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.

Three teachers in discussion reviewing papers Research

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

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

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Making Connections: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

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How People Learn: An Evidence-Based Approach

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Try: A Little Word Becomes a Big Gift

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

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A group of elementary school aged children sit at a table talking with an adult and looking at a tablet screen together.
Article

Heroes on a Learning Adventure

Think of your curriculum as a story. Assignments and activities are elements in the narrative, and your students are the protagonists.

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A female teacher assists a female student as they both sit facing a computer screen.
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Q&A: The Art of Coding

Two educators on how to make learning computer science less daunting and more fun for students—and their teachers.

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Article

Gender Equity in the Classroom

Some ideas on how to minimize gender bias in our teaching practice and curriculum.

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Review Overload and How to Keep Content Fresh

With so much time now spent reviewing for tests, here are five ways to improve the quality of both instruction and assessment in your classroom.

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Article

How to Make IEP Meetings More Effective

Transform the individualized education program meeting from a mandatory evaluative process into a student-centered discussion.

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Facing a large monitor, three elementary school-aged boys play a video game.
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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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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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Education Research Highlights From 2015

A look at the research that made an impact in 2015, from the benefits of well-designed classroom spaces to the neuroscience behind exercise and math ability.

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Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

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Article

Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Check out these useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.

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Discover Your Multiple Intelligences
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Take a Quiz: Learn Something New About Yourself!

How tech savvy are you? Are you a visual or a verbal learner? How do you manage your emotions? Take a quiz and get answers to these questions -- and bring the results to your classroom.

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Three groups of four to five teachers are sitting at tables in a classroom talking to each other, looking at their laptops, and writing on paper.
Article

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.

95 71,129 113,613 views
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Feeding the Teacher's Brain: Nutrition Tips for Busy Educators

By rejecting persistent nutrition myths and starting the day with a healthy meal, teachers can improve their own performance while modeling brain-friendly habits for their students.

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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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