George Lucas Educational Foundation

Teacher Leadership

For teacher leaders who want to collaborate with other teachers and motivate colleagues and community with ideas, knowledge, and passion.

  • The Benefits of a Multiyear Induction Program

    A New Jersey school district uses a four-year induction program to support teachers in the difficult early years.
  • The Case for Electives in Schools

    Electives give students avenues for choice and can function as vehicles for core content standards.
  • Every Teacher Needs a Mentor

    Find that person who challenges, advises, and celebrates you—and be that person for someone else.
  • Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

    Tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms.
  • 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.
  • No Teacher Is an Island

    Working in small teams, high school teachers offer each other support and feedback for improving in their work.
  • Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

    These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.
  • 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.
  • The Warm Demander: An Equity Approach

    "Warm demander" teachers expect great things from their students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them reach their potential in a disciplined, structured environment.
  • How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

    Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
  • 4 Things Transformational Teachers Do

    Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.
  • 5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team

    Check out these tips for growing powerful leadership teams that can transform schools.
  • How Important is Teaching Literacy in All Content Areas?

    We know students do plenty of listening in our classes, but what about the other three communication skills they should be engaging in and practicing daily? I'm talking about reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students

    Learn more about the critical role that social and emotional learning plays in promoting student success.
  • Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

    Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.