First Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institute outside US to focus on International Schools

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - March 16, 2015 - PRLog -- After seventeen years of hosting Professional Learning Communities at Work™ Institutes for thousands of educators in the US and Canada, Solution Tree is holding its first institute abroad at Singapore American School, on October 17–19, 2015. The PLC at Work™ Institute for International Schools will focus on the unique needs and challenges of international schools.

“We have an increasing number of international attendees at our events each year,” said Jeffrey Jones, CEO of Solution Tree. “There are also ten international PLC model schools featured on, and more on the way. Being featured on AllThingsPLC is no small accomplishment. International applications for PLC model status have increased dramatically.”

The PLC at Work™ process is recognized as a powerful strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement. Based on the work of Dr. Rick DuFour, Becky DuFour, Dr. Robert Eaker and Mike Mattos, PLCs are driven by three big ideas: focus on learning, build a collaborative culture, and focus on results. In PLCs, teachers work in collaborative teams, and all students learn at high levels.

For Singapore American School, adopting the PLC process was a matter of going from good to great. “We knew that our school was exceptional and that most of our students learned at high levels. But we also knew there were students we weren’t reaching. When we decided to move from being a school focused on exemplary teaching to a school focused on high levels of learning for all students, that was the transformative moment for us,” says Dr. Chip Kimball, Superintendent of Singapore American School.

The institute will pair international school teachers with US presenters to ensure that the international school perspective is represented. For attendees just beginning to explore PLCs, the institute will provide a base of knowledge and practice. For those already implementing PLCs, it’s an opportunity to revisit the PLC mission, introduce new staff to the process, and hear answers to new questions.

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