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Twitter Slow Chat | Digital citizenship

October 16–22, 2017 | TopicWhat curriculum are you using to teach digital citizenship?

Looking to grow your professional learning network? Join us for our weeklong Twitter slow chats, where participants share best practices, strategies, and common (or uncommon) struggles and successes. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas with other educators.


Conference | iNACOL Symposium

October 23–25, 2017 | Orlando, Florida

Research shows that most online learning schools today aren’t improving students’ outcomes. Are there online learning environments that can actually help them flourish? If so, how might these environments differ from what we’re currently doing? Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin and co-presenter Erika Twani from Learning One to One at the iNACOL Symposium for their session titled “Let’s Rethink Online Learning” to explore key practices that enable the growing online student population to succeed academically and in life. This session will be presented on Tuesday, October 24 at 11:15 a.m.

For more information and registration, please visit the conference website.


Conference | ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

October 27–29, 2017 | Kissimmee, Florida

Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin on Friday at the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership for a session on empowering leaders to make positive changes in their schools. Co-presented with education consultant and author Pete Hall, this session will weave together insights on instruction, teacher coaching, leadership, and school improvement into a practical model for becoming an empowering leader—encouraging people to change not through top-down punishments and rewards but through intrinsic motivation (not forcing them to drink but making them thirsty). Attendees will receive techniques they can use right away in their schools to inspire people to change by connecting with their mission and seeing themselves as capable of change. This session will be offered on Friday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and repeated at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

For more information and registration, please visit the conference website.


Conference | American Evaluation Association National Conference

November 6–11, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

Join McREL researchers and evaluators at AEA’s 31st Annual Conference to share and explore best practices in evaluation and learn how evaluation projects can help create better practices and outcomes in education. Sessions presented by McREL staff include:

Session: Developing a classroom observation protocol when treatment and control classrooms don’t look anything like each other
Presenter: Phillip Herman
Date and time: Thursday, November 9, 3:15–4:15 p.m.

Session: Coaching Evaluative Thinking: Meaningful Client Engagement in a Small-Scale Quasi-Experimental Study
Presenters: Sheila Arens and Barbara Kruger (VocabularySpellingCity)
Date and time: Friday, November 10, 5:30–6:15 p.m.

Session: Helping Decision-Makers Understand Problems of Practice: An Example from the Pacific Region
Presenters: Phillip Herman and Sheila Arens
Date and time: Saturday, November 11, 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit the conference website.


Conference | AESA Annual Conference

November 30–December 2, 2017 | San Antonio, Texas

Join McREL staff for sessions (see below) and visit with us in the exhibit hall to learn how we partner with education service agencies across the country to deliver great professional learning, coaching, and strategic consulting to their member districts and schools.

Session: Leading to Learn: Evaluation of an Innovative School Leadership Program
 Co-presented with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
Date and time: Thursday, November 30, 10:45 a.m.

Session: Evaluation Systems: Optimizing Levers of Support
Presenters: Co-presented with Region 13 ESC
Date and time: Friday, December 1, 2:45 p.m.

For more information and to register, please visit the AESA website.


Academy | Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works

January 10–11, 2018 | Alhambra (LA metro), California

Join educational leaders and authors Harvey Silver and Cheryl Abla as they present practical instructional tools from the upcoming book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (co-published by McREL, available December 2017). Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy will deliver an intensive learning, working, and planning session for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teacher mentors, principals and assistant principals, and central office PD leaders. This academy will help participants raise student achievement by focusing on crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction. Participants will gain valuable insights and practical tools for delivering engaging instruction that makes a difference in students’ learning. All participants will receive a personal copy of the book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, co-written and co-published by Thoughtful Classroom™ and McREL.

Learn more and register.


Webinar | Powerful Instructional Coaching for Improved Teacher Practice

Originally recorded | April 27, 2017

Instructional coaching has risen to new heights with the cry for increased accountability and teacher effectiveness. Peer coaching in triad teams yields powerful professional learning and improved teacher practice. View this free 45-minute webinar to learn more.



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This webinar will provide you with tools for creating, calibrating, and guiding peer triad teams and transforming teacher-to-teacher interactions in your school or system.

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Consultant Dr. Bj Stone, co-author of McREL’s Classroom Instruction That Works and A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works, and coach on effective teaching practices.

Learn more about McREL’s consulting services on instructional coaching.



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.



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.



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


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.