Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute

Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute

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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.

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Onsite Solution Tree Bookstore Open Throughout Event

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

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Wednesday, July 18th

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, July 19th

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, July 20th

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
Convention Center: $16 Daily; Best Western: $10 Daily; Madison Concourse Hotel: $10 Daily

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

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

9 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $186 per night
Deadline: June 19, 2018, or until group rate is sold out

Alternate Hotel 1

Best Western Park Hotel - SOLD OUT

22 S. Carroll Street
Madison, WI 53703

Alternate Hotel 2

The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club - SOLD OUT

1 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703

Alternate Hotel 3

AC Hotel Madison Downtown

1 W Dayton St
Madison, WI 53703

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $189/night - Queen/Queen, $209/night - King Premium
Deadline: June 5, 2018
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“The conference really fired me up to come back and inspire others in my building.”

Sean Brennan, teacher, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, Ohio

“I now feel capable of leading my team each day. I am more knowledgeable about what we should be working on to make it a beneficial work meeting. I have already started implementing the things that I learned with my team.”

Jill Gessling, teacher, Caze Elementary School, Indiana

“This is the third time I have attended the event! The first time was for my own learning, and each time since I have brought teachers for learning and refreshment. The workshop delivers on both accounts. My teachers walked away with new inspiration and new direction.”

Yvonne Buller, principal, York Elementary School, Indiana

“The most valuable aspect was that all of the speakers/breakout session leaders were real practitioners with hands-on experience. They were not speaking as educational philosophers, but as real-life teachers, principals, and superintendents who have seen this work help students succeed.”

Emily Nolan, teacher, Perry Heights Middle School, Indiana


Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

One John Nolen Drive

Madison, Wisconsin

Participation Information

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

Lynchburg College 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: CFF508

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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