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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.

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How Should Professional Development Change?

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The Downside of Being a Connected Educator

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Teachers: Finding Appreciation at Work

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Ten Websites for Science Teachers

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What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

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Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers

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To get off to a flying start planning this summer, borrow good project ideas from other teachers and adapt them to fit your context.

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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)

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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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Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers

These user-friendly tools will keep you and your class inspired, inventive, and organized.

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