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Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute
Will no longer be held

Lincolnshire, Illinois | August 3–5, 2020
USD $709.00
  • Important Event Update: The Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute, scheduled for August 3–5, 2020, in Lincolnshire, Illinois, will no longer be held at this time. All current registrants for the Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute will receive our new Professional Learning Communities at Work® Portable Event Package. Registrants can expect an email from Solution Tree customer service that outlines next steps. For immediate assistance, please contact customer service at 800.733.6786. Alternatively, please contact your local representative.

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 Book Co-Op Open Throughout Event

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Download the detailed agenda and summaries

Monday, August 3rd

6:30–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45–10:15 a.m.


10:15–11:45 a.m. Breakouts
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:15–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:15 p.m.


3:15–4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion

Tuesday, August 4th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45–10:15 a.m.


10:15–11:45 a.m. Breakouts
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:15–2:45 p.m.


2:45–3:15 p.m.


3:15–4:15 p.m. Team Time

Wednesday, August 5th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m.


9:30–10:00 a.m. Break
10:00–12:00 p.m.


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

Venue and hotel parking are complimentary.

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

Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $176 per night

Deadline: July 3, 2020 or until group rate is sold out

“Without a doubt, this was the best conference I have been to in my 22 years of teaching. The presenters were knowledgeable and approachable, and the staff was friendly and helpful. Overall, the conference was extremely organized and ran like a well-oiled machine. Thank you!”

Vickie Emmons, teacher, Heritage Intermediate School, Indiana

“This was the best conference I've ever been to, and I've been teaching for a long time. I was excited to get back to school and share with my team. This not only validated work we have done so far, but also helped provide the direction of where we need to go next.”

June Cavarretta, teacher, Dundee-Crown High School, Illinois

“As usual, Solution Tree provided another outstanding conference. Each time we attend a PLC event, we leave very excited about the school year and invigorated about teaching. Great job again!”

Crystal Housman, principal, Cobden Jr-Sr High School, Illinois

“The energy passed on from the speakers was incredible. The information presented made you literally stop and think . . . Why are we not doing this?”

Traci Ellis, teacher, Winneconne Community School District, Wisconsin


Adlai E. Stevenson High School

1 Stevenson Drive

Lincolnshire, Illinois

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.

University of Lynchburg Graduate Credit Opportunity 2020

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

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.