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 2019 Summit on PLC at Work® in Phoenix, Arizona, February 19-21, 2019.

In January 2019, Solution Tree will notify the top three finalists. Woodlawn Middle School was the 2018 winner, announced the during the 2018 Summit on PLC at Work®.

2018 DuFour Award Winner Announced

Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove, IL, was recognized as the DuFour Award winner on February 22, 2018, at the Summit on PLC at Work™ in Phoenix, Arizona.

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


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

Please note: In order to be considered for the 2020 DuFour Award, a school must be approved as a Model PLC.