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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Professional Development

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal, informal, ongoing, and job-embedded professional-development programs keeping teachers at the top of their game.

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Should Students Have a Role in Professional Development?

Check out these real-life examples of students playing an active role in their teachers' professional learning.

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Using Pre-Needs Assessment for Effective PD

Personalize your PD by using tools like Google Forms, Padlet, and Nearpod to learn what teachers already know and what they need to know.

Becoming a Listening Educator

The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development

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Getting Curious (Not Furious) With Students

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Collaborative Mentoring for New Teachers

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Summer Professional Development: Play!

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Edcamps: The New Professional Development

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Getting Curious (Not Furious) With Students

When teachers get curious instead of furious, they don't take the student's behavior personally, and they don't act on anger. They respond to student behaviors rather than react to them.

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5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools

High-poverty schools can meet student, professional, and system learning agendas by strengthening instructional framework, targeted interventions, reading proficiency, reflective practice, and data-based inquiry.

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Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation

Video cameras in the classroom? Teachers gladly contribute to each other's PD in a culture of safe sharing, support for best efforts, and collaborative growth mindset.

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Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Administrators

Observe and advise your teachers throughout the year, and at their summative evaluations, celebrate their strengths and share possible improvements through open-ended questions.

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Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Teachers

Teachers approaching their summative evaluations with a growth mindset will bridge the divide and diminish the adversarial relationship with the administrator, who is on their side.

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Innovate Salisbury: An Action Research Project

One school district spent a year working with 15 teachers to determine the conditions needed to identify, create, and promote the scaling of classroom innovations.

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Personalizing for Teacher Needs

Educators need different levels of support and opportunity at different phases of their career. Here's how to be more responsive to beginning, middle-of-the-road, and veteran teachers.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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How to Get Free Teaching Materials

Educators share tips for stocking up on complimentary classroom supplies.

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5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.

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No-Cost Summer Travel for Teachers

Guest blogger Suzanne Acord, former Peace Corps volunteer and current high school history teacher, introduces a range of inexpensive travel opportunities that will broaden teachers' worldview and enhance their lessons for years to come.

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Teacher Burnout: 4 Warning Signs

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano confronts the weary heartbreak of teacher burnout by offering four warning signs to help recognize it in yourself and your colleagues.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Non-Teaching Time

Nobody can "make time," but here are five smart ways to make better use of your non-teaching time with more efficiency and a lot less stress.

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Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.

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