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McREL’s engaging, self-paced online professional development courses for principals, school leadership teams, and central office leaders are a convenient and practical way to continue your professional learning and build your capacity to drive 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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Each course gives evidence-based ideas, strategies, tools, and resources you can use right away in your classroom for better student learning. Our instructors, who are all former educators themselves, present information using videos, readings, presentations, interactive activities, downloadable tools, and discussion boards where you can connect with the instructors and other educators to ask questions, get answers, and share ideas and strategies.

Online Courses for Teachers

Online PD Courses for Principals and District Leaders

On-demand, self-paced asynchronous content including videos, presentations, readings, and professional reflection.
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.

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.

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

Session focus: Teaching Strategies, Classroom Management
Designed for: Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Mentors, PD Leaders

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BL Facilitator Renewal
For currently authorized workshop facilitators

Currently authorized facilitators of McREL’s Balanced Leadership for Student Learning professional learning program who wish to continue delivering BL workshops and training during the 2023-24 school year must complete a 2-hour live online renewal session with McREL this summer. For your scheduling convenience, there are several available sessions to choose from—you only need to register for and attend one of these sessions.

Click on the date and time of your choice to register:

Completion of this session will extend your authorization to deliver BL workshops to current and aspiring principals, teacher leaders, and other leadership colleagues in your school district for another calendar year.

These sessions are only available to currently authorized facilitators. To learn how to become an authorized facilitator, please contact McREL at or call 800.858.6830.