George Lucas Educational Foundation

Professional Development

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal, informal, ongoing, and job-embedded professional-development programs keeping teachers at the top of their game.

  • Professional Development

    Honing Your Craft With Summer Training

    A list of opportunities for summer travel that combines exploration and professional development.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    Pairing Teachers to Drive Professional Development

    Regular peer-to-peer observations—with a focus on learning, not evaluation—fosters a culture of growth and safety for teachers.
  • Professional Development

    A Teacher-Centric Approach to PD

    Micro-credentialing is a system that lets teachers choose their professional development—and pays them for it.
  • Professional Development

    Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

    Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
  • Professional Development

    Using Video for Professional Development

    When teachers film themselves in the classroom, it helps them reflect on and improve their teaching practice.
  • Professional Development

    11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

  • Teacher Collaboration

    A Mentoring Strategy for Preservice Teachers

    Teacher candidates at the University of Wyoming Lab School co-teach with veterans to learn about planning, instruction, and assessment.
  • Professional Development

    Teachers Learning From Each Other

    Educators can provide valuable professional development by opening up their classrooms to their peers.
  • Professional Development

    Travel Grants and Fellowships for Educators

    Money is available to help fund teachers’ professional trips. Here are some resources to help you find and apply for grants and fellowships.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    The Big Picture: Integrating SEL Across a District

    The 168 schools in the Nashville district collaborate to bolster school culture and instruction with social and emotional learning.
  • Technology Integration

    15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • Learning Environments

    A ‘University’ Model for High School

    In small-town Wisconsin, four schools cluster on one campus, fostering a culture of experimentation and self-directed learning for both students and teachers.
  • Teacher Collaboration

    No Teacher Is an Island

    Working in small teams, high school teachers offer each other support and feedback for improving in their work.
  • Professional Development

    Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

    PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.
  • School Leadership

    5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a personal life.