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.

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New Books and Resources for Educators

Tilting Your Teaching: 7 Simple Shifts That Can Substantially Improve Student Learning

From popular educator, author, and consultant Glen Pearsall come seven simple yet powerful changes you can make in your instructional tactics that will have a big effect on your students’ learning. Get insights, tips, and practical examples for how to make these “simple shifts,” and get a set of easy to use micro-data tools to gauge and reflect on your progress.

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Learning That Sticks: A Brain-Based Model for K-12 Instructional Design and Delivery

Knowing how the brain creates, stores, and retrieves memory can help you design lessons that students will remember and be better able to apply to new situations. Learning That Sticks presents a six-phase learning model and strategies you can use to sequence learning into experiences that will challenge, inspire, and engage your students.


A Teacher’s Reflective Impact Journal: Pursuing Greatness Every Day

Self-reflection is one of the most powerful habits a teacher can develop. This guided weekly journal by Mary Smith, Pete Hall, and Alisa Simeral will help you self-reflect on and chronicle which of your classroom practices are going great, which could stand some improvement, and how you’re growing and changing along the way.

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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.


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.