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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.

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Tools for Igniting Curiosity
February 19, 2020 | Online
1-hour webinar at 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific

Curiosity is a powerful driver of student success―more powerful than IQ, persistence, and even teacher quality. This informative webinar, presented with Silver Strong & Associates, will show you how to unleash student curiosity using simple, brain-based strategies to spark students’ interest in learning, fan the flame of curiosity to support deeper learning, and nurture an “inner flame” that helps students become self-directed, lifelong learners.

Presenter: Harvey Silver and Bryan Goodwin, co-authors of Tools for Igniting Curiosity
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Instructional Design
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, Curriculum & PD leaders

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Student Learning That Works: A Brain-Based Model for Deeper Learning
March 13, 2020 | Los Angeles, California
1-day preconference institute at ASCD Empower20

Develop a deeper understanding of the science of learning, including how curiosity fuels learning and memory, and how to apply this understanding in your classroom. Learn a simple model for instructional design and classroom shifts—aligned with brain science—you can use to engage and challenge students at all levels, including project-based learning and authentic assessments. Note: Registration for preconference institutes is separate from the main conference registration.

Presenter: Bryan Goodwin, McREL, author of Out of Curiosity and Student Learning That Works
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Instructional Design
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, Curriculum & PD leaders

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Classroom Instruction That Works: 51 Activities & Tools for Increasing Student Achievement
June 15–16, 2020  |  Denver, Colorado
2-day professional learning workshop at McREL

Help your students flourish by discovering the nine categories of instructional strategies that have the strongest connections to better student learning—and how to use them thoughtfully during lesson planning to create dynamic, engaging learning activities. You’ll leave equipped with 51 tools you can use in your classroom right away.

Presenter: Cheryl Abla, McREL, coauthor of Tools for CITW
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Instructional Design
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, Principals & Assistant Principals, Central Office PD Leaders

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Classroom Instruction That Works: Authorized Facilitator Training
June 15–18, 2020  |  Denver, Colorado
4-day professional learning workshop at McREL

Want to be authorized to lead McREL’s Classroom Instruction That Works workshops in your school, district, or regional service area? Attend this “train the trainers” session to deepen your understanding of the CITW instructional strategies and learn how to lead informative, inspiring workshops that will help your colleagues motivate students.

Presenter: Cheryl Abla, McREL, coauthor of Tools for CITW
Session focus: Classroom Teaching Strategies, Professional Learning
Designed for: PD Leaders, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, Principals & Assistant Principals, RESA trainers

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Balanced Leadership: Annual Training for Authorized Facilitators
June 25–26, 2020 |  Denver, Colorado
2-day facilitator training at McREL

Currently authorized facilitators of McREL’s Balanced Leadership program are invited to attend this refresher training to re-authorize their status for the 2020-21 school year. Attendees will receive updates on new and updated content, tools, resources, and participant activity guides that will be used during 2020-21 Balanced Leadership workshops.

Presenter: Kent Davis, EdD, McREL
Session focus: Leadership, Professional Development
Designed for: Currently authorized facilitators

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Curiosity Works: Moving Your School From Improvement to Innovation
July 20-21, 2020  |  Denver, Colorado
2-day professional learning workshop at McREL

Achieve your school’s goals for the 2020¬–21 school year by learning high-leverage strategies and insights derived from improvement science in this powerful 2-day session led by McREL leadership and systems expert Dr. Kris Rouleau. You’ll come away with 17 tools to help your leadership team envision and enact necessary changes for school improvement and innovation.

Presenter: Kristin Rouleau, McREL, coauthor of Unstuck and Curiosity Works
Session focus: School Improvement Process, Leadership Team Development
Designed for: Principals, School Leadership Team Members, School Supervisors, District Leader

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Instructional Coaching That Works
July 22–23, 2020 | Denver, Colorado
2-day professional learning workshop at McREL

You’ll leave this session knowing how to better encourage, support, and guide teachers as they study and reflect on curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Discover the six essential components of coaching and learn what we believe is the most effective approach: peer coaching that builds on bright spots and emphasizes learning and growing as professionals through “inside-out,” strengths-based support.

Presenter: Kristin Rouleau, McREL, coauthor of Unstuck and Curiosity Works
Session focus: Instructional Coaching, Professional Learning
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, Principals & Assistant Principals, PD Leaders

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Conference Sessions & Keynotes

ASCD Empower20
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.

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
Friday–Monday
Get information on our latest resources, services, and publications to help educators flourish.

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Nevada Association of School Administrators Spring Conference
June 15-16 | Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Join Dr. Kristin Rouleau, senior director of Learning Services and Innovation at McREL, at the NASA Spring Conference where she will present two sessions for school and district leaders.

Keynote
Balanced Leadership: Research-Based Strategies for Principal Development

Conference Session
Learning that Sticks: A Brain-Based Model for Deeper Learning

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Social Media Events

Twitter Slow Chats

Looking to grow your professional learning network? Join us for our 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.