Past Webinars

Webinar | Quality Questioning: A Catalyst for Thinking and Learning

Quality QuestioningOriginally recorded | February 28, 2017

How can teachers use “quality questioning” to stimulate student thinking and support classroom dialogue? Why is dialogue essential to meaningful formative feedback? Explore these questions with Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes, authors of the new 2nd edition of Quality Questioning: Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner.

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During this recorded 60-minute webinar you’ll learn about:

  • Three sets of expectations designed to transform students from passive observers to active participants in class dialogue and in assessment of their own learning.
  • Strategies that engage all students in making meaning of content, while also providing teachers with information they can use to move learning forward.
  • Opportunities for partnering with students to co-create a classroom community that celebrates learning for all, not right answers by a few.

Learn more about McREL’s consulting services on instruction.


Webinar | Finding Focus in a Fog of Initiative Overload

Originally recorded | January 18, 2017

“Too much to do and too little time” is a common lament for many school leaders, who face piles of paperwork and often one initiative and reform du jour being added on top of another. Yet we’ve known for a long time that when schools succeed, they do so by focusing on doing just a handful of things better: a strong curriculum, effective teaching, supports for learners, and a culture of high expectations. Of course, knowing isn’t the same thing as doing; simply appreciating great music doesn’t mean we’ll find ourselves on stage at Carnegie Hall.

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What often gets lost in research on effective schools is how schools become better—the predictable steps they take on the way to greatness. During this recorded 30-minute webinar by McREL’s President & CEO Bryan Goodwin, you’ll learn about clear pathways and concrete, focused steps for continuous improvement for all schools, wherever they are on their journey to success.

Learn more about McREL’s consulting services on school and system improvement.


Webinar | Leading and Managing Change in Schools

Originally recorded | December 7, 2016

In schools, change is constant. New programs, policies, and procedures are brought forward with regularity, most—if not all—with the admirable intention of improving conditions for effective teaching and learning. However, it often seems like the harder that leaders push to effect these changes in their schools, the harder staff push back. If your staff doesn’t support the changes that your school needs to make, and if you can’t manage the change process effectively from start to finish, then the greatest plan in the world won’t matter—your efforts will derail.

Managing Change in Schools and Districts Webinar

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In this recorded 30-minute webinar with Dr. Matt Seebaum of McREL, you’ll get an overview of the research on managing change and insights and ideas on how to help your school team more productively process, and take ownership of, change.

Learn more about McREL’s leadership development and consulting services.