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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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Why Edcamp?

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Transform Your Staff Meetings, Engage Your Faculty

Remix and energize your school staff meetings by suggesting fresh approaches, making them meaningful, drawing on everyone's genius, and generating inspiring documentation for the community.

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Online Professional Development: Beyond PLCs and PLNs

Since choice increases engagement and standards shape student learning, why not apply these principles to online PD courses with broad standards and options for meeting them?

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Hitting Reset to Empathize With Student Experience

The content usually stays the same, but different students require different approaches. Empathetic teachers remember what it's like to learn something for the first time.

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What New Teachers Need to Know About PD

For new teachers, professional development opportunities are as close as your phone or tablet. Quick, deep resources include Instagram, Feedly, Google Classroom, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Instructional Coaching: Seeding District-Wide Innovation
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Instructional Coaching: Seeding District-Wide Innovation

At Albemarle County Public Schools, teacher-driven instructional coaching supports teachers in their professional development, helps them to engage their students in authentic learning, and spreads innovative practices district-wide.

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Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.

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Online Teacher Book Clubs: Promoting a Culture of Professional Development

Starting an online book club for teachers at your school can promote professional development and teamwork through introducing new ideas without impacting everyone's already-busy schedule.

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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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8 Tips to Create a Twitter-Driven School Culture

Administrators can create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall?

Educator and blogger Richard Curwin reminds us that it's never too early for teachers to consider how they could improve next fall, and offers us six suggestions for getting started now.

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for Teaching Teachers About the Brain

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis, MD says that understanding neurology can give us the tools to build optimism, incentive and motivation in the classroom.

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10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position

If there's something pushing you out of your current role or pulling you towards another one, consider this: Pursue the exploration!

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Six Steps to Master Teaching: Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Longtime educator Peg Regan outlines six critical steps toward becoming a master teacher.

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A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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