Who We Are

We inspire and educate all stakeholders to foster learning innovations

The Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PL2C) promotes pedagogical shifts in digital learning environments in order to inspire, innovate and coach.

Nancy PD smWe engage educators at all levels to provide research based, job-embedded models and approaches for strategic planning  and professional development with the belief that students deserve access to equitable, personalized learning experiences.

Our coaches are educational leaders who have extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership support and development, data-driven decision-making and professional development planning and design – all as they relate to digital learning programs. Our professional development is customized and tailored to fit the current needs of your schools and districts with a focus on adaptive student-centered approaches that provide concrete, quality, purposeful, reflective practices supported through technology. Learn more about what we do.

The PL2C Team


Our dedicated team are educational leaders who have extensive experience in strategic planning, leadership support and development, data-driven decision-making and professional development planning and design – all as they relate to digital learning programs. All the professional development designed is customized and tailored to fit educators’ unique and current needs in schools and districts.

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Lisa Hervey Ph.D., NBCT

Senior Research Scholar

Biography

Where is your hometown?
Memphis, Tennesse.

Define your work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative.
I help our team design, develop and facilitate learner-centered, technology-infused face-to-face and online professional development opportunities.

How did you come to work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative?
I started teaching online for DLC as a side job while completing my dissertation at NCSU. For some crazy reason, they decided to keep me after I graduated! Lucky me!

What is your favorite part about working at the Friday Institute?
We put educators and their students at the center of our value system.

My favorite pastime is…
reading while running! Ok…an audiobook, but still!

My secret hobby is…
cataloging wildflowers. Go National Audubon Society!

Awards / Publications
Shana Breen Memorial Award, (1997). National Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Charles Riper Student of the Year Award, (1997). Michigan Council for Exceptional Children.

Student CEC Chapter of the Year Award, (1997). Michigan Council for Exceptional Children.

Hervey, L. (2010). Dissertation Support Award, College of Education, North Carolina State University.

Hervey, L. (under review). Between the Notion and the Act: Veteran teachers’ TPACK and practice in 1:1 settings. Dissertation, North Carolina State University.

Spires, H., Hervey, L., & Watson, T. (2013). Scaffolding the TPACK framework with literacy teachers: New literacies, new minds. In S. Kajder’s and C.A. Young (Eds.). Research on English language arts and technology. Greenwich, CN: Information Age Press.

Spires, H., Hervey, L., Morris, G., & Stelpflug, C. (2012). Energizing project-based inquiry: Middle grade students read, write, and create videos. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Spires, H. & Hervey, L. (2011). Does interaction with a web-based learning environment lead to higher levels of writing self-efficacy for sixth graders? Chronicle of Middle Level Research.

Spires, H., & Hervey, L. (2011). New technologies, new pedagogies: Finding the “grail” in higher education. Journal of Leadership Studies, 4(4), 54-56. DOI:1.1002/jls.20194

Spires, H., Hervey, L., & Watson, T. (2013). Scaffolding the TPACK framework with literacy teachers: New literacies, new minds. In S. Kajder’s and C.A. Young (Eds.). Research on English language arts and technology. Greenwich, CN: Information Age Press.

Hervey, L., Spires, H.A., & Zhang, J. (2009). The awakening of adolescent education in the People’s Republic of China. In S. Mertens, K. Roney, & V. Anfara (Eds.), An international look at educating young adolescents, (vol. 7). The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education Series.