ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

McREL offers a variety of online courses, events, and videos for teachers, principals, and system leaders, from short informative videos to in-depth PD courses. We also deliver blended PD experiences for our school and district partners, using a combination of onsite training and digital sessions.

We are currently developing more digital courses. Check back often to see new sessions that will spark your professional curiosity and help you flourish.

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Online Courses

Quality Questioning for Student Learning
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

Learn how to better promote your students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding by asking classroom questions that are matched to their learning needs. Key content includes:

  • Characteristics of Quality Questions
  • Cognitive Demand and Questioning
  • Questions to Support Learning Different Kinds of Knowledge
  • Matching Questions to the Stages of Learning
  • Using Questioning to Support a Community of Learners

This online, self-paced course will take approximately 10-15 hours to complete. Lesson components include videos, presentations, text readings, handouts, surveys, and discussion/reflection questionnaires.

Presenter: Dr. Kris Rouleau
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Instructional Design
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors

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Learning That Sticks
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

Using insights from research on memory and learning, this course presents a 6-phase model for student learning and shows how to sequence and present lessons in a way that best aligns with what’s happening inside students’ brains when they’re learning and applying new academic content. Key content includes:

  • Basic Science of Memory Formation and Recall
  • 6-Phase Model for Student Learning
  • Lesson Planning Aligned to the 6-Phase Model
  • The Role of Curiosity in Engaging and Deepening Learning

This online, self-paced course will take approximately 10-15 hours to complete. Lesson components include videos, presentations, text readings, handouts, surveys, and discussion/reflection questionnaires.

Presenter: Tonia Gibson
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Instructional Design
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors

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Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners: Student Learning Strategies
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

For classroom teachers and ELL specialists alike, this on-demand, self-paced course will give you practical information about the five stages of language acquisition and the instructional strategies you can use at each stage to help your students progress toward fluency.

You’ll also learn how to use an academic language framework to support your ELL students as they learn vocabulary and language structures that are associated with academic content areas. In-depth examples are provided for math, English language arts, and science teachers.

This online, self-paced course will take approximately 10-15 hours to complete. Lesson components include videos, presentations, text readings, handouts, surveys, and discussion/reflection questionnaires.

Presenter: Jane Hill
Session focus: ELL Teaching Strategies and Instructional Design
Designed for: Classroom Teachers, ELL Specialists

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Managing Change
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

Learn key concepts and strategies for successfully initiating, managing, and sustaining important changes in your school or system in order to drive continuous improvement and innovation. This overview course covers the important principles that apply during any change process.

This self-paced course will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete. Lesson components include videos, presentations, text readings, handouts, surveys, and discussion/reflection questionnaires.

Presenter: Dr. Kent Davis
Session focus: Leadership Strategies, Change Management
Designed for: Principals, District Administrators, School Leadership Teams

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BL Facilitator Renewal
for currently authorized workshop facilitators

This online course is a required annual renewal session for school PD facilitators who have been authorized by McREL to deliver our Balanced Leadership workshops in their schools. Completion of this course by October 15, 2020 will extend your authorization to deliver BL workshops to principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, and other leadership colleagues in your school, district, or service agency area through September 2021.

This self-paced course is only available to currently authorized facilitators. To register or to learn how to become an authorized facilitator, please contact McREL at info@mcrel.org or call 800.858.6830.

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CITW Facilitator Renewal
for currently authorized workshop facilitators

This online course is a required annual renewal session for school PD facilitators who have been authorized by McREL to deliver our Classroom Instruction That Works workshops in their schools. Completion of this course by October 15, 2020 will extend your authorization to deliver CITW workshops to educator colleagues in your school, district, or service agency area through September 2021.

This self-paced course is only available to currently authorized facilitators. To register or to learn how to become an authorized facilitator, please contact McREL at info@mcrel.org or call 800.858.6830.

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BL Principal Evaluation Training
for schools, districts, and education service agencies that are using McREL’s Balanced Leadership Principal Evaluation Framework to evaluate and coach their school leaders’ annual performance

This online course delivers a mix of on-demand learning and live discussion with McREL’s leadership evaluation consultants to help principals and their supervisors understand the components, rubrics, and functions of McREL’s Balanced Leadership based framework for principal evaluation.

This course is available to new and existing users of the BL Evaluation Framework, regardless of which technology platform is being used to manage evaluations. To register or to learn more about McREL’s evaluation frameworks for teachers, principals, central office administrators, and superintendents, please contact McREL at info@mcrel.org or call 800.858.6830.

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New courses coming soon

Check back soon for more information and registration links for these courses currently in development:

  • Creating a Classroom Environment That Supports Student Learning
  • Developing Educators’ Collective Efficacy
  • Monitoring Implementation of School Initiatives
  • Pursuing Greatness: Self-Reflection Strategies for Professional Growth

Free Videos and Webinars

Building a Curious School

Recording of live webinar held on June 1, 2020

Curiosity is hardwired in all of us, but the longer students stay in school, the less curious they become. Why is that? In this webinar hosted by Corwin, Bryan Goodwin discusses the power of curiosity in education and how schools can rekindle a sense of wonder in teaching and learning that fosters a culture of engagement and deepens learning.

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Leaning Into Your School’s Mission, Vision, and Values

30-minute video from July 2020 conference session

In this presentation for the ASCD 2020 virtual summer conference, Dr. Kris Rouleau explains why during times of stress, disruption, and change it’s more important than ever for school teams to talk with each other about their school’s vision, moral purpose, values, and working agreements. Having this shared understanding will help your team make good decisions for the right reasons that will make a difference for your students and school community.

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3 Characteristics of High-Quality Questions

3-minute quick tip video

In this quick video for teachers, Dr. Kris Rouleau, co-author of Learning That Sticks and Curiosity Works, explains how to ask your students higher quality questions in the classroom that will prompt them to think more deeply about the concepts and content they’re learning.

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Quiz More, Grade Less

3-minute quick tip video

Research finds that giving students frequent, ungraded quizzes significantly increases their retention of learning. Bryan Goodwin breaks down the cognitive science behind this and offers tips on how teachers can use quizzing to boost their students’ ability to recall and apply new knowledge.

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Give Students a Second Chance

3-minute quick tip video

Recent studies suggest that letting students retake an exam can greatly improve learning. Bryan Goodwin talks in depth about why this instructional tactic is effective and offers practical tips you can use in your classroom to help your students recall important information

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Collective Efficacy Online

3-minute quick tip video

Collective efficacy is a shared belief among teachers that they can make a difference for their students, and schools that have collective efficacy also tend to have higher levels of student achievement. If you’re teaching onsite at your school, you can build collective efficacy in person during team meetings. But what if you’re working remotely, teaching online? In this video, Jeanette Simenson-Gurolnick shares a few quick tips for collaborating with your colleagues online.

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Curiosity and Committing to Learning

5-minute quick tip video

Educator and author Tonia Gibson shares 4 strategies that teachers can use to develop effective, sustainable, and curiosity-driven learning in their schools. Boost your students’ engagement and motivation to learn by using their own natural drive to be curious and make discoveries.

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Engaging Students in Learning

5-minute quick tip video

Cheryl Abla, a longtime classroom teacher and co-author of Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, shares three quick strategies teachers can use to help their students engage and connect with what they are learning, and deepen their understanding of important concepts and content.

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