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
December 7, 2022 | McREL Senior Consultant Cheryl Abla joined other industry experts in answering a question from teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo for his EdWeek Classroom Q&A column. This edition focused on advice for first-year teachers.
The question: What advice would you give to yourself as a first-year teacher?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.