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2018 Professional Learning

BOOK COMING SOON

BOOK COMING SOON

Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works Academy (LA-metro area)

Join educational leaders and authors Harvey Silver and Cheryl Abla as they present practical instructional tools from the upcoming book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (co-published by McREL, available December 2017). Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy will deliver an intensive learning, working, and planning session for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teacher mentors, principals and assistant principals, and central office PD leaders.

This academy will help participants raise student achievement by focusing on crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction. Participants will gain valuable insights and practical tools for delivering engaging instruction that makes a difference in students’ learning. Participants will also receive a personal copy of the book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works.

January 10–11, 2018 | Alhambra (LA metro), California
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Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works Academy (Denver)

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

Learn practical instructional tools from the book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works. Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy will deliver an intensive learning, working, and planning session for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teacher mentors, principals and assistant principals, and central office PD leaders. Participants will also receive a personal copy of the book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works.

June 13–14 | Denver, Colorado
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October 18–19 | Denver, Colorado
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RECOMMENDED READING

RECOMMENDED READING

Helping ELLs Flourish with Academic Language Development Workshop

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

This two-day professional development workshop will help all teachers—general education and ELL specialists—apply effective research-based instructional strategies to the five stages of language acquisition and develop students’ academic language during subject-matter instruction, using McREL’s Academic Language Framework. Registrants will receive a coupon code to get 20% off the recommended book for this class.

June 18–19 | Denver, Colorado
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RECOMMENDED READING

RECOMMENDED READING

School Leadership That Works: Evidence-based Strategies for Sharpening Instructional Focus, Managing Change Processes, and Creating Shared Vision Workshop

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

Discover the leadership responsibilities that are most strongly connected to student achievement and learn practical strategies to develop a purposeful, positive school community, initiate and manage change within your school, and choose the right focus for your school’s improvement initiatives. Registrants will receive a coupon code to get 20% off the recommended book for this class.

June 20–22 | Denver, Colorado
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District Leadership That Works: Connecting Strategic Vision, Action, and Results Across Your System Workshop

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

During this 3-day session, participants will learn the principles of high-reliability systems and the actions used in healthcare, aviation, and other complex industries, and how these principles can be effectively applied to education systems. Determine the current state of your district systems and begin to map steps toward improving the quality of instruction and reducing variability in instructional quality within and among your schools.

June 26–28 | Denver, Colorado
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RECOMMENDED READING

RECOMMENDED READING

Unleashing Student Curiosity to Learn Workshop

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

Explore why and how curiosity can be sparked and sustained within your students, helping them become engaged, motivated, self-directed learners who “own” their educational journeys. Get tools, tips, and ideas for creating challenging learning tasks and higher-order questions that push students to deeper levels of content understanding and application. Registrants will receive a coupon code to get 20% off the recommended book for this class.

July 10–11 | Denver, Colorado
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October 25–26 | Denver, Colorado
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RECOMMENDED READING

RECOMMENDED READING

Managing Change: Evidence-based Strategies for Starting and Sustaining New Policies, Practices, and Processes Workshop

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

Change is constant in schools: every new program, policy, or procedure comes with the need to implement and manage change well.  Attend this research- and evidence-based session to learn the keys to helping your school team not just survive change, but thrive in it. Registrants will receive a coupon code to get 20% off the recommended book for this class.

July 12–13 | Denver, Colorado
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October 11–12 | Denver, Colorado
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Instructional Coaching That Works Workshop

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

Learn a new, more effective approach to instructional coaching that is focused on “inside-out,” strengths-based peer coaching that brings small teams of teachers together, building on the bright spots while learning and growing as peers and professionals. You’ll leave this session knowing how to create belief among your school team that personal and collective growth are possible, and use data to drive coaching decisions that will have positive effects on outcomes that matter to all.

July 17–18 | Denver, Colorado
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September 20–21 | Denver, Colorado
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How to Move Your School from Improvement to Innovation: A Guided Pathway for Success Workshop

(includes extended coaching during the 2018–19 school year)

You’ll leave this intensive two-day session with an understanding of the important differences between an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach to school improvement and an outside-in or top-down approach. Learn how to focus for improvement or innovation and identification of high-leverage strategies for action and gain an understanding of the importance of monitoring change, both for the organization and for individuals.

July 19–20 | Denver, Colorado
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September 27–28 | Denver, Colorado
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Twitter Slow Chat | Thankfulness

November 13–19, 2017 | Topic: What are you most thankful for this week?

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.


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Work-Home Balance

November 27–December 3, 2017 | Topic: How do you balance your work and home life?

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.


 

Conference | AESA Annual Conference

November 30–December 2, 2017 | San Antonio, Texas

Join McREL staff for sessions (see below) and visit with us in the exhibit hall to learn how we partner with education service agencies across the country to deliver great professional learning, coaching, and strategic consulting to their member districts and schools.

Session: Leading to Learn: Evaluation of an Innovative School Leadership Program
Presenters:
 Co-presented with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
Date and time: Thursday, November 30, 10:45 a.m.

Session: Evaluation Systems: Optimizing Levers of Support
Presenters: Co-presented with Region 13 ESC
Date and time: Friday, December 1, 2:45 p.m.

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


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Differentiating homework

December 4–10, 2017 | Topic: How do you differentiate homework for your ELL students?

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.


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Holiday traditions

December 11–17, 2017 | Topic: What is your favorite holiday tradition that you share with your students?

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.


 

Twitter Slow Chat | Teacher check-in

December 18–24, 2017 | Topic: Are you the teacher you’d want your own family member to have as their teacher? Why?

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.


 

Academy | Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works

CMK525_4c-TCITW_FRONT-CVR-HR-SMJanuary 10–11, 2018 | Alhambra (LA metro), California

Join educational leaders and authors Harvey Silver and Cheryl Abla as they present practical instructional tools from the upcoming book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (co-published by McREL, available December 2017). Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy will deliver an intensive learning, working, and planning session for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teacher mentors, principals and assistant principals, and central office PD leaders.

This academy will help participants raise student achievement by focusing on crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction. Participants will gain valuable insights and practical tools for delivering engaging instruction that makes a difference in students’ learning.

Participants will learn and practice:

  • McREL’s nine categories of instructional strategies
  • Practical classroom tools and activities to increase student success
  • Tools to help students develop understanding
  • Strategies to help students extend and apply their knowledge
  • Guidance for instructional coaches and principals

All participants will receive a personal copy of the book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, co-written and co-published by Thoughtful Classroom™ and McREL.

Follow academy hashtag: #T4CITW

Learn more and register.


 

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.