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.

  • Lacking Training, Teachers Develop Their Own SEL Solutions

    A new survey by Education Week Research Center shows nearly half of teachers feel their schools do not have adequate support for their students’ social and emotional needs.
    Laura Lee
  • Collaborative Learning for Educators

    Coaching is an effective form of professional development, and embedding it in the culture of a school or district is key.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 6 Summer Reads for Teachers

    Six engaging books to inspire big-picture thinking on a range of topics from school culture to classroom instruction.
  • 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.
  • 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • 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.
  • What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

    A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.
  • 6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

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