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

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

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8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD

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Writing the "Dreaded" Letters of Recommendation

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What Teachers Can Learn From Lincoln

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Early Thoughts of an Early Career Teacher

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Resources

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5 Essential Elements of a Classroom Walkthrough

Download this PDF for five great tips for effective classroom walkthroughs.

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Study: Teacher Collaboration Leads to Higher Math Gains for Students

Research shows that students do better in math when their teachers can have frequent, open conversations with other teachers.

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An elementary student and her teacher give each other a high-five at a table in a classroom.
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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

Art and music are key to student development.

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What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

The first year of teaching is incredibly challenging for most. New teachers are overwhelmed by all the daily decisions and feelings of being overloaded. This will get better.

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Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?: The Reasons Are Many

There's a place for tech in every classroom.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

Here are five books that will add some fun, practicality, data-driven findings, digital thinking, and connectivity to your PD reading this summer.

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Why Is Teacher Development Important?: Because 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.

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Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning

See an overview of Edutopia's core strategies, including project-based learning, social-emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, technology integration, integrated studies and teacher development.

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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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