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

Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

Last comment 2 weeks 2 days ago
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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

Last comment 4 weeks 15 hours ago
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Educators Market Lesson Plans Online

Last comment 2 weeks 6 days ago
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Easing the Shift From Elementary to Middle School

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:00
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Collaborative Inquiry Best Practices?

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:54
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The Power of Admitting What We Don’t Know

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:00
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An elementary student and her teacher give each other a high-five at a table in a classroom.
Article

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

Whether you want to increase student engagement or minimize your own stress, you’ll find ideas here.

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Jump-Start Critical Thinking With an Aphorism

Using the figurative language in adages as a warm-up exercise to get your students thinking—in any class.

1 373 2,960 views
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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.

5 438 3,261 views
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.

1 397 1,743 views
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Article

Gender Equity in the Classroom

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

3 649 4,236 views
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Article

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.

1 364 2,741 views
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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.

641 3,239 views

Pages

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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.

18 1,318 120,460 views
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.

26 102 117,851 views
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Article

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.

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Article

7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.

31 7,930 100,012 views
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Best Education Podcasts

These seven podcasts are the tip of the iceberg for hearing teachers discuss PLNs, school and teacher leadership, teaching strategies, STEM, PD, and more.

18 890 93,975 views
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School Leadership: Resource Roundup

For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultivating and retaining strong leaders.

8 9,928 93,182 views

Pages

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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