George Lucas Educational Foundation

Personal Learning Network

Great educators never stop learning. Discover and share new ways to collaborate, network, grow, and vent with fellow educators in person and online.

  • Rethinking the Teacher’s Role

    One of the greatest goals of a transformative school leader is working to update perceptions of what the job of teaching entails.
    Ben Johnson
  • Leveraging Social Media to Build a Digital PLN

    Tips for building a professional learning community online, whether you seek personal relationships or just want to follow other teachers.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings

    Having staff stand for meetings keeps them quick—15 minutes, max—and efficient.
  • Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher

    How does one advance from good teaching into greatness? It takes a tremendous deal of reflection and the will to change.
  • 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.
  • 10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas

    As you consider the following project possibilities, ask yourself: Would this project help my students meet important learning goals? Would my students find it engaging?
  • Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

    How can you get the best out of your teachers and improve student learning? Edutopia's research analyst explains some of the best practices found by researchers to help ensure educator growth and success
  • Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit

    This collection of blogs, articles, and videos aims to help educators deploy social-media tools to develop professionally, connect with parents and communities, and engage students in 21st-century learning.
  • 3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher

    To become a coding teacher, prepare to teach the basics by curating your curriculum, preparing yourself and your classroom, and finding support as needed.
  • An Introduction to Twitter Education Chats

    Edchats are a good way to grow your personal learning network. Here’s how to get started with them.
  • Why Edcamp?

    Edcamps are informal sessions by and for teachers, where anyone can present, and the focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design.
  • What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

    Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.
  • Start Your Teaching Blog: Resources, Advice, and Examples

    Thinking of starting a teacher blog? Blogger Matt Davis has collected guides and sources of inspiration to help you get started, including examples and advice from experienced bloggers.
  • DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

    Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.