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.

  • Teacher Development

    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.
  • Teacher Development

    What’s Your Teacher Reputation?

    Finding out how students and colleagues perceive you is the first step to presenting your ideal self.
  • Professional Development

    The Importance of Choice in PD

    Providing effective, impactful, differentiated professional development is vital to the well-being of the teaching profession.
  • Teacher Development

    Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

    Homework has benefits, but the research is clear: there are real consequences to assigning too much.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    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.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Making Sure Each Child Is Known

    A middle school in Nevada uses a simple strategy to build deeper connections between teachers and students.
  • Professional Development

    11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

  • New Teachers

    What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

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

    Every Teacher Needs a Mentor

    Find that person who challenges, advises, and celebrates you—and be that person for someone else.
  • Teacher Wellness

    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.
  • Teacher Appreciation

    6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

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

    15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • Professional Development

    Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

    PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.