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February 23, 2018

FLANZ Awards – Nominations Close 28th Feb

One for my Kiwi readers.

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February 22, 2018

Listen to our New Podcast: “The Language Classroom”

From K12, Inc. themselves.

The Language Classroom: A World Languages Podcast
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A Podcast about World Languages, Education, and Curriculum
Listen to Episode 1 of The Language Classroom
We are pleased to introduce to you our new podcast series, The Language Classroom. Hosted by Fuel Education’s very own Andréanne King, The Language Classroom is a podcast about world languages, education, and how to design the curriculum for your classroom.
Click here to get started with Episode 1, which talks about proficiency levels. What are proficiency levels and how can they help you tailor your learning objectives so students can make the most of their time in the classroom?
And if you have questions about Fuel Education’s world languages course catalog, don’t hesitate to contact us!

McREL eNews | New Curiosity Quick Guide; 2018 Professional Learning

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February 2018

New from McREL

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. As teachers, it’s up to us to encourage curiosity and propel our students to want to master their learning. Our new 8-page guide offers tips and tools teachers can use to help students commit to mastery.

New Book! | Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works

Get 50+ classroom-ready tools to easily implement the effective teaching strategies from our bestselling book, Classroom Instruction That Works (2012). Each tool includes a summary of its research-based benefits, implementation guidance and examples, 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!
Research Report | Enhancing Formative Assessment Practice and Encouraging Middle School Mathematics Engagement and Persistence

Can formative assessment strategies for math help students stay motivated to learn during the critical transition to middle school? In this study, teachers participated in McREL’s Learning to Use Formative Assessment in Mathematics with the Assessment Work Sample Method (AWSM), a professional development program that increases middle school math teachers’ understanding of high-quality formative assessment processes. Reported outcomes suggested that teachers were better able to provide effective feedback, and students were better equipped to self-assess their progress and were more motivated to persevere with challenging learning tasks and problem solving.

Free White Paper | Curiosity Works: Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation
What if every student were curious, self-motivated, and passionate about their learning? Wouldn’t our classrooms be more joyful and dynamic and our schools more innovative? In this free white paper, Kristin Rouleau outlines a powerful new model for school improvement —- an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach that builds on schools’ bright spots in ways that go beyond improvement and help unleash both student and educator curiosity. This innovative approach helps a school commit to shared values within a purposeful community, focus on teaching and learning, support professional growth among teachers using a triad peer coaching model, and instill consistent, deep practices that weather the storms of change.

Events & Opportunities

2018 Professional Learning Events

McREL’s 2018 professional learning
includes extended online coaching
Join us this summer in Denver for dynamic professional learning sessions that dig deep into research-based instructional and leadership practices that spark curiosity, positively influence achievement, and help transform your teaching and leading. Participants in our 2018 professional learning events will receive extended online coaching during the 2018-19 school year to support your continued growth as an educator and leader.
Registrants will also receive a McREL Bookstore discount code for 20% off the suggested book or guide for each event.
Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works Academy (Denver)
Learn 50+ practical instructional tools from our book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (2018). Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy will be an intensive learning, working, and planning session. Participants will receive a personal copy of Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works.
JUNE 13-14

Helping ELLs Flourish With Academic Language Development (Denver)

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’ academic language during subject-matter instruction, using McREL’s Academic Language Framework.
School Leadership That Works: Evidence-Based Strategies for Sharpening Instructional Focus, Managing Change Processes, and Creating Shared Vision (Denver)
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 (Denver)
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 (Denver)

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.
JULY 10-11

Managing Change: Evidence-Based Strategies for Starting and Sustaining New Policies, Practices, and Processes (Denver)

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.
JULY 12-13
Instructional Coaching That Works (Denver)
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.
JULY 17-18
How to Move Your School from Improvement to Innovation: 
A Guided Pathway for Success (Denver)
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 intensive two-day session with an understanding of the important differences between an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach to school improvement and an outside-in or top-down approach. Learn how to focus for improvement or 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.
JULY 19-20

