Date(s): July 31-August 1, 2019
Location: Fond du Lac High School
801 Campus Dr. Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Time: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM both days
Cost: $375.00 per person or $350.00 per person for teams of 15 or more
Registration fee includes: access to all keynote and breakout sessions, access to online materials, lunch on both days, and unlimited coffee, soda and water

Breakout Presenters

About This Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 Institute:

Schools across North America have invested time, effort and resources into creating collaboration time and developing intervention systems to support the needs of all learners. And while the research on educators collaborating to examine and improve their practice is clear, the practice of educators working together and the impact this collaboration to change the learning experience for students and educators is less conclusive. School learning communities continue to look for practical tools and support to deepen their impact, all while living the realities of today’s demands as an educator. PLC 2.0 moves districts and schools beyond research to PRACTICE and OBSERVABLE IMPACT–the type of impact that we can observe in our classrooms.

If you are looking for ways to create better and more meaningful learning experiences for you and your students in relationship to learning, this institute is perfect for you and your team! Come spend two practical and powerful days of learning with our team of educational experts to help your school and district move forward to ensure high levels of learning for ALL students and in ALL schools through an enhanced Professional Learning Communities model – Professional Learning Communities 2.0!

This institute will afford you an immersive learning experience with leading experts in the field complete with ready-to-use tools so you can create a more effective learning environment for the students and staff in your context. Our presenters have extensive knowledge pertaining to the key elements and ideas of the Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 Model:

Grounded in the foundational elements that make professional learning communities successful (culture, relationships, equity and leadership), our world renowned presenters will take all educators in attendance through the following big ideas of the enhanced PLC 2.0 model to maximize observable impact in their own context:

  • Co-Creating our Vision of a Learner
  • Investigation of our Evidence Based Reality
  • Exploration of Engaging Tasks and Assessments
  • Determination of our Adult Learning
  • Experimentation and Observation within Classrooms
  • Reflection on our Failures and Successes
  • Identification of customized support for ALL Learners

During this interactive, hands-on and AFFORDABLE institute, participants will explore the PLC 2.0 model and understand how it can help educators move from research to practice to OBSERVABLE IMPACT within every classroom.

Our presenters have a wide-range of knowledge and experience working with educators around these critical topics to ensure you support learning as a professional learning community. Research and experience has shown to include all aspects of this model to guarantee high levels of learning for every single student. Our PLC 2.0 Institutes will give you the theory and the tools to allow you to better understand how all elements systematically flow together to create better learning structures for today’s students.
Our team of presenters will also customize your learning experience at this institute by sharing their research, knowledge and implementation strategies around the topics and ideas within the Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 model. Engage in this process with colleagues on the following questions that must be asked to ensure high levels of learning for all students and a Learning FIRST culture:

  • What type of learning environment and culture do we strive to create in becoming a Learning FIRST school?
  • How we best develop meaningful and lasting relationships to engage our students in authentic learning experiences?
  • How do we ensure equitable learning opportunities for every student that walks into our buildings?
  • What does leadership look like at all levels in Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment?
  • How do our collaborative learning environments move from discussion on what students are learning to more observable impact?
  • What are the most important and critical academic, social/emotional, and behavioral expectations we can co-create with our students and community?
  • How do we create the engaging tasks and assessments that connect to our students and cause the learning that we want in our classrooms?
  • How do we move effective practice from one classroom to ALL classrooms?
  • How will we provide clear and constructive feedback to ensure our students are proficient within our learning intentions?
  • What do we create customized learning plans for all students within our buildings to ensure each student gets what they truly need within their own learning academically, socially/emotionally and behaviorally?

Through these guiding questions and discussion, you will be afforded the opportunity to learn how to best take these practices and create sustainable PLC 2.0 structures that will lay the foundation for meaningful change in the best interest of our learners. This institute is loaded with four great keynotes packed with ideas that support student learning in all situations. Participants also have the ability to personalize their own learning experience by picking from six breakout sessions that best meet their individual learning needs.

Participants who attend this institute, will: (not limited to)

  • understand the role that creating and fostering a culture of learning for ALL has on increasing student achievement in a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment.
  • learn about the power of relationships in development and maintaining a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment.
  • understand the role of relationships within classroom management, differentiation, and how both strategies lead to higher levels of learning.
  • understand what equity means in today’s schools to ensure every student is afforded the right opportunity to learn in a way that best supports his/her own life experiences.
  • learn what effective leadership looks like in creating a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment, regardless of the role one serves within their school or district.
  • learn how to best support ALL students through a highly effective and systematic approach through collaborative systems of support via PLC 2.0.
  • learn how to co-create the vision of a learner within collaborative time and then identify tools and resources to explore the teams evidenced-based reality.
  • understand the role of feedback in the classroom and how to engage in consistent feedback practices to create a Learning FIRST environment.
  • understand how to effectively turn data and evidence into observable impact within our classrooms.
  • Utilize a specific and descriptive observation protocol that allows schools to move from ‘pockets’ to ‘proliferation’ of effective teaching practice.
  • Analyze and create effective and engaging tasks and assessments that will keep today’s learners excited about coming to school.
  • develop an understanding of effective approaches to homework, reassessment, late work, and grading life skills and behaviors in a Learning FIRST PLC 2.0 environment.
  • gain the necessary knowledge and skills to accurately assess, grade, and report achievement against content standards and learning targets.
  • understand some of the misconceptions about grading practices, and identify how to make grades meaningful and motivating.
  • understand how to create learning plans for all learners to ensure every student within our buildings has been afforded a customized learning experience.

“Come Energized, Leave Prepared!”

Participants attending this PLC 2.0 Institute will receive the newly created PLC 2.0 Playbook with all elements of the PLC 2.0 model clearly articulated, as well as spaces for attendees to write action items from each session they attend. PLC 2.0 attendees will also be asked to write out commitments throughout the year they will engage in from the PLC 2.0 process and representatives from FIRST Educational Resources will check in with ALL attendees throughout the year to ensure they moving from theory, to PRACTICE and OBSERVABLE IMPACT!

If you have questions about this institute, please do not hesitate to contact us at (920) 479-6504 or email us at and we would be happy to assist!

3 Graduate Credits Available from Midwest Teachers Institute

Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI) is a national provider of inexpensive and university-accredited K-12 teacher graduate courses for teacher recertification, salary advancement and professional development

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Travel Information:
Nearest Airport: Appleton International Airport (ATW)
Distance from Fond du Lac High School: 43 miles
Alternative Airport: Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
Distance from West Aurora High School: 76 Miles
Hotel Recommendation:
Hampton Inn and Suites
77 N Pioneer Rd
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Distance from Fond du Lac High School: 4 Miles
(920) 933-6767
Room Rate(s): $149.00 per night

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