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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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An Introduction to Teacher Development
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An Introduction to Teacher Development

New models for preparing educators in training focus on practical tips and feedback.

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How to Boost Parental Involvement

Here are five ways to improve communication with parents.

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Education-Stimulus Priority: Create New Data Systems

Statewide collection and tracking of performance information is key to success in public education.

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New York Children Take a Google Lit Trip

An online tool lets kids travel virtually on a historical train ride.

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Teens Tackle Real-World Math in Oklahoma

How to bring high tech to your school at a low cost.

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California Kids Use -- and Teach -- Digital Storytelling

Can't find tech mentors? How about the ones sitting in front of you?

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How to Get Free Teaching Materials

Educators share tips for stocking up on complimentary classroom supplies.

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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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When Bad Teachers Happen to Good Students: Communication Is the Key to Change

With appropriate methods of communication and a collective voice, students do have the power to make a change.

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Week One: A Design Thinking Mini-Challenge

Week One of the Design Thinking Workshop is underway! Learn the basics and get warmed up with a couple of simple design challenges.

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Supporting Teachers: Resources for Mentors

Mentor educators share tips about finding the best resources.

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How to Break Down Barriers to Starting PLCs

Here are the five most common obstacles to starting professional learning communities -- and how to address them.

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The Key Components of Effective Teacher Preparation: The Experts Speak

A panel of experts in education speak on what makes an effective teacher preparation program.

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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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