McREL Happenings

Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A)

McREL recently presented at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Denver, CO. It appeared that not many attendees knew about ISTE’s newest National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A).  Take a look at them below and tell us where you think leaders in your schools are strong and where more focus in needed in a comment to this posting. The NETS-A include:

  1. Visionary Leadership. Educational Administrators inspire and lead development and implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the organization.
  2. Digital-Age Learning Culture. Educational Administrators create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students.
  3. Excellence in Professional Practice. Educational Administrators promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources.
  4. Systemic Improvement. Educational Administrators provide digital-age leadership and management to continuously improve the organization through the effective use of information and technology resources.
  5. Digital Citizenship. Educational Administrators model and facilitate understanding of social, ethical, and legal issues and responsibilities related to an evolving digital culture.

You can find the detailed version of NETS-A here.

Calling all high school science teachers!

Want to learn how to incorporate nanotechnology into your existing curriculum? Want to spend two weeks in gorgeous Colorado in the summer? Better yet, want to get paid to do all of this?

NanoTeach is recruiting teachers for a year-long, nationwide pilot test starting in the summer of 2010. Through lessons and experiences that model the three-part Designing Effective Science Instruction (DESI) instructional framework, participants will investigate dynamic nanoscience and technology content (NS&T) content while learning about instructional strategies that support effective science teaching.

Specifically, we are looking for thirty high school science teachers who teach physical science concepts and are looking for ways to energize their teaching with strategies to integrate cutting-edge nanoscience and technology, real-world application, and professional connections that foster meaningful and dynamic teaching and learning.

Participants will receive a $3000 stipend and paid travel and lodging to Denver, Colorado.

Please visit for more information.

Elizabeth Hubbell is a Lead Consultant in the Curriculum and Instruction department at McREL.

Google Teacher Academy

McREL uses Google applications in some professional development such as Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. For instance, students can collaboratively identify and explain the metaphors in Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech using Google Docs. In order to include the latest tools, I will be attending the Google Teacher Academy in Boulder, Colorado this August 5th. You can too. But you have to apply. The Google Teacher Academy is a professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. The Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, and receive resources to share with colleagues. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region. To apply, go to and follow the directions. Don’t delay, the deadline to apply is July 3rd. I hope to see you there. If you attend, find me and say hello.

Summer professional development that makes a difference

Come to McREL this summer for your professional development. We offer sessions for both teachers and leaders, held in our Denver facilities. Our various workshops give you the opportunity to learn how to:

  • integrate vocabulary into your lesson plans;
  • use technology to improve student achievement;
  • take your science lessons to the next level;
  • explore practical strategies for afterschool programs;
  • build capacity to improve ELL performance;
  • promote enthusiasm for learning mathematics; and
  • translate research into results in your schools to improve student achievement.

Learn more about all of our summer workshops, Summer 2009 Professional Development at McREL.