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Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute

Jacksonville, Florida | November 9–11, 2016
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  • $649.00 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

Wednesday, November 9th

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.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

12:30–2:00 p.m.


2:00–2:15 p.m.


2:15–3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Reception

Thursday, November 10th

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.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

12:30–2:00 p.m.


2:00–2:15 p.m.


2:15–3:15 p.m. Team Time

Friday, November 11th

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:
Self: $5

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

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront

225 East Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 33202

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $145 per night
Deadline: November 1, 2016

Alternate Hotel 1

Omni Jacksonville

245 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL 33202

Online Reservations

Discounted Rate: (single) $147 per night, (double) $157 per night
Deadline: October 10, 2016
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"All keynotes and breakout sessions that I attended were packed full with valuable information, examples, practical ideas, and inspirational Big Ideas!"

Tiffanie Torrisi, School Association for Special Education, Illinois

"The presenters were all engaging and shared real-life expertise in order to help participants garner the knowledge necessary to effectively implement the PLC concept in the school setting."

Nicole Leggett-Gallus, principal, Stony Creek Elementary School, Illinois

"The keynotes and breakout sessions were informative. I smiled, cried, laughed, and experienced many Aha۪ moments in each session."

Donna Grodus, teacher, Newaygo High School, Michigan

"The quality and knowledge of the presenters was amazing. I thought the delivery by each presenter was spot on. Time flew by."

Travis Sysko, teacher, New Glarus Elementary School, Wisconsin

"The PLC content delivered by Richard DuFour and Rebecca DuFour was articulate, detailed, and complete. Both had their A۪ game and were truly inspiring, highly motivating, and convincing."

Mark Hetzel, director, Waunakee Community Schools, Wisconsin

"This institute prepared me for the coming school year. It helped me to get in the mindset I needed and provide me with information to take back and share with my school."

Allison Melchert, teacher, Wright Elementary School, Iowa


Prime F. Osborn Convention Center

1000 Water Street

Jacksonville, Florida

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 2016

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

Mathematics in a PLC at Work™: High School – Graduate Credit

Mathematics in a PLC at Work™: High School – Graduate Credit

Learn the background, rationale, and steps for implementing Mathematics in a PLC at Work™. Study 10 proven actions to use when teaching mathematics.