The Dufour Award

We're honoring top-performing PLCs, a site powered by Solution Tree, recognizes the highest-performing PLCs from around the globe—and now we want to celebrate the very best of these schools. The first annual DuFour Award honored one outstanding PLC that demonstrated exceptional levels of student achievement. The winner was announced during the Solution Tree Summit on PLC at Work™ in Phoenix, Arizona, February 3–5, 2016, and received a check for $25,000.

What you’ll win

One winner will receive $25,000 and five free registrations ($3,645 value) to The Summit on PLC at Work™ in Phoenix, Arizona on February 22–24, 2017.

How to enter

We are no longer accepting applications. The application entry deadline was 5:00 p.m. ET, December 19, 2016. In January 2017, Solution Tree will notify the top three finalists, and the winner will be announced during the 2017 Summit on PLC at Work™.


In your Application and video, we want to see your school’s commitment and dedication to:

  1. Building a successful Professional Learning Community
  2. Improving student learning
  3. Advancing instructional best practices

View Mason Crest Elementary School’s video here

Rules and Regulations (PDF)
How to Create and Upload Your Video Submission (PDF)

Please direct any inquiries regarding the award or nomination process to