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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.

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.

3 Steps to Make 2015 Epic

Make your New Year epic by learning from your mistakes and moving on, setting audacious goals, and creating everyday memories that will warm and inspire you.

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 a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and 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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Individualized Technology Goals (ITGs) for Teachers: A Fable of the Staff Development with No Clothes

The best way for raising teachers' technology abilities is through a coordinated, district-wide, individualized training program -- because effective staff development is personal.

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3 Digital Reading Challenges for Summer

To better understand students' relationship with digital reading, consider these three summer challenges for yourself: academic reading via browser, PDF, and eBook.

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Find Your Digital Space

For teachers staking out their digital space, the first three steps are determining the right platform, developing your brand, and finding the confidence to share.

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Summer Professional Development: Play!

Teaching takes creativity so here's some suggestions for engaging in some playful learning this summer.

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Reading in Summer Gives You Somewhere to Go

Combine the traditional escape and enrichment of summer reading with social media resources for sharing discoveries with like-minded educators and readers.

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Summer Reading and Rejuvenation

Summer vacation is teachers' opportunity for self-rediscovery, and Josh Block shares nine books that will help make him the teacher he wants to be.

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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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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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Guías Gratuitas de Clase

Guías de Clase: Obtén dinero para tu escuela utilizando Crowdfunding

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Making the Most Out of Teacher Collaboration

Blogger Ben Johnson stresses the importance of collaboration and offer strategies for teachers working together.

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Rethinking Difficult Parents

Educational consultant and author Allen Mendler looks at the ways that difficult parents can become teachers' allies rather than their adversaries.

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Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator

Elana Leoni, Edutopia's Social Media Marketing Manager, shares ten tips to become a connected educator -- including making the time to connect, following educators you respect, and being open to making mistakes.

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How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN

Edutopia's Betty Ray on how to get started using Twitter to expand your personal learning network.

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6 Proposals for Improving Teacher Morale

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reviews why low teacher morale is part of a complex cause-effect loop and offers six proposals to start breaking this cycle.

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