Events

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.

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Twitter Slow Chat | Professional learning resources

August 14–20, 2017

Question: Educators: Who or what is your best professional learning resource?

Join us for our weekly Twitter slow chat; 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.


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Life experiences

August 21–27, 2017

Question: How do you incorporate your or your students’ life experiences into classroom learning?

Join us for our weekly Twitter slow chat; 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.


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Personalized learning

August 28–September 3, 2017

Question: How do you personalize learning in your school or classroom? Please share examples.

Join us for our weekly Twitter slow chat; 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 | iNACOL Symposium

October 23–25, 2017 | Orlando, Florida

Research shows that most online learning schools today aren’t improving students’ outcomes. Are there online learning environments that can actually help them flourish? If so, how might these environments differ from what we’re currently doing? Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin and co-presenter Erika Twani from Learning One to One at the iNACOL Symposium for their session titled “Let’s Rethink Online Learning” to explore key practices that enable the growing online student population to succeed academically and in life. This session will be presented on Tuesday, October 24 at 11:15 a.m.

For more information and registration, please visit the conference website.


 

Conference | ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

October 27–29, 2017 | Kissimmee, Florida

Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin on Friday at the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership for a session on empowering leaders to make positive changes in their schools. Co-presented with education consultant and author Pete Hall, this session will weave together insights on instruction, teacher coaching, leadership, and school improvement into a practical model for becoming an empowering leader—encouraging people to change not through top-down punishments and rewards but through intrinsic motivation (not forcing them to drink but making them thirsty). Attendees will receive techniques they can use right away in their schools to inspire people to change by connecting with their mission and seeing themselves as capable of change. This session will be offered on Friday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and repeated at 1:30–3:00 p.m.

For more information and registration, please visit the conference website.


 

Conference | American Evaluation Association National Conference

November 6–11, 2017 | Washington, D.C.

Join McREL researchers and evaluators at AEA’s 31st Annual Conference to share and explore best practices in evaluation and learn how evaluation projects can help create better practices and outcomes in education. Sessions presented by McREL staff include:

Session: Developing a classroom observation protocol when treatment and control classrooms don’t look anything like each other
Presenters: Phillip Herman, Karen Bumgardner, Ashli Knotts, and Kevin Knoster
Date and time: Thursday, November 9, 3:15–4:15pm

Session: Coaching Evaluative Thinking: Meaningful Client Engagement in a Small-Scale Quasi-Experimental Study
Presenters: Sheila Arens, Kevi Mace, and Barbara Kruger (VocabularySpellingCity)
Date and time: Friday, November 10, 5:30–6:15pm

Session: Helping Decision-Makers Understand Problems of Practice: An Example from the Pacific Region
Presenters: Phillip Herman and Sheila Arens
Date and time: Saturday, November 11, 11:15am–12:00pm

For more information, please visit the conference website.


 

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.

 


 

Webinar | Quality Questioning: A Catalyst for Thinking and Learning

Quality QuestioningOriginally recorded | February 28, 2017

How can teachers use “quality questioning” to stimulate student thinking and support classroom dialogue? Why is dialogue essential to meaningful formative feedback? Explore these questions with Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes, authors of the new 2nd edition of Quality Questioning: Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner.

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During this recorded 60-minute webinar you’ll learn about:

  • Three sets of expectations designed to transform students from passive observers to active participants in class dialogue and in assessment of their own learning.
  • Strategies that engage all students in making meaning of content, while also providing teachers with information they can use to move learning forward.
  • Opportunities for partnering with students to co-create a classroom community that celebrates learning for all, not right answers by a few.

Learn more about McREL’s consulting services on instruction.


Webinar | Finding Focus in a Fog of Initiative Overload

Originally recorded | January 18, 2017

“Too much to do and too little time” is a common lament for many school leaders, who face piles of paperwork and often one initiative and 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 focusing 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.

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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 recorded 30-minute webinar by McREL’s President & CEO Bryan Goodwin, you’ll learn about clear pathways and concrete, focused steps for continuous improvement for all schools, wherever they are on their journey to success.

Learn more about McREL’s consulting services on school and system improvement.


Webinar | Leading and Managing Change in Schools

Originally recorded | December 7, 2016

In schools, change is constant. New programs, policies, and procedures are brought forward with regularity, most—if not all—with the admirable intention of improving conditions for effective teaching and learning. However, it often seems like the harder that leaders push to effect these changes in their schools, the harder staff push back. If your staff doesn’t support the changes that your school needs to make, and if you can’t manage the change process effectively from start to finish, then the greatest plan in the world won’t matter—your efforts will derail.

Managing Change in Schools and Districts Webinar

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In this recorded 30-minute webinar with Dr. Matt Seebaum of McREL, you’ll get an overview of the research on managing change and insights and ideas on how to help your school team more productively process, and take ownership of, change.

Learn more about McREL’s leadership development and consulting services.