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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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.

Pre-Conference Workshop & Conference Session | ASCD Empower20 Annual Conference
March 13–16 | Los Angeles, California

Attend ASCD’s conference for learning, teaching, and leading, and visit with McREL at these opportunities:

Preconference Workshop
Student Learning That Works: A Brain-Based Model for Deeper Learning
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Presented by Bryan Goodwin.
More info and registration (separate from regular conference registration).

Conference Session
Peer Coaching That Works: Tools for Success
Saturday, 8:45 a.m.
Presented by Dr. Kristin Rouleau.

Exhibit Hall
Visit McREL in Booth #820
Get information on our latest resources, services, and publications to help educators flourish.

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.


October 14–20 | What are the most important skills students need to succeed?
October 21–27 | Does your school provide balanced meal options for students?
October 28–November 3 | What was your favorite subject when you were a student and why?
November 4–10 | Does learning continue on snow days in your school or district? How?
November 11–17 | How do you honor veterans in your classrooms and schools?