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Monday, August 2
 

7:00am MDT

Registration

Event Registration

Monday August 2, 2021 7:00am - 8:00am MDT
  Registration

8:00am MDT

Keynote: A Declaration of Interdependence: Designing Culture and Developing a Community for Learning

Becoming a PLC requires that we take on the characteristics of learning, collaborating, and getting results through collective inquiry, action research, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

In an era of accountability, collective responsibility for continuous improvement has given way to teams and departments in silos, with school improvement primarily focused on test scores. Regina Stephens Owens discusses the essentials required to develop the culture and collective responsibility to ensure that all learn at high levels.

Participants in this session:
● Explore designing and developing a culture based on the mission, vision, and values of a PLC.
● Examine ways to ensure transformation, from first order to second order, leveraging the six characteristics of a PLC.
● Learn how to develop a learning infrastructure and measure behaviors to ensure sustained transformation and produce collective efficacy.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Stephens Owens

Regina Stephens Owens

Solution Tree
Regina Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner who specializes in creating a culture of connectivity and collaboration while utilizing systems thinking. Through innovative solutions and emerging technologies, she coaches and supports teachers and administrators... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 8:00am - 9:45am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Choose Ballroom or Garden Room
  Keynote

9:45am MDT

Break

Day 1 Morning Break

Monday August 2, 2021 9:45am - 10:00am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Common Areas
  Break

10:00am MDT

Are We a Group or a Team?
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaborative teacher teams are the engine that drives a professional learning community. When these teams are highly engaged in the right work, student learning accelerates. When they are not, learning sputters and stalls. Because teachers traditionally must attend grade-level or departmental team meetings, schools often mistakenly assume that merely renaming these gatherings “PLC time” represents teacher collaboration. The act of meeting does not make a team, but instead, simply a group.

Participants in this session:
● Assess if they are currently part of a group or a team.
● Review the essential work of teacher teams in a PLC.
● Learn how to navigate team disagreements successfully.
● Leave with specific action steps to improve your teacher team.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mattos

Mike Mattos

Solution Tree
Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Ballroom
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Bringing the Four PLC Questions to Life: Ensuring the Systemic Implementation of the PLC at Work Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Anthony Muhammad focuses on the systemic implementation of a PLC at Work’s four critical questions. Participants learn what it takes to move from theory to practical, systemic implementation. Dr. Muhammad’s strategies are immediately usable when participants return to their schools.

Participants in this session:
● Practice developing essential standards and student outcomes.
● Learn to create valuable and valid common assessments.
● Discover how to establish an intervention system that meets all students’ needs.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Muhammad

Anthony Muhammad

Solution Tree
Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after educational speaker. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Auditorium
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Heart & Soul: Living a Fully Engaged, High-Energy, Well-Balanced Professional Life!
Limited Capacity filling up

Within any PLC culture, teachers can feel overwhelmed by the relational expectations and chaotic noise that sometimes occur. Ours is a profession of “emotional labor,” and it is easy to experience compassion fatigue from the daily actions of our work life.

Timothy D. Kanold notes, “I have been exhausted. Off and on, I have lost contact with the joy of my work life. So it is for you. Sooner or later, the world of your professional life stretches you beyond your limits. But there are ways to regain your joy and cope with the stresses you face.”

By understanding their heartprint and soul story, attendees learn routines to overcome stress and maintain professional lives full of energy, joy, and balance. Dr. Kanold draws from his award-winning HEART! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader (2018) and the companion SOUL! Fulfilling the Promise of Your Professional Life (2021) to provide research, insights, and reflective tools for this session.

Participants can expect to:
● Examine the H (happiness) and E (engagement) elements from HEART! and the S (searching) element from SOUL!
● Consider root causes and antidotes to emotional exhaustion and burnout.
● Learn to reflect upon and pursue a sustaining professional life that inspires students and colleagues each and every day.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy D. Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold

Solution Tree
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant and national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Garden Room
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

PLCs and Students Learning English as an Additional Language
Limited Capacity seats available

Luis F. Cruz shares how schools use PLC strategies to help English learner populations flourish. By effectively using PLC components, administrative and teacher leaders close achievement gaps for students learning English as a second language. Dr. Cruz shows how EL task-force leaders reculture and restructure while introducing best practices to increase learning outcomes for all students.

A task force can initiate seven steps to ensure that English learners are included in the “all means all” mantra that defines a school’s fundamental purpose of learning for every student.

Participants discover how:
● Teacher-led task forces increase academic performance for English learners.
● PLC practices highlight stark realities when English learners are not learning.
● Adults change their expectations and behaviors when listening to English learners’ needs, resulting in significant improvements in student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Luis F. Cruz

Luis F. Cruz

Solution Tree
Luis F. Cruz, PhD, is former principal of Baldwin Park High School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Cruz presents on methods from the best-selling book Time for Change by Luis... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook C
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

The 15-Day Challenge: Win Quick, Win Often!
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session establishes, reboots, or re-energizes the work of collaborative teams. Schools nationwide are using this simple learning–assessing process to connect the dots of a PLC. Maria Nielsen helps teams see the big picture of a PLC and put it all together in a recurring cycle of collective inquiry. The 15-day challenge is a practical way to bring the
PLC process to life.

