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Reimagine your professional development experience with McREL’s professional learning academies and workshops. In our dynamic sessions, you’ll dig deep into research-based instructional and leadership practices that positively influence achievement and help to transform your teaching and leading. Our consultants travel the world to bring our latest insights and professional learning resources to you. Browse our upcoming academies, workshops, conference presentations, and social media events to find ways to connect with fellow educators, add to your professional toolbox, and grow your professional learning network.

Do you need onsite professional learning or are you looking for a dynamic, engaging, and inspiring speaker for your workshop or conference? Download our press kit to learn more about whom to contact regarding our cadre of presenters, and contact us for more information.

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Curiosity Works: Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation
July 30–31 | Ann  Arbor, Michigan

INTENDED AUDIENCE
K–12 principals, school leadership teams, central office administrators

Presenter Tonia Gibson

Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the innovation pathways found in McREL’s Curiosity Works approach to school improvement. You’ll leave this engaging, interactive 2-day session with tools, tips, and strategic advice you can put to use during the 2019–20 school year.

Designed for principals and school leadership team members, the session topics and learnings include:

  • 17 tools to support your school’s improvement journey.
  • Understanding the differences between inside-out, curiosity-driven innovation and outside-in or top-down approaches.
  • A process for crafting strong, well-articulated school values, mission, and vision statements.
  • A plan to support peer coaching as a professional learning structure in your school or system.

While individual school leaders can register and attend this session on their own, it is strongly recommended that multiple members of your school leadership team attend this session together, to maximize strategic visioning and planning for the 2019–2020 school year.

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
Two-day workshop includes all participant materials, book, plus beverages and lunch each day.

Curiosity Works Workshops — Leading and Teaching with Curiosity in Mind
July–August | Australia

DATES & LOCATIONS

  • July 29 | Darwin
  • July 30 | Brisbane
  • July 31 | Sydney
  • August 1 | Melbourne
  • August 7 | Perth
Bryan Goodwin

Presenter Bryan Goodwin

Join ACEL and McREL CEO and author Bryan Goodwin for these professional learning sessions where you’ll learn about simple shifts you can make in classrooms and across entire schools to “flip the script” on improvement efforts—not by driving learning from the “outside-in,” but rather, by changing the “inside-out,” starting with what’s inside every student (and teacher) and waiting to come out: curiosity.

Specifically, you’ll emerge from this session:

  • Knowing why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in learners, teachers, and leaders
  • Understanding and ready to help others make classroom shifts that unleash student curiosity and deeper learning, as detailed in a soon-to-be released book, Student Learning that Works
  • Develop a new understanding of the science of learning―including how curiosity drives learning and memory―and how to design learning that taps into the power of curiosity
  • Learn critical shifts school leadership teams can make to unleash teacher curiosity, starting with inquiry-driven professional learning that leads to “precision without prescription.”

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation.

Classroom Instruction That Works
51 Activities & Tools for Increasing Student Achievement
September 23–24 | Denver, Colorado

INTENDED AUDIENCE
K–12 teachers, instructional coaches and mentors, principals, assistant principals, and PD leaders

Presenter Cheryl Abla

Join Cheryl Abla—teacher, instructional trainer, coach, and co-author of the popular book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works—for this highly engaging and interactive small-group professional learning session to gain valuable insights, tools, and strategies for crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction, including:

  • Nine categories of instructional strategies that research shows have the strongest connections to higher levels of student learning and success.
  • 51 practical and engaging teaching activities you can use in your classroom that align with the nine instructional strategies.
  • Specific strategies and tools that will help you create a classroom environment for learning that allows your students to flourish.
  • Specific strategies and tools that can help your students develop deeper understanding of new content and concepts.
  • Specific strategies and tools that can help your students extend and apply their new knowledge to other situations and challenges.
  • Tech tools you can use in your classroom for engaging and meaningful learning.

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
Two-day workshop includes all related materials, book, plus beverages and lunch each day.

Classroom Instruction That Works
Authorized Facilitator Training
September 23–26 | Denver, Colorado

INTENDED AUDIENCE
K–12 instructional coaches and mentors, principals, assistant principals, and PD leaders

Presenter Cheryl Abla

Are you a professional developer or instructional coach who wants to deliver McREL’s Classroom Instruction That Works workshops yourself, to educator colleagues in your school, district, or regional service area?

Register now to attend this four-day training session to deepen your understanding of the nine CITW categories of effective research-based instructional strategies and how to present effective CITW workshops on your own.

  • Get a toolkit of CITW workshop materials and associated classroom activities.
  • Learn how to help teachers apply the CITW instructional strategies to their lesson design and delivery.
  • Get best practices for leading effective adult learning and professional development.
  • Practice delivering lessons and participate in quality assurance steps to become an authorized CITW facilitator.

Upon successful completion of this training, McREL will authorize you to deliver multiple CITW professional development workshops to educators in your school district or education service agency area (BOCES, ESCs, ESUs, RESAs, etc.) for a period of one year. Annual re-authorization is available.

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
Two-day workshop includes all related materials, book, plus beverages and lunch each day.

Conference Sessions & Keynotes

Keynote | WASSEA Conference 2019
August 5–6 | Perth, Australia

McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin will deliver a keynote at the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association’s annual conference, speaking about how teachers and school leaders can tap into the power of human curiosity in order to drive educators’ professional growth and expertise as well as school improvement and innovation.

Session | American Evaluation Association Conference
November 11–16 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Join McREL researchers Dr. Lisa Jones and Dr. Sheila Arens at the AEA annual conference this fall, where they will present a paper that addresses balancing issues related to conducting credible evaluations, advocating for social justice, and generating funding to continue valuable evaluation and research work that contributes to society.

Institute | Curiosity Works for School Improvement and Innovation
November 14–15 | Kuwait

McREL’s senior director of learning services and innovation Kristin Rouleau will present a 2-day professional learning institute for international schools in the MENA region, delivered in partnership with KDSL Global. School leaders will understand five research-based levers for school improvement from McREL’s What Matters Most® Framework: curricular pathways to success; challenging, engaging, intentional instruction; whole child student supports; data-driven, high-reliability systems; and high-performance school culture. Participants will also learn why curiosity is vitally important for learning, and how they can cultivate it in their school’s teachers and students as part of a Curiosity Works approach to school improvement and innovation.

For more information and to register, e-mail KDSL Global at: kdslglobalinfo@gmail.com.

Social Media Events

Twitter Slow Chats

Looking to grow your professional learning network? Join us for our weeklong Twitter slow chats, where participants share best practices, strategies, and common (or uncommon) struggles and successes. Our WEEKLY chats begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. and continue through Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas with other educators.

UPCOMING CHATS

July 22–28 | What are your “must-read” books for your students?
July 29–August 4 | Has your school or district implemented new protocols for school safety? Please share examples.
August 5–11 | Are you the teacher you’d want your own family member to have as their teacher? Why?
August 12–18 | What are the most important factors in your SEL curriculum?
August 19–25 | What are your favorite “must-read” books for teachers?
August 26–September 1 | What effective student engagement strategies do you use?
September 2–8 | Happy Labor Day to our U.S. educators! We’ll take this week off from our weekly chats.