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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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Listening Dyads Can Transform Your Team

Dyadic communication paired with Constructivist Listening presents a unique, healthy way for teachers to integrate their emotional selves with their professional selves.

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Listening to Parents: What It Means to Be an Ally

The best ways to build trust with parents are thinking before you react, being fully present, not offering quick fixes, and committing to follow-ups.

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Reflecting on Reflection: A Habit of Mind

Terry Heick looks at what reflection is, how it works as both a private and shared activity, and why teachers need it in their toolkit.

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Teaching Is Giving: One Teacher's Gift List

Terry Heick reflects on the many levels of giving that happen within our teaching practice, and considers how he can give more -- and more efficiently.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Winter Reading Suggestions

Planning to do some winter reading? There are so many great books out there, and it's hard to know where to start! This playlist of author interviews and book reviews will give you some inspiration for your next great read.

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Becoming a Listening Educator

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Tips for Coaching Teacher Teams

Check out these tips and sage advice on how to guide a team of teachers and facilitate professional development.

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5 Simple Lessons for Social and Emotional Learning for Adults

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar offers up five lessons to use with school staff and faculty for building emotional awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

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How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist

Blogger Judy Willis provides a neurobiological perspective on why burnout happens, and, even more importantly, how to reverse the pattern.

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Making Sure They Are Learning

Sticky notes coalesce into high-level analytical thinking in Sarah Kaufmann's 6th grade humanities class, where complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces that help students master challenging assignments.

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Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher

What does greatness mean in education? Administrator, author, and educator Ben Johnson ponders the quality of excellence.

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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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Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math

An Oregon elementary school has improved test scores by integrating math across all subject areas and focusing on teacher training.

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