Take Charge of Your
Professional Growth

Best-selling authors Pete Hall,
Alisa Simeral & Bryan Goodwin
team up for teachers!


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Latest news and features from McREL

New Book | Pursuing Greatness: Empowering Teachers to Take Charge of Their Professional Growth

Pursuing Greatness: Empowering Teachers to Take Charge of Their Professional Growth finds best-selling education authors Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral joining forces with McREL’s Bryan Goodwin (with Bj Stone and Bess Scott) to blend two powerful forces for improvement: curiosity and self-reflection. Take their guided tour through 24 of the teaching profession’s most common problems of practice, then use the techniques and principles you’ve learned to identify—and start solving—your own most pressing issue.



McREL 6-Phase Model for Student Learning

Student Learning That Works™

Student Learning That Works is a new way to approach an old problem: How can we help students better learn, recall, and master the content they need to know? Modern neuroscience and psychology point the way, mapping out the life cycle of memories and thoughts and how they respond to changes in environment. McREL gleaned insights from this research base to create a 6-Phase Model for Student Learning that teachers can now use to plan and deliver highly effective classroom instruction aligned to the stages of student learning. Using insights from research on memory and learning, Student Learning That Works and its model for student learning will show you how to sequence and present lessons in a way that best aligns with what’s happening inside your students’ brains when they’re learning and applying new academic content.


Free White Paper | Student Engagement: Evidence-Based Strategies to Boost Academic and Social-Emotional Results

Researchers have been refining their thoughts on student engagement for decades, and teachers who familiarize themselves with this history have an advantage in identifying opportunities to make their own work resonate with students, according to McREL’s Cheryl Abla and Brittney R. Fraumeni. The authors present McREL’s definition of student engagement as “A condition of emotional, social, and intellectual readiness to learn characterized by curiosity, participation, and the drive to learn more.” Research shows engagement is correlated with academic success and reductions in antisocial behaviors and substance use. And thankfully for teachers, there are evidence-based tactics that can be used to assess and improve students’ engagement, several of which are detailed here.


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

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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.


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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.


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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.


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

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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.

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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.