Participants in this session:
● Clarify the work of collaborative teams.
● Establish steps for a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
● Explore the learning–assessing cycle in a unit of study.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen

Solution Tree
Maria Nielsen, educational speaker and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada A + B
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

The Why Effect: Intentional Systems Drive Inspirational Cultures
Limited Capacity filling up

Organizational purpose, collective beliefs, and commitments affect building systems at all levels. How can we ensure that all practices and procedures are intentional and personify organizational beliefs? It all begins with the why. Regina Stephens Owens shares strategies to move cultures from attitudes of compliance, coercion, and fear to ones that are respectful, responsive, and reflective.

Outcomes include learning how to:
● Promote high standards of achievement for all.
● Create a collective, rather than individual, leadership focus.
● Design and develop cultures that are respectful, responsive, and reflective.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Stephens Owens

Regina Stephens Owens

Solution Tree
Regina Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner who specializes in creating a culture of connectivity and collaboration while utilizing systems thinking. Through innovative solutions and emerging technologies, she coaches and supports teachers and administrators... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada C
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Yes We Can! Collaboration for All Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

When teams commit to the PLC process and decide to engage in a cycle of continuous improvement, the first critical step is to examine their personal and systemic beliefs about students, themselves, and learning. Only then can they exclaim with confidence that “all really does mean all!”

This session provides participants with strategies and protocols to examine mindsets and collaborative processes to ensure higher learning levels for all students. It is designed for general and special educators.

To develop a culture of learning for all, participants will:
● Learn past and current realities regarding special education.
● Discover strategies to build and reinforce school and district cultures.
● Reflect on practices and policies that do and do not align with the culture.
● Examine what it looks like when general and special educators purposefully collaborate on teaching and learning for all.
● Apply instructional decision making that leads to high levels of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Spiller

Jeanne Spiller

Solution Tree
Jeanne Spiller is assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Kildeer Countryside District 96 in Illinois. Her work focuses on implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She guides the process of unpacking, powering, scaling, and pacing the CCSS for English language... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook A
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

You Can Learn: Building Student Ownership, Motivation, and Efficacy With the PLC at Work Process
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Educators promote a strong sense of student efficacy within schools that focus on learning. Several studies show self-efficacy is one of the greatest factors of student motivation and engagement. In this session, participants examine ways to build a growth mindset through data notebooks. Tim Brown shares products teams have developed to engage and empower students in self-reporting and reflection.

Tim answers these questions:
● What are the key components of a highly motivated and engaged classroom?
● What products do teams build to improve student learning and ensure self-efficacy in the PLC process?
● How can teachers effectively use products to help students own their learning?

Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Solution Tree
Tim Brown, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. As principal of elementary, middle, and high schools in Missouri, he led each to become a successful professional learning community. These PLCs feature highly collaborative environments where clear goals, formative... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook B
  Breakout

11:30am MDT

Lunch

Day 1 Lunch

Monday August 2, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MDT
Off Site
  Lunch

12:30pm MDT

Data Discussion for Instructional Leaders: From Data to Design to Demonstration of Learning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In a time of tremendous focus on data, it is imperative to grow a rich collaborative culture through dialogue and data protocols—moving from a deficit mindset to a growth mindset.

Participants in this session discover ways to create this culture, use data protocols, and increase team capacity and student learning.

Outcomes include:
● Focusing on results through the lens of data
● Obtaining tools, tips, and templates to impact team and student learning
● Moving from data to demonstration of learning

Speakers
avatar for Regina Stephens Owens

Regina Stephens Owens

Solution Tree
Regina Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner who specializes in creating a culture of connectivity and collaboration while utilizing systems thinking. Through innovative solutions and emerging technologies, she coaches and supports teachers and administrators... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada C
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Heart & Soul: Thriving in a Community Culture of Vulnerability, Belonging, and Validation
Limited Capacity seats available

At the epicenter of the PLC life is community. It is through community that educators find the heart and soul of their work lives. Educators achieve the greatest accomplishment and well-being by knowing how they enhance the lives of students and colleagues. The defining feature of a great teaching life is contributing to something beyond the self.

Timothy D. Kanold draws from his award-winning HEART! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader (2018) and the companion SOUL! Fulfilling the Promise of Your Professional Life (2021) to provide insights into the PLC life as a deeply meaningful one.

Participants explore daily routines for personal well-being that promote a culture of unity, belonging, vulnerability, trust, and validation. Dr. Kanold emphasizes that educators should not let their individual voices get lost in the collaborative shuffle.

