Who We are

Who We Are

McREL’s experienced educators and consultants provide practical solutions to even the most complex problems. Whether you need short-term help or a long-term partner, our researchers, evaluators, trainers, and consultants can help you focus on what matters most to change the odds of success for your students and staff.

You’ll find a trusted, reliable partner in McREL, and service that exceeds your expectations. Contact any of our leadership team members today to see how we can help your school or system achieve its goals.


McREL’s Leadership

Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin, CEO and President
Bryan thrives on translating research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading and helping educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent presenter at education conferences, he is the author of Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success and co-author of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching. Before joining McREL in 1998, he was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and an award-winning business journalist. Learn more about Bryan and contact him here.



Robin Jarvis, Executive Director of Client Solutions
Committed to ensuring that all children are given high-quality educational opportunities, Robin and her team work with school and system leaders to put in place policies, structures, and practices that help all students succeed. A career educator from Louisiana, Robin was a classroom teacher, a principal, a superintendent, and an administrator at the Louisiana Department of Education. In 2005 and 2006, immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Robin served as the acting superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, working with the community, neighborhood groups, school board members, and staff to rebuild and lead the school system. Learn more about Robin and contact her here.


Sheila Arens

Sheila Arens, interim Executive Director of Research and Evaluation
Research, analysis, and program evaluation have been at the heart of McREL since our founding in 1966. Sheila and her team have extensive knowledge of basic and applied research design and delivery, program evaluation and outcome studies, and data analysis for practical application in a variety of education settings. Learn more about Sheila and contact her here.