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.

  • Six Summer Reads for Teachers

    Six engaging books to inspire big-picture thinking on a range of topics from school culture to classroom instruction.
    Marissa King
  • For Teachers, Risking Failure to Improve Practice

    One teacher insists that failure isn’t an endpoint; it’s an opportunity for learning and improvement.
  • Unraveling the Myths Around Reading and Dyslexia

    Teachers are seeking new training to understand the brain science around dyslexia, the most commonly reported disability among children.
  • Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
  • The Power of Being Seen

    How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.
    Holly Korbey
  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
  • What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

    A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.
  • The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

    Kindness, empathy, and a focus on building community are among the qualities of a great teacher.
  • Teachers: Move On Before You Burn Out

    Have you moved on in order to keep from burning out? Have you changed a subject or grade you taught, or even your school? Sometimes this is the best choice.
  • 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • 6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

    We asked our community what makes teachers unforgettable. Here’s what they said.
  • Every Teacher Needs a Mentor

    Find that person who challenges, advises, and celebrates you—and be that person for someone else.
  • Podcasts That Expand Our Hearts and Minds

    A collection of podcasts that aren’t about education but can still help teachers find new ways to think about their work.
  • What Students Remember Most About Teachers

    A veteran teacher shares a few thoughts about what matters most to students with a new teacher in her building.