McREL in the News

McREL’s Cheryl Abla in Edutopia: Guiding young students to talk about their learning

January 7, 2022 | Neither silence nor unrestrained chitchat is ideal in an elementary classroom, McREL learning services consultant Cheryl Abla writes in Edutopia. Rather, teachers should guide students in discussing their learning with the teacher and with one another—building a foundation for mastering academic language. Teachers may be hesitant to encourage student talk because they fear chaos may ensue, and Cheryl admits the process can be noisy. But there are practices that teachers can easily implement and model to create conversational structures that support learning.

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McREL consultant shares tips on Edutopia for engaging students with better questioning

December 6, 2021 | Traditional questioning of students in the classroom, with its emphasis on teachers eliciting a quick answer and moving on, winds up excluding many students and creating a lackluster learning environment. Better questioning strategies can help students deepen and extend their learning, and McREL instructional expert Cheryl Abla recently shared some ways to ask better questions in the classroom with Edutopia.

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McREL consultant shares ideas for a positive start to school with Edutopia readers

September 15, 2021 | McREL consultant Cheryl Abla always has tips for teachers and school leaders on creating a positive environment for learning. With all the anxiety and uncertainty accompanying back-to-school this fall, she’s doubling down. After meeting with hundreds of educators before the school year even started, she’s shared several tactics with the national blog Edutopia designed to immediately address little issues before they can get out of hand—or better yet, prevent them from happening in the first place.

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McREL contributes to ‘Kansas Can Success Tour’

September 8, 2021 | Kansas education leaders are touring the state to talk with thousands of parents, school board members, business leaders, and community members to gather feedback on the state’s “Kansas Can” vision for K-12 education and “brainstorm ways schools can better prepare students for the workforce,” according to a local news report. McREL will compile feedback gathered during the 50-city tour and prepare a report later this year for the Kansas State Board of Education and Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson.

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McREL helps CYBER.ORG develop K–12 learning standards for cybersecurity

August 4, 2021 | Louisiana-based CYBER.ORG has released the nation’s first-ever voluntary K–12 cybersecurity standards. Developed with McREL’s help, the standards aim to teach students about cybersecurity issues and careers, addressing what it calls “the growing cybersecurity workforce crisis.” CYBER.ORG is supported by the Department of Homeland Security and 18,000 teachers nationwide have signed up for its teaching materials. The organization says that there are more than 464,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., even as the country faces “an onslaught of sophisticated cyberattacks.”

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McREL advises student-led study on pandemic anxiety

October 30, 2020 | Students face increased anxiety whether they learn from home or go back to school during the pandemic, so a student research team in Kentucky launched a large survey to alert educators and policymakers to any areas of concern for the future, the Richmond Register reported.

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