Skip to main content

NEWS

With experts serving clients around the globe, McREL’s work influences school improvement initiatives in a vast array of communities. Learn more about our work by catching up on our news releases and media mentions here.

Education journalists: Email info@mcrel.org to connect with one of our researchers, evaluators, or school improvement experts.

Contact Us

by phone
800.858.6830
by email
info@mcrel.org

ASCD blog features Bryan Goodwin & Kris Rouleau discussing The New CITW

By McREL in the News

January 2023 | McREL’s Bryan Goodwin and Kristin Rouleau address the topic of what’s new in The New Classroom Instruction That Works in this ASCD blog post, A New Distillation of What Works in Classroom Instruction. The latest edition is truly new, from top to bottom, they write. The book incorporates insights into the science of learning and highlights strategies proven to work toward ensuring a more equitable

Read More

McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin writes about the power of hope in the classroom

By McREL in the News

Nov. 1, 2022 | Hope is more than just a feel-good emotion; it’s a powerful mental state and predictor of student success, McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin writes in his most recent Educational Leadership column.

Research shows that students excel when they can craft good goals, chart clear paths to achieve them, and fuel their determination with the belief that they can accomplish those goals.

Read More

The New Classroom Instruction That Works: The Best Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement Has Arrived!

By Press Releases

November 30, 2022—ASCD, the nation’s leading association for K–12 educator professional development, announced the publication of The New Classroom Instruction That Works: The Best Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, copublished with McREL International. Authored by Bryan Goodwin and Kristin Rouleau, the new streamlined edition distills McREL’s comprehensive review and analysis of hundreds of scientific studies into 14 easy-to-implement and proven instructional strategies that yield significant positive effects for a diverse array of students.

Read More

Keys to Success for the First 5 Days of School

By McREL in the News

August 2, 2022 – In this Edutopia post, McREL instructional expert Cheryl Abla gives teachers several quick and easy tips for creating a “just right” classroom environment during the first five days of school.

With the school year starting soon across the U.S., teachers in any school can use these strategies and activities to help all of their students feel welcomed in the class and prepared to have a productive, engaged, and rewarding school year.

Read More

On AEA’s 365 Blog, McREL staff give tips on valuing context during evaluations

By McREL in the News

Several members of McREL’s Research & Evaluation team contributed to a special series about preK–12 program evaluation on the American Evaluation Association’s 365 Blog. The blog provides “a tip a day by and for evaluators.” In posts published May 1-4, they covered improving one’s listening skills, conducting research in ways that promote deep collaboration with Native Hawaiian communities, and finding inputs other than the normal data points to tell the true story of how a program impacts a school community.

Read More

McREL’s Tonia Gibson reveals her best PD experience to EdWeek’s Larry Ferlazzo

By McREL in the News

March 31, 2022 | Teacher/blogger Larry Ferlazzo asked panelists on his Education Week blog, Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo, about their best PD experience, and McREL Senior Managing Consultant Tonia Gibson shared hers: peer coaching with a colleague from a different grade level. The teachers at her school in Australia (where there are no formal, high-stakes evaluations) found that a little distance made it easier to focus objectively on teaching practices. Visiting one another’s classrooms four times a year, the peer coaches learned to focus on what students were learning as opposed to what they were doing.

Read More

Book club podcast features Building a Curious School

By McREL in the News

The Sum of It All, an “asynchronous book club” podcast for educators, has dedicated the current season to Bryan Goodwin’s Building a Curious School. Listen along as hosts Audrey Mendivil and Mark Alcorn talk about how overloaded teachers can recognize the hallmarks of curiosity thinking and build techniques aimed at stimulating curiosity and bringing joy into any number of moments in the school day.

Read More

McREL’s Cheryl Abla in Edutopia: Guiding young students to talk about their learning

By McREL in the News

January 7, 2022 | Neither silence nor unrestrained chitchat is ideal in an elementary classroom, McREL learning services consultant Cheryl Abla writes in Edutopia. Rather, teachers should guide students in discussing their learning with the teacher and with one another—building a foundation for mastering academic language. Teachers may be hesitant to encourage student talk because they fear chaos may ensue, and Cheryl admits the process can be noisy. But there are practices that teachers can easily implement and model to create conversational structures that support learning.

Read More

McREL consultant shares tips on Edutopia for engaging students with better questioning

By McREL in the News

December 6, 2021 | Traditional questioning of students in the classroom, with its emphasis on teachers eliciting a quick answer and moving on, winds up excluding many students and creating a lackluster learning environment. Better questioning strategies can help students deepen and extend their learning, and McREL instructional expert Cheryl Abla recently shared some ways to ask better questions in the classroom with Edutopia.

Read More