Classroom Instruction That Works
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Helps teachers develop challenging,
consistent, engaging instruction that
ensures success for every student.


NEW! Unleashing Curiosity
Quick Guide Set

Create a student-owned,
teacher-guided classroom learning


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services & resources to help
you & your students flourish.


Professional Learning That Works

Dynamic sessions that help you
build on bright spots & connect vision
with action to transform teaching & leading.


Success Story | For Simi Valley USD
the "why" becomes "how"

Teachers dig deeper into
Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works
classroom-ready tactics.


McREL helps students and staff flourish

Are you ready to change the odds of success for your students and staff? We’re here to help you. We are committed to making a difference in the quality of education and learning for all through excellence in applied research, product development, and service. We translate information into knowledge, knowledge into action, and action into results, collaborating with educators on better ways to help students flourish.

Call us at 800.858.6830 or email to get started today.

Latest news and features from McREL

Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Schools, Workplaces, and Lives

Explore the under-tapped power of curiosity to improve outcomes for students, teachers, and leaders—both in and out of school. Written by Bryan Goodwin, co-author of Curiosity Works, Unstuck, The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching, and our recent Student Learning That Works white paper, Out of Curiosity delivers inspiration and ideas for:

  • Sparking student motivation.
  • Asking questions that inspire deeper learning.
  • Creating joyful, engaging classrooms.
  • Cultivating your own curiosity to foster professional success.
  • Strengthening connections with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.


Balanced Leadership® helps new superintendent steer around the implementation dip

When Dr. Bryan Johnson took the top job in the Hamilton County school district in Tennessee, he brought Balanced Leadership with him. Sharing leadership with a team, and finding common language to discuss what works and what doesn’t, is the only way to succeed when student achievement is at stake, he believes.


Gallup warns of shaky school engagement. Could curiosity help?

A recent Gallup poll confirms a persistent observation by education researchers: Without attention, student engagement wanes over time. The continual challenge for educators is to keep students curious about their learning throughout their educational journeys. In this blog post, Eric Hübler suggests that connectedness through curiosity might be the answer to better student engagement.


McREL has never failed to provide us with innovative ideas, training, and resources.

Jennifer Parker-Moore, Instructional Tech & School Data Consultant, Macomb Intermediate School District, Michigan

McREL was instrumental in the development of our state-approved professional development system. I highly recommend them for work in your district.

Bette Zippin, Director of Professional Development Support, Broward County Schools, Florida

McREL training transformed my teaching this school year.

Jessie Altman, Teacher, Francis Howell School District, Missouri

All of my administrators said that McREL’s Balanced Leadership professional development was extremely meaningful to their practice and allowed them to be reflective learners.

Debra Kaplan, Superintendent (Retired), West Covina Unified School District, California

Services We Offer

Curiosity Works™

How do we foster curiosity in our students and ourselves on a daily basis in our schools? We have some ideas.


Customized Consulting

Every problem provides an opportunity to learn. Our job is to help you find the root source of your thorniest challenges and work with you on solutions.



Develop the skills and strategies needed to challenge students, develop positive relationships, and consistently deliver high-quality instruction.


Curriculum & Standards

Standards-based curriculum that is both rigorous and allows for personalized, engaging learning opportunities.


Formative Assessment

Just-in-time information that teachers can use to meet today’s “deeper learning” demands.


Instructional Technology

Strategically roll out your technology adoptions and initiatives through PD and coaching, maximizing your tech impact on teaching and learning.



Find the balance between directing and sharing leadership, using specific actions to become true leaders and lift the performance of all students and staff.


Learning Supports

Ensure academic success for all learners by developing early, systemic, and ongoing interventions that help children beat the odds.


Personnel Evaluation

Help your teachers, principals, and superintendents reach their full professional potential and focus on what matters most for student achievement.

Research & Evaluation

Gain a big-picture, data-driven view of your education initiatives and programs to determine what’s working, what’s not, and what to do next.


School & System Improvement

Develop a culture of high expectations, and establish data systems to ensure effective instruction for all students.

Ed-Tech Evaluation

Does your ed-tech product improve K–12 teaching and learning outcomes? Our research team will help you find out. Visit McREL’s Ed-Tech Evaluation website.