Learning together, and from each other

When we think of education, we often picture a teacher in a classroom full of neatly ordered rows of desks. Some of the most important learning students do, however, comes from each other. This happens on the playground when students learn to interact as equals, on the ballfield where they learn to win and lose as a team, and through programs like the Village Movement Mentoring Program. [More]

Helping schools address the challenge of Inclusive Learning Environments

Students with disabilities have a legal right to receive appropriate special education and related services in inclusive settings alongside peers who are nondisabled. Decisions regarding how and where best to serve students with disabilities must be determined on an individual basis. However, there is now a stronger call for districts to provide greater access for students with disabilities to the core curriculum and general education settings, implement evidence-based practices, improve efficiencies, and provide greater accountability on successful academic and post-school outcomes. Student placement decisions not only have a significant impact on the learning experience of children, but often come with a significant impact on state and local education budgets. It is for these and many other reasons that there is passionate debate on the issue of creating what is known as the “least restrictive environment” for students. [More]

PCG hosts three Chicago high school juniors for Job Shadow Day

For us at Public Consulting Group (PCG), that’s one of the best definitions we’ve ever heard of what it means to work as a consultant. And what makes that definition so especially wonderful: It came from an 11th grader in Chicago, Ahlexuss Lee from Theodore Roosevelt High School, after she and two other students visited us for a recent Job Shadow Day. Ahlexuss is on the Early Education/Teaching Career Path at Roosevelt. [More]

PCG’s EngageNY ELA Curriculum Receives Highest Ratings in EdReports.org Independent Review

Public Consulting Group (PCG) today announced that its Engage New York (EngageNY) 6-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum, published by John Wiley and Sons as Paths to College and Career (Paths), has received top scores from an expert review team at EdReports.org. Paths, and its EngageNY 6-8 derivatives, were awarded the highest score, 100 out of a possible 102 points in each grade. [More]

Public Consulting Group Welcomes Chet Curtis to Education Practice

Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Chet Curtis as Manager, Business Development for PCG’s Education practice. Mr. Curtis brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing, telecommunications, education data management and e-learning experience to PCG. Most recently, Mr. Curtis served as President and CEO of Sierra Management International, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Edupoint Educational Systems. [More]

Miami-Dade Chooses PCG’s Paths to College and Career (EngageNY) to Ensure Student ELA Success

Miami, FL. [December 19, 2016] — Public Consulting Group (PCG) announced today that their EngageNY English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum is now being used by 12,000 grade 11 students in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The new curriculum will aid Miami-Dade educators as they work to build the skills and understandings of high school students striving to meet Florida’s graduation requirements.
EngageNY ELA 6-12 is a rigorous, standards-based curriculum that combines rich literature, engaging learning experiences, and personalized scaffolding to build all students’ abilities as readers, writers, and thinkers. It was originally developed by PCG for the New York State Education Department and is published by John Wiley and Sons as Paths to College and Career. [More]

PCG facilitates public meetings with Chilliwack school district

PCG’s Education Consulting team led public meetings with members of the Chilliwack school district in British Columbia to discuss a potential change to the district’s grade configuration. According to an October 26th article in the Chilliwack Progress, this week’s meetings were an opportunity for members of the community to voice concerns, ask questions and learn more about the reconfiguration in general, as well as its potential impact on students. [More]

PCG gears up for the 2017 SXSWedu Conference

After a positive and inspiring experience at the 2016 SXSWedu conference, we are gearing up for 2017. The 2017 SXSWedu conference takes place in Austin from March 6-9, 2017. PCG's own Tony Brown has joined the Advisory Board for a second year in a row. The 2016 conference drew more than 7,500 participants with over 38 countries represented. Recognized as a convergence of innovators and creative thinkers, SXSWedu brings the industry leaders and up-and-comers in education together to foster learning and collaboration in an energetic environment. The conference boasts a diverse mix of registrants and attendees including K-12 and higher education professionals, business leaders, policy makers, and non-profit directors. [More]

Public Consulting Group Welcomes Alvin Crawford to Education Practice

Boston, MA. [September 26, 2016] -- Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Alvin Crawford as General Manager in its Education practice. PCG's Education practice has thousands of clients in the United States and a growing client base internationally. Mr. Crawford will focus on creating new capabilities to bring to education clients as well as promoting PCG's current service portfolio to a wider set of customers; he will report directly to Grant Blair, who leads PCG's Education practice. [More]

Tennessee District selects PCG to provide ELA curriculum

This fall, Shelby County Schools is launching an innovative trial program to accelerate English language achievement for all students in grades 9-12. The district selected PCG and Wiley’s Paths to College and Career 9-12 English Language Arts Curriculum (EngageNY) for their program in order to change teacher practice and improve student achievement. [More]