Our consultants travel the world to bring our latest insights and professional learning resources to you. Browse our upcoming events, conference presentations, future and past webinars, and professional learning workshops and sessions to find one near you.

Professional Learning | Classroom Instruction That Works

June 26-28, 2017 | Denver, Colorado

Learn research-based, practice-proven instructional strategies and ways to implement them in the classroom. Discover how each Classroom Instruction That Works 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.

Register now.


Authorized Facilitator Training | Classroom Instruction That Works

June 26-30, 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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Twitter Slow Chat | “Must read” books for students

June 26-July 2, 2017

Question: What are “must read” books for your students?

Join us for our weekly series of slow chats on Twitter; we’d love your participation. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas on each week’s theme with other educators. Our slow chats begin on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and end on Sundays at 9:00 p.m.


Conference | Tennessee ASCD 2017 Summer Institute

June 29-30, 2017 | Gatlinburg, Tennessee

McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin will be the featured presenter at the Tennessee ASCD summer institute, a two-day conference with strands for administrators and teachers. School and district leaders will learn the keys to focusing improvement plans on What Matters Most, planning for change and managing its effects, and building a purposeful school community with engaged stakeholders. Teachers will explore the three imperatives of good teaching: being demanding, being supportive, and being intentional.

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


Conference | National Principals Conference

July 9-11, 2017 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Join McREL staff at NAESP’s and NASSP’s combined National Principals Conference for insights and strategies on school improvement, acceleration, and innovation to help students and staff flourish. McREL sessions include:

A Focused Approach for Leadership Coaching: Support Structures for Principal Improvement and Innovation
Sunday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. with Dr. Tony Davis

Inside-out Coaching: Helping Teachers Flourish
Monday, July 10, 7:30 a.m. with Dr. Bj Stone and Kristin Rouleau

Developing a Pipeline for Tennessee School Leaders
Tuesday, July 11, 9:00 a.m. with Dr. Tony Davis and the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Tennessee

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


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. THIS INDIVIDUAL SESSION IS FULL.

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. THIS INDIVIDUAL SESSION IS FULL.

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 | Denver, Colorado

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 | Denver, Colorado

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

Register now.


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.