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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.

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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Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn

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Hangouts on Air: Connecting Teachers With Content Experts

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Making It Stick With My Summer PD Reading List

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

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Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out

Teacher-researchers, design thinkers, and teacherpreneurs have the abilities and opportunities to improve education through their playfulness, creativity, and collaboration skills.

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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

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Promoting Playful Learning Through Teacher Networks

Through Edcamps and the ScratchED community, teachers can become champions of the kind of playful learning that will help their students thrive.

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Using Voxer to Streamline School Communication

One administrative team describes how they use a voice-messaging app as a tool for day-to-day communication, building relationships, and making meetings more effective.

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Reconnecting Adults With Playful Learning

Creativity and self-expression are the keys to helping adults understand how playful learning can enrich the experience of the children in their world.

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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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Game Face On: Gamification for Engaging Teachers in PD

By gamifying their school's PD, two educators motivated and engaged their faculty to master the challenges of learning how to teach in a 1:1 environment.

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Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology

Guest blogger Josh Work, middle school teacher and Marine Corps reservist, talks about teachers who struggle with technology and offers five professional development tips that can bring staff up to speed for school-wide technology integration initiatives.

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7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"

Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, identifies the problem of 'Q&A teaching' and offers five tips for teachers to examine and improve their modeling and direct instruction practice.

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TeacherTube Is a YouTube for Educators

A Web site offers online sharing, production, and community building for teachers.

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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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Neuro Myths: Separating Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning

New research on educational neuroscience tells us how kids learn -- and how you should teach.

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