Participants can expect to:
● Examine differences between their first and second “mountain climb” as part of their professional growth journey.
● Consider ways to improve their relational intelligence and impact on others as part of the PLC culture.
● Discover research-specific strategies for thriving at work through a culture of belonging, trust, vulnerability, and validation.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy D. Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold

Solution Tree
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant and national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Garden Room
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

I Like What I’m Hearing! So How Do We Initiate Our PLC Journey?
Limited Capacity seats available

Academic research and accounts from educators worldwide confirm that PLCs when implemented effectively, lead to high levels of learning for every student. However, questions remain. Who is responsible for initiating a PLC? How does a team establish the foundational pillars of a PLC? How does this process take shape? Is it normal to expect staff resistance to this process, and is there a difference between rational and irrational forms of resistance? Luis F. Cruz explains the who, why, and how associated with the PLC process.

Participants in this session learn:
● How to initiate a PLC process
● The role of a guiding coalition
● How to establish the foundation of a PLC

Speakers
avatar for Luis F. Cruz

Luis F. Cruz

Solution Tree
Luis F. Cruz, PhD, is former principal of Baldwin Park High School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Cruz presents on methods from the best-selling book Time for Change by Luis... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook A
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Anthony Muhammad explores connections among personal and institutional mindsets and academic achievement gaps. Inequality in student learning outcomes has been studied and debated for years. Dr. Muhammad asserts that our individual and collective thinking is the primary culprit in overcoming the achievement gap.

As a result of this session, participants understand:
● The true meaning and value of school culture
● The power of mindsets and their influence on educator effectiveness
● How to shift from damaging mindsets (superiority and inferiority) to high levels
of efficacy (liberation mindset)

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Muhammad

Anthony Muhammad

Solution Tree
Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after educational speaker. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook C
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work: Developing Student Agency Through the Four Critical Questions
Limited Capacity seats available

“Creating lifelong learners” is a key objective in the mission statements for many schools and districts. Because today’s average high school graduate will change careers at least four times by the age of 40, ensuring that all students master the skills and behaviors needed to guide their future learning is essential to ensuring their future success. A study of highly effective, learning-progressive schools worldwide found these schools share two common elements: they operate as high-functioning PLCs with well-implemented RTI structures, and they promote student agency in the learning process.
Mike Mattos discusses how to build a highly effective school where students are engaged in personalized learning experiences and empowered to take ownership of the four critical questions of the PLC at Work process.
Outcomes from this session include:
● Discussing the essential knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to “future proof” our students
● Defining how to create collaborative teacher teams within the PLC at Work framework and foster teacher transdisciplinary skills and behaviors
● Discovering how to use the four critical questions of a PLC to form pathways and progressions for personalized learning in the classroom
● Learning how schools utilize the RTI process to ensure every student develops agency and personalized learning opportunities required to thrive in a global economy

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mattos

Mike Mattos

Solution Tree
Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Ballroom
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Question One in an All-Means-All Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session examine the what and why of establishing a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Then, they test collaborative team protocols to see how standards drive instruction and formative assessment planning to help all students become proficient. Finally, participants use a data set and protocol to analyze data to plan instruction, intervention, and extension.
Outcomes include:
● Exploring essential elements of a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all
● Becoming familiar with a protocol that facilitates deep learning based on standards and targets
● Using the protocol for robust pre-instruction planning
● Analyzing common formative assessment data to drive instruction and intervention via the protocol

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Spiller

Jeanne Spiller

Solution Tree
Jeanne Spiller is assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Kildeer Countryside District 96 in Illinois. Her work focuses on implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She guides the process of unpacking, powering, scaling, and pacing the CCSS for English language... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Auditorium
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Raising Questions and Finding Answers in Our Grading Practices
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Talking about grading practices is often touchy, full of emotions, opinions, and personal beliefs. However, when schools shift from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning, they must be willing to examine policies, practices, and guidelines to see if they support learning principles. Tim Brown shows how staff can engage educators in a collaborative process committed to grading practices aligned with learning outcomes.

Participants discuss these essential questions:
● What do principles of learning, student motivation, and grading have in common?
● What are the reasons and rationale behind changes in grading practices?
● What grading practices and guidelines do successful teams and schools implement?

Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Solution Tree
Tim Brown, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. As principal of elementary, middle, and high schools in Missouri, he led each to become a successful professional learning community. These PLCs feature highly collaborative environments where clear goals, formative... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook B
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Show Me What Ya Got: Student Engagement Strategies to Keep the Pulse on Learning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Maria Nielsen helps teachers move past “sit and get” in the classroom to a place where all students actively participate in learning. She shares engagement strategies to assess student understanding throughout a lesson or unit of study.

