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.)

Professional Learning Communities: Guidance for High School Principals

Marx, G.
The Principals' Partnership

Professional Learning Communities: Reigniting Passion and Purpose

Buffum, A., & Hinman, C.
Leadership 35(5), 16-19.

Professional Learning Communities: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

Hord, S.
Issues . . . About Change 6(1), 1–8.

Professional Learning Communities and the Eight-Year Study

Bullough, R. V.
Educational Horizons 85(3), 168-180.

Professional Learning Communities and the Positive Effects on Student Achievement: A National Agenda for School Improvement

Hughes, T., & Kritsonis, W.
The Lamar University Electronic Journal of Student Research

Professional Learning Communities Impact Student Success

Rentfro, E.
Leadership Compass 5(2), 1–3.

Professional Learning Communities, Leadership, and Student Learning

Gegg, N. L., & Thompson, S.
NMSA 28(1).

Promises Kept: Collective Commitments to Students Become a Catalyst for Improved Professional Practice

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Lopez, D., & Muhammad, A.
Journal of Staff Development 27(3). 53-56.

Pull Out Negativity by its Roots

DuFour, R., & Burnette, B.
Journal of Staff Development 23(3), 27–30.

Pyramid Program Offers Hope, Help

Beaudette, C.
Muscatine Journal

Q&A With Pender County Schools Superintendent Allison Sholar


Star News Online

Reality Check: Clarify Your Current Reality With an Audit of PLC Practices

Many, T., & Ritchie, S.
Reality Check: Clarify Your Current Reality with an Audit of PLC Practices Many, T., & Ritchie, S. (2006). National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal 24(1), 21–28.

Research Matters/Challenges of Value-Added Assessment

Doran, H., & Fleischman, S.
Educational Leadership 63(3), 85–87.

The Role of Conversation, Contention, and Commitment in a Professional Learning Community

Graham, P.
Connexions

The Role of Leadership in Developing and Sustaining Collective Efficacy in a Professional Learning Community

Porter, W.
University of California San Diego
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