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McREL’s engaging, in-person professional learning sessions for teachers, principals, school leadership teams, and other education leaders will help you advance your professional knowledge and skills and strengthen your capacity for improving student academic advancement.

Our expert facilitators will inspire and inform you with evidence-backed strategies, tools, and resources you can use right away in your own school to engage your students, deepen learning, and accelerate schoolwide improvement and innovation.

You can register as an individual or as a team. For assistance with team registrations and payment by purchase orders, please contact us directly.

If you prefer a blended professional learning experience that combines on-site sessions at your school with synchronous and asynchronous online sessions, we can design a just-right solution for your team. Contact us today to get the conversation started.

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In-Person PD Courses for Teachers, Principals, and Educators

Balanced Leadership for Student Learning

June 25-28  or
June 25-26 and Oct. 24-25
Denver, Colorado

Join McREL’s school leadership and improvement facilitators at our office in Denver for four days of engaging, evidence-based professional learning about effective leadership practices that make a real difference in student learning and teacher efficacy.
Designed for principals, assistant principals, school leadership teams, and district supervisors, you’ll gain insights, strategies, and tools for leading needed changes and strengthening your school’s positive culture, collective efficacy, and student achievement.
Two schedule options are available:
    • Option 1: June 25-28
    • Option 2: June 25-26 and October 24-25
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Implementing and Coaching
The New Classroom Instruction That Works
at Your School

July 23-24
Denver, Colorado

Join McREL’s instructional improvement facilitators at our Denver office for two days of engaging, evidence-based professional learning about how effective unit/lesson design and instructional practices can lead to bigger gains in student engagement and learning.
Designed for teacher coaches, principals, and district instructional leaders, this session will give you an overview of the 14 Tier 1 instructional strategies from The New CITW, a science-based model for enhancing student learning, and insights and ideas for helping implement the strategies and model with your teachers.
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2024 National Conference on School Leadership

July 15-17
Nashville, Tennessee

Join McREL at the NAESP and NASSP UNITED Conference to expand your leadership toolkit alongside peers who understand your unique challenges and triumphs. Attend our session and stop by the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest resources and tools we’ve created to support great instruction and help you grow as a school or system leader.
McREL session:
The Often-Overlooked Equity Lever: Guaranteeing Best First Instruction for Every Child in Every Classroom
presented by Bryan Goodwin
day/time/room TBA
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Balanced Leadership for Student Learning


School year 2024-25
Honolulu, Hawai’i

Principals, assistant principals, school leadership teams, and complex area leaders from across Hawai’i are invited to join us for a year-long professional cohort to learn about evidence-based school leadership practices that can help you create a positive, continuous improvement culture at your school that supports higher levels of student learning and teacher efficacy. Participants will attend four 1-day, in-person sessions in Honolulu during the 2024-25 school year.
  • Sept. 19, 2024
  • Oct. 17, 2024
  • Dec. 5, 2024
  • Jan. 23, 2025
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Effective Instructional Coaching for
Improved Classroom Learning

Feb. 3-6, 2025
Lawrence, Kansas

Join Bryan Goodwin and Jim Knight in this workshop that combines research-based teaching strategies with effective instructional coaching to enhance instruction in schools. Explore McREL’s 14 strategies from The New Classroom Instruction that Works and discover how coaches can effectively share these strategies through Jim Knight’s Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching. Bryan and Jim will alternate sharing insights on teaching and coaching, highlighting connections between their expertise. Participants will have opportunities to engage in dialogue with peers, practice coaching strategies, and plan how to integrate new learning into their organization.
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