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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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Is there such thing as a 'teaching instinct'?

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Five Peaceful Steps To Delivering Critical Feedback

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Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look

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Andragogy in Pedagogy

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Free tools, web links and other resources to help bring online learning to your school.

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Online Learning in the Traditional Classroom

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Edutopia @ ISTE 2010

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Teachers Support Differentiated Learning Through Professional Development and Collaboration
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Teachers Support Differentiated Learning Through Professional Development and Collaboration

In order to successfully personalize learning for each student, teachers at Forest Lake Elementary plan lessons together, build a strong support network, and collaborate on professional development.

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2012: Gift Ideas

May is Teacher Appreciation Month and Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 7 to May 13 this year. Educators from our online community shared their suggestions for great teacher gifts.

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A Clean Slate: Interactive Whiteboard Makes Lessons Snazzy

There's no reason to be bored with this new kind of board.

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Summer Professional Development: Play!

Teaching takes creativity so here's some suggestions for engaging in some playful learning this summer.

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Beyond Emily: Post-ing Etiquette

Educators offer guidelines for promoting good online behavior.

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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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Articles, best practices, and training sites for virtual education.

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Waldorf-Inspired Curriculum Materials

What makes a Waldorf class work? Here are some notes from a veteran teacher.

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Listening to Themselves: Podcasting Takes Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Student-produced podcasts bolster knowledge and communication skills.

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