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.

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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

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

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Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

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6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

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The Case for Mentors Grows Stronger

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How People Learn: An Evidence-Based Approach

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Resources

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5 Essential Elements of a Classroom Walkthrough

Download this PDF for five great tips for effective classroom walkthroughs.

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Study: Teacher Collaboration Leads to Higher Math Gains for Students

Research shows that students do better in math when their teachers can have frequent, open conversations with other teachers.

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Article

The Case for Mentors Grows Stronger

Providing high-quality mentors to new teachers yields major academic benefits for students, a new study finds.

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Fire Up Your Class With Student-Interest Surveys

What interests your students? Ask them, and then incorporate it into your curriculum. These tips will get you started.

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A Solution for Student Disengagement

Tap students’ leadership potential to help them form strong bonds with each other and with their school.

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6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

We asked our community what makes teachers unforgettable. Here’s what they said.

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How Do Teachers Change Lives?
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How Do Teachers Change Lives?

We asked some students, and this is what they told us.

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Getting Critical About Critical Thinking

It may not be easy to define critical thinking, but we do have suggestions for how you can teach it.

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How to Rock That Teaching Job Interview

Tips for finding the right school for you and for nailing that job interview.

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Pages

Article

What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

It's been two decades since my first year in the classroom. I reflect on that time and wish I'd known a few things about myself, about teaching, and about my students. Some of what I wish I'd known could have been shared with me -- some I just had to live and...

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Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

Art and music are key to student development.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

Here are five books that will add some fun, practicality, data-driven findings, digital thinking, and connectivity to your PD reading this summer.

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Why Is Teacher Development Important?: Because 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.

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Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning

See an overview of Edutopia's core strategies, including project-based learning, social-emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, technology integration, integrated studies and teacher development.

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How to End the Dropout Crisis: Ten Strategies for Student Retention

Proven tactics for keeping kids engaged and in school, all the way through high school graduation.

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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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