Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute

Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute

  • $669.00 per person for teams of 5 or more

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—focus on learning, build 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 Bookstore Open Throughout Event

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Detailed agenda and summaries

Wednesday, September 19th

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.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00–2:30 p.m.


2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 20th

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.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch (on your own)

1:00–2:30 p.m.


2:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:45 p.m. Team Time

Friday, September 21st

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:

Hyatt: $26 per day self-park
Renaissance: $24 per day self-park
Best Western: $17 per day self-park
Convention Center: $15 per day
Westin Long Beach: $28 overnight self-park/$32 overnight valet parking

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

Hyatt Regency Long Beach - SOLD OUT

200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
888.421.1442 | 562.491.1234

Alternative Hotel 1

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel - SOLD OUT

111 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
800.468.3571 | 562.437.5900

Alternative Hotel 2

Best Western Plus Hotel

517 E First Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $249 per night

Online reservations

Alternative Hotel 3

Westin Long Beach

333 E Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $259 per night

Online reservations

"Thank you for providing such a motivating conference! I'm looking forward to the implementation of PLCs across my district next year."

Susan Joiner, school development coordinator, Lee County School District, Florida

"I was truly energized after the conference. Thank you!"

Eilene Ahr, assistant principal, Starke Elementary School, Florida

"It is rare to attend a professional development training where every single session is meaningful. I had great ahas and left each session with great resources."

Amy Mayer, teacher, Allen Park Elementary School, Florida

“I loved it and plan to use it for the rest of my career!”

Gayle Baisch, teacher, Dunbar High School, Florida

"Thank you for a wonderful experience. The event was well-planned and organized. The presenters were professional, inspirational, and down-to-earth. I cannot wait to share our success story someday soon!"

Kelly Cramer, learning facilitator, Quakertown Community School District, Pennsylvania


Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

300 East Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, California

Participation Information

You will receive a certificate of participation 4–6 weeks after the event concludes. Please check with your department of education for CEU availability.

University of Lynchburg Graduate Credit Opportunity 2018

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

Product code: CFF513

Nine Reasons to Attend a Solution Tree Event (PDF)
A Letter to Your Boss (DOC)

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Learning by Doing

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