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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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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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Teacher as Researcher: The Ultimate Professional Development

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Growth Mindset is Dead

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