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

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

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Is It Wrong to Teach to the Test?

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

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Making Digital Communications Accessible

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

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Giving Students’ Empathy Muscles a Workout

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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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Giving Students’ Empathy Muscles a Workout

A new platform helps teachers in different countries connect their classrooms and encourage an appreciation for different perspectives.

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Making Digital Communications Accessible

Tips for making the information schools share with students’ families more accessible for people of all abilities.

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Navigating Change: Tips From a Veteran

Adopting a new textbook or teaching a different course? Here’s how one classroom veteran handles such changes.

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National Board Aims to Certify 1 Million

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has made getting certified cheaper and easier to manage. Will more teachers pursue certification?

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Teaching Kids to Argue—Respectfully

Tools and resources for teaching controversial topics and building students’ argumentation skills.

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What Can We Do About Teacher Turnover?

Roughly 16 percent of teachers in the U.S. change jobs or leave the profession annually. Here are three ideas for reducing that number.

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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.

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Article

What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.

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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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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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Article

What Is Your Educational Philosophy?

While lesson planning this summer, educators might also take time to reflect on their core beliefs about learning and teaching.

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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.

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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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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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