What a Year!






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A look back at our accomplishments and highlights of 2022

As we reflect upon the past year, we’re reminded how much we value our team, partners, participants, and customers. As we prepare for the New Year, we thought we’d share some highlights from 2022.

Getting Back Together

In anticipation of COVID-19, we left our offices one cold day in March of 2020 with the plan to have a trial work from home day. The next day, the world was put on pause and since then, we’ve worked remotely. In March 2022, we were finally able to safely hold our first in-person company-wide meeting. At PLS, we quickly realized nothing beats being together! 

New Year, New Office Space

Renovations are almost complete at the PLS 3rd Learning Headquarters at 678 Main Street in Buffalo, NY. Our new state-of-the-art space consists of an open collaborative concept with plenty of comfortable seating options, smart boards, a new recording studio, wellness room, and more. Completion date will be in early 2023. We are so excited to share more details and photos with you in the coming months. 

PLS Classes Reaches Over 23K+ Enrollments

After moving our graduate on-site courses to remote learning during the pandemic, this year we brought back in-person learning and we saw 23K+ enrollments in our courses. To create a better, more intuitive experience for our participants, we also launched a new marketing and registration website. Make sure to check it out if you haven’t seen it yet! 

SuperEval, Full Steam Ahead

SuperEval, an online platform that provides  leadership evaluations for K-12 educators, is now used in eight states across the country and at an international school in Bolivia. We support over 2,000 school leaders and are expanding to support independent and private schools as well. In addition, we’ve added more evaluation rubrics to our growing and impressive library.

Nickel City Sound & Media Produces Over 150 Podcast Episodes

Our in-house recording studio, led by Joseph Jacobs, produced over 90 episodes of Barkley Ponders Out Loud, a podcast by Education Consultant and PLS Chief Learning Officer and EVP Steve Barkley, and 67 episodes of the Advancing Women Podcast by Dr. Kimberly DeSimone. As we write this article, Barkley has over 200K+ streams of his podcast and Dr. DeSimone has over 12.8k streams.

We Grew

The COVID-19 pandemic might have put a damper on some aspects of our lives, but it did not stump our growth and development as new projects and demands paved the way to add seven new talented members to our team. (You can read more about them on our blog). And, this year we welcomed two new baby girls into the PLS Family — Maisie and Sloane.  

We’re so grateful to our team, partners, and you for all of your support this past year. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2023. Cheers!