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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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We Have Student-Led Conferences. Why Not Teacher-Led Evaluations?

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Educational Conference Experience

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

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It's Time to Make Learning Fun Again . . . Even for Adults

Bring professional development events to life with Interactive Learning Challenges, which merge collaboration, interactivity, and problem solving in a hands-on environment for learning technology.

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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.

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9 Quick Tips for Taking Ownership of Your PD

Engineer PD activities on your own terms, whether it's inside your own school building, among far-flung teacher friends, or out in the teacher-friendly Twitterverse.

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The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education

Instead of believing in the right/left brain, learning styles, and that we use only ten percent of our brains, we should focus on neuroscience research.

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5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators

For admins just starting out, it's helpful to establish relationships, visit classrooms, understand others, flatten the hierarchy, and become an active social media presence.

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Taking Charge: 5 Key Strategies for DIY PD

Educators create their own professional development opportunities with the many resources available via social media, bringing their admins on board with this new model.

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8 Free Apps and Web Tools for Staying Organized in the New Year

The human brain can organize only so much data. Tools like 30/30, Pocket, and Sunrise can boost your ability to stay informed, connected, and on time.

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How Instructional Coaches Can Help Transform Schools

Blogger Elena Aguilar makes a case for schools hiring instructional coaches.

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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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5 Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs invites new teachers to consider the meaning of Connected Educator Month and how connecting will help them succeed this year and beyond. (Updated 10/2013)

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Edutopia's Top Ten for 2014
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Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels.

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What Teacher Leadership Looks Like for the New School Year

Teacher and blogger Jose Vilson looks at what 21st century teacher leadership involves and breaks it down into four simple but essential steps for starting a new school year in this role.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Best Kickoff Videos

VideoAmy has collected a playlist of brief, compelling videos about education that can be used to start meetings with a bang and get everyone from parents to teachers engaged.

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Why Edcamp?

Edcamps are informal sessions by and for teachers, where anyone can present, and the focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design.

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