Morton 201 Recognized For Student Academic Achievement

Add another notch on the belt for J. Sterling Morton High School District 201. Solution Tree recently honored the district for its abilty to raise student achievement in the district and oversee the successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work. Solution Tree acknowledged the program has become a major factor in the improved achievement of Morton 201’s students.

Also called PLCs, these programs that pair traditional education methods with ongoing, job-embedded learning techniques for the educators who serve those students. These incorporate the idea to focus on learning, build a collaborative culture, and create a results orientation.

“We are honored to be recognized for this achievement,” said Jeffry Pesek, president of the Morton 201 Board of Education. “We’ll continue to ensure we’re on the right track to improvement as we work toward our mission: every student succeeds.”

Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, which includes: the demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts; implementation of these concepts for at least three years; clear evidence of improved student learning over that period.

Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

“You cannot just implement the programs and expect to receive an honor,” Pesek said. “You have to demonstrate how the program has helped the students and how everyone works to ensure academic excellence. We are grateful of the recognition and feel we have definitely established a new tradition of high academic excellence here at Morton 201.”

Educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels,” according to the team behind the PCL at Work program. “They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”

The team includes Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos.

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.