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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.

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Latest news and features from McREL

New Book | Student Research Done Right!

Conducting research and reporting the results are at the heart of academic work, yet many teachers hesitate to incorporate student research projects into their curriculum because they’re unsure of how or where to begin. In Student Research Done Right! Lisa Scherff and Leslie S. Rush explain different research methodologies students can use, and take readers through three different types of research: the synthesis paper, the quarter-long discursive research paper, and the full-blown research project.


Success Story | Iowa superintendent discovers the missing piece to school reform: leadership training

Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City, Iowa, schools, is a fan of the teacher leadership training included in his state’s school reform plan. When he went looking for a partner to help him expand the initiative into building- and district-level leadership. he turned to a familiar name: McREL, whose Balanced Leaderhsip® platform turned out to be a perfect fit. Now student performance gains are catching the interest of other superintendents.


Guest Blog Post | The value of classroom walkthroughs: One district’s perspective

In this guest post, JoAnne Colacurcio and Dr. Pamela Moore of Millville Public Schools (NJ) tell the story of their district’s 10-year journey using McREL’s Power Walkthrough® app and show how they harnessed its power to help them identify and achieve four ambitious goals: establishing a clear instructional focus, developing a common instructional language, creating greater visibility for school leaders, and establishing a healthier climate and culture in their schools. Read their powerful story!


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.