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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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Rediscovering Your Fulfillment as a Teacher

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Rest: The Antidote for Discouragement

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Family Engagement: Engaging the Disengaged

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Who Is Your Warm Demander Role Model?

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Personalizing for Teacher Needs

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3 Book Suggestions for Collegial Conversations

Reading together inspires thinking together -- and sets the stage for action as we look for opportunities to put ideas into practice.

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Launch Video Classroom Observations With New Toolkit

A new toolkit from Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research provides resources to help educators leverage video observations in school communities to improve teacher practice and student learning.

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Can PD Be Virtual? Technology and Trends

Virtual professional development increases access, creates meaningful connections, and supports educators with the help of virtual tools for video conferencing, live sessions, and online courses.

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Resources From Connected Educator Month 2015

Explore Edutopia's guide to websites, events, tools, and other resources from Connected Educator Month.

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Boost Your Resilience By Managing Emotional Triggers

Teachers, what or who triggers you? By exploring how we respond, we can increase our emotional resilience.

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Teacher Development Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Teacher Development Research Table of Contents: Introduction

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Teacher Development and Leadership Research Review

Editor's Note: This article was originally written by Vanessa Vega, with subsequent updates made by the Edutopia staff.

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Overcoming Technology Barriers: How to Innovate Without Extra Money or Support

Five easy, practical steps toward better digital integration in your classroom.

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Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math
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Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math

An Oregon elementary school has improved test scores by integrating math across all subject areas and focusing on teacher training.

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Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom?

A motto is a powerful way for teachers to encapsulate the principles, values, and ideals which guide them in their daily decisions.

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Teachers: Finding Appreciation at Work

The daily demands on teachers can be intense and incredibly taxing yet acknowledgement of all the hard work can work wonders for helping with stress management.

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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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Quick Classroom Exercises to Make Learning Lively
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Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively

Four techniques for mental clarity from fitness expert Joel Kirsch.

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Winning Equation: How Technology Can Help Save Math Education

A national panel recommends technology to fix a broken system. Here's how some teachers are using math tech.

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Blog

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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