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.

  • Focusing on Teacher Engagement to Improve Professional Development

    A national survey provides ideas on how PD can be more aligned to teachers’ needs—even during a pandemic.
    Heather Wolpert-Gawron
  • 3 Tips for Creating Effective PD

    Professional development facilitators can boost teachers’ willingness to try new ideas by focusing on principles of adult learning.
  • How to Create Meaningful PD

    A clear framework helps educators transfer professional development opportunities to actionable classroom strategies.
  • Learning Walks: Structured Observation for Teachers

    Brief visits to several classrooms give teachers a chance to reflect on a variety of practices.
  • 11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

    Carrie Lam
  • 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.
  • 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

    A teacher reflects on our changing society and how change informs what teaching is like today.
  • Using Video for Professional Development

    When teachers film themselves in the classroom, it helps them reflect on and improve their teaching practice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

    Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.
  • ‘Not Just Tummy Time’: A Preschool Professionalizes ECE

    Part of a national network of preschools, Educare New Orleans uses a holistic approach to teaching and learning to ensure that every child is ready for kindergarten.
  • 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.