Participants can expect to:
● Explore the nifty nine best teaching strategies.
● Learn how to assess student learning by implementing engagement strategies.
● Identify the differences among assessment questions, open questions, and engagement questions.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen

Solution Tree
Maria Nielsen, educational speaker and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada A + B
  Breakout

2:00pm MDT

Break

Day 1 Afternoon Break

Monday August 2, 2021 2:00pm - 2:15pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Common Areas
  Break

2:15pm MDT

Brainstorming Session
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The PLC life of central office and school-site leadership!

Speakers
avatar for Timothy D. Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold

Solution Tree
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant and national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community... Read More →


Monday August 2, 2021 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Auditorium
  Brainstorm

2:15pm MDT

Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters provide practical answers to your most pressing questions.

Monday August 2, 2021 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Choose Ballroom or Garden Room
  Panel
 
Tuesday, August 3
 

7:00am MDT

Registration

Event Registration

Tuesday August 3, 2021 7:00am - 8:00am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: North Lobby
  Registration

8:00am MDT

Keynote: In the Eye of the Storm: Staying focused and grasping opportunity during challenging times.

Without question, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused educators across the world to face unprecedented challenges. Regardless of the safety-driven shifts to virtual learning and social distancing, our mission remains the same: to ensure every student acquires the academic skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed for future success.

Mike Mattos builds the case that teachers should not view current teaching conditions as something to endure until things get back to normal. Instead, they should see this as an opportunity to better prepare students for the demands of postsecondary education and the 21st-century global economy. Grasping this opportunity requires educators to learn new tools. The PLC at Work process is the best way to support the adult learning needed for educators and students to thrive during these difficult times

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mattos

Mike Mattos

Solution Tree
Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 8:00am - 9:45am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Choose Ballroom or Garden Room
  Keynote

9:45am MDT

Break

Day 2 Morning Break

Tuesday August 3, 2021 9:45am - 10:00am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Common Areas
  Break

10:00am MDT

Building Culture, Creating Purpose, and Overcoming Frustration on Your PLC Journey
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Anthony Muhammad focuses on the systemic implementation of a PLC at Work’s four critical questions. Participants learn what it takes to move from theory to practical, systemic implementation. Dr. Muhammad’s strategies are immediately usable when participants return to their schools.

Participants in this session:
● Practice developing essential standards and student outcomes.
● Learn to create valuable and valid common assessments.
● Discover how to establish an intervention system that meets all students’ needs.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Muhammad

Anthony Muhammad

Solution Tree
Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after educational speaker. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook C
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Getting on the Same Page: Establishing Collective Commitments About Learning and Collaboration
Limited Capacity filling up

Educators promote a strong sense of student efficacy within schools that focus on learning. Several studies show self-efficacy is one of the greatest factors of student motivation and engagement. In this session, participants examine ways to build a growth mindset through data notebooks. Tim Brown shares products teams have developed to engage and empower students in self-reporting and reflection.

Tim answers these questions:
● What are the key components of a highly motivated and engaged classroom?
● What products do teams build to improve student learning and ensure self-efficacy in the PLC process?
● How can teachers effectively use products to help students own their learning?

Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Solution Tree
Tim Brown, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. As principal of elementary, middle, and high schools in Missouri, he led each to become a successful professional learning community. These PLCs feature highly collaborative environments where clear goals, formative... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook A
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Help Your Team: Overcoming Common Collaborative Challenges in a PLC
Limited Capacity filling up

This interactive session establishes, reboots, or re-energizes the work of collaborative teams. Schools nationwide are using this simple learning–assessing process to connect the dots of a PLC. Maria Nielsen helps teams see the big picture of a PLC and put it all together in a recurring cycle of collective inquiry. The 15-day challenge is a practical way to bring the PLC process to life.

Participants in this session:
● Clarify the work of collaborative teams.
● Establish steps for a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
● Explore the learning–assessing cycle in a unit of study.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen

Solution Tree
Maria Nielsen, educational speaker and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada A + B
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes in Elementary Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

When teams commit to the PLC process and decide to engage in a cycle of continuous improvement, the first critical step is to examine their personal and systemic beliefs about students, themselves, and learning. Only then can they exclaim with confidence that “all really does mean all!” This session provides participants with strategies and protocols to examine mindsets and collaborative processes to ensure higher learning levels for all students. It is designed for general and special educators.

To develop a culture of learning for all, participants will:
● Learn past and current realities regarding special education.
● Discover strategies to build and reinforce school and district cultures.
● Reflect on practices and policies that do and do not align with the culture.
● Examine what it looks like when general and special educators purposefully collaborate on teaching and learning for all.
● Apply instructional decision making that leads to high levels of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Spiller

Jeanne Spiller

Solution Tree
Jeanne Spiller is assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Kildeer Countryside District 96 in Illinois. Her work focuses on implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She guides the process of unpacking, powering, scaling, and pacing the CCSS for English language... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Garden Room
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes in Secondary Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaborative teacher teams are the engine that drives a professional learning community. When these teams are highly engaged in the right work, student learning accelerates. When they are not, learning sputters and stalls. Because teachers traditionally must attend grade-level or departmental team meetings, schools often mistakenly assume that merely renaming these gatherings “PLC time” represents teacher collaboration. The act of meeting does not make a team, but instead, simply a group.

