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New McREL book helps teachers guide their own professional growth using self-refection protocols

By October 14, 2019December 4th, 2019No Comments

October 14, 2019 | Denver, CO — McREL International is pleased to announce the publication of its latest book, Pursuing Greatness: Empowering Teachers to Take Charge of Their Professional Growth by Pete Hall, Alisa Simeral, and Bryan Goodwin with Bj Stone and Bess Scott.

Pursuing Greatness advances the self-reflective practices that education authors and consultants Hall and Simeral have explored in previous bestsellers including Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom. It identifies two dozen of the most common problems of professional practice that teachers face and organizes them along pathways so that whichever problem a teacher chooses to address first, the destination is a classroom in which students experience more ownership of, and investment in, their learning. Along the way, robust tools and tips for reflective practice support the authors’ contention that the most effective professional development is created by teachers themselves.

“We are thrilled to partner with Pete and Alisa on this project,” said Bryan Goodwin, co-author of the book and CEO of McREL. “They are thought leaders in the area of using self-reflection processes to help educators advance their professional growth. Combining their insights with McREL’s instructional strategy expertise in Pursuing Greatness results in a great resource for teachers everywhere.”

Readers of the book also have access to downloadable materials that will help them identify additional problems of practice—whatever is most pressing to them at this stage in their career—and work through the reflective cycle to pursue mastery over it.

Pursuing Greatness: Empowering Teachers to Take Charge of Their Professional Growth is available now at


For more information, please contact:

Roger Fiedler, 303.632.5579,

McREL is a non-profit, non-partisan education research and development organization that since 1966 has turned knowledge about what works in education into practical, effective guidance and training for teachers and education leaders across the U.S. and around the world.