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 celebrate the very best of these schools. The annual DuFour Award honors one outstanding Model PLC that demonstrates exceptional levels of student achievement.

What you’ll win

One winner will receive $25,000 and five free registrations ($3,645 value) to the 2018 Summit on PLC at Work™ in Phoenix, Arizona on February 20–22, 2018.

How to enter

Complete the DuFour Award application, including creating a video showcasing why your school should win $25,000. The application entry deadline is November 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET. In January 2018, Solution Tree will notify the top three finalists, and the winner will be announced during the 2018 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

2017 Winner: Fern Creek High School
2016 Winner: Mason Crest Elementary School

Please note: In order to be considered for the 2018 DuFour Award, a school must be approved as a Model PLC.

Districts and previous award winners are not eligible to apply.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the award or nomination process to