Participants in this session:
● Assess if they are currently part of a group or a team.
● Review the essential work of teacher teams in a PLC.
● Learn how to navigate team disagreements successfully.
● Leave with specific action steps to improve your teacher team.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mattos

Mike Mattos

Solution Tree
Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Ballroom
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Remembering Rick DuFour: Embracing the “Tight and Loose” of the PLC Process
Limited Capacity seats available

How schools use PLC strategies to help English learner populations flourish. By effectively using PLC components, administrative and teacher leaders close achievement gaps for students learning English as a second language. Dr. Cruz shows how EL task-force leaders reculture and restructure while introducing best practices to increase learning outcomes for all students.

A task force can initiate seven steps to ensure that English learners are included in the “all means all” mantra that defines a school’s fundamental purpose of learning for every student.

Participants discover how:
● Teacher-led task forces increase academic performance for English learners.
● PLC practices highlight stark realities when English learners are not learning.
● Adults change their expectations and behaviors when listening to English learners’ needs, resulting in significant improvements in student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Luis F. Cruz

Luis F. Cruz

Solution Tree
Luis F. Cruz, PhD, is former principal of Baldwin Park High School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Cruz presents on methods from the best-selling book Time for Change by Luis... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Auditorium
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Technology and Teams: Leveraging Technology for Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

Organizational purpose, collective beliefs, and commitments affect building systems at all levels. How can we ensure that all practices and procedures are intentional and personify organizational beliefs? It all begins with the why. Regina Stephens Owens shares strategies to move cultures from attitudes of compliance, coercion, and fear to ones that are respectful, responsive, and reflective.

Outcomes include learning how to:
● Promote high standards of achievement for all.
● Create a collective, rather than individual, leadership focus.
● Design and develop cultures that are respectful, responsive, and reflective.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Stephens Owens

Regina Stephens Owens

Solution Tree
Regina Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner who specializes in creating a culture of connectivity and collaboration while utilizing systems thinking. Through innovative solutions and emerging technologies, she coaches and supports teachers and administrators... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada C
  Breakout

10:00am MDT

Your K–12 PLC Mathematics Focus: Great Instruction and Tasks!
Limited Capacity seats available

Within any PLC culture, teachers can feel overwhelmed by the relational expectations and chaotic noise that sometimes occur. Ours is a profession of “emotional labor,” and it is easy to experience compassion fatigue from the daily actions of our work life. Timothy D. Kanold notes, “I have been exhausted. Off and on, I have lost contact with the joy of my work life. So it is for you. Sooner or later, the world of your professional life stretches you beyond your limits. But there are ways to regain your joy and cope with the stresses you face.” By understanding their heartprint and soul story, attendees learn routines to overcome stress and maintain professional lives full of energy, joy, and balance. Dr. Kanold draws from his award-winning HEART! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader (2018) and the companion SOUL! Fulfilling the Promise of Your Professional Life (2021) to provide research, insights, and reflective tools for this session.

Participants can expect to:
● Examine the H (happiness) and E (engagement) elements from HEART! and the S (searching) element from SOUL!
● Consider root causes and antidotes to emotional exhaustion and burnout.
● Learn to reflect upon and pursue a sustaining professional life that inspires students and colleagues each and every day.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy D. Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold

Solution Tree
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant and national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook B
  Breakout

11:30am MDT

Lunch

Day 2 Lunch

Tuesday August 3, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MDT
Off Site
  Lunch

12:30pm MDT

All for One: A Community of Singletons Wired by Relevance and Results
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In a time of tremendous focus on data, it is imperative to grow a rich collaborative culture through dialogue and data protocols—moving from a deficit mindset to a growth mindset.

Participants in this session discover ways to create this culture, use data protocols, and increase team capacity and student learning.

Outcomes include:
● Focusing on results through the lens of data
● Obtaining tools, tips, and templates to impact team and student learning
● Moving from data to demonstration of learning

Speakers
avatar for Regina Stephens Owens

Regina Stephens Owens

Solution Tree
Regina Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner who specializes in creating a culture of connectivity and collaboration while utilizing systems thinking. Through innovative solutions and emerging technologies, she coaches and supports teachers and administrators... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada C
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Are You Ready to Learn? Building a Commitment to Learning in Students
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Talking about grading practices is often touchy, full of emotions, opinions, and personal beliefs. However, when schools shift from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning, they must be willing to examine policies, practices, and guidelines to see if they support learning principles. Tim Brown shows how staff can engage educators in a collaborative process committed to grading practices aligned with learning outcomes.

