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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.


Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

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Engaging Teachers in Effective Collaborative Inquiry

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

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What Does Transformational Teaching Look Like?

Download a one-page tip sheet to reference six ways you can transform your teaching practice.

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Daily Planning Worksheet

Download this sample daily planning worksheet to help you think about how to plan your weekly activities.

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5 Essential Elements of a Classroom Walkthrough

Download this PDF for five great tips for effective classroom walkthroughs.




Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

Get a roundup of educational webinars, conferences, and edcamps aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

Social and emotional competencies help teachers avoid burnout and increase well-being. By identifying our internal drivers, we use our emotional intelligence to improve our craft.

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Routine, Ritual, and School Community

Build a positive school culture and climate for students and staff alike by creating expectations around constructive routines and fun rituals.

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Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs

Supercharge your PLC by blending in ideas from your PLN and encouraging more traditional community members to sample these networks' free-flowing ideas.

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3 Book Suggestions for Collegial Conversations

Reading together inspires thinking together -- and sets the stage for action as we look for opportunities to put ideas into practice.

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The Power of Story in School Transformation

Educators should pay close attention to their students' and colleagues' stories and, through "storientation," use these shared feelings and expectations to create desired outcomes.

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Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

Here are five books that will add some fun, practicality, data-driven findings, digital thinking, and connectivity to your PD reading this summer.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a personal life.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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4 Things Transformational Teachers Do

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

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