The Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PL2C) promotes pedagogical shifts in digital learning environments in order to inspire, innovate and coach.
We 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.
Mary Ann Wolf Ph.D.Director
Where is your hometown?
Describe your work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative.
I am the Director of Digital Learning Programs at the Friday Institute. I work to help states, districts, and schools personalize learning for more students every day through digital learning. I have developed and facilitated Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds), help lead the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning Summit, and co-developed and co-facilitated the Distinguished Leadership in Practice – Digital Learning for principals across the state. I am excited to be part of the leadership team for the NC Digital Learning Plan, and I spend a lot of time thinking about and working toward more effective professional learning opportunities for educators.
How did you come to work with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative?
Prior to working at the Friday Institute, I worked in business, taught 5th grade in Virginia, and spent many years in education with national organizations. In this position, I worked with educators in all 50 states and with policy-makers to share data and models of how to improve education to ensure America’s and our students’ competitiveness in the global economy. I testified before the US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee; and SETDA hosted, with the National Science Foundation, Future of Learning educational technology showcases for members of Congress and staffers in the House and the Senate.
I helped develop and implement the first ever National Digital Learning Day with the Alliance for Excellent Education and wrote many publications while consulting for the last four years, including Innovate to Educate: Education System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning based upon a Symposium held by SIIA, ASCD, and CCSSO and the Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning for the Alliance for Excellent Education, and co-authored two papers, including extensive literature reviews, on mobile learning and instruction and professional development for UNESCO and CoSN, Turning on Mobile Learning in North America and Mobile Learning for Teachers in North America. I am also the lead researcher on the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Project Tomorrow Teachers’ Readiness to Adopt and Adapt Content (TRAAC) project, which includes in-person and virtual focus groups with education leaders and teachers.
The work prior to coming to the Friday Institute is continuously focused on improving education for all students with an emphasis on how digital learning can allow us to meet the needs of more students.
What is your favorite part about working at the Friday Institute?
I love working with people who are passionate about and driven to improve education. The environment is creative and collaborative and pushes my thinking every day!
My favorite pastime is…
exploring and learning with my family, including my three kids. I currently have a daughter in high school and sons in middle and elementary school. I love to travel to new places and taking pictures while traveling and at home!
I am most proud of…
my husband and kids!
Publications / Awards
Kleiman, G., Wolf, M., & Frye, D. (2013). The Digital Learning Transition MOOC for Educators: Exploring a Scalable Approach to Professional Learning. Washington, DC: The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, College of Education, NC State University and the Alliance for Excellent Education. http://all4ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/MOOC-Ed.pdf
CTQ Teacher Solutions Teacher Prep Team (2013). Teaching 2030: Leveraging Teacher Preparation 2.0. Carrboro, NC: Center for Teaching Quality. http://www.teachingquality.org/sites/default/files/TEACHING_2030_Leveraging_Teacher_Preparation.pdf
Wolf, M. (2012). Mobile learning: Paving the way for BYOT and responsible use policies. TechEdge 2012(3), 17-18.
Wolf, M. (2012) Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Technology. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education. http://www.all4ed.org/files/CultureShift.pdf
Fritschi, J. & Wolf, M. (2012). Turning on Mobile Learning in North America: Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications. Paris, France: UNESCO. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002160/216083e.pdf
Fritschi, J. & Wolf, M. (2012). Mobile Learning for Teachers in North America. Paris, France: UNESCO. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002160/216084e.pdf
Wolf, M. (2012). Teaching & learning: Changing what is possible for each child. TechEdge. 2012(1), 27-29.
Schwartzbeck, T. & Wolf, M. (2012). The Digital Learning Imperative: How Technology and Teaching Meet Today’s Educational Challenges. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education. http://www.all4ed.org/files/DigitalLearningImperative.pdf
Wolf, M. (2010). Innovate to Educate: Education System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning. Washington, DC: ASCD, CCSSO, & SIIA. http://siia.net/pli/presentations/PerLearnPaper.pdf