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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.

Discuss

Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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We Have Student-Led Conferences. Why Not Teacher-Led Evaluations?

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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Can You Hear Me Now?

An educator shares how using a microphone while he teaches has improved student learning, comprehension, and behavior.

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

By rejecting persistent nutrition myths and starting the day with a healthy meal, teachers can improve their own performance while modeling brain-friendly habits for their students.

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Mid-Year Reflection: Setting PD Goals

Halfway through the school year, pause to reflect, review your accomplishments, make an action plan going forward, and determine how you'll hold yourself accountable for these goals.

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Three groups of four to five teachers are sitting at tables in a classroom talking to each other, looking at their laptops, and writing on paper.
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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.

89 45,424 65,516 views
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Edtech Resolutions for the New (School) Year

As teachers using technology, what kind of New Year's resolution should we be attempting? Here's some edtech advice from some folks worth listening to.

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New Year's Resolutions: Don't Do It!

As a new year begins, the lure of resolutions are hard to avoid. If you're contemplating setting New Year's resolutions, here's some simple advice: don't!

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Family Engagement that Works: Parent-Teacher Home Visits

The following home-visit model is easily replicated, adapted, and it is relatively inexpensive. And for those educators who are looking to team with families, it's a partnership with a lot of impact.

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.

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Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

Educators from Cochrane Collegiate Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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

Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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Teacher-Tested Travel Grants

Educators enrich their profession with globe-trotting experience -- and get funding to do it.

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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents: Introduction Keys to Educator Success

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Three groups of four to five teachers are sitting at tables in a classroom talking to each other, looking at their laptops, and writing on paper.
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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.

89 45,424 65,516 views
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Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers

For top teachers, the list of 12 tips for maximizing your summer vacation includes reflecting, connecting, laughing, and coming out swinging in September.

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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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