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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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Classroom Instruction That Works: 51 Activities and Tools for Increasing Student Achievement
June 18–19 | Denver, Colorado

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Teachers, instructional coaches and mentors, principals and assistant principals, central office PD leaders

Presenter Cheryl Abla

Join Cheryl Abla—teacher, instructional trainer, coach, and coauthor of the popular book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works—for this two-day professional learning session to gain valuable insights, tools, and strategies for crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction, including the nine categories of instructional strategies and 51 practical and engaging teaching activities, strategies, and tools for:

  • Creating a classroom environment for learning
  • Helping students develop deeper understanding of content
  • Helping students extend and apply their new knowledge to other challenges
  • Classroom tech tools for engaging and meaningful learning

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
Two-day workshop includes Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works book, related workshop materials, and daily lunch and refreshments.

Classroom Instruction That Works — Authorized Facilitator Training
June 18–21 | Denver, Colorado

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Instructional coaches, principals, district-level professional development staff, regional education service agency trainers, professional association trainers, and other educators who would like to deliver CITW workshops in their local area.

Register now to attend this four-day training session to deepen your understanding of the nine CITW categories of effective research-based instructional strategies and how to present effective CITW workshops on your own.

  • Get a toolkit of CITW workshop materials and associated classroom activities.
  • Learn how to help teachers apply the CITW instructional strategies to their lesson design and delivery.
  • Get best practices for leading effective adult learning and professional development.
  • Practice delivering lessons and participate in quality assurance steps to become an authorized CITW facilitator.

Upon successful completion of this training, McREL will authorize you to deliver multiple CITW professional development workshops to educators in your school district or education service agency area (BOCES, ESCs, ESUs, RESAs, etc.) for a period of one year. Annual re-authorization is available.

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
Four-day workshop includes includes Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works book, all participant materials, facilitator’s guide, and authorization, plus beverages and lunch during all four training days. https://conta.cc/2TLfFag

Free Session | Curiosity Works — Leading and Teaching with Curiosity in Mind
June 28 | Denver, Colorado

INTENDED AUDIENCE
K–12 principals, school leadership teams, central office administrators.

Bryan Goodwin

Presenter Bryan Goodwin

Join McREL CEO and author Bryan Goodwin for this free professional learning session to learn about simple shifts school leaders can make to “flip the script” on improvement efforts—not by mandating changes from the “outside-in,” but rather, by changing the “inside-out,” starting with what’s inside every student (and teacher) and waiting to come out: curiosity. Session topics include:

  • Why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in students, teachers, and leaders.
  • Classroom shifts that unleash student curiosity and deeper learning, as detailed in McREL’s recent Student Learning that Works
  • The science of learning—including how curiosity drives learning and memory—and how to design learning that taps into the power of curiosity.
  • How to make critical school-level shifts to unleash teacher curiosity, starting with inquiry-driven professional learning that leads to “precision without prescription.”
Balanced Leadership for School Improvement
July 11 | Clarksville, Tennessee

INTENDED AUDIENCE
K–12 principals, school leadership teams, central office administrators

Presenter Kent Davis

What makes an effective school leader? McREL’s research analysis has identified 21 specific actions and responsibilities that positively affect student achievement—actions that all school leaders can learn and put into practice through our Balanced Leadership program. Attend this one-day session to get an overview of the key components of Balanced Leadership and how it can be used to:

  • Establish a clear instructional focus for your school—keeping the work and stakeholder conversations targeted on the issues that matter most for student success.
  • Manage change well—understanding how to create positive demand for change at your school and how to skillfully steer through the challenges associated with starting new initiatives, programs, and procedures.
  • Develop a purposeful school community—creating a sense of collective efficacy among your teachers and staff, a shared belief that, together, they really can make a difference for students.

You’ll also discover how McREL has recently updated Balanced Leadership with important elements from our What Matters Most® framework and Curiosity Works® approach to school improvement. Together, these assets create a powerful tool for systemic improvement that you can use to build on your school’s existing assets and bright spots and leverage your staff’s professional curiosity to explore new practices for collaboration and innovation.

