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Solution Tree, a professional development company

February 05, 2016 14:00 ET

Solution Tree Announces 2016 DuFour Award Winner

BLOOMINGTON, IN--(Marketwired - February 05, 2016) - Solution Tree, an educational publisher and professional development provider, has announced Mason Crest Elementary in Annandale, Va., as the winner of the first annual DuFour Award. The award was created to honor high-performing schools that demonstrate exceptional levels of student achievement.

Mason Crest was recognized during the Summit on PLC at Work™, which took place in Phoenix, Ariz., February 3-5, 2016. During the ceremony, Solution Tree presented the school with a check for $25,000.

"What Mason Crest has accomplished as a team is truly remarkable," said Solution Tree's CEO, Jeffrey C. Jones. "Their outstanding work toward continuous school improvement and increased student learning is an inspiration."

Mason Crest's application included an essay and short video highlighting their impressive long-term commitment and dedication to building a successful professional learning community, improving student learning, and advancing instructional best practices.

"The honor of receiving this award is beyond words and one that we will forever be grateful," said Mason Crest Elementary principal Brian Butler. "After taking a minute to celebrate, the award pushes us to strive to delve even deeper into the process and to step out of our comfort zone, to continue to grow and learn."

Celia Boltz, a teacher at Mason Crest, added, "The recognition is a great honor, but what is more special about the award is that we will be able to continue our work by teaching other schools and teachers about how we operate at Mason Crest … it means our students will have more opportunities to discover their passions and find their love for learning."

For more information about the DuFour Award and the winning school, please visit

About Solution Tree

Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. Solution Tree has empowered K-12 educators to raise student achievement through a wide range of services and products including educator conferences, customized district solutions for long-term professional development, books, videos, online courses and more.

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