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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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Personalizing for Teacher Needs

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3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher

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Productive PD: Learning by Doing

Just like students, teachers also learn best by doing. Read how five horses (yes, horses!) participated in a teacher professional development about student motivation.

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3 Surprising Skills That School Counselors Need

School counselors can increase their effectiveness when they master technology skills, embrace data analysis, and develop their public speaking abilities.

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Sharing the Connections That Students Value

In a youth culture that's all about sharing minutiae, teachers can develop a deeper relationship with students by sharing appropriate details from their own lives.

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Cultivating a New Leadership Archetype

Transformative school leaders embrace creativity and play, reimagine meetings, promote a culture of celebration through their daily interactions, and maintain their own health and spirit.

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What Teachers Can Learn From Lincoln

Although he was a president, Abraham Lincoln's life provides some powerful lessons for teachers: demonstrating restraint, building trust, and the power of predictability and presence.

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Teacher as Researcher: The Ultimate Professional Development

Seeking to learn from what happens in the classroom, teacher researchers are innovators, curriculum drivers, agents of school change, and directors of their own professional development.

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Mid-Year Reflection: Setting PD Goals

Halfway through the school year, pause to reflect, review your accomplishments, make an action plan going forward, and determine how you'll hold yourself accountable for these goals.

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.

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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

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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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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents: Introduction Keys to Educator Success

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Read and download this self-assessment rubric and accompanying questions to help you assess your own or your students' social and emotional development this year.

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.

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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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