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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.


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.


11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

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7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

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6 Elements to Design & Deliver Your Own Course

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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

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6 Elements to Design & Deliver Your Own Course

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Teachers: Five Ways to Ease Back into School

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Rocking the Classroom with Art and Soul

When Andrew Kong Knight isn't teaching art, he's rocking education rallies with his Angry Tired Teachers band.


Schools Look to Teacher-Training Institutions for Tech Leadership

Schools of education must fuel a digital revolution in teaching.

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Technology Tools to Get Teachers Started

A mini-manual to Web readiness shows that immersion, with guidance, is key.

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A Digital-Literacy Maven's Favorite Web Links

Education professor Michele Knobel uses these sites to help prepare tomorrow's teachers.


How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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How to Teach with Technology: Science and Math

Students fire off ideas for using digital tools to teach scientific and mathematical concepts.

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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 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 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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How to Boost Parental Involvement

Here are five ways to improve communication with parents.

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Zero-Thumb Game: How to Tame Texting

English teachers take text messaging to task -- as a teaching tool.

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The Internet Breaks School Walls Down

What happens to time-worn concepts of classrooms and teaching when we can now go online and learn anything, anywhere, anytime?

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Year in Review: Edutopia's Staff Picks

We look back on 2009 and spotlight our favorite articles, videos, blogs, and discussions.

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Boston Teacher Residency: Real-World Training and Cost Incentives Keep Teachers Teaching

Homegrown training for Beantown devotees.

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