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
Two-day workshop includes all participant materials plus beverages and lunch each day.

Curiosity Works: Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation
July 30–31 | Ann  Arbor, Michigan

INTENDED AUDIENCE
K–12 principals, school leadership teams, central office administrators

Presenter Tonia Gibson

Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the innovation pathways found in McREL’s Curiosity Works approach to school improvement. You’ll leave this engaging, interactive 2-day session with tools, tips, and strategic advice you can put to use during the 2019–20 school year.

Designed for principals and school leadership team members, the session topics and learnings include:

  • 17 tools to support your school’s improvement journey.
  • Understanding the differences between inside-out, curiosity-driven innovation and outside-in or top-down approaches.
  • A process for crafting strong, well-articulated school values, mission, and vision statements.
  • A plan to support peer coaching as a professional learning structure in your school or system.

While individual school leaders can register and attend this session on their own, it is strongly recommended that multiple members of your school leadership team attend this session together, to maximize strategic visioning and planning for the 2019–2020 school year.

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
Two-day workshop includes all participant materials, book, plus beverages and lunch each day.

Curiosity Works Workshops — Leading and Teaching with Curiosity in Mind
July–August | Australia
Bryan Goodwin

Presenter Bryan Goodwin

Join ACEL and McREL CEO and author Bryan Goodwin for these professional learning sessions where you’ll learn about simple shifts you can make in classrooms and across entire schools to “flip the script” on improvement efforts—not by driving learning from the “outside-in,” but rather, by changing the “inside-out,” starting with what’s inside every student (and teacher) and waiting to come out: curiosity.

Specifically, you’ll emerge from this session:

  • Knowing why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in learners, teachers, and leaders
  • Understanding and ready to help others make classroom shifts that unleash student curiosity and deeper learning, as detailed in a soon-to-be released book, Student Learning that Works
  • Develop a new understanding of the science of learning―including how curiosity drives learning and memory―and how to design learning that taps into the power of curiosity
  • Learn critical shifts school leadership teams can make to unleash teacher curiosity, starting with inquiry-driven professional learning that leads to “precision without prescription.”

INCLUDED WITH WORKSHOP
All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation.

DATES & LOCATIONS

  • July 29 | Darwin NT
  • July 30 | Brisbane QLD
  • July 31 | Sydney NSW
  • August 1 | Melbourne VIC
  • August 7 | Perth WA

Conference Sessions & Keynotes

Keynote | WASSEA Conference 2019
August 5–6 | Perth, Australia

McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin will deliver a keynote at the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association’s annual conference, speaking about how teachers and school leaders can tap into the power of human curiosity in order to drive educators’ professional growth and expertise as well as school improvement and innovation.

Institute | Curiosity Works for School Improvement and Innovation
November 14–15 | Kuwait

McREL’s senior director of learning services and innovation Kristin Rouleau will present a 2-day professional learning institute for international schools in the MENA region, delivered in partnership with KDSL Global. School leaders will understand five research-based levers for school improvement from McREL’s What Matters Most® Framework: curricular pathways to success; challenging, engaging, intentional instruction; whole child student supports; data-driven, high-reliability systems; and high-performance school culture. Participants will also learn why curiosity is vitally important for learning, and how they can cultivate it in their school’s teachers and students as part of a Curiosity Works approach to school improvement and innovation.

For more information and to register, e-mail KDSL Global at: kdslglobalinfo@gmail.com.

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. Our WEEKLY chats begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. and continue through Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

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

UPCOMING CHATS

June 17–23 | How do you identify and meet your students where they are in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs?
June 24–30 | What is your favorite education-related movie and why?
July 1–7 | Happy Independence Day to our U.S. colleagues! We’ll take this week off from our slow chats.
July 8–14 | How do you respond when a student asks, Why do I need to learn this?