Curiosity drives the impulse to learn. But, while we are all innately curious, that curiosity can fade if it’s not nurtured. In the pursuit of excellence in academics, we often overlook the power of curiosity as a natural driver of achievement. Encouraging students’ sense of wonder keeps classrooms exciting and kids thirsting for more knowledge. And for educators, embracing curiosity about our teaching and leadership practices results in professional learning and growth.

Curiosity is not static, it’s a continuous journey, and McREL can be your guide. Contact us today for resources, coaching, and consulting to boost curiosity in your school or system.

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So how do we foster curiosity in our students and ourselves on a daily basis in our schools?

McREL’s Curiosity Works resources provide the tools and methods to support curiosity among teachers, leaders, and learners at every level of learning. We’ll help you understand, create, and develop effective, sustainable, and curiosity-driven learning in your school that unleashes the power of curiosity and enhances learning for everyone—teachers, students, and school leaders.

Curiosity and Powerful Learning

Curiosity drives the impulse to learn—and our Curiosity and Powerful Learning model shows school teams how to systemically develop and support curious learners and create an effective, sustainable learning system supported by students, staff, and school leaders. Based on a successful school improvement effort in Melbourne, Australia, this program is designed to help teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and system administrators embark on a professional journey to lift student literacy, numeracy, and curiosity. Written originally for Australian educators, the theories of action and recommended activities outline practices that have been tested and refined in schools over time and can be adapted and used by schools and districts around the world, including the U.S.


New! Unleashing Curiosity

Our Unleashing Curiosity guides are part of McREL’s Curiosity Works resources. Based in part on a successful system-wide effort in Melbourne, Australia, that improved student achievement by unleashing student curiosity, these resources give teachers and school leaders tips, suggestions, and ideas to encourage professional dialogue with other teachers and increase student curiosity. Combining these insights with McREL’s analysis of best education practices from around the world, our Curiosity Works resources support a better way of transforming schools—not through top-down pressure, but through helping teachers and school leaders work together to develop shared professional expertise and leverage the power of motivation and curiosity.


Consulting Services

Want to unleash curiosity in your classroom? Contact us to learn more about how we can help you drive students’ curiosity about their learning, educators’ curiosity about their professional practice, and powerful leadership actions to build an “inside-out” approach to school improvement and innovation that centers on students and values teacher engagement and collaboration. This inside-out approach ensures that improvement efforts are directly connected to the work of your classroom teachers and students’ needs and meet your specific objectives. Your team will gain a deeper understanding of your students and the power of curiosity and inquiry that drives learning.