Participants discuss these essential questions:
● What do principles of learning, student motivation, and grading have in common?
● What are the reasons and rationale behind changes in grading practices?
● What grading practices and guidelines do successful teams and schools implement?

Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Solution Tree
Tim Brown, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. As principal of elementary, middle, and high schools in Missouri, he led each to become a successful professional learning community. These PLCs feature highly collaborative environments where clear goals, formative... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook A
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Beyond Conversations: Race, Equity, and Social Justice Through the PLC at Work Process
Limited Capacity filling up

Anthony Muhammad explores connections among personal and institutional mindsets and academic achievement gaps. Inequality in student learning outcomes has been studied and debated for years. Dr. Muhammad asserts that our individual and collective thinking is the primary culprit in overcoming the achievement gap.

As a result of this session, participants understand:
● The true meaning and value of school culture
● The power of mindsets and their influence on educator effectiveness
● How to shift from damaging mindsets (superiority and inferiority) to high levels of efficacy (liberation mindset)

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Muhammad

Anthony Muhammad

Solution Tree
Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after educational speaker. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook C
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Common Assessments: The Key to Uncommon Results for Student and Teacher Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Maria Nielsen helps teachers move past “sit and get” in the classroom to a place where all students actively participate in learning. She shares engagement strategies to assess student understanding throughout a lesson or unit of study.

Participants can expect to:
● Explore the nifty nine best teaching strategies.
● Learn how to assess student learning by implementing engagement strategies.
● Identify the differences among assessment questions, open questions, and engagement questions.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen

Solution Tree
Maria Nielsen, educational speaker and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Garden Room
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Differentiation for Teams: Taking It to the Next Level
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session examine the what and why of establishing a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Then, they test collaborative team protocols to see how standards drive instruction and formative assessment planning to help all students become proficient. Finally, participants use a data set and protocol to analyze data to plan instruction, intervention, and extension.
Outcomes include:
● Exploring essential elements of a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all
● Becoming familiar with a protocol that facilitates deep learning based on standards and targets
● Using the protocol for robust pre-instruction planning
● Analyzing common formative assessment data to drive instruction and intervention via the protocol

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Spiller

Jeanne Spiller

Solution Tree
Jeanne Spiller is assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Kildeer Countryside District 96 in Illinois. Her work focuses on implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She guides the process of unpacking, powering, scaling, and pacing the CCSS for English language... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Auditorium
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Guiding Principles for Principals: Tips and Tools for Leading the PLC Process
Limited Capacity seats available

“Creating lifelong learners” is a key objective in the mission statements for many schools and districts. Because today’s average high school graduate will change careers at least four times by the age of 40, ensuring that all students master the skills and behaviors needed to guide their future learning is essential to ensuring their future success. A study of highly effective, learning-progressive schools worldwide found these schools share two common elements: they operate as high-functioning PLCs with well-implemented RTI structures, and they promote student agency in the learning process.
Mike Mattos discusses how to build a highly effective school where students are engaged in personalized learning experiences and empowered to take ownership of the four critical questions of the PLC at Work process.
Outcomes from this session include:
● Discussing the essential knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to “future proof” our students
● Defining how to create collaborative teacher teams within the PLC at Work framework and foster teacher transdisciplinary skills and behaviors
● Discovering how to use the four critical questions of a PLC to form pathways and progressions for personalized learning in the classroom
● Learning how schools utilize the RTI process to ensure every student develops agency and personalized learning opportunities required to thrive in a global economy

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mattos

Mike Mattos

Solution Tree
Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook B
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Taping Before Painting: Taking the Critical Steps to Respond Collectively When Students Don't Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

Academic research and accounts from educators worldwide confirm that PLCs when implemented effectively, lead to high levels of learning for every student. However, questions remain. Who is responsible for initiating a PLC? How does a team establish the foundational pillars of a PLC? How does this process take shape? Is it normal to expect staff resistance to this process, and is there a difference between rational and irrational forms of resistance? Luis F. Cruz explains the who, why, and how associated with the PLC process.

Participants in this session learn:
● How to initiate a PLC process
● The role of a guiding coalition
● How to establish the foundation of a PLC

Speakers
avatar for Luis F. Cruz

Luis F. Cruz

Solution Tree
Luis F. Cruz, PhD, is former principal of Baldwin Park High School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Cruz presents on methods from the best-selling book Time for Change by Luis... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Ballroom
  Breakout

12:30pm MDT

Your K–12 PLC Mathematics Focus: Assessment, Homework, and Grading!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

At the epicenter of the PLC life is community. It is through community that educators find the heart and soul of their work lives. Educators achieve the greatest accomplishment and well-being by knowing how they enhance the lives of students and colleagues. The defining feature of a great teaching life is contributing to something beyond the self. Timothy D. Kanold draws from his award-winning HEART! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader (2018) and the companion SOUL! Fulfilling the Promise of Your Professional Life (2021) to provide insights into the PLC life as a deeply meaningful one. Participants explore daily routines for personal well-being that promote a culture of unity, belonging, vulnerability, trust, and validation. Dr. Kanold emphasizes that educators should not let their individual voices get lost in the collaborative shuffle.

