Virtual School Meanderings

April 21, 2017

Learning Differences; Strategic Planning; And Quality Questioning

A notice from one of the RELs from yesterday’s inbox.

April 2017

Spotlight on Instruction
Improve, accelerate, and innovate your instructional practices across content areas and grade levels. McREL can help you with strategies to challenge students, develop positive relationships, and consistently deliver high-quality learning experiences for all students. Learn more about our services that support instruction.

Contact us today for consulting services, professional learning sessions, and customized solutions, or request a free strategic session with one of our experts. No fee, no obligations, just good ideas and inspiration for quick wins and game changers to keep your school, district, agency, or system on track for success.

Let us know how we can help!

New from McREL

Blog Post | Differences, not disabilities
In this blog post, Bryan Goodwin and Heather Hein examine the growing paradigm shift from learning disabilities to learning differences. The key takeaway, they say, is for teachers to reflect on their approach to instruction planning and delivery for each student. Read their blog post.

White Paper | Finding Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity: A Strategic Planning Process Streamlines District Work and Improves the System for All
Managing a school district has become an increasingly complex endeavor. But district leaders who take a systems approach to strategic planning can simplify their work and increase the success of their principals, teachers, and students. In this white paper, Jay Harnack, the superintendent of Sublette County School District #1, and Matt Seebaum, senior director at McREL, show how a strategic planning process reduces redundancy and workload by integrating district goals, strategic planning, and school improvement into one streamlined process. Read the white paper.

Webinar | Quality Questioning: A catalyst for thinking and learning
Did you miss our last webinar on quality questioning? Learn more about how teachers can use “quality questioning” to stimulate student thinking and support classroom dialogue and why dialogue is essential to meaningful formative feedback. Jackie Walsh and Beth Sattes, authors of the new 2nd edition of Quality Questioning: Research-Based Practice to Engage Every Learner, explored these questions in our February webinar (originally recorded on February 28, 2017). View the webinar.

Events & Opportunities

Weeklong Chats on Twitter

Looking to grow your PLN? Join us for our weeklong Twitter chats, where participants share best practices, strategies, and common (or uncommon) struggles and successes. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #McRELchat to share your thoughts and ideas on each week’s theme with other educators. Our weeklong “slow chats” begin on Mondays and end on Sundays.

Instructional coaching
April 17-23

Question: How do you benefit from an instructional coach’s advice and insight?

Social and emotional supports
April 24-30

Question: What social and emotional supports are in place for your students?

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
May 1-7

Question: What has been your biggest struggle with Bring Your Own Device?

Professional Learning with McREL

Make significant changes in teaching, leading, and learning, and gain research-based, best-practice strategies to help you —- and your students —- flourish. Join us in Denver for these engaging sessions.

Classroom Instruction That Works® 
June 19-21
New session! Classroom Instruction That Works
June 26-28

Classroom Instruction That Works Authorized Facilitator Training
June 19-23
New session! Classroom Instruction That Works Authorized Facilitator Training
June 26-30

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

ACSA North State Spring Conference
April 28-30 | Reno, Nevada
McREL president Bryan Goodwin will deliver conference sessions, and a luncheon keynote on Saturday, April 29 titled “Are we doing too little…or too much? Finding our beacon in the fog.” He’ll boil decades of research down to one key focal point for school leadership and offer practical ways to turn that focus into results —- not by working longer hours or browbeating teachers, but rather, by flipping our leadership paradigm and getting everyone to work together with single-minded focus. To learn more and register, please visit the conference website.

American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference
June 15-17 | Flagstaff, Arizona
McREL consultant Dr. Terri Bissonette will be among the keynoters for this conference for preschool, K-12, college, and university educators and concerned community members to share ideas for improving the lives and education of Indigenous children. Dr. Bissonette is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community of Anishinaabeg in Brimley, Michigan. To learn more and register, please visit the conference website.

ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
June 30-July 2 | Denver, Colorado
Let us know if you’re attending ASCD’s Conference on Teaching Excellence in Denver this summer. McREL’s Denver office staff are available for onsite strategy sessions about great teaching practices —- and we can share our favorite restaurants and sightseeing tips. To learn more and register, please visit the conference website.

Visit our Events page or contact McREL to learn more
about other upcoming conferences and events.
Are you a thought leader who’s committed to improving student achievement? We are now hiring for several research and consulting positions in our Honolulu office.
McREL: Helping educators flourish
“Now all teachers and principals, as they go about creating and implementing improvement plans in their schools, know what the focus should be —-  and that focus is the highest quality instructional practice.”
Sarah Salem, Lincoln Public Schools Director of Continuous Improvement
and Professional Learning, Nebraska
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