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.

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SEDL Letter. (2007). Developing a Staff of Learners. SEDL.

Professional learning communities (PLCs) are more than just collaborative working arrangements or faculty groups that meet regularly. A PLC is a way of working where staff engage in purposeful, collegial learning. This learning is intentional and its purpose is to improve staff effectiveness so students will be more successful learners. Strategies are suggested to create favorable conditions for PLCs.

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The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. (2009). Professional Learning Communities. The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. The authors of this guide explain the essential characteristics of an effective professional learning community (PLC). Strategies are provided to assess the impact of collaboration on student achievement, and necessary supports are outlined.