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

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.

Conference Sessions & Keynotes
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.

Exhibit | Association of Educational Service Agencies 2018 Annual Conference
November 28–December 1 | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Visit with McREL in the Exhibit Hall to see the latest resources you can use right now with your member schools and districts. Learn how we can collaborate with your ESC, BOCES, AEA, or other agency to build your capacity to deliver effective evidence-based professional learning and coaching to your area teachers, principals, and central office administrators.

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
Thursday-Friday, March 14-15, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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

Concurrent Session | Moving Research to Practice
Presenters: Cheryl Abla, with Matt Perini
Saturday, March 16, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

 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.

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


Sept. 17–23 | Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Sept. 24–30 | Who does most of the talking in your classroom?
Oct. 1–7 | What are the advantages or disadvantages of having year-round school calendars?
Oct. 8–14 | What if all our students came to school eager to learn, self-motivated, and passionate? How would that change your school culture?
Oct. 15–21 | Share a successful idea, plan, or project. (Please share pictures.)
Oct. 22–28 | How do you know if your school has a guaranteed and viable curriculum?
Oct. 29–Nov. 4 | How can we establish an effort-focused classroom culture?
Nov. 5–11 | How does your school and classroom recognize and celebrate veterans?
Nov. 12–18 | What are you thankful for?

We will take the week of November 19–25 off to celebrate Thanksgiving.