Participants can expect to:
● Examine differences between their first and second “mountain climb” as part of their professional growth journey.
● Consider ways to improve their relational intelligence and impact on others as part of the PLC culture.
● Discover research-specific strategies for thriving at work through a culture of belonging, trust, vulnerability, and validation.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy D. Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold

Solution Tree
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant and national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada A + B
  Breakout

2:00pm MDT

Break

Day 2 Afternoon Break

Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:00pm - 2:15pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Common Areas
  Break

2:15pm MDT

Team Time
Limited Capacity seats available

An opportunity to reflect and work collaboratively with your team.

Tuesday August 3, 2021 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Choose Ballroom or Garden Room
  Team Time

7:00pm MDT

Webinar
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents as partners!

Speakers
avatar for Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen

Solution Tree
Maria Nielsen, educational speaker and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to... Read More →


Tuesday August 3, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm MDT
Online
  Webinar
 
Wednesday, August 4
 

7:00am MDT

Registration

Event Registration

Wednesday August 4, 2021 7:00am - 8:00am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: North Lobby
  Registration

8:00am MDT

Attending to Your Professional Well Being: Living Your PLC Life Between the Zero’s!
Limited Capacity filling up

The PLC life is a path of continuous growth, experimentation, and defining moments. Educators blink, and they see pieces of their past in the rearview mirror. They look ahead, and the date always arrives, ready or not. Their seasons of teaching and leading stack up, one upon another, and become the path they build as they walk it. There is an ebb and flow of stress and strain, adversity and hope, until there are no more seasons.

Timothy D. Kanold highlights the priority for participants to pay deep attention to their professional wellness to bring their best selves to their students and colleagues. During this session, participants design a “first zero” (starting point) to “second zero” (ending point) timeline of their current professional lives. They identify defining moments from the past, and they discover how to create courageous signature moments in the future, including new “firsts.”

Participants can expect to:
● Create a professional timeline and identify defining events.
● Discover how to recognize and model elements of professional courage.
● Consider four primary criteria that create spontaneous signature moments; learn how to use those criteria to plan for defining moments before it is too late.
● Learn about the two-minute rule and a five-step process for developing effective routines for increased joy and gratitude at work.

Speakers
avatar for Timothy D. Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold

Solution Tree
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant and national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook B
  Breakout

8:00am MDT

Collaboration Is a Lifestyle, Not a Meeting!
Limited Capacity filling up

How is a culture of collaboration created? How can an environment be established where people embrace collective responsibility? Anthony Muhammad addresses the collaborative characteristics of a high-performing PLC. Participants learn how teachers, support staff, school administrators, and central offices work together to improve school performance. Dr. Muhammad also discusses staff resistance to change and the leader’s role in building consensus.

Participants in this session:
● Construct and protect productive collaborative relationships.
● Create organizational coherence and ensure collaboration at all levels of the school community.
● Understand the balance between support and accountability.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Muhammad

Anthony Muhammad

Solution Tree
Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after educational speaker. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook C
  Breakout

8:00am MDT

Collective Efficacy at Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Leveraging the strengths of all community members can be challenging. Where do we start? How can we monitor and measure to ensure growth for staff and students? How do we work interdependently to accomplish goals? Regina Stephens Owens facilitates a collaborative discussion as participants discover ways to increase results through collective responsibility.

Participants explore how to:
● Build a community of compassion where all stakeholders work interdependently to ensure students are ready for college, career, and life.
● Develop experiences where staff and students learn and grow, resulting in the alignment and achievement of individual and organizational goals.
● Invest in personal mastery that results in increased capacity, collective responsibility, and increased achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Stephens Owens

Regina Stephens Owens

Solution Tree
Regina Owens is an internationally recognized presenter and practitioner who specializes in creating a culture of connectivity and collaboration while utilizing systems thinking. Through innovative solutions and emerging technologies, she coaches and supports teachers and administrators... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada C
  Breakout

8:00am MDT

Elementary ELA Strategies to Keep Your Students on Track
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Maria Nielsen takes educators on an interactive journey to gain new and exciting ELA and writing strategies as a team. In this fast-paced session, elementary teachers gain clarity about ELA standards and explore how reading and writing go hand-in-hand for increased student learning. Participants also learn how to focus on year-long essential standards while using a district-prescribed curriculum.
In this session, participants:
● Gather tools and graphic organizers to connect reading and writing.
● Understand learning progressions on literacy-focused instruction and assessment.
● Overlay essential standards with district-prescribed curricula.
● Examine research-based teaching strategies to improve classroom instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Nielsen

Maria Nielsen

Solution Tree
Maria Nielsen, educational speaker and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Entrada A + B
  Breakout

8:00am MDT

I Am Sold on PLCs: Practical Tools and Directions to Be Successful
Limited Capacity seats available

As educators initiate the PLC process, they need practical tools to begin and enhance the journey. However, educators might discover that their staff needs convincing. How and why is the PLC process the best way to accelerate learning for all students?

