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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.

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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Growth Mindset is Dead

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Teacher as Researcher: The Ultimate Professional Development

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Feeding the Teacher's Brain: Nutrition Tips for Busy Educators

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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5 Tips for Creating Real Rapport With Your Students

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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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Reflecting for Change, From Journaling to Blogging

By journaling about your challenges and triumphs, you grow as a teacher. By blogging about them, you affirm, inspire, and help others grow.

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How Should Professional Development Change?

When it comes to professional development, teachers need more time and a structure to engage in deep collaboration. Read more on the findings and recommendations from a recent report.

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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 PD for the Digital Classroom: 6 Bold Ideas to Empower Educators

To better leverage digital professional development, schools must allocate more time, reimagine their ecosystem, update training methods, change their culture, redefine leadership, and encourage mentorship.

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

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Just Breathe: When Teachers Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice can help educators slow down and work and teach in a way that is anchored in joy and compassion.

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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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How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success

Whether the goal is for projects to happen occasionally or every day, lasting results require thoughtful school leadership.

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Failure Is Essential to Learning

To help these kids make the kinds of gains they need to master the Common Core, students must learn to receive feedback and also how to use it to improve.

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How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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Launch Video Classroom Observations With New Toolkit

A new toolkit from Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research provides resources to help educators leverage video observations in school communities to improve teacher practice and student learning.

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4 Ways to Refuel Your Gratitude

Check out these four tips for firing up your appreciation for this very moment.

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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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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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