April 20, 2021 | Denver, CO—McREL International is pleased to announce the addition of four new staff as regional advisers in the Pacific region and the opening of two satellite offices, expanding the organization’s capacity and commitment to supporting local educators, students, and communities. The regional advisers will conduct local needs sensing and contextualization of McREL’s services, and will deliver training, coaching, and technical support services to teachers, principals, school system leaders, and other stakeholders.
April 13, 2021 | Austin, TX and Denver, CO — Texas educators will gain access to online professional development courses with content customized to ensure alignment with both the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), thanks to a partnership of McREL International and Education Service Center Region 13.
February 8, 2021 | Researchers have identified several factors that contribute to or coincide with student engagement, and McREL consultant Tonia Gibson, writing in Education Week’s Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo blog, puts her finger on a variable that teachers can influence: motivation.
November 17, 2020 | Exposure to violence in and around urban elementary schools is associated with students, particularly more-affluent ones, transferring to other schools, according to a study reported in the American Educational Research Journal and co-authored by McREL research director Faith Connolly.
November 3, 2020 | McREL consultant and author Jane Hill was among several educators offering advice in the Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo blog on common mistakes that teachers make with English language learners—and what they should do instead.
October 30, 2020 | Students face increased anxiety whether they learn from home or go back to school during the pandemic, so a student research team in Kentucky launched a large survey to alert educators and policymakers to any areas of concern for the future, the Richmond Register reported.
September 14, 2020 | CYBER.ORG announced an initiative to develop K–12 learning standards in the field of cybersecurity for use by states and districts, with McREL International facilitating the work. Also participating are multiple universities, companies, and government agencies.
September 10, 2020 | McREL’s latest book on the science of learning received a good review from the most persuasive kind of influencer: a middle school teacher.Dr. Laura Von Staden of Tampa, Florida, told readers of the MiddleWeb blog that Learning That Sticks: A Brain-Based Model for K–12 Instructional Design and Delivery, by Bryan Goodwin, Tonia Gibson, and Kristin Rouleau, is “a useful model of learning that includes the key components of recent learning science (interleaving, spaced practice, retrieval practice, etc.) and is worth a read.”
August 3, 2020 | Officials of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System credited McREL’s research on leadership for helping their first Virtual Leadership Institute succeed, according to an item in the Marianas Variety.
June 8, 2020 | Denver, CO—The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others are horrific reminders of the extent to which racism exists in our country. The McREL community grieves for the victims and their families, and for all people who continue to be systemically mistreated, oppressed, and denied equal rights because of explicit and implicit racism, bigotry, and bias.
McREL was founded in the 1960s as part of the Great Society platform combatting poverty and inequality. Our charge was to discover effective teaching and leadership strategies and share them broadly with all schools so that all students would benefit. We have always believed that a quality education is a foundational civil right, from which all others flow. We’re proud of what we have accomplished, but clearly it hasn’t been enough. It is time to renew our commitment and be explicit about fighting systemic racism. We seek to support educators and ensure that all students have access to an equitable and transformative education.