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.

  • Collaboration and Collective Inquiry in a PLC

    The leader of a professional learning community describes how she ensures that team members work together effectively.
    Alexa Adams
  • Making Teams More Collaborative

    Simple but powerful advice: Clear roles, expectations, and reflection can improve collaboration.
  • How New Teachers Can Use Evaluation Feedback to Improve

    On their own or with an instructional coach, new teachers can create a data-driven action plan for improving their teaching practices.
  • 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
  • Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
  • Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
  • 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.
  • 11 Questions You’ll Be Asked at a Teaching Interview

    Commonly asked interview questions you can anticipate—plus tips and links to resources you can tap as you polish your answers.
  • Teaching Isn’t a Personality Contest

    One way to become an exceptional teacher is to focus less on traits like humor and charisma and more on self-awareness and interactions with students.
  • 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • Creating Effective Professional Learning Communities

    If managed well, these teams can help teachers innovate in the classroom and improve student outcomes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tips From Principals for Better Teacher Evaluations

    School administrators can use these simple tactics to make evaluations more actionable and meaningful.