Culture and Achievement Institute

Culture and Achievement Institute

  • $629.00 per person for teams of 5 or more

Researchers and practitioners alike agree that schools will not achieve high levels of learning for all students until improvements are made to school culture.

Structural changes—policies, programs, schedules, and procedures—will only take a school so far. Achieving sustainable school improvement and increased learning for all requires educators to address long-held beliefs, habits, and expectations. Only after honestly and openly examining a school’s current reality can staff begin creating a positive school culture and climate and making improvements for students, the community, and themselves.

During this two-day school-improvement conference, leading researchers and master practitioners will share school culture and climate professional development for teachers and educational leadership through practical advice and lessons learned from their own experiences. Learn how to productively address the behaviors, decisions, feedback, and actions of all team members, and delve into powerful tools and processes that will guide and support this critically important work.

Participants will…

  • Examine the roles of equity and mindset in a healthy school culture
  • Acquire practical strategies for improving inclusion for traditionally marginalized students (i.e., race, language, culture, disability, and poverty)
  • Understand the role of teacher leadership in improving school climate and culture
  • Learn how to create a positive environment and shared commitment in turnaround schools
  • Explore the connection between a positive school culture and vital changes in teacher education and practice
  • Investigate the principal as a moral leader and protector of culture
  • Gain strategies for the development and maintenance of culture in a high-performing school
  • Explore the use of technology as a tool for promoting equity and closing the achievement gap
  • Develop the school’s Start, Stop, and Continue List
  • Envision the school they seek to create and then develop a school-improvement plan for the journey

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

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Download the detailed agenda and summaries

Thursday, November 8th

7:00–8:00 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. Keynote

Friday, November 9th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m. Breakouts
9:30–9:45 a.m.


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

Lunch (provided)

12:15–1:45 p.m.


1:45–2:00 p.m.


2:00–3:30 p.m. Keynote

Events reach capacity quickly. Please confirm your registration before making travel plans.

Venue parking is complimentary.

Suggested Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites Tacoma/Puyallup

1515 S Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371

Online reservations

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Tacoma Puyallup

202 15th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371

Online reservations

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Puyallup (Tacoma Area)

812 S Hill Park Dr
Puyallup, WA 98373

Online reservations


White River High School

26928 120th Street E

Buckley (Seattle), Washington

Participation Information

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

Included with your registration

Transforming School Culture

Transforming School Culture

This second edition provides a school improvement plan for leaders to overcome staff division, improve relationships, and transform toxic school cultures into positive ones. Learn school leadership techniques for addressing the four types of teachers that impact your school culture.