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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Teacher Development

High-quality teaching is vital for student success. Explore elements of effective professional development and leadership critical for growing and supporting great teachers.

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Overview

Growing Great Teachers

Just as professionals in medicine, architecture, and law have opportunities to learn through participating in internships and learning best practices, exemplary teacher-preparation programs allow teacher candidates the time to spend in classrooms with experienced mentors. Watch an introduction video.

Importance

Why is Teacher Development Important?

Students deserve the best. Teacher-preparation programs provide educators-to-be with the tools, mentors, and hands-on experience they'll need once they begin their career. See about a career in teaching.

Three teachers in discussion reviewing papers Research

Research Review: Teacher Development and Leadership

The human touch is the most valuable element in education. Teachers, administrators, and parents play critical roles in coaching and guiding students through the learning process, nurturing students' interest and confidence as learners. Dig deeper.

Programs

Innovative Exemplars

Teacher-preparation programs are responding to the increasingly complex needs of new teachers, and we profile ten of the most innovative exemplars. Learn more.

Discuss

We Have Student-Led Conferences. Why Not Teacher-Led Evaluations?

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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Education Research Highlights From 2015

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What Kind of Ecosystem Is Your School?

If we believe that a school is an ecosystem, then we realize we must care about every aspect of the school. 

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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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Keeping Classroom Computers Clean During Flu Season

Apparently, the keyboards of classroom computers can be germier than toilet seats. Here's some advice to keep the seasonal bacteria and viruses at bay in classrooms.

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Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

Avoid burnout through positive self-talk and self-reflection, managing your workload, embracing the little joys of teaching, becoming more resilient, and temporarily setting your problems aside.

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Is It Wrong to Teach to the Test?

Many of us would agree that good teaching is about designing instruction that directly builds knowledge and skills found on a test or assessment. 

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Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves

Educators often have trouble acknowledging their contributions to good outcomes. Here are some tips for changing that.

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Student Autonomy, Compliance, and Intrinsic Motivation

The pressures of education today seem to be tilting the balance toward order and compliance, and this can have harmful long-term consequences for both children and society.

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How to End the Dropout Crisis: Ten Strategies for Student Retention

Proven tactics for keeping kids engaged and in school, all the way through high school graduation.

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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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Redefining the Role of the Teacher: It's a Multifaceted Profession

A closer look at what being an educator really means.

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5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.

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How to Get Free Teaching Materials

Educators share tips for stocking up on complimentary classroom supplies.

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Discover Your Multiple Intelligences
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Take a Quiz: Learn Something New About Yourself!

How tech savvy are you? Are you a visual or a verbal learner? How do you manage your emotions? Take a quiz and get answers to these questions -- and bring the results to your classroom.

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Ten Websites for Science Teachers

Blogger Eric Brunsell takes us on a tour of his favorite online resources for science teachers.

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Teacher Development Is Key to Closing the Achievement Gap

Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) defines four key practices for sustained student achievement.

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