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September 22, 2017

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September 21, 2017

Rose Colby, Paul Leather, Yvonne Armenta Keynoting iNACOL Symposium on October 25, 2017

From the neo-liberals.

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce that Rose Colby, Paul Leather and Yvonne Armenta will keynote the iNACOL Symposium on Wednesday, October 25.

             Rose Colby                                Yvonne Armenta

In this TED-talk style keynote, two experts leading the transformation to competency education will provide deep insights from their journeys — recognizing the “long-game” needs for change for education systems over two decades — as well as a student perspective on how a student-centered, competency-based approach provided her with personalized pathways to grow, exhibit her student work based on mastery, and what it has meant for realizing success.

Rose Colby, a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist, will share her work across multiple states, districts and schools to explore the central design elements of competency education systems to meet the needs of all students.

As Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Education in New Hampshire, Paul Leather’s work has led the nation through a student-centered vision for systems to support local leaders in reimagining the future of education and understanding how New Hampshire is building capacity for professional educators to implement these transformations to personalized learning.

Yvonne Armenta, a former student of Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School, will share her student perspective on how performance assessments in personalized, competency-based systems led to deeper learning and preparedness for college, career and life.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for these esteemed speakers, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality. 

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL SymposiumThe iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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Supporting Teachers And Leaders | McREL eNews

And another item from MCREL from yesterday…

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September 2017

Our online bookstore is now open, featuring books to help educators and leaders flourish, increase student achievement, and spark curiosity.

As a nonprofit, mission-directed organization, proceeds from our books sales help us deliver services to teachers and school leaders across the U.S. and around the world.
To celebrate our grand opening, we’re offering a 20% discount on all our books through September 30, 2017 (code WELCOME20). Shop now and save now on your favorite McREL titles.

New from McREL

New Curiosity Works™ Resource Guide! | Unleashing Curiosity with Challenging Learning Tasks
 
When students believe that new knowledge is attainable, yet just beyond their reach, they’re motivated to learn. This new 8-page guide offers tips and tools teachers can use to create learning environments that unleash student curiosity; introduces four key elements that are integral to creating challenging learning tasks for students; and provides a rubric to reflect on your progress in cultivating self-directed, curious learners.

Success Story | Pacific school system becomes a leader in implementing instructional leadership success strategies
 
McREL had been working with schools in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands for years when a new goal emerged: Strengthen internal capacity enough to ensure an ongoing supply of highly capable leaders for the country’s 19 schools on 15 islands. Constructing a “principal pipeline” meant diving deeply into McREL’s Balanced Leadership® framework over several years. Ultimately the school system and McREL arrived at an entirely new program that guides the learning journey of everybody in the system, from kindergartener to commissioner, and prepares emerging school leaders for the challenges ahead.

Blog Post | Are we thinking about what we’re asking students to think about?
 
In his latest blog post, McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin asks, What are students really thinking about as they do [their] work? And is it the right stuff to be thinking about? While it’s tempting to add new technology to the classroom to create better student engagement, it’s more important, he says, to identify key concepts that directly relate to the learning goals, and focus student attention on those goals by assigning tasks that engage students with their own thinking in ways that directly support their own learning.

Blog Post & Infographic | Demanding the best from your students, and helping them believe they can achieve it
 
Lisa Maxfield delves into the first of three imperatives for teaching —- be demanding, be supportive, and be intentional —- outlined in McREL’s The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching. In this blog post and infographic, she offers tips on how to use standards to set learning goals, how to provide structure and guidance to clarify learning for students, and how to create challenging rubrics, including student-created rubrics, that connect students with the “why” of learning.

Blog Post & Infographic | Supporting student creativity, perseverance, and risk-taking (the good kind)
 
In the second of three blog posts and infographics on the three imperatives for teaching from The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching, Lisa Maxfield describes how supportive and nurturing learning environments help students better engage with their learning. By creating an “oasis of safety and respect in the classroom,” she says, students will feel more confident in stepping outside of their comfort zones to take calculated risks to meet their goals, despite any stumbles along the way. This allows teachers to interact more meaningfully with students and provide growth-oriented feedback that is specific and timely.

