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PLC at Work® Project Leads to Higher Student Achievement in Arkansas

Bloomington, Ind. (December 14, 2020)—Research validates the success of Solution Tree’s Professional Learning Communities at Work®️ process in Arkansas. After two years of data, third-party research firm Education Northwest found that the Arkansas Department of Education’s (ADE) PLC at Work project positively impacted mathematics student achievement on the ACT Aspire assessment. Read more >>


Principal of PLC at Work® Project School Wins Top Honor

Bloomington, Ind. (June 9, 2020)—Solution Tree announced today that Darin Landry, principal at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, has received the 2020 Principal of the Year Award from the Arkansas Association of Secondary School Principals.

“It is because of the work of the staff at Lakeside High School that I have been named Arkansas Secondary Principal of the Year,” said Landry. “Our staff is strong, dedicated and passionate about our students, their success and their futures. It is truly an honor to lead this group and impact the lives of students and our community every day.” Read more >>


Arkansas Department of Education and Solution Tree Announce Third Cohort of Schools in Professional Learning Communities at Work® Project

Bloomington, Ind. (April 30, 2019)—The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in partnership with Solution Tree, a national professional development provider, has selected the third cohort of schools for its ongoing program to develop and expand the Professional Learning Communities at Work® process across Arkansas.

In addition to the 19 schools and three districts chosen during 2017 and 2018 as the project’s first two cohorts, 10 schools and one district have been selected to serve as working models for the professional learning community project in the 2019–2020 school year. As part of this project, these schools will receive up to 50 days of training, coaching, and support to build and sustain a strong culture of collaboration that will enhance student learning. Read more >>


Arkansas Department of Education and Solution Tree Announce Second Cohort of Schools in Professional Learning Communities at Work® Project

Bloomington, IN (April 24, 2018)—The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in partnership with Solution Tree, a national professional development provider, has selected the second cohort of schools for their ongoing program to develop and expand the Professional Learning Communities at Work® process across Arkansas.

In addition to the first cohort of 11 schools and one district designated in 2017, eight schools and two districts have been selected to serve as working models for the professional learning community project for the 2018–2019 school year. As part of the project, these schools will receive up to 50 days of training, coaching and support to build and sustain a strong culture of collaboration that will enhance student learning. Read more >>


Arkansas Department of Education and Solution Tree Launch Professional Learning Communities at Work® Pilot Program in Schools

Bloomington, Ind. (August 01, 2017)—The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in partnership with Solution Tree, announce a new program to develop and expand the Professional Learning Communities at Work® process across Arkansas. Eleven schools and one district have been selected to serve as working models for the professional learning community process, conducting action research and sharing best practices with other schools throughout the state. As part of the program, schools will receive up to 50 days of training, coaching and support to build and sustain a strong culture of collaboration that will enhance student learning.

The schools and district were selected through a rigorous application and evaluation process. A panel of educational professionals knowledgeable of the PLC at Work process reviewed 83 applications and selected the following to receive support from Solution Tree, a national professional development provider that specializes in professional learning communities. Read more >>

Other media coverage

Arkansas Department of Education News Releases

10 Schools, 1 District Selected for Third Year of Professional Learning Communities at Work® Project | By Kimberly Friedman, April 30, 2019

ADE Announces Second Cohort of Schools for Professional Learning Communities at Work® Project | By Kimberly Friedman, April 24, 2018

Arkansas Launches Professional Learning Communities Pilot Project | By Kimberly Friedman, August 1, 2017

State and Local News Coverage

The Sentinel-Record (Hot Springs, Arkansas)

LHS selected for state PLC at Work project | By Staff Reports, May 1, 2019

THE Journal (Technological Horizons in Education)

Professional Learning Communities Expand Across Arkansas | By Sri Ravipati, September 7, 2017

Fort Smith Public Schools

Fort Smith Schools Celebrate Grants | By Emanuel Pena, FSPS Intern, August 31, 2017