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This post kicks off what I hope will become a new way to interact with you, our visitors, and the team at The George Lucas Educational Foundation. As we bring more and more Edutopia content and community to the Internet, we want to open up the channels of communication with all of you.

This blog will be a source of information about Edutopia, with the goals of being transparent about our new initiatives and providing a chance for you to hear directly from staff -- and for us to hear directly from you.

As chief operating officer, I have agreed to maintain and develop the conversation and posts -- and I'm very excited to do so! My goal is to have multiple voices from our diverse team on this blog so you can get to know us better and hear a range of perspectives.

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Our team (pictured above at a recent staff retreat in San Francisco) consists of about 35 people with mixed backgrounds in education, journalism, technology, and other areas. We are an entrepreneurial, fun, and collaborative group with a shared passion to improve public education.

In the coming weeks, I hope to introduce a few staff members with more in-depth profiles. To kick off, you might check out the blog post of our community manager, Betty Ray, who has been a great addition to our team as we expand the online opportunities for you to seek and share solutions with each other.

So, grab our RSS feed (in the scroll bar of your browser) or bookmark this page, and stay tuned for the inside scoop from Edutopia!

Cindy Johanson

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Priyanga Shimada's picture

Hello, I am Priyanga Shimada from Walden University. This is my first blog about Professional Development. Professional development refers to many types of educational experiences related to an individual's work. Many fields require members to participate in ongoing learning approved by the profession, sometimes as a requirement for keeping their jobs. In education, research has shown that teaching quality and school leadership are the most important factors in raising student achievement. For teachers and school and district leaders to be as effective as possible, they continually expand their knowledge and skills to implement the best educational practices. Educators learn to help students learn at the highest levels. Many people may not be aware of their local school system's methods for improving teaching and student learning. Professional development is the only strategy school systems have to strengthen educators' performance levels. Professional development is also the only way educators can learn so that they are able to better their performance and raise student achievement. Many misunderstandings exist about professional development, its purpose, and how it functions. But I think PDs are great!!

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