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November 19, 2016

e-News November 2016 | Happy Thanksgiving! | 2017 Summer Institutes Registration Open

From Friday’s inbox…

November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!
We would like to extend our thanks to educators across the globe who worked hard this year tocreate better ways to help students and staff flourish. We wish you a holiday season filled with joy, peace, success, and prosperity.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with distinguished educators around the world, offering contextualized consulting, coaching, and support to strengthen improvement efforts and build your school or district’s capacity as a high-reliability and high-performance system.

Let us know how we can help!

Research Roundup

Implicit bias stalls girls’ math achievement early on
Cabinet Report
In a recent study, researchers from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development found that the gender gap in math achievement “is partially due to the lower expectations that teachers hold of girls in math” as early as kindergarten.

Positive school climates can narrow achievement gaps
Review of Educational Research

An analysis of 78 research studies conducted since 2000 on the relationship between school climate, academic achievement, and socioeconomic status finds that positive, supportive school climates can reduce achievement gaps among students.

High- and low-income students have similar chance of being taught by both the most and the least effective teachers
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

A recent IES study, designed to determine whether low-income students have equal access to high-quality teachers, found only small differences in the effectiveness of teachers of high- and low-income students in the average study district, and also found that low-income and high-income students had similar chances of being taught by the most or least effective teachers.

New from McREL

Changing Schools, Fall 2016 | Spotlight on social and emotional learning
Social and emotional learning (SEL) practices can help students succeed in academics and in life—-but how can schools approach it systemically? This issue of McREL’s Changing Schools looks at the research behind SEL, how to select and implement the right program and create the culture and conditions to support it, ESSA’s impact on SEL and measuring nonacademic factors of student success, and how SEL connects with student motivation and curiosity.

Events & Opportunities

McREL Summer PD Institutes

Registration for our 2017 Summer Professional Development (PD) Institutes is now open! Join us in Denver for high-impact PD sessions that will expand your knowledge and ability to make significant changes in teaching, leading, and learning in 2017-18 and beyond. You’ll leave with research-based, best-practice strategies you can use immediately to help you —- and your students —-flourish.

Classroom Instruction That Works PD Workshop
Denver, Colo., June 19-21, 2017

Classroom Instruction That Works Authorized Facilitator Training
Denver, Colo., June 19-23, 2017

Balanced Leadership® for School-Level Leaders
Denver, Colo., July 11-14, 2017

District Leadership That Works
Denver, Colo., July 17-18, 2017

Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners
Denver, Colo., July 19-20, 2017

Upcoming Conferences

Association of Educational Service Agencies Annual Conference
Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 30-Dec. 3
McREL will exhibit at the AESA Conference in Savannah later this month. If you are interested in discussing opportunities to build staff capacity and deliver more high-quality training and support services to your district, please contact Lisa Maxfield or stop by our booth and introduce yourself.
Visit our events page or contact McREL to learn more about other upcoming conferences and events.


Research Matters | Flip the script on fate control
In the November issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership, McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin weighs in with the research on how much students can affect their own destinies. “We might wonder how we can help students living with constant reminders of adverse external forces flip the script, so to speak, and see themselves as subjects who can act—-not simply be acted upon,” he writes. Read his column.

Blog Post | From cornfields to classrooms: Why am I doing this?
Do you set learning objectives for lessons? In her latest blog post and infographic, McREL’s Lisa Maxfield explains why they’re so important and how they help students relate to the content they’re learning. “When students connect with and personalize the learning objective,” she writes, “they can better understand the relevance of the learning objective.” Read her blog post and view/download the infographic.


Superintendent’s report: PUSD board provides map to district success
Prescott USD (AZ) superintendent Joe Howard wrote a column for the Daily Courier newspaper, recapping the reasons he nominated his board for a statewide award—-including the board’s support of the district using McREL’s Balanced Leadership and Classroom Instruction That Works training for continuous improvement initiatives. Read the story.

McREL helps Michigan high school with inquiry based instruction
Hometown Life, a suburban Detroit news outlet, featured a story about McREL’s recent work with Marian High School. STEM consultant Laura Arndt delivered an interactive PD session to school staff on inquiry based teaching and learning. “The workshop helped Marian teachers craft higher-order content questions that are both thought-provoking and relevant to secondary level content,” the story reported. Read the story.
“The best investment the CNMI PSS has made is partnering with McREL 
in improving our school system.
Vincent Dela Cruz, Principal, PSS-Chacha, Saipan
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