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


Classroom Instruction That Works
51 Activities & Tools for Increasing Student Achievement
September 23–24 | Denver, Colorado

K–12 teachers, instructional coaches and mentors, principals, assistant principals, and PD leaders

Presenter Cheryl Abla

Join Cheryl Abla—teacher, instructional trainer, coach, and co-author of the popular book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works—for this highly engaging and interactive small-group professional learning session to gain valuable insights, tools, and strategies for crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction, including:

  • Nine categories of instructional strategies that research shows have the strongest connections to higher levels of student learning and success.
  • 51 practical and engaging teaching activities you can use in your classroom that align with the nine instructional strategies.
  • Specific strategies and tools that will help you create a classroom environment for learning that allows your students to flourish.
  • Specific strategies and tools that can help your students develop deeper understanding of new content and concepts.
  • Specific strategies and tools that can help your students extend and apply their new knowledge to other situations and challenges.
  • Tech tools you can use in your classroom for engaging and meaningful learning.

Two-day workshop includes all related materials, book, plus beverages and lunch each day.

Classroom Instruction That Works
Authorized Facilitator Training
September 23–26 | Denver, Colorado

K–12 instructional coaches and mentors, principals, assistant principals, and PD leaders

Presenter Cheryl Abla

Are you a professional developer or instructional coach who wants to deliver McREL’s Classroom Instruction That Works workshops yourself, to educator colleagues in your school, district, or regional service 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.

Two-day workshop includes all related materials, book, plus beverages and lunch each day.

Conference Sessions & Keynotes

Session | American Evaluation Association Conference
November 11–16 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Join McREL researchers Dr. Lisa Jones and Dr. Sheila Arens at the AEA annual conference this fall, where they will present a paper that addresses balancing issues related to conducting credible evaluations, advocating for social justice, and generating funding to continue valuable evaluation and research work that contributes to society.

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:

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.


August 19–25 | What are your favorite “must-read” books for teachers?
August 26–September 1 | What effective student engagement strategies do you use?
September 2–8 | Happy Labor Day to our U.S. educators! We’ll take this week off from our weekly chats.
September 9–15 | How do you incorporate current events or outside perspectives into your classroom lessons?
September 16–22 | What fun and engaging activities will you offer in your school or classroom this week?