What is a PLN?

Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) or Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are terms used to describe a network of people and resources that support ongoing learning. Northern Buckeye PD in collaboration with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NWOESC) have built several professional learning networks for school district personnel in our membership footprint.

Browse the list of groups below and see if there is one that you might be interested in joining. If there is no group for your subject area or job description then please contact us ( and we will look to getting a group started for you.

Career Champions

In 2018 we started an effort to bring together people in workforce development, K12 Higher Education and employers. We started the STEAM Coalition of NW Ohio to bring these people together (see below)

Career Champions is a mailing list that is dedicated to promoting careers, apprenticeships and other job opportunities with all participants who represent all schools in the 4 county area ,major employers, Northwest State Community College and the local Economic Development groups.

To join this group contact facilitator John Mansel-Pleydell ( and you will be added to the Google Group and can post and receive messages via email.

GEG of Ohio

GEGs are independently run communities of educators who inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology both in the classroom and beyond. Via face to face meet-ups and online activities, GEGs provide a way for educators who are passionate about education and technology to meet like minded people and share, learn, and collaborate together.

To Join the GEG simply visit the website follow the link to join the Google Group.


The Tech Integration Leaders of Ohio - Northwest Ohio local chapter meets 4 times a year usually on Fridays and is comprised of over 40 local technology integration professionals who work in NW Ohio schools. To join the group go to the online forum and click the Join Group button. You will need to be logged into your google account to see the Join Group button.

Tech Leaders of Ohio

This is a group of over 130 technology leaders from K-12 schools,libraries, non profits, colleges and universities from all over Northern Ohio. The group is facilitated by Chad Rex (NWOESC) and John Mansel-Pleydell (NWOCA).

The group meets monthly during the school year and you can join the group by contacting Chad ( or John ( and they will add you to the Google Group.

STEAM Coalition of NW Ohio

The STEAM coalition is a mailing list of people interested in collaborating to bring STEAM and career exploration opportunities to schools in NW Ohio.

You can join the STEAM Coalition by visiting the site

NW Ohio Librarians

This is a group of over 60 school librarians from Northwest Ohio interested in collaborating, sharing, and supporting each other. The group is facilitated by Kim Murry (NWOCA).

The group meets periodically during the school year and you can join the group by contacting Kim Murry ( and she will add you to the Google Group.