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.

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Overview

Growing Great Teachers

Just as professionals in medicine, architecture, and law have opportunities to learn through participating in internships and learning best practices, exemplary teacher-preparation programs allow teacher candidates the time to spend in classrooms with experienced mentors. Watch an introduction video.

Importance

Why is Teacher Development Important?

Students deserve the best. Teacher-preparation programs provide educators-to-be with the tools, mentors, and hands-on experience they'll need once they begin their career. See about a career in teaching.

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Research Review: Teacher Development and Leadership

The human touch is the most valuable element in education. Teachers, administrators, and parents play critical roles in coaching and guiding students through the learning process, nurturing students' interest and confidence as learners. Dig deeper.

Programs

Innovative Exemplars

Teacher-preparation programs are responding to the increasingly complex needs of new teachers, and we profile ten of the most innovative exemplars. Learn more.

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How Gaming Connects to SEL and Career Readiness

Leverage your students’ interests in gaming to build social and emotional learning—skills that will be valuable in their future jobs.

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Education Research Highlights From 2016

A look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students.

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4 Truths About Teaching English Language Learners

One veteran teacher shares her experiences helping ELL students thrive.

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Using Apple Teacher for Professional Development

A seasoned educator shares her tips for getting the most out of Apple resources. 

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Engage and Motivate Your Students Before the Holiday Break

Projects designed to embrace holiday and seasonal themes—and timed to coincide with the holiday schedule—can relieve pressure on the teacher, enthuse students, and keep them learning and engaged up to the last moment.

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Books to Read Over Winter Break

Find out what books made this educator's list and add your own essential reads.

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School Leaders: Having Conversations About Equity

Faculty discussions on race and equity can get uncomfortable and emotional—and that's okay.

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How to End the Dropout Crisis: Ten Strategies for Student Retention

Proven tactics for keeping kids engaged and in school, all the way through high school graduation.

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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.

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Redefining the Role of the Teacher: It's a Multifaceted Profession

A closer look at what being an educator really means.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.

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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.

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How to Get Free Teaching Materials

Educators share tips for stocking up on complimentary classroom supplies.

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Teacher Development Is Key to Closing the Achievement Gap

Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) defines four key practices for sustained student achievement.

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