Pepper featured in Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Santa Cruz-based non-profit O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) – an organization founded by Jack O’Neill, the man who revolutionized the world of surfing when he invented the wetsuit – provides outdoor educational programs to teach students about science and the environment, using lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core. Small groups of students (grades 4-6) engage in hands-on learning aboard a sailing catamaran; after the field trip, students supplement their learning with in-classroom curriculum. [More]

CHADD and Public Consulting Group Partner to Enhance Teachers' Capacity for Supporting Students With ADHD

BOSTON, June 30, 2016 -- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the leading national resource for individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Public Consulting Group (PCG), leading national provider of web-based tools for educators, including Pepper, the online, interactive professional development platform, today announced their new strategic partnership and the creation of CHADD's first ADHD online learning platform for teachers, parents and providers. [More]

Michigan district aims to build leadership with Principal’s Playbook

On June 20, 2016, an article in highlighted one Michigan school district’s efforts to build its principals’ leadership and data literacy skills. PCG’s Education Consulting team partnered with the Saginaw School District to support this professional development initiative by implementing PCG’s blended learning platform, Principal’s Playbook. [More]

Denver office perfects the PB&J for a good cause

Last month, staff from PCG’s Denver office spent a Saturday afternoon making peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwiches to support Mile High United Way’s grant partner, Senior Support Services (SSS). This non-profit provides a day shelter as well as other services to low-income and homeless seniors in Denver. [More]

Online PD must be job-embedded according to Education SME

On June 3, Michael Weinraub, a blended learning subject matter expert (SME) within PCG Education, shared insights into effective online learning for teachers in an article he authored for Education Week’s blog, “Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12.” In the piece, Michael argues that digital learning--whether blended or fully online--must be job-embedded to be effective for teachers’ development. [More]

PCG Denver Bridging the Gap 30 for 30

Staff from PCG’s Denver office recently participated in “Career Week,” a weeklong event supporting the Mile High United Way’s (MHUW) “Bridging the Gap” program. MHUW’s event offered PCG participants one-on-one mentoring time with struggling teens aging out of foster care as they prepare for their first jobs. [More]

ACLU Promotes Legislation on Data Privacy

According to a February 10, 2016 Education Week article, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Tenth Amendment Center have joined forces to encourage states to adopt ACLU’s model legislation to protect the privacy of students’ digital data. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia introduced privacy bills based on the model in January; over the past two years, 32 states have enacted data privacy laws of varying strength. [More]

ED Releases Framework for Family-School Partnerships

On April 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released The Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Framework). The Framework explores challenges and opportunities for local education agencies (LEA) to partner with students’ parents/families to develop shared responsibility for student outcomes. [More]