Morrissey, M.S. (2000.) Professional Learning Communities: An Ongoing Exploration. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.

The paper examines professional learning communities, the components that comprise them, current literature references, and connections to school improvement planning. There is also a section on steps schools can take to prepare for developing effective professional learning communities.

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DuFour, R. (2004).  What is a “Professional Learning Community”?, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
The article outlines main components of effective professional learning communities. DuFour includes a careful discuss of each component and then provides examples of that component in application.