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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.

Contact Us

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800.858.6830
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Professional Learning
Instructional Coaching That Works Workshop
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
September 27–28 | Denver, Colorado

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

20% OFF BOOK WITH REGISTRATION

20% OFF BOOK WITH REGISTRATION

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.

We highly recommend reading Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation for this workshop. Once registered, you will receive a special discount code to receive 20% off your purchase of this book in our bookstore.

Managing Change: Evidence-based Strategies for Starting and Sustaining New Policies, Practices, and Processes Workshop
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.

Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works: Classroom-Ready Techniques for Increasing Student Achievement
October 16 | Covina, California
November 1 | Fairfield, California

Audience: CALIFORNIA ASCD MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTED RATE
Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Mentors, Principals, Assistant Principals, District/County PD Leaders

Presented in partnership with California ASCD, these one-day professional learning sessions will give participants a variety of practical tools, tips, and recommendations from the 2018 McREL book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works. Participants will practice using tools that help create an engaging learning environment, help students develop understanding, and help students extend and apply their knowledge. The events are open to all educators; California ASCD members receive a discounted rate.

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

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

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.

Unleashing Student Curiosity to Learn Workshop
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.

Conference Sessions & Keynotes
Education Seminar | Weifang New Epoch School
August 20–24 | Weifang, China

McREL school and system improvement expert Kristin Rouleau will present a four-day seminar to educators from Shandong province, focusing on current worldwide trends in education and best practices for teachers, leaders, and learners everywhere. Individual sessions will focus on the use of curiosity to increase student engagement and motivation, a model of learning based on brain science and memory science, a strengths-based peer-coaching model for teacher growth and development, and strategies for creating a high-performance school culture.


Keynote | Australian Conference for Educational Leaders
October 3–5 | Melbourne, Australia

McREL president and CEO Bryan Goodwin will deliver a keynote address, “Flip the Script with Student Curiosity,” at the 2018 annual ACEL National Conference in Melbourne. Curiosity is as powerful a predictor of student success as IQ, and student motivation matters as much to student outcomes as teacher quality. Yet both are often overlooked in our efforts to improve student outcomes in schools. What if we were to focus our efforts on restoring students’ curiosity and motivation? Might everything else get easier … and more joyful? Bryan will present research and real-life success stories on how schools can “flip the script” on improvement efforts—not by forcing change from the “outside-in,” but rather, by changing the “inside-out,” starting with what’s inside every student and waiting to come out: their curiosity.

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

Aug. 13–19 | How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Aug. 20–26 | What is an effective “getting-to-know-you” activity?

Aug. 27–Sept. 2 | How do you create a welcoming environment for students? (Share pics of your school/classroom.)

Sept. 3–9 | What should PD be like in your district?