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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.

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

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

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Securing Our Future: The Importance of Mentoring

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How Should Professional Development Change?

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Teacher PD for the Digital Classroom: 6 Bold Ideas to Empower Educators

To better leverage digital professional development, schools must allocate more time, reimagine their ecosystem, update training methods, change their culture, redefine leadership, and encourage mentorship.

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Just Breathe: When Teachers Practice Mindfulness

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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The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look

Reflection is critical to your continued growth as a teacher, whether you seek student feedback, leave yourself sticky notes, or blog your thoughts for colleagues.

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Teaching with Passion: Advice for Young Educators

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The Trouble with Poetry: A Poem of Explanation

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The Home-School Team: An Emphasis on Parent Involvement

Students thrive when their parents become part of the classroom.

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Engineer PD activities on your own terms, whether it's inside your own school building, among far-flung teacher friends, or out in the teacher-friendly Twitterverse.

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Teacher Learning That Supports Student Learning: What Teachers Need to Know

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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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