Curiosity for Better Learning

McREL provides schools and education agencies with research, analysis, and professional learning services that spark curiosity, promote equity, and help teachers, leaders, and students flourish.

Call us at 800.858.6830 or email info@mcrel.org to get started today.

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

Blending two powerful forces for improvement, professional curiosity and self-reflection, this book helps educators solve 24 of the teaching profession’s most common problems of practice. Along the way, you’ll learn techniques and principles to increase instructional consistency and student engagement, differentiate your instruction, and empower students to lead their own learning.

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Book | Instructional Models: How to Choose One and How to Use One

More than likely, your school is doing the right things. So why won’t student achievement budge? You may be lacking a straightforward yet powerful tool that can work wonders in aligning expectations and talents: an instructional model.

This book explores the variety of instructional models available to today’s educators and explains how they can unite teachers and students in identifying—and achieving—classroom goals.

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

McREL defines 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 that engagement is correlated with academic success and with 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 in this free white paper.

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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.

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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.

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Instruction

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

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Curriculum & Standards

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

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Formative Assessment

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

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Instructional Technology

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

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Leadership

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

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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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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.

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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.