Luis F. Cruz shares articles, templates, activities, and videos to provide administrative and teacher leaders the tools to amplify improvement at their sites.

Participants learn:
● The difference between rational and irrational forms of adult resistance and how to address each
● The art and science of effective leadership and how to maneuver in both directions
● Practical actions to accelerate the PLC process

Speakers
avatar for Luis F. Cruz

Luis F. Cruz

Solution Tree
Luis F. Cruz, PhD, is former principal of Baldwin Park High School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Cruz presents on methods from the best-selling book Time for Change by Luis... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Sunbrook A
  Breakout

8:00am MDT

Protocols for Results: Turning Data Into Information
Limited Capacity filling up

Is your system overwhelmed with data? Using protocols to transform data into information is an efficient and effective way to achieve improved results. Participants examine tools that empower teams to use data to drive instruction, impact student learning, and identify processes to meet district needs.

Attendees can expect to:
● Review research related to data-driven decision making.
● Explore multiple protocols for data analysis.
● Reflect on their school or district’s current reality while identifying tools that can be used or modified to meet specified needs.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Spiller

Jeanne Spiller

Solution Tree
Jeanne Spiller is assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for Kildeer Countryside District 96 in Illinois. Her work focuses on implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She guides the process of unpacking, powering, scaling, and pacing the CCSS for English language... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Auditorium
  Breakout

8:00am MDT

Taking Action: How the PLC at Work Framework Drives an Effective Multitiered System of Supports
Limited Capacity seats available

How does your school respond when students don’t learn? Compelling evidence shows that response to intervention successfully engages a school’s staff in a collective process to provide every child with the additional time and support they need to learn at high levels. Yet, at many schools, this potential lies dormant, buried under layers of state regulations, district protocols, misguided priorities, and traditional school practices misaligned to the essential elements of RTI. This session shows how the PLC at Work process creates the larger, schoolwide framework required to implement a highly effective, multitiered system of supports.
Outcomes from this session include:
● Understanding the guiding principles behind a multitiered system of interventions
● Learning essential actions that collaborative teams must complete at Tier 1 to respond when students don’t learn effectively
● Prioritizing resources to address academic and behavior interventions
● Beginning the process of creating a pyramid of interventions

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mattos

Mike Mattos

Solution Tree
Mike Mattos is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. Mike cocreated the RTI at Work... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Garden Room
  Breakout

8:00am MDT

You Can Learn: Building Student Ownership, Motivation, and Efficacy With the PLC at Work Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Educators promote a strong sense of student efficacy within schools that focus on learning. Several studies show self-efficacy is one of the greatest factors of student motivation and engagement. In this session, participants examine ways to build a growth mindset through data notebooks. Tim Brown shares products teams have developed to engage and empower students in self-reporting and reflection.

Tim answers these questions:
● What are the key components of a highly motivated and engaged classroom?
● What products do teams build to improve student learning and ensure self-efficacy in the PLC process?
● How can teachers effectively use products to help students own their learning?

Speakers
avatar for Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Solution Tree
Tim Brown, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. As principal of elementary, middle, and high schools in Missouri, he led each to become a successful professional learning community. These PLCs feature highly collaborative environments where clear goals, formative... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Ballroom
  Breakout

9:30am MDT

Break

Day 3 Morning Break

Wednesday August 4, 2021 9:30am - 9:45am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Common Areas
  Break

9:45am MDT

Keynote: Moving Beyond "PLC Lite": Nurturing full commitment to the PLC at Work Process

More than 20 years ago, the first book on PLC at Work was published by Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker. The PLC at Work model has been celebrated and validated as the most promising way to improve student learning, yet so many schools remain stalled at the beginning stages of implementation. Why does this reality of “PLC lite” still plague our profession today? Without exception, schools that use this model to transform their practice have one thing in common: effective leadership. This session explores the keys to effectively transitioning a school or district into a model PLC.

Outcomes from this session include:
● Understanding leadership challenges and lessons learned from more than 20 years
of PLC at Work practice
● Learning the difference between leadership behaviors that undermine and those
that promote the purpose of a PLC
● Exploring practical strategies that improve participants’ ability to lead others through the change process and build consensus

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Muhammad

Anthony Muhammad

Solution Tree
Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after educational speaker. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of... Read More →


Wednesday August 4, 2021 9:45am - 11:45am MDT
Dixie Convention Center: Choose Ballroom or Garden Room
  Keynote