Conferences & Sessions
ASCD Empower18 National Conference
March 24-26 Boston, Massachusetts
Join McREL staff for informative conference sessions and visit with us in the exhibit hall to learn about our curiosity-driven, inside-out approach to school improvement and innovation.
Moving English Learners (ELs) from Speaking to Writing
Presenter: Jane Hill
Date and time: Saturday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.
Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works
Presenters: Cheryl Abla and Harvey Silver
Date and time: Sunday, March 25, 8:00 a.m.
Out of Curiosity: Restoring Joyful Learning with an ‘Inside-out’ Approach to School Change
Presenters: Bryan Goodwin, Kristin Rouleau, and Tonia Gibson
Date and time: Sunday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.
Dynamic, Engaging Classrooms: How They Look, Feel, and Sound
Presenter: Cheryl Abla
Date and time: Monday, March 26, 8:00 a.m.


Weeklong Chats on Twitter

Looking to grow your professional learning network? 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.
Topic | Supporting ALL learners
February 19-25

How do you support ALL students in mainstream classrooms (e.g., ELL, special education, gifted-talented)?

Topic | Curiosity hooks
February 26-March 4

What’s the best curiosity hook you’ve used with your students?

Topic | Recreational learning
March 5-11

What procedures are set in your classroom to promote recreational reading? Do you allow it during class periods?

Topic | Goal setting for assessments
March 12-18

What kinds of goal setting do your students have around assessments (state, SAT, ACT)?

Topic | Education revolution
March 19-25

What type of revolution is going on at your school around education or improvement?

Visit our Events page or contact McREL to learn more
about other upcoming conferences and events.
McREL is hiring!
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.
McREL: Helping educators flourish
“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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Digest Of Education Statistics 2016 Provides New And Historical Data On All Aspects Of Education

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Digest of Education Statistics 2016 provides new and historical data on all aspects of education


The Digest of Education Statistics is a compilation of a wide array of data about education. Compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Digest is a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education, from prekindergarten through graduate school. Data cover a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons. The new and updated statistical tables that are included in the Digest are released on a rolling basis. A complete volume that includes text and graphics is released annually.

NCES released Digest of Education Statistics 2016 today (February 20, 2018). Key findings on the core topics of enrollment and educational attainment include the following:

  • In fall 2016, public schools enrolled 35.5 million elementary students and 15.1 million secondary students, according to projections. Public elementary enrollment is expected to increase 2 percent between 2016 and 2026, and public secondary enrollment is also expected to increase 2 percent over the same period;
  • Between 1990 and 2015, the status dropout rate declined from 12.1 percent to 5.9 percent. (The status dropout rate is the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who have not completed high school and are not enrolled in school.) Although the status dropout rate declined for both Blacks and Hispanics during this period, their rates (6.5 and 9.2 percent, respectively) remained higher than the rate for Whites (4.6 percent) in 2015;
  • Between fall 2005 and fall 2015, enrollment in 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities increased 14 percent, from 17.5 million to 20.0 million. The overall increase between 2005 and 2015 reflects an increase of 20 percent between 2005 and 2010, followed by a decrease of 5 percent between 2010 and 2015;
  • From fall 1976 to fall 2015, the percentage of college students who are Hispanic rose from 4 percent to 17 percent, the percentage who are Asian/Pacific Islander rose from 2 percent to 7 percent, the percentage who are Black rose from 10 percent to 14 percent, and the percentage who are American Indian/Alaska Native was higher in 2015 (0.8 percent) than in 1976 (0.7 percent); and
  • Between 2006 and 2016, the percentage of 25- to 29-year-olds who had completed high school rose from 86 percent to 92 percent. During the same period, the percentage with a bachelor’s or higher degree increased from 28 percent to 36 percent.

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