Reimagine your professional development experience
with McREL’s professional learning academies and workshops.

In our dynamic 2019 sessions, you’ll dig deep into research-based
instructional and leadership practices that positively influence achievement
and help to transform your teaching and leading.

Classroom Instruction That Works: 51 Activities & Tools for Increasing Student Achievement

June 18–19 | Denver, Colorado
Presented by Cheryl Abla

Intended Audience: Teachers, instructional coaches and mentors, principals and assistant principals, central office PD leaders

Join Cheryl Abla—teacher, instructional trainer, coach, and co-author of the popular book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works—for this two-day professional learning session to gain valuable insights, tools, and strategies for crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction, including the nine categories of instructional strategies and 51 practical and engaging teaching activities, strategies, and tools for:

  • Creating a classroom environment for learning
  • Helping students develop deeper understanding of content
  • Helping students extend and apply their new knowledge to other challenges
  • Classroom tech tools for engaging and meaningful learning


Tools for Classroom Instruction That WorksClassroom Instruction That Works—Authorized Trainer Session

June 18–21 | Denver, Colorado
Presented by Cheryl Abla

Intended Audience: Instructional coaches, principals, district-level professional development staff, regional education service agency trainers, professional association trainers, and other educators who would like to deliver CITW workshops in their local area

Register now to attend this four-day training session to deepen your understanding of the nine CITW categories of effective research-based instructional strategies and how to present effective CITW workshops on your own.

  • Get a toolkit of CITW workshop materials and associated classroom activities.
  • Learn how to help teachers apply the CITW instructional strategies to their lesson design and delivery.
  • Get best practices for leading effective adult learning and professional development.
  • Practice delivering lessons and participate in quality assurance steps to become an authorized CITW facilitator.

Upon successful completion of this training, McREL will authorize you to deliver multiple CITW professional development workshops to educators in your school district or education service agency area (BOCES, ESCs, ESUs, RESAs, etc.) for a period of one year. Annual re-authorization is available.


Curiosity WorksBalanced Leadership® for School Improvement

July 11 | Clarksville, Tennessee
Presented by Dr. Kent Davis

Intended Audience: K-12 principals, school leadership teams, central office managers

What makes an effective school leader? McREL's research has identified 21 specific actions and responsibilities that positively affect student achievement—actions that all school leaders can learn and put into practice through our Balanced Leadership program.

Attend this one-day session to get an overview of the key components of Balanced Leadership and how it can be used to:

  • Establish a clear instructional focus for your school.
  • Manage change well.
  • Develop a purposeful school community.

You’ll also discover how McREL has recently updated Balanced Leadership with important elements from our What Matters Most® framework and Curiosity Works® approach to school improvement. Together, these assets create a powerful tool for systemic improvement that you can use to build on your school’s existing assets and bright spots and leverage your staff’s professional curiosity to explore new practices for collaboration and innovation


Curiosity WorksCuriosity Works®: Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation

July 30–31 | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Presented by Tonia Gibson

Intended Audience: K-12 principals, school leadership teams, central office managers

Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the innovation pathways found in McREL’s Curiosity Works approach to school improvement. You’ll leave this engaging, interactive 2-day session with tools, tips, and strategic advice you can put to use during the 2019–20 school year.

Designed for principals and school leadership team members, the session topics and learnings include:

  • 17 tools to support your school’s improvement journey.
  • Understanding the differences between inside-out, curiosity-driven innovation and outside-in or top-down approaches.
  • A process for crafting strong, well-articulated school values, mission, and vision statements.
  • A plan to support peer coaching as a professional learning structure in your school or system.


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