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

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

Last comment 2 weeks 5 days ago
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Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

Last comment 2 weeks 4 days ago
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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:00
8 3,597 46,094 views

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:55
25 253 52,323 views

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:12
101 64,744 536,171 views

Browse

A male teacher and teenage boy are smiling, talking in a school hallway. The student is leaning against his locker, holding a folder and book.
Article

Reflecting on the Year's Accomplishments

Before your school community scatters for the summer, reflect on your teaching year through student feedback (face-to-face or anonymous), self-evaluation, parent feedback, and your PLN.

2 141 4,734 views
A female teacher is sitting in a room with other teachers. Everyone else is out of focus.
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Family Engagement: Engaging the Disengaged

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

3 226 3,986 views
Two female teachers are sitting at a large table in a classroom. They're smiling and talking.
Article

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.

3 173 7,973 views
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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.

112 5,731 views
Three young teenagers, two girls and a boy, and a male teacher are standing by a counter with science instruments on it. One girl is looking at something through a microscope.
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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.

13 1,286 10,714 views
A female teacher is sitting cross-legged on a stage, and students are standing, talking to each nearby in costumes.
Article

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.

4 30 1,993 views
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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.

17 5,263 29,899 views

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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.

13 5,826 41,264 views
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Article

A New Must-Read for All Educators

Stories of hope sure to nurture the educator's spirit are offered up in this book by Tom Little.

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Article

The Risks of Guesstimating Homework Time

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

7 11,211 39,865 views
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Article

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

What happens when students and teachers converse, share experiences, and participate in activities together.

8 1,290 39,117 views
article

How to Teach with Technology: Science and Math

Students fire off ideas for using digital tools to teach scientific and mathematical concepts.

4 267 39,117 views
article

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7 13 38,619 views
article

Teaching How to Teach: Coaching Tips from a Former Principal

Key lessons center on connecting and modeling.

5 207 37,872 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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