leadership and education within our Western New York Community which was personified by Dr. Heller.”

The WNYESC created this award in honor of the exceptional qualities and legacy of Dr. Robert W. Heller who served as the WNYESC Executive Director from 1966-1998 while also serving as a professor emeritus in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the SUNY University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education. During his tenure, Dr. Heller had a widespread influence on educational leadership in New York State.

The Heller Award will be presented to Michael Horning, Jr. at the WNYESC 12th Annual Awards for Excellence Banquet. Previous Heller Award recipients include Chancellor Emeritus, Mr. Robert Bennett (2014), SUNY University at Buffalo Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Dr. Jaekyung Lee (2015), and Hodgson Russ Partner, Mr. Karl Kristoff (2016).

For more information, please contact Lindsey Constantino LeCuyer at 716.855.2250 or via email at LAC@PLS3rdLearning.com.


About PLS 3rd Learning:
PLS 3rd Learning co-creates web-based 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 support educators and leaders as well as to assist in advancing their continued professional growth.

For more information, visit http://PLS3rdLearning.com.

About Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC):
Housed within the facilities of the Graduate School of Education, SUNY University of Buffalo, WNYESC is a non-profit educational organization chartered in 1966 by the New York State Board of Regents to serve public and private schools in all eight counties in Western New York.

WNYESC provides professional development workshops, data analysis, leadership mentoring opportunities, school district research and planning studies, curriculum or staffing audits, and searches for superintendents and principals.

For more information, visit http://www.wnyesc.org.