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.

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

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Clean Eating Meets Clean Teaching

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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

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288 22,178 557,246 views

Using Graphic Organizers Correctly

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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

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25 235 48,087 views

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Analyzing Student Work: Using Peer Feedback to Improve Instruction
Schools That Work

Analyze Student Work to Inform Instruction

Tailor your instruction by incorporating your peers’ feedback about student work.

2 274 13,454 views
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Article

The Power of Vulnerability in Professional Development

Sharing your students' work with your peers fuels incredible professional growth.

3 286 2,990 views
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Article

How Are You Helping Your Students Become Global Citizens?

A globally competent student is one who can investigate the world, weigh perspectives, interact with diverse audiences, and take action.

2 889 3,488 views
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Article

The Risks of Guesstimating Homework Time

Studies show that homework is ineffective beyond a certain amount per night.

7 11,094 39,865 views
A class of high school students are writing in notebooks at their desks.
Article

Using Graphic Organizers Correctly

It’s much more important for a student to practice writing -- the only way to build writing fluency -- than to fill in a graphic organizer completely or perfectly.

3 146 17,690 views
A dad is sitting at the kitchen table with a laptop in front of him, looking at paper in his hand in frustration. His son is sitting behind him, looking at his phone.
Article

5 Ways to Create a Strong Parent Partnership

A former middle school teacher and parent of a middle school student shares her regrets in hopes of helping other secondary school teachers avoid the same mistakes.

1 437 2,492 views
A male teacher is leaning his head against a whiteboard, looking up in distress. A classroom of blurred out students are behind him, smiling and talking.
Article

Myth-Busting: "If I Just Had Better Students"

How to avoid falling into the trap of thinking student success has only to do with the students.

7 1,111 13,205 views

Pages

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Article

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.

18 914 112,616 views
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Article

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.

42 3,061 110,872 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.

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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.

22 533 89,694 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

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.

18 866 82,967 views
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Article

Defining "Best Practice" in Teaching

Teachers stand on the shoulders of giants who developed tried-and-true strategies by testing them out, reflecting on the outcomes, and honing those strategies over decades or longer.

10 684 78,233 views

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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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