Podcast | Growth-driven performance —- in 3 simple steps
 
In this podcast from TalentEd by PeopleAdmin, McREL consulting director Dr. Tony Davis draws on his 28 years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and K-12 human resources administrator to offer three tips for developing growth-driven performance management processes.

Research Roundup 
2017 PDK Poll shows support for career education
PDK Educational Foundation
The 2017 national PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals that Americans want more from schools than just academic learning, and back the idea that public schools should also offer student supports for both career preparation and the development of interpersonal skills.
Scientists to schools: Social, emotional development crucial for learning
Education Week
This article summarizes the findings of a group of 28 academic researchers who study student motivation, school climate, and social-emotional learning (SEL), suggesting that in order to meet the needs of the whole child in a school setting, schools must broaden their purview beyond purely student academic work. The report grouped SEL skills into three actionable areas —- cognitive skills, emotional competencies, and social and interpersonal skills —- suggesting that these “soft skills” are integral to student success.
Education at a glance 2017
OECD Indicators
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Education at a Glance 2017reveals new trends in education, teacher pay, and education completion, focusing on their impact on labor markets around the globe. Among its findings: U.S. teachers are paid, on average, nearly 60 percent less than other professionals with similar education levels; and the workforce in the 35 countries studied has become better educated since 2000, with 46 percent of 25-to-34-year-olds in the U.S. holding a college degree.

McREL in the News
Rome (NY) school board uses McREL’s Superintendent Evaluation framework
The superintendent of the Rome City School District in upstate New York won praise from his board recently —- and by extension so did McREL’s Superintendent Evaluation System, which is based on McREL’s Balanced Leadership® Framework. The board adopted the McREL evaluation system two years earlier because it was “more comprehensive” than their previous process.

Events & Opportunities

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 | Whole child needs
September 25-October 1

Topic: How do you meet the needs of the whole child?

Topic | Personalized learning platforms
October 2-8

Topic: What platform does your school use for personalized learning: Edmodo, Google Classroom, Schoology, or another?

Topic | Student empathy
October 9-15

Topic: How do you teach your students empathy?

Topic | Digital citizenship
October 16-22

Topic: What curriculum are you using to teach digital citizenship?

Upcoming Conferences
South Dakota Indian Education Summit 2017
September 24-26  | Pierre, South Dakota
Join McREL staff at the South Dakota Indian Education Summit to access high-quality professional development and information on best practices to support Native American students and schools. Visit with McREL staff in the vendor area, and attend a breakout session with Dr. Terri Bissonette titled “Trauma-Informed Schools and Communities” to learn about research on the lasting effects of adverse childhood experiences, and promising systemic approaches and strategies to mitigate the effects of trauma.
National Indian Education Association Annual Convention
October 4-7 | Orlando, Florida
Join Dr. Terri Bissonette from McREL for a session on trauma-informed schools and communities. Dr. Bissonette will share research on the lasting effects of adverse childhood experiences (including multi-generational issues), and how these physical and emotional stressors influence student behavior and learning in the classroom. Dr. Bissonette will share examples of promising practices being used in school communities that have shown results in mitigating the effects of trauma. This session will be held on Thursday, October 5 at 10:15 a.m.
iNACOL Symposium
October 23-25 | Orlando, Florida
Research shows that most online learning schools today aren’t improving students’ outcomes. Are there online learning environments that can actually help them flourish? If so, how might these environments differ from what we’re currently doing? Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin and co-presenter Erika Twani from Learning One to One at the iNACOL Symposium for their session titled “Let’s Rethink Online Learning” to explore key practices that enable the growing online student population to succeed academically and in life. This session will be presented on Tuesday, October 24 at 11:15 a.m.
ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership
October 27-29 | Kissimmee, Florida
Join McREL CEO Bryan Goodwin on Friday at the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership for a session on empowering leaders to make positive changes in their schools. Co-presented with education consultant and author Pete Hall, this session will weave together insights on instruction, teacher coaching, leadership, and school improvement into a practical model for becoming an empowering leader —- encouraging people to change not through top-down punishments and rewards but through intrinsic motivation (not forcing them to drink but making them thirsty). Attendees will receive techniques they can use right away in their schools to inspire people to change by connecting with their mission and seeing themselves as capable of change. This session will be offered on Friday, October 27 from 10:30 a.m.-noonand repeated from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
American Evaluation Association National Conference
November 6-11 | Washington, D.C.
Join McREL researchers and evaluators at AEA’s 31st Annual Conference to share and explore best practices in evaluation and learn how evaluation projects can help create better practices and outcomes in education. Sessions presented by McREL staff include:
Developing a classroom observation protocol when treatment and control classrooms don’t look anything like each other
Presenters: Phillip Herman, Karen Bumgardner, Ashli Knotts, and Kevin Knoster
Date and timeThursday, November 93:15-4:15 p.m.
Coaching evaluative thinking: Meaningful client engagement in a small-scale quasi-experimental study
Presenters: Sheila Arens and Barbara Kruger (VocabularySpellingCity)
Date and timeFriday, November 105:30-6:15 p.m.

