George Lucas Educational Foundation

Professional Development

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal, informal, ongoing, and job-embedded professional-development programs keeping teachers at the top of their game.

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Should Students Have a Role in Professional Development?

Check out these real-life examples of students playing an active role in their teachers' professional learning.

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Using Pre-Needs Assessment for Effective PD

Personalize your PD by using tools like Google Forms, Padlet, and Nearpod to learn what teachers already know and what they need to know.

Becoming a Listening Educator

The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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Summer Professional Development Blog Series

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3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher

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From Management to Engagement

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8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD

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Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

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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!

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It Takes Courage to Make Schools Better

Making one's school better requires honest conversation, and that requires courage. Check out these questions and conversation starters that can be used in faculty meetings or as a professional development activity.

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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Hangouts on Air: Connecting Teachers With Content Experts

Google Hangouts can be an accessible, low-cost tool for teaching educators about technology or turning snow days into PD sessions -- among many other possibilities.

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8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD

Among the top strategies for highly effective professional development are making it useful, making it relevant, and making sure that teachers start practicing it ASAP.

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Learning From Students

Unplanned interactions and observations can provide teachers with clues about who students really are, what they're thinking, and what they need in order to learn.

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Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out

Teacher-researchers, design thinkers, and teacherpreneurs have the abilities and opportunities to improve education through their playfulness, creativity, and collaboration skills.

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How Instructional Coaches Can Help Transform Schools

Blogger Elena Aguilar makes a case for schools hiring instructional coaches.

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"School Time" in New Zealand

Traveling ed blogger Adam Provost checks in from New Zealand with a report on how rethinking the daily school schedule can make a world of difference.

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Science Shows Making Lessons Relevant Really Matters

Personal relevance is as vital to the learning brain as it is to the person learning.

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

Social and emotional competencies help teachers avoid burnout and increase well-being. By identifying our internal drivers, we use our emotional intelligence to improve our craft.

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3 Surprising Skills That School Counselors Need

School counselors can increase their effectiveness when they master technology skills, embrace data analysis, and develop their public speaking abilities.

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Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels.

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5 Tips for Supporting Grieving Students

Chris Park of the New York Life Foundation and Dr. David Schonfeld of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement offer five tips to help teachers deal with grieving students.

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