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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

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

Last comment 6 days 10 hours ago
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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

Last comment 1 week 6 days ago
225 180,853 467,320 views

Summer Professional Development: Play!

Last comment 2 weeks 2 days ago
33 3,188 18,884 views

What Doesn't Work When Evaluating Teachers

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 06:00
10 711 14,814 views

When We Listen to Students

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 06:00
4 40,210 views

Browse

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Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

Avoid burnout through positive self-talk and self-reflection, managing your workload, embracing the little joys of teaching, becoming more resilient, and temporarily setting your problems aside.

5 7,336 48,898 views
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Is It Wrong to Teach to the Test?

Many of us would agree that good teaching is about designing instruction that directly builds knowledge and skills found on a test or assessment. 

10 2,051 14,814 views
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Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves

Educators often have trouble acknowledging their contributions to good outcomes. Here are some tips for changing that.

17 4,518 19,731 views
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Student Autonomy, Compliance, and Intrinsic Motivation

The pressures of education today seem to be tilting the balance toward order and compliance, and this can have harmful long-term consequences for both children and society.

14 2,353 12,238 views
A teenage female in a pink t-shirt, black exercise pants, and purple tennis shoes is lying on the grass with her legs raised straight up and her hands reaching towards her feet.
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Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too

Strength training, regular exercise, better rest, and enjoying all of this activity makes you fit, alert, and positive for the physically demanding job of teaching.  

7 2,224 7,721 views
Four young students are sitting around a classroom table building a contraption out of legos and wires. It looks like it might be able to move prompted by technology.
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Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

As a model for reframing methods and outcomes, design thinking reconnects educators to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers.  

3 2,437 16,531 views
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What Teachers Can Learn From Lincoln

Although he was a president, Abraham Lincoln's life provides some powerful lessons for teachers: demonstrating restraint, building trust, and the power of predictability and presence.

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10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position

If there's something pushing you out of your current role or pulling you towards another one, consider this: Pursue the exploration!

7 4,171 47,182 views
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The Key to Effective Teams in Schools: Emotional Intelligence

A school team's emotional intelligence might be the most important predictor of what it will to do together, what conversations will sound like, and how members will feel about going to meetings.

8 16,687 45,681 views
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Teacher Learning That Supports Student Learning: What Teachers Need to Know

Preparing teachers to be more well-rounded educators.

33 258 45,467 views
Six preteen students are standing on their classroom desks, smiling, and one student is sitting.
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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.

25 8,684 45,038 views
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Redesigning My Classroom Environment

Mixing up the types of seating in a classroom can engage different learners and allow students to select various positions depending on exhaustion level, needs of an assignment, or their need for simply a new view.

26 4,724 44,823 views
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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

It's important for educators to examine their own biases so they connect more deeply with each child in their classrooms.

20 6,872 43,322 views
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Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.

26 3,363 43,107 views

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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.

26 215 14,385 views