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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

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Growth Mindset is Dead

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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

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Films That Nourish the Educator's Spirit

Check out this list of inspiring films that speak directly to the educator-activist spirit.

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Reconnecting Adults With Playful Learning

Creativity and self-expression are the keys to helping adults understand how playful learning can enrich the experience of the children in their world.

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A New Must-Read for All Educators

Stories of hope sure to nurture the educator's spirit are offered up in this book by Tom Little.

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Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Cultural values and learning practices transmitted from parents and from community guide how the brain wires itself to process information and handle relationships.

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The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

What happens when students and teachers converse, share experiences, and participate in activities together.

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Supporting Grieving Students

It's important for educators to reach out to grieving students. Here's some guidance and resources to support this difficult task.

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Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom?

A motto is a powerful way for teachers to encapsulate the principles, values, and ideals which guide them in their daily decisions.

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The Trouble with Poetry: A Poem of Explanation

A U.S. poet laureate shares.

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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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The Power of Teachers: The Opportunity to Shape Lives

George Lucas offers ideas for preparing educators for their all-important role.

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How to Teach with Technology: Language Arts

Students fire off ideas for using technology to teach language and literature.

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The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look

Reflection is critical to your continued growth as a teacher, whether you seek student feedback, leave yourself sticky notes, or blog your thoughts for colleagues.

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The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

What happens when students and teachers converse, share experiences, and participate in activities together.

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How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School

How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School

The Vail School District in southern Arizona developed a wiki for teachers to share lesson plans and resources. Today, the wiki is a smash hit, and textbooks are a thing of the past.

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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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