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Professional Learning Communities at Work® Institute
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Long Beach, California | September 21–23, 2016
USD $669.00
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  • $649.00 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

Wednesday, September 21

6:30–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

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

Break

10:00–11:30 a.m. Breakouts
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

12:30–2:00 p.m.

Breakouts

2:00–2:15 p.m.

Break

2:15–3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Reception

Thursday, September 22

6:30–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

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

Break

10:00–11:30 a.m. Breakouts
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

12:30–2:00 p.m.

Breakouts

2:00–2:15 p.m.

Break

2:15–3:15 p.m. Team Time

Friday, September 23

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00–9:30 a.m.

Breakouts

9:30–9:45 a.m. Break
9:45–11:45 a.m.

Keynote

Keynotes

In Praise of American Educators . . . and How They Can Become Even Better

Richard DuFour

This keynote is based on the following assertions:

  1. The current generation of American educators is achieving the best results in history.
  2. The consequences for students who do not succeed in the American educational system have never been more dire.
  3. Our profession has the ability to create conditions that can lead to dramatic improvement in both student and adult learning.
  4. We must accept responsibility for the fact that these conditions are not yet the norm in American schools.

Dr. DuFour provides explicit information regarding the conditions that must be created and presents a candid assessment of how many schools are skirting their responsibility to do what must be done.


Kid by Kid, Skill by Skill: Becoming a Professional Learning Community

Robert Eaker

Achieving significant improvement in learning for all students is a difficult, complex, and incremental journey. While the PLC process provides educators with the most promising vehicle to undertake this journey, the focus must remain on each student۪s learningskill by skill. Dr. Eaker shares ideas, examples, and research-based methods useful in implementing proven PLC practices with specificity, precision, and fidelity.

Breakouts

Richard DuFour

Common Formative Assessments: The Lynchpin of the PLC Process
The effective use of team-developed common formative assessments is the single most powerful tool available to a school for accelerating its progress on the PLC journey. See how educators can use these assessments to better meet students۪ needs and inform and improve their practice.

Getting Started: Building Consensus and Responding to Resisters
Gain a deep understanding of what consensus means, and learn best practices for building consensus among faculty. Explore seven research-based strategies to address resistance, and return to your school with clear ideas for breaking the traditional barriers of isolation and individual autonomy.


Robert Eaker

Friday Night in America: A Commonsense Approach to Improving Student Achievement
Improving student learning is a difficult, complex, and incremental endeavor. However, practices that coaches and others use to ensure student success are similar to strategies teacher teams can employ to enhance academic success. Find out how teams can suit up and use powerful strategies to win in the classroom as well as on the field.

A Focus on Learning: What Would It Look Like If We Really Meant It?
There is a fundamental difference between schools that function as PLCs and their more traditional counterparts: a shift from a focus on teaching and covering content to a focus on learning for every student, skill by skill. Learn specific strategies that schools, teams, and teachers use to enhance student success.

Keynotes

In Praise of American Educators . . . and How They Can Become Even Better

Richard DuFour

This keynote is based on the following assertions:

  1. The current generation of American educators is achieving the best results in history.
  2. The consequences for students who do not succeed in the American educational system have never been more dire.
  3. Our profession has the ability to create conditions that can lead to dramatic improvement in both student and adult learning.
  4. We must accept responsibility for the fact that these conditions are not yet the norm in American schools.

Dr. DuFour provides explicit information regarding the conditions that must be created and presents a candid assessment of how many schools are skirting their responsibility to do what must be done.


Kid by Kid, Skill by Skill: Becoming a Professional Learning Community

Robert Eaker

Achieving significant improvement in learning for all students is a difficult, complex, and incremental journey. While the PLC process provides educators with the most promising vehicle to undertake this journey, the focus must remain on each student۪s learningskill by skill. Dr. Eaker shares ideas, examples, and research-based methods useful in implementing proven PLC practices with specificity, precision, and fidelity.

Breakouts

Richard DuFour

Common Formative Assessments: The Lynchpin of the PLC Process
The effective use of team-developed common formative assessments is the single most powerful tool available to a school for accelerating its progress on the PLC journey. See how educators can use these assessments to better meet students۪ needs and inform and improve their practice.

Getting Started: Building Consensus and Responding to Resisters
Gain a deep understanding of what consensus means, and learn best practices for building consensus among faculty. Explore seven research-based strategies to address resistance, and return to your school with clear ideas for breaking the traditional barriers of isolation and individual autonomy.


Robert Eaker

Friday Night in America: A Commonsense Approach to Improving Student Achievement
Improving student learning is a difficult, complex, and incremental endeavor. However, practices that coaches and others use to ensure student success are similar to strategies teacher teams can employ to enhance academic success. Find out how teams can suit up and use powerful strategies to win in the classroom as well as on the field.

A Focus on Learning: What Would It Look Like If We Really Meant It?
There is a fundamental difference between schools that function as PLCs and their more traditional counterparts: a shift from a focus on teaching and covering content to a focus on learning for every student, skill by skill. Learn specific strategies that schools, teams, and teachers use to enhance student success.

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Hyatt Parking
Self or Valet: $24

Long Beach Convention Center Parking
Self: $10

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

200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
888.421.1442

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $199 per night
Deadline: August 29, 2016
Online reservations

"I came back to my site recharged and excited to continue the PLC work we have started to implement."

Angela Togia, dean of students, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, California

"I love this institute because it is so motivating and energizing. You can't help but leave ready to start moving students to higher levels of learning!"

Eilene Ahr, assistant principal, Starke Elementary School, Florida

"This was one of the best PD conferences I have attended the organization, the interaction in the sessions, and the engagement of presenters."

Allison Long, media coordinator, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina

"I have learned so much information during this event. I am energized about implementing these ideas into our PLC."

Anna Boyes, teacher, Grand Oaks Elementary School, California

"Overall this was the best conference I have attended in years. I left feeling very revived and positive about the changes our district is heading in."

Allison Long, media coordinator, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina

"Wonderfully informative event! Learned so much information to take back to my team!"

Dawn Knowles, teacher, Richey Elementary School, Florida

"I learned SO much from this conference that I will be taking back to my school and presenting to my teammates who have never attended a PLC conference before. All of the presenters and staff were absolutely phenomenal and made this a wonderful experience."

Ashley Perlichek, teacher, Prairie Rose Elementary School, North Dakota

Venue

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

300 East Ocean Blvd

Long Beach, 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.

Lynchburg College Graduate Credit Opportunity 2016


On-Site Solution Tree Bookstore 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 bookstore 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.