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April 7, 2018

NEW! Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation

From one of the RELs.

NEW from McREL!
Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation
Stretch your school leadership team’s thinking and inspire growth and innovation as individuals and as a school community with this new book from McREL.
Curiosity Works will guide your team through a powerful, research-based journey to school improvement and innovation that’s attuned to your school’s own strengths and contexts. It includes 17 practical tools to spark collaborative planning, strategic action, and sustainability.
Also from McREL’s Curiosity Works
Unleashing Curiosity
Quick Guide Series
These 8-page quick guides give teachers and instructional coaches tips and ideas to use in the classroom to increase student curiosity and a reflection rubric to guide teachers’ professional collaboration and growth.
Part of our Curiosity Works line of resources, these guides support transforming schools from the “inside out,” helping teachers and school leaders work together to build on their bright spots and develop shared professional expertise.
Professional Learning for School Leadership Teams
PD workshop with co-author Kristin Rouleau!
Moving Your School
from Improvement to Innovation
Come to Denver for a 2-day professional learning session with Curiosity Works co-author and school improvement coach Kristin Rouleau to gain insights on McREL’s new improvement and innovation pathways and get practical high-leverage strategies to use in your school for dynamic, inside-out change. Better yet, bring your entire leadership team!
Register now for one of these available sessions:
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April 6, 2018

Develop A District Plan For NGSS Implementation

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IN THIS ISSUE  Teacher Leadership  English Language Learners  NGSS

An early user of WestEd’s Leading Professional Learning simulation game calls it a “giant box of possibilities” that “opens your eyes.” Built on research and providing a hefty dose of fun, the game aims to develop the capacity of school faculty to plan and implement professional learning initiatives. Read the newest R&D Alert Online article to find out about the experiences and takeaways of educators who have played the game.

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COLLEGE & CAREERCalifornia College Promise Project: Improving Affordability, Access, and Completion

In California and throughout the U.S., there is rising demand for a college-educated workforce, but the increasing cost of college can impede access to higher education for students from low- and middle-income families. College Promise programs can help address this challenge.

The programs incentivize college enrollment, persistence, and completion by offering financial, academic, and other support services to students based on where they live or attend school. With 43 College Promise programs, California has the largest number in a single state.

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AGENCY NEWSJoin WestEd at AERA 2018

WestEd staff will participate in more than 20 sessions during the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting, April 13–17, in New York City.Check out a list of our presentations, and be sure to visit our booth to learn about research, resources, and services, as well as career opportunities.

Save the Date! Come to the WestEd AERA Reception, a great opportunity to enjoy good conversation and delicious food, as well as spectacular views of Times Square. Saturday, April 14, 7–10pm, Sky Room, 330 West 40th StreetDownload an invitation.

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TEACHERS & LEADERSTeacher Leadership Works

Learn how teacher leaders play a critical role in addressing the increasing demands placed on administrators; retaining quality teachers; and providing meaningful professional learning.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSRegister for Summer Institutes Designed to Support English Learner Students

Improve teaching and learning for English language learners and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. Check out these summer offerings held in California and New York.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICSDeveloping District Plans for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Implementation

What are the benefits and challenges of developing a plan to implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? This new report dives into the processes, challenges, and lessons learned from a cohort of school districts that are escalating their NGSS planning efforts.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERSEnglish Learner Master Plan Development and Implementation

Collaborate with WestEd to create a master plan designed to help your English learner students develop new conceptual understandings, disciplinary-specific language uses, and the analytical practices they need to graduate ready for college and career.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGRegister Now for Spring and Summer Professional Learning

Whether you’re modeling reading strategies for college freshmen, improving instruction for English learners with disabilities, or engaging students by putting a new twist on the classic properties of matter, WestEd services build your knowledge and skills, and present strategies designed to help all learners succeed.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGDon’t Miss These Webinars

Sign up for upcoming webinars that will explore such topics as strategies for supporting students in the stressful final months of the school year and how to help students use argumentation to make sense of texts.

Resource Spotlight

Moving Leadership Standards into Everyday Work: Descriptions of Practice, Second Edition, 30% Discount 

What does effective leadership look like, not just in theory but in action? This book describes the strategies and practices reflected in each stage of leadership development that supports all students to learn and thrive.

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March 22, 2018

McREL eNews | Moving From Improvement To Innovation

From one of the RELs yesterday.

