Events

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

Twitter Slow Chat | Learning objectives

February 13-19, 2017

Question: What format do you use when writing your objectives (e.g., “I can,” “KUB,” learning target)?

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.


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Teacher mentors

February 20-26, 2017

Question: What are the benefits of having a mentor as your start your teaching career?

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.


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Celebrating cultural differences

February 27-March 5, 2017

Question: How do you celebrate the different cultures in your school?

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.


 

Webinar | Quality Questioning: A Catalyst for Thinking and Learning

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Central, 12 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific

77489_9781506328874What is quality questioning? How can teachers use this process to stimulate student thinking and support classroom dialogue? Why is dialogue essential to meaningful formative feedback? Explore these questions and get practical classroom strategies during a free 60-minute webinar with Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes, authors of the new 2nd edition of Quality Questioning: Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner.

Learn more and register.

 


 

AASA | National Conference on Education

New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2-4, 2017

Stop by the AASA exhibit hall at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and visit with McREL at booth #537 to learn how we can help your district flourish. McREL’s chief program officer, Dr. Robin Jarvis, will be on hand to share information about McREL’s school and system improvement services, leadership development training and coaching, Curiosity and Powerful Learning program, and research and program evaluation services.

To set up a specific time to visit with Dr. Jarvis or other McREL staff members during the conference, contact Madonna Shafer at mshafer@mcrel.org or 303.459.5043.

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


 

ASCD | Annual Conference “Empower 17”

Anaheim, California, March 25-27, 2017

Attend conference sessions led by McREL staff and stop by our booth in the exhibit hall (#1519, right next to the General Session entrance) to learn how we can help your school or district flourish with our school and system improvement services, teacher and leader training and coaching, curriculum audits, and research and program evaluation services.

McREL consultant Dr. Bj Stone, an expert on effective instructional strategies and co-author of Classroom Instruction that Works, will deliver a conference session titled “Inside-out Coaching: Helping Teachers Flourish.”

McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin, author/co-author of popular ASCD books including Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching, and Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, will deliver a conference session titled “Leading with Focus and ‘Simplexity’ in Your School.”

To set up a specific time to visit with Bryan Goodwin, Dr. Stone, or other McREL staff members during the conference, contact Madonna Shafer at mshafer@mcrel.org or 303.459.5043.

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


 

ACSA North State Spring Conference

April 28-30, 2017, Reno, Nevada

Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin and district administrators from across northern California at the spring conference of the Association of California School Administrators’ Regions 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Bryan will deliver conference sessions, and a luncheon keynote on Saturday, April 29 titled “Are we doing too little…or too much? Finding our beacon in the fog.” During this session, Bryan will boil decades of research down to one key focal point for school leadership and offer practical ways to turn that focus into results—not by working longer hours or browbeating teachers, but rather, by flipping our leadership paradigm and getting everyone to work together with single-minded focus.

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


 

American Indian / Indigenous Teacher Education Conference

June 15-17, 2017, Flagstaff, Arizona

McREL consultant Dr. Terri Bissonette will be among the keynoters for this conference for preschool, K-12, college, and university educators and concerned community members to share ideas for improving the lives and education of Indigenous children.

Hosted by Northern Arizona University’s College of Education, the conference will provide a forum for exchange of scholarly research on teaching Indigenous children.

Dr. Terri Bissonette works with turnaround schools and schools with high numbers of Native American students, drawing on her background as a teacher and a specialist in K-12 literacy curriculum and instruction, comprehensive needs assessments, continuous improvement processes, and school culture. Dr. Bissonette is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community of Anishinaabeg in Brimley, Michigan.

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


 

Authorized Facilitator Training | Classroom Instruction That Works

June 19-23, 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.

Register now.


 

Professional Learning | Classroom Instruction That Works

June 19-21, 2017, Denver, Colorado

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