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.

  • 6 Summer Reads for Teachers

    Six engaging books to inspire big-picture thinking on a range of topics from school culture to classroom instruction.
    Marissa King
  • For Teachers, Risking Failure to Improve Practice

    One teacher insists that failure isn’t an endpoint; it’s an opportunity for learning and improvement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

    A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Every Teacher Needs a Mentor

    Find that person who challenges, advises, and celebrates you—and be that person for someone else.
  • What Students Remember Most About Teachers

    A veteran teacher shares a few thoughts about what matters most to students with a new teacher in her building.
  • 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.