March 2018
Moving from Improvement to Innovation
As you work through your school improvement initiatives, have you noticed that change can be seen as both an obstacle and a catalyst? In our upcoming book,Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation, we offer a new model for school improvement that harnesses the power of change, curiosity, and innovation to unite your school community behind your goals. Learn more below!
Will you be at ASCD’s Empower18 annual conference? If so, we’re excited to see you there and share the power of our curiosity-driven, inside-out approach to school improvement and innovation. Attend our sessions (see schedule below) and stop by our booth (#1442) in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about how we’re helping schools transform and thrive!
New from McREL
Coming Soon! | Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation
Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation (due in late March) will stretch your thinking and inspire your school team to embrace change for growth and innovation, not just individually as school leaders and educators, but as an entire community. Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the five improvement and innovation pathways in McREL’s Curiosity Works™ approach.
Coming Soon! | Unleashing Curiosity with Dynamic Cooperation Quick Guide
Cooperative learning is a flexible, powerful strategy to enhance student curiosity with tasks that emphasize collaboration while maintaining individual accountability for learning. This 8-page guide presents strategies for collaborative classroom learning, helping students develop critical skills for the 21st-century workplace.
New Quick Guide | Unleashing Curiosity by Helping Students Commit to Mastery
Desire to learn—the essence of curiosity—is sparked when students are clear about what to learn, how to learn it, and why to learn it. Encourage curiosity and propel your students to master their learning using tips and ideas from this 8-page guide.
New Book | Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works
Get 51 classroom-ready tools to easily implement the effective teaching strategies from our bestselling book, Classroom Instruction That Works (2012). Each tool includes implementation guidance and a “Teacher Talk” section with lesson planning tips. Turn your classroom into a place where high levels of engagement and deep learning happen every day!
Events & Opportunities
National Science Foundation | Computer Science for All Grant Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking proposals for the Computer Science for All grant program due May 9, 2018. This program aims to provide U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science and computational thinking education in their schools at the preK–12 levels.
If your organization is planning to submit a proposal for the Computer Science for All program, McREL’s experienced evaluators can help you to develop the evaluation plan for your proposal. We have capacity and expertise with NSF grants—as a grant recipient, evaluation partner, and grant reviewer—to provide you with a rigorous and useful evaluation that leverages our knowledge of NSF program officer and grant reviewer expectations.
2018 Professional Learning with McREL in Denver
Join us this summer in Denver for dynamic professional learning sessions that dig deep into research-based practices that spark curiosity, influence achievement, and help transform your teaching and leading, plus get extended online coaching during the 2018–19 school year.
Registrants also receive 20% off the suggested book or guide for each event in the McREL Bookstore.
Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works Academy
Learn 50+ practical instructional tools from Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (2018). Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy is an intensive learning, working, and planning session. Participants will receive a personal copy of Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works.
Helping English Language Learners Flourish
Teachers—general education and ELL specialists—will learn how to apply effective research-based instructional strategies to the five stages of language acquisition and develop students’ English language fluency during subject-matter instruction. Participants will receive a personal copy of Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners.
School Leadership That Works: Evidence-Based Strategies for Sharpening Instructional Focus, Managing Change Processes, and Creating Shared Vision
Discover the leadership responsibilities that are most strongly connected to student achievement and learn practical strategies to develop a purposeful, positive school community, initiate and manage change within your school, and choose the right focus for your school’s improvement initiatives.
District Leadership That Works: Connecting Strategic Vision, Action, and Results Across Your System
Learn the principles of high-reliability systems and the actions used in health care, aviation, and other complex industries, and how these principles can be effectively applied to education systems. Determine the current state of your district’s systems and begin to map steps toward improving instructional quality and reducing variability within and among your schools.
Unleashing Student Curiosity to Learn
Explore why and how curiosity can be sparked and sustained within your students, helping them become engaged, motivated, self-directed learners who “own” their educational journeys. Get tools, tips, and ideas for creating challenging learning tasks and higher-order questions that push students to deeper levels of content understanding and application.
Managing Change: Evidence-Based Strategies for Starting and Sustaining New Policies, Practices, and Processes
Change is constant in schools: Every new program, policy, or procedure comes with the need to implement and manage change well. Attend this research- and evidence-based session to learn the keys to helping your school team not just survive change, but thrive in it.
Instructional Coaching That Works
Learn a new, more effective approach to instructional coaching that is focused on “inside-out,” strengths-based peer coaching that brings small teams of teachers together, building on bright spots while learning and growing as peers and professionals. You’ll leave this session knowing how to create belief among your school team that personal and collective growth is possible, and how to use data to drive coaching decisions that improve outcomes that matter to all.
How to Move Your School from Improvement to Innovation: A Guided Pathway for Success
Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the five improvement and innovation pathways in McREL’s Curiosity Works™ approach. You’ll leave this two-day session with an understanding of our inside-out, curiosity-driven approach to school improvement that focuses on innovation, and how to identify high-leverage strategies for action. You’ll also gain an understanding of the importance of monitoring change, both for the organization and for individuals.
Conferences & Sessions
ASCD Empower18 National Conference
March 24-26 | Boston, Massachusetts
Exhibit Hall
Visit with us in Booth #1442 in the Exhibit Hall to learn about our curiosity-driven, inside-out approach to school improvement and innovation. Receive a special discount code for 20% off titles in our bookstore, and pick up our new book, Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation and our Unleashing Curiosity quick reference guides for teachers.
Free 30-minute Consultations
Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with one of our McREL team members while at the conference.
McREL Sessions
Moving English Learners (ELs) from Speaking to Writing
Session #1415
Jane Hill
Saturday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.
BCEC, Level 2, Room 208
* Special Giveaway
Best Research → Best Practice: Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works
Session #2136
Cheryl Abla and Harvey Silver
Sunday, March 25, 8:00 a.m.
BCEC, Level 1, Room 156ABC
Out of Curiosity: Restoring Joyful Learning with an ‘Inside-out’ Approach to School Change
Session #2334
Bryan Goodwin, Kristin Rouleau, and Tonia Gibson
Sunday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.
BCEC, Level 2, Room 253A
* Special Giveaway
Dynamic, Engaging Classrooms: How They Look, Feel, and Sound
Cheryl Abla
Session #3123
Monday, March 26, 8:00 a.m.
BCEC, Level 1, Room 161
* Special Giveaway
* At the conclusion of this session, we will hold a drawing for our new book,Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation, and other McREL titles.
Weeklong Twitter Chats
Looking to grow your professional learning network? Join us for our weeklong Twitter slow 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 with other educators.
March 19–25 | Education revolution
What type of revolution is going on at your school around education or improvement?
March 26–April 1 | Student stress
How do you support students during stressful times, such as testing?
April 2–8 | Earth Day
What are your favorite resources for Earth Day-related activities?
April 9–15 | Tough challenges
What challenges have you not been able to overcome to be an effective teacher?
April 16–22 | Classroom talk
Who is doing the talking in your classroom? The students? The teachers?
Visit our Events page or contact McREL to learn more about other upcoming conferences and events.
Research Roundup
Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks
Edutopia
New research confirms past findings, supporting the practice of incorporating “brain breaks” into the school day to help students better focus, increase productivity, mitigate the effects of stress, and boost social skills.
Does Every Teacher Need a Coach?
The Hechinger Report
A new analysis of 60 studies on teacher coaching reveals that it is most effective when used in small groups, within a peer coaching model in which teachers switch between roles of coach and coachee.
The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
The Aspen Institute
This report, compiled by the 34-member Council of Distinguished Educators, gives specific guidance for educators, schools, and districts in supporting the social-emotional needs of students within the school environment.
Client Testimonial
“Each of McREL’s resources and products has allowed our staff to grow professionally and have an impact on student learning across our small rural district.”
–Darrel Kohlman, Superintendent, Nemaha Central Schools—USD 115, Kansas
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We are seeking candidates for several research positions in our Denver and Honolulu offices. Our research and evaluation teams give our clients and partners a big-picture view of existing improvement initiatives to determine what’s working, what’s not, and what to do next. We also offer support and guidance for managing systemic change, capacity-building, and proposal development, and we provide independent evaluation of grant-funded programs.
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REL Southeast Director’s Email—April 2018

