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Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute

San Diego, California | November 12–14, 2019
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  • $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 create a 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

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

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Tuesday, November 12th

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

Wednesday, November 13th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m. Keynote
9:30–9:45 a.m.


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

Lunch (on your own)

12:45–2:15 p.m.


2:15–2:30 p.m.


2:30–3:45 p.m. Team Time

Thursday, November 14th

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: Marriott Gaslamp - $48 Valet; Omni - $50 Valet; Convention Center - $15

All rates are per day and subject to change.

Primary Hotel

Omni San Diego Hotel - SOLD OUT

675 L Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Alternate Hotel 1

Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter - SOLD OUT

660 K Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Alternate Hotel 2

Embassy Suites San Diego

601 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92101

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $199 per night
Deadline: October 12, 2019 or until group rate is sold out.

Online Reservations

Alternate Hotel 3

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $215 per night
Deadline: October 12, 2019 or until group rate is sold out.

Online Reservations

“Although there are many PD opportunities available to teachers, this one is essential for novice and experienced teachers alike. No teacher should enter a school without this information.”

Andrew Rodriguez, teacher, Salinas High School, California

“It was an extraordinary opportunity to have access to this caliber of educational professionals.”

Jennifer Sutter, teacher, College Heights Elementary School, California

“As a superintendent bringing PLCs to my district, this conference really helped my team better understand the essentials of the PLC process, which in turn assisted me in helping them see my vision for bringing the process to the forefront of our district and the needed culture shift. My team left excited and motivated to really focus on learning for all and learning at high levels.”

James Harrell, superintendent, Gateway Unified School District, California

“GREAT CONFERENCE! It was a booster shot to my career and a positive indicator of the direction that my school wants to go. I had a great time and learned much!”

Eric Cobb, teacher, El Dorado Elementary School, California


San Diego Convention Center

111 West Harbor Drive

San Diego, California

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 2019

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: CFF573

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

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Learning by Doing

AllThingsPLC Magazine

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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.