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Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute

San Antonio, Texas | November 8–10, 2017
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  • $669.00 per person for teams of 5 or more

Build school culture where learning thrives

“After several months of research and dialogue with practitioners throughout the nation, it became apparent that the hype was real. PLCs . . . are being used by schools and districts of all sizes and demographics to make significant impacts on student achievement.”

Evaluating Professional Learning Communities: Final Report
An APQC® Education Benchmarking Project

The Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process is increasingly recognized as the most powerful strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement. This institute gives you and your team the knowledge and tools to implement this powerful process in your school or district.

For three days, you will have the opportunity to network with some of the most insightful minds in education. The presenters, all educators who have successfully led schools through the PLC process, are accessible to you throughout the event.

The program includes time for questions during the breakout sessions, a panel of experts to address questions from the audience, and time for teams to reflect and seek the advice of the presenters. At the end of team time, you will focus on next action steps, with presenters on hand to guide you.

For those just beginning to explore PLCs, this is an excellent way to build your knowledge base. For those who are already involved in deep implementation, this institute is the perfect opportunity to revisit your mission, introduce new team members to the process, and get answers to new questions.

As you delve deep into the three big ideas of a PLC—focus on learning, build a collaborative culture, and results orientation—you will gain specific, practical, and inspiring strategies for transforming your school or district into a place where all students learn at high levels.

Learn from leading experts

Hear from our attendees

Onsite Solution Tree Bookstore Open Throughout Event

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Download the detailed agenda and summaries

Wednesday, November 8th

6:30–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45–10:00 a.m.


10:00–11:30 a.m. Breakouts
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00–2:30 p.m.


2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 9th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45–10:00 a.m.


10:00–11:30 a.m. Breakouts
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00–2:30 p.m.


2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:45 p.m. Team Time

Friday November 10th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m.


9:30–9:45 a.m. Break
9:45–11:45 a.m.


Events reach capacity quickly. Please confirm your registration before making travel plans.

Convention Center Parking: $9 Self

Marriott Parking: $25 (reduced rate)

All rates are per day and subject to change.

Use this link to receive a 10% discount on Advantage Rent A Car.

In order to receive the discounted hotel room rate, please mention Solution Tree. After the deadline listed below, rates will be determined by the hotel.

Primary Hotel

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $209 per night
Deadline: October 23, 2017 or until group rate is sold out

Alternate Hotel 1

La Quinta Inns & Suites

San Antonio Riverwalk
303 Blum
San Antonio, Texas 78205
866.527.1498 opt. #1
or by email [email protected]

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $149 per night
Deadline: November 1, 2017 or until group rate is sold out

Alternate Hotel 2

Marriott Plaza San Antonio

555 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $189 per night
Deadline: October 27, 2017 or until group rate is sold out

Online Reservations

“This conference was genuinely the best I have ever attended. I received so much information that I will definitely be using this summer to plan for the upcoming school year.”

Nancy Kahn, principal, Caney Creek High School, Texas

“AWESOME . . . I can’t wait to come again!!!”

Christine J. Zessin, teacher, Epps Island Elementary School, Texas

“Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity. I have been to many conferences, but never to one in which I have gained so much.”

Terry Wright, instruction specialist, Klein Independent School District, Texas

“Thank you so much for the excellent refresher on why I became an educator in the first place. It isn’t about working harder. It is all about teachers working together and being smarter and more deliberate about student learning.”

Ben Johnson, teacher, Edgewood Independent School District, Texas

“This was one of the best workshops I have attended. The organization and flow of the presentations were excellent. The information was relevant and real. It was evident that the presenters had relevant experience and love for children. Their enthusiasm was ‘catching’!”

Kay McClure, teacher, Sulphur Springs Independent School District, Texas

“This conference was the most valuable professional development I have ever experienced. I was actively engaged in each session thanks to the hands-on approach of the presenters, and I left with the tools I need to develop the professional learning community on my campus.”

Vanessa Reyes, principal, Rayburn High School, Texas


Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

900 East Market Street

San Antonio, Texas

Participation Information

You will receive a certificate of participation 6 weeks after the event concludes. Please check with your department of education for CEU availability.

Lynchburg College Graduate Credit Opportunity 2017

On-Site Solution Tree Bookstore Discounts

  • 30% off 5 or more Solution Tree titles or resources
  • Buy 10 or more Solution Tree titles or resources and receive 30% off and free shipping
  • On-site bookstore open daily throughout the event

Discounts above are for on-site purchases only. Does not include any non-Solution Tree product, toolkit, or sale table items. Continental US only.

Additional Information

Included with your registration

Learning by Doing

Learning by Doing

The third edition of this comprehensive action guide includes new strategies, tools, and tips for building high-performing professional learning communities. Use the PLC process to establish effective teaching methods, curriculum development, and assessment strategies specific to your school or district.