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April 2018
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Greetings from the REL Southeast!

This month I am excited to share a new infographic titled, Preparing a School-Ready Child. School readiness is an important issue for stakeholders across the country. The infographic below aims to provide a conceptual framework to help parents and practitioners understand the various aspects of school readiness, and provide links to relevant resources.

The REL Southeast is working on many more research-based products and resources that will be released in the coming months. Thank you for helping to improve education in the Southeast.

Barbara Foorman, Ph.D.
Director, REL Southeast

You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website or provided your information at a REL Southeast sponsored event.

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March 9, 2018

NSF | Computer Science for All K–12 Grant Program Opportunity

From one of the RELs.

National Science Foundation
Computer Science for All K–12 Grant Opportunity
March 2018
Dear Michael,
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking proposals for the Computer Science for All grant program due May 9, 2018. This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science and computational thinking education in their schools at the preK–12 levels. NSF is seeking to fund proposals in three “strands” that foster design, implementation at scale, and research:
  • The high school strand is focused on preparing and supporting teachers to teach rigorous computer science courses;
  • The preK–8 strand is focused on designing, developing, and piloting instructional materials that integrate computer science and computational thinking into preK–8 classrooms; and
  • The preK–12 or preK–14 strand is focused on designing pathways that support school districts in developing policies and supports for incorporating computer science and computational thinking across all grades and potentially into introductory levels at community or four-year colleges and universities.
To support advances in computing education that are inclusive of diverse student populations, proposals for any strand must address, in a significant manner, longstanding underrepresentation of computing.
If your organization is planning to submit a proposal for the Computer Science for All program, McREL’s experienced evaluators would welcome the opportunity to work with you to develop the evaluation plan for your organization’s Computer Science for All proposal. McREL has the requisite capacity, expertise, and experience with NSF grants—as a grant recipient, evaluation partner, and grant reviewer—to provide you with a rigorous and useful evaluation. Our team has both primed and partnered as the evaluator/researcher on NSF grants in the past, so we are knowledgeable of and experienced with NSF program officer and grant reviewer expectations.
If you have questions or would like additional information about the support McREL could offer as your evaluation/research partner on this or other grant opportunities, please feel free to contact us for further information. Also, please add McREL, or let us know how we can be added, to your vendor procurement list so that we will receive notifications of future RFPs for professional learning, technical assistance, evaluation, or research services needed by your organization.
Sincerely,
Dr. Robin Jarvis
Chief Program Officer
McREL International
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