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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

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

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The Downside of Being a Connected Educator

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

Last comment 14 hours 23 min ago
11 1,030 27,935 views

The Downside of Being a Connected Educator

Last comment 1 day 8 hours ago
14 46 1,721 views

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

Last comment 1 day 11 hours ago
24 95 9,182 views

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Administrators: Tough Love

At YES Prep, sustaining high levels of achievement requires constant vigilance.

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CARE Program Teaches Educators to Manage Their Emotions

Teachers learn how to cope with stress through mindfulness and meditation.

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Feedback: A New Orleans School Inspires Hope

Readers respond to a charismatic principal's reforms and professional-development initiatives.

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Five Funding Sources for Green Retrofits

Seek out government, corporate, and nonprofit aid for retrofitting your school.

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YES Prep: Mark DiBella on How to Lead a Change
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Mark DiBella on How to Lead a Change

YES Prep's school director discusses how to create a positive environment for everyone in the school community.

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YES Prep: Hiring and Supporting Great Teachers
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YES Prep Hires and Supports Great Teachers

In a school where students and staff alike give 100 percent every day, teacher support and a strong community are key.

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Successful Team Teaching at YES Prep
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YES Prep Demonstrates Successful Team Teaching

Sixth and seventh-grade teachers pair up in the classroom to integrate their subjects.

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Team Teaching: How to Improve Each Other's Game
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Team Teaching: How to Improve Each Other's Game

Through video observation, collaborative planning, and candid, constructive criticism, California high school math teachers Mike Fauteux and Rose Zapata have struck upon a formula to improve their practice and increase student achievement.

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Resources and Downloads for Online Learning

Free tools, web links and other resources to help bring online learning to your school.

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Motivation: Reflecting On What To Do When It's Not There

Reflecting on our own lack of motivation can provide insights as to why students also struggle at times to feel inspired.

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Teacher Development Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents: Introduction

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Teacher Development Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents: Introduction

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Information-Literacy Primer: Learning to Research on the Web

Knowing how to navigate through and research on the Web is a skill. Following are some pointers and resources.

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Cross-Country Collaboration: Teleconferencing Brings Students Together

Students on each American coast work together on a project.

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