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February 26, 2017

Quality Questioning, Personalized Learning, And Growth Mindset | McREL e-News

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February 2017

Will we see you in New Orleans, Anaheim,
or San Francisco next month?
If you’ll attend the AASA, ASCD, or Carnegie national education conferences next month, we’d love to meet you there and hear how your school year is going. We want to know what’s working well, what’s on your plate for the remainder of the current school year, and what big goals and initiatives you’re thinking about for next year.

To set up a specific time to visit with a McREL staff members at any of the conferences for a free strategic consultation about improvement, acceleration, or innovation strategies in your school or system, contact Madonna Shafer at or 303.632.5507.

Free 30-minute consultation

Need help planning a new project or ideas for recharging an important initiative? Wondering how to make sense of data or how to better connect action plans to goals? Contact us today for a free strategic session with one of our expert consultants. No fee, no obligations, just good ideas and inspiration for “quick wins” and “game changers” in your school, district, agency, or system.

Let us know how we can help!

New from McREL

Video | About McREL International

McREL | Transforming teaching, learning, and leading
McREL | Transforming teaching,
learning, and leading

Watch our new video to learn more about how McREL can help you improve system performance, and unlock student and staff growth potential through our expert research, analysis, strategy, guidance, and support. Learn more about the comprehensive services we provide to our clients.

Blog Post | Quality Questioning: Replacing monologue with dialogue
Who does most of the talking in your classroom? In this guest post from Jackie Walsh, co-author of Quality Questioning: Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner, 2nd Ed. (2017), get useful tips for transforming your classroom discussions by leading with quality questions that replace monologue with dialogue. Read her blog post.

Blog Post | Supporting students’ growth mindset and effort
“What makes a student successful?” Terri Bissonette asks in her latest blog post. She offers tips on creating an effort-focused classroom culture that helps students connect their effort with their achievement. Read her blog post.

Blog Post | Teaching our students to think critically in the era of fake news
McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin looks at the research on critical thinking, how best to teach it to students, and why it’s important in the era of fake news. He highlights two key approaches critical for effectiveness: Critical thinking should be taught directly, and it should not be taught in a vacuum. Read his blog post.

Events & Opportunities

Twitter Slow Chats

We are hosting a weekly series of slow chats on Twitter and we’d love your participation. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas on each week’s theme with other educators. Our slow chats begin on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and end on Sundays at 9:00 p.m.

Teacher mentors
February 20-26
Question: What are the benefits of having a mentor as you start your teaching career? We’ll discuss teacher mentoring, and how it helps new teachers gain their footing in classroom instruction and management.

Celebrating cultural differences
February 27-March 5
Question: How do you celebrate the different cultures in your school? Our focus will be on sharing ways to create an inclusive school culture that builds trust and celebrates differences.

Professional Learning Experiences with McREL

Join us in Denver this June and July for high-impact sessions that will expand your knowledge and deepen your capacity to make significant changes in teaching, leading, and learning. You’ll leave these sessions with research-based, best-practice strategies to help you —- and your students —- flourish.

Classroom Instruction That Works PD Workshop
June 19-21

Classroom Instruction That Works Authorized Facilitator Training
June 19-23

Balanced Leadership® for School-Level Leaders
July 11-14

District Leadership That Works
July 17-18

Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners
July 19-20

Upcoming Conferences

AASA National Conference on Education
March 2-4 | New Orleans, Louisiana 
Visit with us in the AASA exhibit hall (booth #537) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Let’s meet to share best practices on school and system improvement and the power of curiosity in learning, teaching, and leading. Schedule a time now for an in-depth conversation with McREL’s chief program officer Dr. Robin Jarvis and our executive director of client solutions Dr. Dale Lewis about school and system performance, and ideas for scaling up your bright spots and approaching your district’s challenges in new ways for continuous improvement.

To set up a specific time to visit with Dr. Jarvis or Dr. Lewis at the conference, contact Madonna Shafer at or 303.632.5507.

To learn more and register, please visit the AASA conference website.

ASCD Annual Conference “Empower 17”
March 25-27 | Anaheim, California 
Attend conference sessions led by McREL staff and visit us in the exhibit hall (booth #1519, near the General Session entrance) to learn how we help educators flourish with our school and system improvement, acceleration, and innovation services, our teacher and leader training and coaching, our curriculum-instruction-assessment-standards reviews and alignment, and our research, data analysis, and program evaluation services.

To set up a specific time to visit with McREL staff at the conference, contact Madonna Shafer at or 303.632.5507.

McREL Sessions

  • Leading with Focus and ‘Simplexity’ in Your School. Saturday, March 25, 1-2:30 p.m., session #1216, with Bryan Goodwin
  • Inside-out Coaching: Helping Teachers Flourish. Sunday, March 26, 1-2 p.m., session #2225, with Bj Stone and Kathleen Dempsey
To learn more and register, please visit the ASCD conference website.

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
March 27-29 | San Francisco, California 
Join McREL staff and educators from across the country to explore the latest research, strategies, and innovations in systemic education improvement. Visit with McREL staff during the poster sessions to learn about real-world applications and outcomes achieved by schools and districts we work with.

To set up a specific time to visit with McREL staff at the conference, contact Madonna Shafer at or 303.632.5507.

To learn more and register, please visit the Carnegie Foundation conference website.
Visit our events page or contact McREL to learn more about other upcoming conferences and events.
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