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.

Discuss

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

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Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning

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What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

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The Case for Mentors Grows Stronger

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Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:00
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Article

5 "Be's" for Connected and Curious Educators

To keep your teaching fresh and effective, learn about colleagues, build community, expect the unexpected, and remain present, involved, current, and curious.

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Classroom Redesign: Students Take On the Challenge

In education, we talk a lot about differentiating our lessons, but choice and arrangement of seating can also have a positive influence on learning.

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Focus on Your Strengths: A Strategy for Thriving in the Fall

What are your unique skills? What are your commitments and passions? Do an "asset-search" to remember what you bring to your work.

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How People Learn: An Evidence-Based Approach

Deans for Impact believes that teacher educators should focus on how students acquire and retain information to help them build their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Transforming Schools Through Cultural Self-Reflection

Culture shapes our schools and institutions from the outside in. As educators and administrators, it is our job to understand how to align, find inspiration from, and bring critical insight to the cultural forces around us.

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Two Kinds of Parent-Teacher Conferences

We just celebrated open house night at our high school and, as usual, the principal announced that this night was not a night to chat with parents about how their students were doing in our classes.

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Online Professional Development: Beyond PLCs and PLNs

Since choice increases engagement and standards shape student learning, why not apply these principles to online PD courses with broad standards and options for meeting them?

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Article

Shifting Mental Models in Educators

When we recognize a mental model surfacing that doesn't seem to be of service, either in ourselves or in another, here are some approaches for shifting it.

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Teachers Should Know Copyright from Wrong

Know what you can -- and can't -- download for the classroom.

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Using New Technology to Rediscover Traditional Ways of Learning

Digital technology such as tablets can help teachers and students rediscover traditional ways of learning by using touch, movement, sound, and visuality.

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Reimagining Classroom Walkthroughs

An online form could clarify and streamline classroom walkthroughs by focusing on a summary, specific and targeted feedback, teacher reflection/action plans, and adding multimedia.

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Boost Your Resilience By Managing Emotional Triggers

Teachers, what or who triggers you? By exploring how we respond, we can increase our emotional resilience.

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Films That Nourish the Educator's Spirit

Check out this list of inspiring films that speak directly to the educator-activist spirit.

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Top Priority Summer Goal for Educators: Sleep!

Here are a few things you can do this summer to get started on shifting your sleep routines before the new school year begins.

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Blog

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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