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Webinar: Finding focus in a fog of initiative overload

Wednesday, January 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern, 12 p.m. Mountain, 9 a.m. Hawaii

“Too much to do and too little time” is a common lament for many school leaders, who face piles of paperwork and often one 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 becoming singularly focused 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 webinar from McREL’s President & CEO Bryan Goodwin, you’ll learn how, through research and work with school systems worldwide, McREL has identified clear pathways and concrete, focused steps for continuous improvement for all schools, wherever they are on their journey to success.

Join us for a lively, engaging session to find your next step toward greatness.

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AASA | National Conference on Education

New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2-4, 2017

Stop by the AASA exhibit hall at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and visit with McREL at booth #537 to learn how we can help your district flourish. McREL’s chief program officer, Dr. Robin Jarvis, will be on hand to share information about McREL’s school and system improvement services, leadership development training and coaching, Curiosity and Powerful Learning program, and research and program evaluation services.

To set up a specific time to visit with Dr. Jarvis or other McREL staff members during the conference, contact Madonna Shafer at or 303.459.5043.

To learn more and register, please visit the AASA conference website.


ASCD | Annual Conference “Empower 17”

Anaheim, California, March 25-27, 2017

Attend conference sessions led by McREL staff and stop by our booth in the exhibit hall (#1519, right next to the General Session entrance) to learn how we can help your school or district flourish with our school and system improvement services, teacher and leader training and coaching, curriculum audits, and research and program evaluation services.

McREL consultant Dr. Bj Stone, an expert on effective instructional strategies and co-author of Classroom Instruction that Works, will deliver a conference session titled “Inside-out Coaching: Helping Teachers Flourish.”

McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin, author/co-author of popular ASCD books including Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching, and Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, will deliver a conference session titled “Leading with Focus and ‘Simplexity’ in Your School.”

To set up a specific time to visit with Bryan Goodwin, Dr. Stone, or other McREL staff members during the conference, contact Madonna Shafer at or 303.459.5043.

To learn more and register, please visit the ASCD conference website.


ACSA North State Spring Conference

April 28-30, 2017, Reno, Nevada

Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin and district administrators from across northern California at the spring conference of the Association of California School Administrators’ Regions 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Bryan will deliver conference sessions, and a luncheon keynote on Saturday, April 29 titled “Are we doing too little…or too much? Finding our beacon in the fog.” During this session, Bryan will boil decades of research down to one key focal point for school leadership and offer practical ways to turn that focus into results—not by working longer hours or browbeating teachers, but rather, by flipping our leadership paradigm and getting everyone to work together with single-minded focus.

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


American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference

June 15-17, 2017, Flagstaff, Arizona

McREL consultant Dr. Terri Bissonette will be among the keynoters for this conference for preschool, K-12, college, and university educators and concerned community members to share ideas for improving the lives and education of Indigenous children.

Hosted by Northern Arizona University’s College of Education, the conference will provide a forum for exchange of scholarly research on teaching Indigenous children.

Dr. Terri Bissonette works with turnaround schools and schools with high numbers of Native American students, drawing on her background as a teacher and a specialist in K-12 literacy curriculum and instruction, comprehensive needs assessments, continuous improvement processes, and school culture. Dr. Bissonette is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community of Anishinaabeg in Brimley, Michigan.

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


Authorized Facilitator Training | Classroom Instruction That Works

June 19-23, 2017, Denver, Colorado

Attend our Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW) workshop and authorized facilitator training to learn McREL’s research-based instructional strategies and effective methods to help other teachers learn and implement these strategies in their classrooms.

The first three days of this training will solidify your understanding of the nine CITW categories of instructional strategies and an instructional planning framework that maximizes the strategies’ effectiveness. The final two days will prepare you to become an authorized facilitator of CITW workshops in your own district or region. During these two days you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of the research-based instructional strategies and associated activities
  • Learn how to assist teachers in applying the instructional strategies to lesson design
  • Discuss how to lead professional development and practice the delivery of a lesson
  • Participate in quality assurance steps necessary to become an authorized facilitator of McREL’s CITW workshop

Upon successful completion of this training you will be authorized to deliver CITW workshops to educators in your district or service area for a period of one year (annual re-authorization available). Your district or organization will retain 100 percent of any tuition or fees you charge for the trainings that you deliver during the year.

Facilitator training is ideal for school district professional development staff, regional education service agency staff, and state- and national-level professional association staff.

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Professional Learning | Classroom Instruction That Works

June 19-21, 2017, Denver, Colorado

Learn research-based, practice-proven instructional strategies and ways to implement them in the classroom. Discover how each strategy can be effective with any student, at any grade level, in any subject area, to enhance student achievement.

  • Learn new, evidence-based insights from the most recent, rigorous research
  • Get an instructional framework to strengthen instructional design
  • Discover the reasons for choosing certain strategies for certain situations
  • Connect the strategies to essential 21st century skills

Whether the strategies are new to you or something you already use every day, this workshop will help you raise your level of effectiveness.

This workshop is well suited for K–12 educators in all subject areas, staff developers, instructional coaches, and principals and other school leaders.

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Professional Learning | Balanced Leadership® for School-Level Leaders

July 11-14, 2017, Denver, Colorado

Discover the leadership responsibilities that are shown by research to be most strongly connected to student achievement and get practical strategies you can use in your school 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.

Register for the entire 4-day Balanced Leadership Institute or the individual days of your choice.

Balanced Leadership Overview | Tuesday, July 11
Increase your knowledge and understanding of the concepts of principal leadership, shared leadership, and balanced leadership as well as the Balanced Leadership Framework.

Managing Change | Wednesday, July 12
Learn how to initiate, monitor, and lead change effectively. Receive practical guidance for leading straightforward “first-order” changes as well as more challenging “second-order” changes.

The Focus of Leadership | Thursday, July 13
Learn the best leverage points for improving student achievement and how to select improvement initiatives that will result in better student learning and overall school improvement.

Developing a Purposeful Community | Friday, July 14
Engage in a variety of hands-on learning experiences that promote a deep understanding of the importance of developing a positive school culture in your school, or what we call “a purposeful community.”

This institute is designed for principals, assistant principals, new and emerging leaders, principal supervisors, and other district-level leaders.

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Leadership Institute | District Leadership That Works

July 17-18, 2017

In this two-day institute for school district leaders, learn the activities, responsibilities, and behaviors that research shows are most connected to student and staff success, and how they apply to the actions of superintendents, school boards, and central office leadership staff.

You’ll discover how McREL’s Balanced Leadership Framework® can help you and your team build a purposeful community, identify the right focus for the district, and effectively manage change throughout your district. You’ll also learn the key 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.

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Professional Learning | CITW with English Language Learners

July 19-20, 2017

Based on the research and analysis in McREL’s popular Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners book, 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.

The workshop will show you how to develop students’ oral academic language during subject-matter instruction, using McREL’s Academic Language Framework. You’ll leave the workshop knowing:

  • Instructional strategies that enhance ELL student achievement
  • The stages of second language acquisition and their instructional implications
  • Strategies for engaging ELLs in regular education classrooms

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