September 15, 2021 | McREL consultant Cheryl Abla always has tips for teachers and school leaders on creating a positive environment for learning. With all the anxiety and uncertainty accompanying back-to-school this fall, she’s doubling down. After meeting with hundreds of educators before the school year even started, she’s shared several tactics with the national blog Edutopia designed to immediately address little issues before they can get out of hand—or better yet, prevent them from happening in the first place.
September 8, 2021 | Kansas education leaders are touring the state to talk with thousands of parents, school board members, business leaders, and community members to gather feedback on the state’s “Kansas Can” vision for K-12 education and “brainstorm ways schools can better prepare students for the workforce,” according to a local news report. McREL will compile feedback gathered during the 50-city tour and prepare a report later this year for the Kansas State Board of Education and Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson.
August 4, 2021 | Louisiana-based CYBER.ORG has released the nation’s first-ever voluntary K–12 cybersecurity standards. Developed with McREL’s help, the standards aim to teach students about cybersecurity issues and careers, addressing what it calls “the growing cybersecurity workforce crisis.” CYBER.ORG is supported by the Department of Homeland Security and 18,000 teachers nationwide have signed up for its teaching materials. The organization says that there are more than 464,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., even as the country faces “an onslaught of sophisticated cyberattacks.”
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.