ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

McREL offers a variety of online PD courses, events, and videos for teachers, principals, and system leaders. Check out the list below to see our highly rated on-demand, self-paced PD courses. You can register as an individual or as a team. For assistance with team registrations and payment by purchase orders, please contact us directly.

For districts that prefer a blended professional learning experience that combines onsite sessions with synchronous and asynchronous online sessions, we can collaborate with you to create a just-right solution for your team.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see upcoming webinars and online conferences featuring McREL speakers.

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Quick Online PD Courses

3-5 hours of on-demand, asynchronous content including videos, presentations, readings, and professional reflection.
Creating the Environment for Learning
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

Get practical tips and research-based strategies that can help you establish a classroom environment that supports engaged student learning, drawing on key concepts from Classroom Instruction That Works. At the end of the course, you’ll have knowledge and tools to:

  • Engage students in their learning
  • Help students set high expectations
  • Set quality learning objectives and intentional structures
  • Provide student feedback that reinforces effort and nurtures growth
  • Create positive relationships with students and families

Presenters: Cheryl Abla & Jeanette Simenson-Gurolnick
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Classroom Management
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, PD Leaders

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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 school leaders should know that apply during change processes such as implementing new policies, procedures, or programs. The course also provides insights on why and how staff can respond differently to change, and gives strategies to help your team process change productively.

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

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Monitoring Implementation of School Initiatives
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

This course provides principals and other school leaders an opportunity to reflect on and assess their practices for managing, monitoring, and supporting the implementation of school improvement efforts. Lessons include learning how to craft a theory of action, how to help staff understand new procedures and expectations, and how to identify and monitor key data to gauge progress and inform adjustments. Includes three tools leaders can use to help plan effective implementation monitoring efforts at their own schools.

Presenters: Cheryl Abla and Tonia Gibson
Session focus: Leadership Strategies, Change Management
Designed for: Principals, District Administrators, School Leadership Teams

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Developing Collective Efficacy
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

Learn to create and strengthen your school team’s collective efficacy–a shared belief among staff that the work they do together can and will have a positive impact on students. You’ll get insights and tips for:

  • Building and maintaining trust
  • Creating a culture of collaboration
  • Empowering staff to cultivate a can-do attitude

Presenter: Cheryl Abla
Session focus: Leadership Strategies, School Improvement
Designed for: Principals, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, PD Leaders

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In-Depth Online Professional Learning Courses

10-15 hours of on-demand, asynchronous content including videos, presentations, readings, downloadable tools, discussion boards, and professional reflection.
Certificate of PD hours available upon course completion.
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

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

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.

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

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Nurturing a Positive Learning Environment
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

Learn key insights, reflections, and strategies for creating a positive, empowering classroom environment that supports higher levels of student learning. Using a process of self-reflection from the McREL book Pursuing Greatness, this course will help you address four common challenges related to creating a positive learning environment and help you empower students to fully engage in and own their learning experiences.

Presenter: Pete Hall
Session focus: Instructional Strategies, Professional Self-Reflection
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, PD Leaders

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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 extends your authorization to deliver BL workshops to principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, and other leadership colleagues in your school, district, or service agency area for another calendar year.

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 extends your authorization to deliver CITW workshops to teachers and other educator colleagues in your school, district, or service agency area for another calendar year.

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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Webinars & Conference Sessions

Building a Curious School

April 17, 2021  |  Online conference session for Learning & The Brain

In this session for Learning & The Brain’s “Teaching Purposeful Brains” 2021 virtual conference, Bryan Goodwin will explain how schools can create a climate of joyful and engaged teaching and learning by encouraging curiosity among educators and students. Bryan will provide insights and strategies for promoting professional curiosity among teachers and school leaders to build momentum for school improvement, and for sparking student curiosity in the classroom to drive engagement and deeper learning.

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Leaning Into Your School’s Mission, Vision & 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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Free Videos for Teachers & School Leaders

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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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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