Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Summit
Phoenix Convention Center
100 North Third Street
Phoenix, Arizona
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Professional Learning Communities at Work Summit

Phoenix, Arizona
February 26–28, 2014

Included with your registration:

  1. Cultures Built to Last

    Systemic PLCs at Work™


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Professional Learning Communities at Work Summit

Phoenix, Arizona

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, and a lineup of experts will deliver keynote presentations and breakout sessions designed to develop your capacity for building Professional Learning Communities at Work™.

Hear from authors you know and trust as they address the most important aspects of school culture that must change as you create your PLC. Learn how to change assessment and grading practices, address conflict, and build a system of interventions that satisfies RTI requirements. Each keynote presentation will address concepts essential to the PLC process. The speakers will be available to answer your questions. The materials you receive provide powerful tools, resources, and research to help you implement the PLC concept in your own school or district.

Whether you are just beginning to build a PLC or need to regroup for your next steps, this summit provides practical knowledge based on the three big ideas that drive a PLC, delivered by experts who know the process best. You will return to your school system ready to build staff capacity to work interdependently within high-performing collaborative teams committed to continuous improvement.

Speakers are subject to change.

Participation Information

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

Lynchburg College Graduate Credit Opportunity 2014
Lynchburg College Graduate Non-Degree Application

Additional Information

Product Code: CFF342


Rebecca DuFour

First Things First: Building the Solid Foundation of a Professional Learning Community at Work™
The first step in the never-ending journey of continuous improvement of a PLC at Work™ is establishing a solid foundation for all subsequent efforts. This foundation rests on the answers to four questions. Becky will lead participants through an examination of each question and how to move beyond rhetoric to a reality that shapes the culture of schools and districts.

Richard DuFour

Leaders Wanted: Keys to Effective Leadership in Professional Learning Communities at Work™
Dr. DuFour will use research, real-world examples, videos, analogies, and anecdotes to examine the kind of leadership essential to the PLC process, the ways leaders at all levels provide such leadership, the nondiscretionary aspects of the PLC process that must be honored by educators throughout the system, and the most powerful strategies for sustaining the PLC process.

Robert Eaker

Kid by Kid, Skill by Skill: Being a Teacher in a Professional Learning Community
Dr. Eaker will address ways that PLCs contribute to the quality of the professional life of teachers and provide a harbor of hope for teachers who work in a seemingly ever-increasing hopeless and heartless environment. He will also address ways that administrators can support the work of teachers and their efforts to ensure that all students learn.

Michael Fullan

Leadership: Maximizing Impact
Dr. Fullan will examine how narrow definitions of instructional leadership can limit the impact leaders have on student achievement. He will outline the characteristics of high-impact leadership and provide examples, and he will also focus on developing the professional capital of teachers and schools to impact student learning and achievement across an entire system.

Mike Mattos

More Powerful Than Poverty
Today, the achievement gap between students from higher-income and lower-income households is twice as large as the gap attributed to ethnicity or language. As educators, overcoming the corrosive effects of poverty is critical if we hope to achieve our mission of all students learning at high levels. Mike will focus on five essential PLC practices that are proven to have a far greater impact on student achievement than the power of poverty.


Rebecca DuFour and Richard DuFour

Servant Leadership: Creating the Conditions for Others to Succeed (Parts 1 and 2)

Robert Eaker

A Focus on Learning: What Would It Look Like If We Really Meant It?

Friday Night in America: A Common Sense Approach to Improving Student Achievement

Luis F. Cruz

English Language Learners and PLCs

Douglas Fisher

Close Reading and Text-Dependent Questions

Timothy D. Kanold

Living the Positive and High Energy PLC Life in the Flow

Mike Mattos

Simplifying RTI: How to Systematically Respond When Students Don’t Learn (Parts 1 and 2)

Anthony Muhammad

The Will to Teach Every Child: Creating Healthy School Cultures

Regina Owens

Clicking, Connecting, and Collaborating: How to Create and Sustain an Online Professional Learning Community

Kenneth C. Williams

Authentic Alignment in a PLC: Moving From Compliance to Crusade
12 Angry Men: The Impact of One, the Power of Team

Interactive Forums

Rebecca DuFour and Richard DuFour

Let’s Get Real: How Do We Build Support for the PLC at Work™ Process When We Get Back Home?
The Dr. DuFours will address the following questions: What is the process for establishing the foundation of a PLC at Work™? How should you respond if individuals reject the PLC process for what they believe are legitimate reasons?

Yeah, But What Happens When They Don’t Learn? Overcoming PLC Challenges
The DuFours will address the disconnect between a proclaimed mission of “learning for all students” and the educational lottery that continues to be the norm in most schools, highlighting common mistakes in systems of intervention.

Robert Eaker

The Role of the Central Office in Enhancing Learning for All Students
Increasingly, the work of district-level personnel is being driven by state initiatives. Dr. Eaker will lead a discussion on ways district office personnel can fulfill state requirements yet remain focused on the concepts and practices reflective of a high-performing PLC.

Luis F. Cruz

A Leader's Role in Ensuring Achievement With Special Student Populations
Join Dr. Cruz to discuss and discover how leadership within a PLC requires a “tight and loose” approach in which tension and debate must be embraced to ensure learning for all students.

Douglas Fisher and Timothy D. Kanold

Leading the Sustained Implementation of the K–12 Common Core State Standards
Dr. Fisher and Dr. Kanold will explore how collaborative teams and leaders can create an improvement plan that prepares students for the expectations of the Common Core. They will also share the most recent developments from the SBAC and PARCC Assessment Consortia.

Mike Mattos

Closing the Gap: Creating a System of Tiered Support
Mike will walk forum participants through the process of creating a site pyramid of interventions. Specifically, he will discuss how to embed Tier 1 core support, target Tier 2 supplemental help, and provide intensive Tier 3 interventions.

Anthony Muhammad

The Will to Teach Every Child
School mission statements eloquently speak to ensuring high levels of learning for every student. To make this more than an empty promise takes focused commitment. Dr. Muhammad will lead a discussion on strategies that will make the promise a reality.

Regina Owens and Kenneth C. Williams

Transforming Schools for the 21st Century
Our students must be prepared for a globally networked world. What beliefs about schooling do we need to revisit, and what new challenges must we overcome to ensure school remains relevant? Join Regina and Kenneth for a lively exchange of ideas on these topics and more.

Event Agenda

Day One
6:30–8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation
9:30–10:00 a.m. Break
10:00–11:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:45–2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:00–2:30 p.m. Break
2:30–3:45 p.m. Forums
Day Two
7:00–8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation
9:30–10:00 a.m. Break
10:00–11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:45–2:00 p.m. Forums
2:00–2:30 p.m. Break
2:30–3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion/Team Time
Day Three
7:00–8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation
9:30–10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Hotel Accommodations

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

As of January 31, there is a very limited number of rooms available at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Parking
Self: $19 (with attendee name badge)

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel Parking
Self: $17
Valet: $27

Phoenix 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.