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Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute

San Jose, California | July 29–31, 2019
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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.

Hear from our attendees

On-site Solution Tree Book Co-op Open Throughout Event

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Download the detailed agenda and summaries

Monday, July 29th

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

Tuesday, July 30th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m. Keynote
9:30–9:45 a.m.


9:45–11:15 a.m. Breakouts
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

12:45–2:15 p.m.


2:15–2:30 p.m.


2:30–3:45 p.m. Team Time

Wednesday, July 31st

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.

Parking information:
$20/Day at Convention Center
$26/night for Self-Parking; $36/night for Valet at Hilton San Jose
$39/day for Valet Parking Only at Marriott San Jose
$20/night for The Hyatt Place
Other parking options

All rates are per day and subject to change.

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

Marriott San Jose - SOLD OUT

301 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Alternate Hotel 1

Hilton San Jose

300 Almaden Blvd
San Jose, CA 95110

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $269 per night
Deadline: July 7, 2019 or until group rate is sold out
Online Reservations

Alternate Hotel 2

The Hyatt Place

282 Almaden Blvd
San Jose, CA 95113

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $279 per night
Deadline: June 17, 2019 or until group rate is sold out
Online Reservations

“I came back to my site recharged and excited to continue the PLC work we have started to implement.”

Angela Togia, dean of students, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, California

“I love this institute because it is so motivating and energizing. You can't help but leave ready to start moving students to higher levels of learning!”

Eilene Ahr, assistant principal, Starke Elementary School, Florida

“This was one of the best PD conferences I have attended—the organization, the interaction in the sessions, and the engagement of presenters.”

Allison Long, media coordinator, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina

“I have learned so much information during this event. I am energized about implementing these ideas into our PLC.”

Gail Jones, teacher, Butler Traditional High School, Kentucky

“Overall this was the best conference I have attended in years. I left feeling very revived and positive about the changes our district is heading in.”

Anna Boyes, teacher, Grand Oaks Elementary School, California

“Wonderfully informative event! Learned so much information to take back to my team!”

Dawn Knowles, teacher, Richey Elementary School, Florida

“I learned SO much from this conference that I will be taking back to my school and presenting to my teammates who have never attended a PLC conference before. All of the presenters and staff were absolutely phenomenal and made this a wonderful experience.”

Ashley Perlichek, teacher, Prairie Rose Elementary School, North Dakota


San Jose McEnery Convention Center

150 West San Carlos Street

San Jose, California

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.

University of Lynchburg Graduate Credit Opportunity 2019

On-Site Solution Tree Book Co-op 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 book co-op 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

Product code: CFF560

Five Reasons to Attend a Solution Tree Event (PDF)
A Letter to Your Boss (DOC)

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