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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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Professional Learning
Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works Academy
January 10–11 | Alhambra (LA Metro), California

Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Principals, Central Office PD Leaders

COMING SOON

COMING SOON!

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 (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. 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.

Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works Academy with Extended Coaching
June 13–14 | Denver, Colorado
October 18–19 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Principals, Central Office PD Leaders

COMING SOON

COMING SOON!

Learn practical instructional tools from the book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works. 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. Participants will also receive a personal copy of the book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, and extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.


Helping ELLs Flourish with Academic Language Development Workshop
June 18–19 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Classroom Teachers, ELL Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Principals, Central Office ELL Supervisors

RECOMMENDED READING

20% OFF BOOK WITH REGISTRATION

This two-day professional development workshop will help all teachers—general education and ELL specialists—apply effective research-based instructional strategies to the five stages of language acquisition and develop students’ academic language during subject-matter instruction, using McREL’s Academic Language Framework. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.

We highly recommend reading Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners for this workshop. Once registered, you will receive a special discount code to receive 20% off your purchase of this book in our bookstore.

School Leadership That Works: Evidence-based Strategies for Sharpening Instructional Focus, Managing Change Processes, and Creating Shared Vision Workshop
June 20–22 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Principals, Central Office Leaders, Superintendents

20% OFF BOOK WITH REGISTRATION

Discover the leadership responsibilities that are most strongly connected to student achievement and learn practical strategies to develop a purposeful, positive school community, initiate and manage change within your school, and choose the right focus for your school’s improvement initiatives. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.

We highly recommend reading Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning for this workshop. Once registered, you will receive a special discount code to receive 20% off your purchase of this book in our bookstore.

District Leadership That Works: Connecting Strategic Vision, Action, and Results Across Your System Workshop
June 26–28 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Central Office Leaders, Superintendents

Discover the specific district-level leadership activities and behaviors that research shows are most connected to student and staff success, and how these responsibilities apply to the actions of superintendents, school boards, and central office staff.

During this 3-day session, participants will learn the principles of high-reliability systems and the actions used in healthcare, aviation, and other complex industries, and how these principles can be effectively applied to education systems. Determine the current state of your district systems and begin to map steps toward improving the quality of instruction and reducing variability in instructional quality within and among your schools. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.

We highly recommend reading District Leadership That Works: Striking the Right Balance for this workshop. This book is currently available through Solution Tree.

Unleashing Student Curiosity to Learn Workshop
July 10–11 | Denver, Colorado
October 25–26 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Principals, Central Office PD Leaders

20% OFF GUIDE WITH REGISTRATION

Explore why and how curiosity can be sparked and sustained within your students, helping them become engaged, motivated, self-directed learners who “own” their educational journeys. Get tools, tips, and ideas for creating challenging learning tasks and higher-order questions that push students to deeper levels of content understanding and application. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.

We highly recommend reading Unleashing Curiosity with Challenging Learning Tasks for this workshop. Once registered, you will receive a special discount code to receive 20% off your purchase of this quick guide in our bookstore.


Managing Change: Evidence-based Strategies for Starting and Sustaining New Policies, Practices, and Processes Workshop
July 12–13 | Denver, Colorado
October 11–12 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Principals, Central Office Leaders, Superintendents

RECOMMENDED READING

20% OFF BOOK WITH REGISTRATION

Change is constant in schools: every new program, policy, or procedure comes with the need to implement and manage change well.  Attend this research- and evidence-based session to learn the keys to helping your school team not just survive change, but thrive in it. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.

We highly recommend reading Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning for this workshop. Once registered, you will receive a special discount code to receive 20% off your purchase of this book in our bookstore.


Instructional Coaching That Works Workshop
July 17–18 | Denver, Colorado
September 20–21 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Principals, Central Office PD Leaders

Learn a new, more effective approach to instructional coaching that is focused on “inside-out,” strengths-based peer coaching that brings small teams of teachers together, building on the bright spots while learning and growing as peers and professionals. You’ll leave this session knowing how to create belief among your school team that personal and collective growth are possible, and use data to drive coaching decisions that will have positive effects on outcomes that matter to all. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.


How to Move Your School from Improvement to Innovation: A Guided Pathway for Success Workshop
July 19–20 | Denver, Colorado
September 27–28 | Denver, Colorado

Audience: Teacher Leaders, Principals, Central Office PD Leaders, Superintendents

Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the five improvement and innovation pathways found in McREL’s Curiosity Works™ approach. You’ll leave this intensive two-day session with an understanding of the important differences between an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach to school improvement and an outside-in or top-down approach. Learn how to focus for improvement or innovation and identification of high-leverage strategies for action and gain an understanding of the importance of monitoring change, both for the organization and for individuals. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during the 2018–19 school year.


Conference Sessions & Keynotes
ASCD Empower18 National Conference
March 24–26 | Boston, Massachusetts

Join McREL staff for informative conference sessions (see below) and visit with us in the exhibit hall to learn about our curiosity-driven, inside-out approach to school improvement and innovation. We can help you and your school community focus, transform, and thrive. BONUS: Visit our booth to receive a special 20% off code for all McREL Bookstore publications (available onsite and online), including our Unleashing Curiosity quick guides and our Curiosity Works guidebook for school improvement and innovation.

Session: Moving English Learners (ELs) from Speaking to Writing
Presenter:
 Jane Hill
Date and time: Saturday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.

Session: Out of Curiosity: Restoring Joyful Learning with an ‘Inside-out’ Approach to School Change
Presenters: Bryan Goodwin and Kristin Rouleau
Date and time: Sunday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.

Session: Dynamic, Engaging Classrooms: How They Look, Feel and Sound
Presenter: Cheryl Abla
Date and time: Monday, March 26, 8:00 a.m.

NASSP National Principals Conference
July 11–13 | Chicago, Illinois

How do we create learning environments that unleash student curiosity? It starts with educators. Join McREL staff at the NASSP National Principals Conference for our session on cultivating teacher curiosity and identifying and leverage bright spots to move your school along an improvement continuum that includes adopting better routines, ensuring consistency of those routines, developing professional expertise, and ultimately, encouraging innovative practices.

Session: Curiosity Works: Leveraging Bright Spots for Curiously Good School Improvement
Presenter:
 Kristin Rouleau
Date and time: TBD

 

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.

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

UPCOMING CHATS
12/11–12/17 | What is your favorite holiday tradition that you share with your students?
12/18–12/24 | Are you the teacher you’d want your own family member to have as their teacher? Why?
Twitter chats will resume in the New Year. We look forward to another great year of learning and growing our professional learning network with you.