Reimagine your professional development experience with McREL’s professional learning academies and workshops. In our dynamic sessions, you’ll dig deep into research-based instructional and leadership practices that positively influence achievement and help to transform your teaching and leading. Our consultants travel the world to bring our latest insights and professional learning resources to you. Browse our upcoming academies, workshops, conference presentations, and social media events to find ways to connect with fellow educators, add to your professional toolbox, and grow your professional learning network.

Do you need onsite professional learning or are you looking for a dynamic, engaging, and inspiring speaker for your workshop or conference? Download our press kit to learn more about whom to contact regarding our cadre of presenters, and contact us for more information.

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Conference Sessions & Keynotes
Presentations | ASCD Empower19 National Conference
March 16–19 | Chicago, Illinois

Join McREL staff and thousands of educators from across the U.S. and around the world in the Windy City to explore new perspectives on education and strategies for teaching, leading, and school improvement. Review the latest McREL books, resources, and services at our booth in the Exhibit Hall, and join us for the following conference sessions:

Preconference Institute | The Reflective Teacher: Becoming an expert, one problem at a time
Presenters: Bryan Goodwin, with Alisa Simeral
Day/time: Thursday–Friday, March 14–15, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session | Leading from the Inside Out
Presenter: Bryan Goodwin
Day/time: Saturday, March 16, 8:15–9:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session | Moving Research to Practice
Presenters: Cheryl Abla, with Matt Perini
Day/time: Saturday, March 16, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

 Concurrent Session | School Improvement that Works: From Improvement to Innovation
Presenter: Kris Rouleau
Day/time: TBA

Social Media Events

Twitter Slow Chats

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. Our WEEKLY chats begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. and continue through Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas with other educators.


Dec. 10–Dec. 16 | Do your students respond better to rewards-based motivation or are they more intrinsically motivated?
Dec. 17–Dec. 24 | Can teacher curiosity assist in whole-school improvement?

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us this past year! We will take December 25–January 6 off to celebrate the holidays. Our weekly slow chats will resume January 7, 2019.