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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.

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.

3 Steps to Make 2015 Epic

Make your New Year epic by learning from your mistakes and moving on, setting audacious goals, and creating everyday memories that will warm and inspire you.

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 a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and 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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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

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5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

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How Teachers Can Share Their Own Learning

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You're Gonna Hear Me Roar: Overcoming Classroom Stage Fright

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines the causes of sage-on-the-stage fright and suggests ten useful and amusing tips for teachers who need to chillax and/or energize themselves so that they can teach without fear.

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How Do I Get a PLN?

Guest blogger Tom Whitby, a 40-year veteran of the teaching profession and an extremely connected educator, offers some basic, practical wisdom about what a PLN is and how to get one.

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One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking

Guest blogger Ashley Nahornick, a Doctorate of Education Candidate at Teachers College Columbia, offers a one-minute strategy for introducing teachers and students to the mindset of design thinking.

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8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations

Guest blogger Jason Cranford Teague, author, communicator and trusted designer, shares eight slide show tips to power-up your classroom presentations.

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Tips, Tricks and More from the Edutopia Community

Samer Rabadi, Edutopia's Online Community Manager, launches our Tips, Tricks and More series with a look at some shared resources and a salute to community members who've shared their compelling stories.

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6 Things We Know for Sure with iPads in School

Guest blogger Jennifer Krzystowczyk, an Apple Certified Trainer, shares the six proven benefits of district-wide iPad integration in Bellevue, Nebraska.

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A Reading List for Project-Based Learning

Explore these project-based learning resources for educators and parents.

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Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 1: Staff Presentations

Use technology to implement the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) for clarity and efficiency in presenting to and communicating with school staff.

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Habits of Mind for the New Year: 10 Steps to Actually Accomplish Your Resolutions

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis points out that a New Year's resolution, at its core, is a new habit, and offers ten steps for identifying and incorporating new habits into our lives.

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The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look

Reflection is critical to your continued growth as a teacher, whether you seek student feedback, leave yourself sticky notes, or blog your thoughts for colleagues.

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The Best 1:1 Device is a Good Teacher

Edutopia blogger Andy Marcinek, a frequent advocate for one-to-one classrooms, admits that no edtech can truly replace an engaged, forward-thinking teacher.

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Book Recommendations for Awesome Teachers

Teacher and blogger Jose Vilson recommends a summer reading list whose titles cover issues of leadership, race and math.

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What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick takes a fresh look at innovation and breaks out the six conditions that must be in place for educational innovation.

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