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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.

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.

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

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Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom?

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Does Being Young Matter to Be a Great Teacher?

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Students Aren't Waiting to Improve Their World

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher

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The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

Thanks to a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.

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Germany Takes On Education Reform (Education Everywhere Series)

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Design Thinking for Educators Workshop Schedule

Weekly assignments, posted on Monday mornings, can be done at any time during the week.

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Design Thinking Workshop Presenters

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Investing in Professional Development for Technology and Inquiry-Based Learning
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Investing in Professional Development for Technology and Inquiry-Based Learning

In rural Missouri, a job-embedded PD program called eMINTS has made a positive impact with long-term, relevant, and hands-on technology training.

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For More Info: Design Thinking for Educators

Design thinking is a powerful approach to solving complex problems.

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How to Use YouTube in the Classroom
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How to Use YouTube in the Classroom

Educational consultant and former Edutopia.org blogger Chris O'Neal demonstrates educational uses for the video-sharing Web site.

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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 Good Mentor: What It Takes To Be Effective

An expert describes the necessary components for a successful districtwide teacher-mentoring program.

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Teachers: Finding Appreciation at Work

The daily demands on teachers can be intense and incredibly taxing yet acknowledgement of all the hard work can work wonders for helping with stress management.

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9 Quick Tips for Taking Ownership of Your PD

Engineer PD activities on your own terms, whether it's inside your own school building, among far-flung teacher friends, or out in the teacher-friendly Twitterverse.

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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...

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Beyond Emily: Post-ing Etiquette

Educators offer guidelines for promoting good online behavior.

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Blog

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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