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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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

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

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Meeting the Needs of All Students: A First Step

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A female teacher is sitting in a room with other teachers. Everyone else is out of focus.
Article

Family Engagement: Engaging the Disengaged

Many schools take a traditional approach to family engagement. It's time to think outside of the box.

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Two female teachers are sitting at a large table in a classroom. They're smiling and talking.
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Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Administrators

Observe and advise your teachers throughout the year, and at their summative evaluations, celebrate their strengths and share possible improvements through open-ended questions.

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Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Teachers

Teachers approaching their summative evaluations with a growth mindset will bridge the divide and diminish the adversarial relationship with the administrator, who is on their side.

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Personalizing for Teacher Needs

Educators need different levels of support and opportunity at different phases of their career. Here's how to be more responsive to beginning, middle-of-the-road, and veteran teachers.

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Who Is Your Warm Demander Role Model?

When encouraging a student to be his or her best, channel the pop culture figure who best embodies your resolve and respect, whether it's Coach Carter or Yoda.

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Summer Professional Development With MOOCs

Summer is a great time for teachers to enroll in a MOOC, a "Massive Open Online Course." Matt Davis has compiled a list of a few summer courses to consider.

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More Heart, More Art Through STEAM

Putting the A in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) is often treated as an afterthought. Yet, art has always played a major role in helping us expand and appreciate new science technologies.

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Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.

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Article

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

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Teachers: 5 Ways to Ease Back into School

Does the thought of returning to school result in a tense knot in your stomach or a joyful flutter in your heart? Strategies to manage those feelings, focus on the possibilities, and ease back into the rhythm of teaching.

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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Whether snacking on TED-Ed videos, reading with purpose, checking into a smile backchannel, or chuckling at hashtags and memes, you're never far from relief and inspiration.

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10 Tips for Educators Considering a New Position

If there's something pushing you out of your current role or pulling you towards another one, consider this: Pursue the exploration!

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

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Summer Reading Recommendations: A Dive Into Young Adult Fiction

Check out these young adult fiction page-turners -- and then recommend them to your own kids or the students you teach.

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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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