For an overview of PLCs, see What Is a “Professional Learning Community”?

Successful PLCs are committed to professional learning for continuous improvement. Here you’ll find our officially recommended readings on foundational questions and implementation issues, as well as news on successful PLC districts and schools. (Note: Articles are subject to copyright laws. Please secure the permission of the copyright owner before duplicating.)

Issues in Restructuring Schools

Newmann, F.
Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools. School of Education, Wisconsin Center for Education Research Issue Report No. 6, Spring

Keep the Leadership Pipeline Flowing: Districts Can Adopt These 5 Strategies to Streamline Succession Planning

Hall, W.
Journal of Staff Development 29(3), 33–34.

The Key to Improved Teaching and Learning

DuFour, R.
The AdvanceED Source 2.

Launching Professional Learning Communities: Beginning Actions

Cowan, D., & Leo, T.
Issues . . . About Change 8(2), 1–8.

Leadership Is a Beach

Wilhelm, T.
Leadership 37(3), 30–31.

Leadership Is Not a Solo Act

DuFour, R., & DuFour, R.
The Special Edge 19(3), 1-5

Leadership Development: The Critical Element in Sustaining the Cultural Changes of a Professional Learning Community

Hall, W.
National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal 24(1), 44–49.

Leading Edge: Bring the Whole Staff on Board


Journal of Staff Development 23(3). 76-77.

Leading Edge: “Collaboration Lite” Puts Student Achievement on a Starvation Diet

DuFour, R.
Journal of Staff Development 24(3), 63–64.

Leading Edge: Culture shift doesn’t occur overnight – or without conflict

DuFour, R.
Journal of Staff Development 25(4), 63–64.

Leading Edge: How Deep Is Your Support System?

DuFour, R.
Journal of Staff Development 23(4), 72–73.

Leading Edge: How to Get the Best Return on the Minute

DuFour, R.
Journal of Staff Development 23(1), 60–61.

Leading Edge: If We Are to Call Ourselves Professionals, We Are Obligated to Use the Best Practices. Anything Less Is Unacceptable

DuFour, R.
Journal of Staff Development 24(2), 71–72.

Leading Edge: Leadership Is an Affair of the Heart

DuFour, R.
Journal of Staff Development 25(1), 67–68.

Leading Edge: One Clear Voice Is Needed in the Din

DuFour, R.
Journal of Staff Development 24(1), 77–78.
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