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Join us at a PLC at Work® Institute and start building a school culture where learning thrives — Register now

Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute

Kansas City, Missouri | November 29–December 1, 2023
  • $749.00 per person for teams of 5 or more
  • Solution Tree is in frequent contact with the staff at event venues to get updates about new or updated COVID-19 guidance from local and state officials related to events and public health. We have proactively taken steps to promote the health and safety of our attendees, associates, and staff.

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—a focus on learning, building 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

On-Site Solution Tree Book Co-Op Open Throughout Event

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 29th

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

Thursday, November 30th

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.


2:00–2:35 p.m.


2:30–3:30 p.m. Team Time

Friday, December 1st

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.

Parking Information: Loews Hotel- Self parking is $24 per day and Valet is $34 per day
Arts District Garage is $10 per day

All rates are per day and subject to change.

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

Lowes Kansas City Hotel

1515 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $219 per night
Deadline: November 6, 2023, or until group rate is sold out

“This conference was genuinely the best I have ever attended. I received so much information that I will definitely be using this summer to plan for the upcoming school year.”

Nancy Kahn, principal, Caney Creek High School, Texas

“AWESOME . . . I can’t wait to come again!”

Christine J. Zessin, teacher, Epps Island Elementary School, Texas

“Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity. I have been to many conferences, but never to one in which I have gained so much.”

Terry Wright, instruction specialist, Klein Independent School District, Texas

“Thank you so much for the excellent refresher on why I became an educator in the first place. It isn’t about working harder. It is all about teachers working together and being smarter and more deliberate about student learning.”

Ben Johnson, teacher, Edgewood Independent School District, Texas

“This was one of the best workshops I have attended. The organization and flow of the presentations were excellent. The information was relevant and real. It was evident that the presenters had relevant experience and love for children. Their enthusiasm was catching!”

Kay McClure, teacher, Sulphur Springs Independent School District, Texas

“This conference was the most valuable professional development I have ever experienced. I was actively engaged in each session thanks to the hands-on approach of the presenters, and I left with the tools I need to develop the professional learning community on my campus.”

Vanessa Reyes, principal, Rayburn High School, Texas


Kansas City Convention Center

301 West 13th Street

Kansas City, Missouri

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.

On-Site Solution Tree Book Co-Op Discounts

  • Buy 5 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. Purchase orders and credit cards accepted onsite. Continental US only.

Additional Information

Included with your registration

Learning by Doing

Learning by Doing

The third edition of this comprehensive action guide includes new strategies, tools, and tips for building high-performing professional learning communities. Use the PLC process to establish effective teaching methods, curriculum development, and assessment strategies specific to your school or district.

AllThingsPLC Magazine Single Event Issue

AllThingsPLC Magazine Single Event Issue

AllThingsPLC Magazine is a must-have for emerging and veteran professional learning communities (PLCs). Each issue includes PLC research, inspiration, fixes, how-tos, and more.

Event Notebook

Event Notebook

We’re enhancing your event experience. In addition to providing presentations in digital format, Solution Tree is publishing retail-quality, perfect-bound notebooks expertly designed to support your learning. Any printed handouts or worksheets integrated into your sessions will continue to be provided.