Leading Professional Learning Communities

"I valued learning how to tackle problems and dilemmas that arise in a productive way. You don’t have to have a set solution for the problem to be able to make moves."

- 2023 Participant

Download the 2023-24 flyer here.


Program Dates: July 22-26, 2024 
Time: 8:30am to 3:30pm each day
Location: Arturo Velasquez Westside Technical Institute

*The 26th will be a half day.


  • Explore the significance of facilitative leadership to improve student learning.
  • Cultivate a toolbox (i.e. protocols, templates) to use for rigorous work with teams.
  • Hone strategies for leading equity-centered work among adults that is focused on students.
  • Practice facilitative skills, such as giving and receiving constructive feedback on professional practice.
  • Examine student and adult work with the use of targeted tools and protocols.
  • Develop a practical plan for leading a PLC.
Participants will explore how to develop professional learning communities (PLCs) in their schools that focus on student achievement. Additionally, participants will gain strategies for effectively facilitating adult learning and walk away with concrete protocols and tools for immediate use.
The experience is designed to deepen reflective practice and facilitative leadership skills for educators, with an emphasis on better understanding the impact of race and equity. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 26th. 


  • Standard Rate: $2,000
  • CPS Educator (non-partner school): $1,000
  • Partner Educators (PSN and FS4E only) : $0 for up to 3 registrants total per school for Equity-Based Leadership and/or Leading Professional Learning Communities. Afterwards, cost is $500 per participant.  
    Example 1: One school registers one educator for LPLC and two for EBL at no cost. 
    Example: 2: One school registers three educators for EBL. A fourth educator registers for LPLC for $500.
The workshop will take place at the Arturo Velasquez Westside Technical Institute at 2800 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608. Attendance is required for all four days. All meals and materials will be provided.
For Illinois residents, ISBE Clock Hours are available!
Please contact Nichole Ellington should you need assistance regarding your registration.