ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES FOR TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS, AND EDUCATORS

McREL’s engaging, self-paced online professional development courses for teachers, principals, school leadership teams, and other education leaders are a convenient and practical way to continue your professional learning and build your capacity for improving student academic advancement.

These on-demand, asynchronous courses are available to you anytime, from the convenience of your home or office.

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 collaborate with you to design a just-right solution for your team.

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Quick Online PD Courses

3-5 hours of on-demand, asynchronous content including videos, presentations, readings, and professional reflection.
Creating the Environment for Learning
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

Get practical tips and research-based strategies that can help you establish a classroom environment that supports engaged student learning, drawing on key concepts from Classroom Instruction That Works®. At the end of the course, you’ll have knowledge and tools to:

  • Engage students in their learning
  • Help students set high expectations
  • Set quality learning objectives and intentional structures
  • Provide student feedback that reinforces effort and nurtures growth
  • Create positive relationships with students and families

Presenters: Cheryl Abla & Jeanette Simenson-Gurolnick
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Classroom Management
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, PD Leaders

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Managing Change
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

Learn key concepts and strategies for successfully initiating, managing, and sustaining important changes in your school or system in order to drive continuous improvement and innovation.

This overview course covers the important principles school leaders should know that apply during change processes such as implementing new policies, procedures, or programs. The course also provides insights on why and how staff can respond differently to change, and gives strategies to help your team process change productively.

Presenter: Dr. Kent Davis
Session focus: Leadership Strategies, Change Management
Designed for: Principals, District Administrators, School Leadership Teams

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Monitoring Implementation of School Initiatives
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

This course provides principals and other school leaders an opportunity to reflect on and assess their practices for managing, monitoring, and supporting the implementation of school improvement efforts. Lessons include learning how to craft a theory of action, how to help staff understand new procedures and expectations, and how to identify and monitor key data to gauge progress and inform adjustments. Includes three tools leaders can use to help plan effective implementation monitoring efforts at their own schools.

Presenters: Cheryl Abla and Tonia Gibson
Session focus: Leadership Strategies, Change Management
Designed for: Principals, District Administrators, School Leadership Teams

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Developing Collective Efficacy
$39   |  3 hours of PD content

Learn to create and strengthen your school team’s collective efficacy–a shared belief among staff that the work they do together can and will have a positive impact on students. You’ll get insights and tips for:

  • Building and maintaining trust
  • Creating a culture of collaboration
  • Empowering staff to cultivate a can-do attitude

Presenter: Cheryl Abla
Session focus: Leadership Strategies, School Improvement
Designed for: Principals, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, PD Leaders

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In-Depth Online Professional Learning Courses

10-15 hours of on-demand, asynchronous content including videos, presentations, readings, downloadable tools, discussion boards, and professional reflection.
Certificate of PD hours available upon course completion.
Quality Questioning for Student Learning
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

Learn how to better promote your students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding by asking classroom questions that are matched to their learning needs. Key content includes:

  • Characteristics of Quality Questions
  • Cognitive Demand and Questioning
  • Questions to Support Learning Different Kinds of Knowledge
  • Matching Questions to the Stages of Learning
  • Using Questioning to Support a Community of Learners

Presenter: Dr. Kris Rouleau
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Instructional Design
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors

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Learning That Sticks
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

Using insights from research on memory and learning, this course presents a 6-phase model for student learning and shows how to sequence and present lessons in a way that best aligns with what’s happening inside students’ brains when they’re learning and applying new academic content. Key content includes:

  • Basic Science of Memory Formation and Recall
  • 6-Phase Model for Student Learning
  • Lesson Planning Aligned to the 6-Phase Model
  • The Role of Curiosity in Engaging and Deepening Learning

Presenter: Tonia Gibson
Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Instructional Design
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors

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Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners: Student Learning Strategies
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

For classroom teachers and ELL specialists alike, this on-demand, self-paced course will give you practical information about the five stages of language acquisition and the instructional strategies you can use at each stage to help your students progress toward fluency.

You’ll also learn how to use an academic language framework to support your ELL students as they learn vocabulary and language structures that are associated with academic content areas. In-depth examples are provided for math, English language arts, and science teachers.

Presenter: Jane Hill
Session focus: ELL Teaching Strategies and Instructional Design
Designed for: Classroom Teachers, ELL Specialists

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Nurturing a Positive Learning Environment
$129   |  15 hours of PD content

Learn key insights, reflections, and strategies for creating a positive, empowering classroom environment that supports higher levels of student learning. Using a process of self-reflection from the McREL book Pursuing Greatness, this course will help you address four common challenges related to creating a positive learning environment and help you empower students to fully engage in and own their learning experiences.

Presenter: Pete Hall
Session focus: Instructional Strategies, Professional Self-Reflection
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, PD Leaders

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BL Facilitator Renewal
For currently authorized workshop facilitators

This online course is a required annual renewal session for school PD facilitators who have been authorized by McREL to deliver our Balanced Leadership® workshops in their schools.

Completion of this course extends your authorization to deliver BL workshops to principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, and other leadership colleagues in your school, district, or service agency area for another calendar year.

This self-paced course is only available to currently authorized facilitators. To register or to learn how to become an authorized facilitator, please contact McREL at info@mcrel.org or call 800.858.6830.

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CITW Facilitator Renewal
For currently authorized workshop facilitators

This online course is a required annual renewal session for school PD facilitators who have been authorized by McREL to deliver our Classroom Instruction That Works® workshops in their schools.

Completion of this course extends your authorization to deliver CITW workshops to teachers and other educator colleagues in your school, district, or service agency area for another calendar year.

This self-paced course is only available to currently authorized facilitators. To register or to learn how to become an authorized facilitator, please contact McREL at info@mcrel.org or call 800.858.6830.

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BL Principal Evaluation Training
For schools, districts, and education service agencies that are using McREL’s Balanced Leadership® Principal Evaluation Framework to evaluate and coach their school leaders’ annual performance

This online course delivers a mix of on-demand learning and live discussion with McREL’s leadership evaluation consultants to help principals and their supervisors understand the components, rubrics, and functions of McREL’s Balanced Leadership® based framework for principal evaluation.

This course is available to new and existing users of the BL Evaluation Framework, regardless of which technology platform is being used to manage evaluations. To register or to learn more about McREL’s evaluation frameworks for teachers, principals, central office administrators, and superintendents, please contact McREL at info@mcrel.org or call 800.858.6830.

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