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.

  • Revising Your Teaching Philosophy for This Crisis

    For many teachers, their statement of teaching beliefs no longer matches their work. Revisiting and simplifying it can help chart a path forward.
    Aaron Tombrella
  • 5 Ways to Obtain PDPs During the Pandemic

    Virtual conferences and webinars still go on, and there are other ways educators can get professional development points while working from home.
  • Innovating Without Abandoning What Works

    Ideas on how teachers and school leaders can preserve time-tested teaching practices while working to incorporate new good ideas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

    We asked our community what makes teachers unforgettable. Here’s what they said.
  • 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.
  • Making Teams More Collaborative

    Simple but powerful advice: Clear roles, expectations, and reflection can improve collaboration.
  • 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.