Helping decision-makers understand problems of practice: An example from the Pacific region
Presenters: Phillip Herman and Sheila Arens
Date and timeSaturday, November 11, 11:15 a.m.-noon

Visit our Events page or contact McREL to learn more
about other upcoming conferences and events.
McREL: Helping educators flourish
 
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Now Open! Save 20% In McREL’s Online Bookstore

From the inbox over the last day or two…

Looking for ways to transform
your teaching and leading?
We wrote the book on it.

McREL’s online bookstore is open; now you can order popular McREL titles directly from us! Our books leverage our extensive knowledge base on what we know works in teaching and leading with trends we see developing in education to help improve and strengthen your practice as an educator. Our authors, who are themselves lifelong educators, present practical guidance you can use today —- and well into the future —- to increase student achievement and spark curiosity.

As a non-profit, mission-directed organization, every dollar you spend in our secure online bookstore directly supports our mission to deliver high-quality professional development and consulting services to educators, and to continue conducting education research that helps this and future generations of students and educators flourish.
To celebrate our grand opening, we’re offering 20% off every title in our bookstore through September 30, 2017. Use the code WELCOME20during checkout to receive your discount!
NEW from McREL!
Unleashing Curiosity with Challenging Learning Tasks
When students believe that new knowledge is attainable, yet just beyond their reach, they’re motivated to learn. This guide offers tips and tools teachers can use to create learning environments that unleash student curiosity; introduces four key elements that are integral to creating challenging learning tasks for students; and provides a rubric to reflect on your progress in cultivating self-directed, curious learners.
Books on Leadership
Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School
Thousands of school leaders worldwide have improved their leadership skills and their students’ achievement with our research-based Balanced Leadership® program. This book shares the lessons we’ve learned, the stories we’ve heard, and the guidance that has made the biggest difference in student achievement and staff success. You’ll learn how a balanced approach enables more effective implementation of the fundamental components of leadership: establishing a clear focus on what matters most for the entire school; managing the challenges associated with change to sustain improvement efforts; and creating a committed, purposeful, and positive community of teachers and staff.
Curiosity and Powerful Learning | Book Series
Curiosity drives the impulse to learn —-and our Curiosity and Powerful Learning model shows school teams how to systemically develop and support curious learners and create an effective, sustainable learning system supported by students, staff, and school leaders. Based on a successful school improvement effort in Melbourne, Australia, these manuals are designed to help teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and system administrators embark on a professional journey to lift student literacy, numeracy, and curiosity. Written originally for Australian educators, the theories of action and recommended activities outline practices that have been tested and refined in schools over time and can be adapted and used by schools and districts around the world, including the U.S.
Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success
We all want —- and strive for —- student success. But increasing student success isn’t as much about doing more or working harder as it is about doing the right things —- especially when resources available are limited. Bryan Goodwin presents research findings and real-life examples to show how “less is more” in education reform. Understand why five specific principles —- instruction, curriculum, student support, high-performance school cultures, and data-driven districts —- are key to helping all students succeed. Learn how strategic “touchstones” can challenge and nurture students, standardize yet personalize curriculum, counteract negative out-of-school factors, and reduce variance in teacher quality.
Books on Instruction
The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day
Even the most dedicated and experienced teachers can benefit from having a strategic checklist to boost their effectiveness. What are the 12 simple but essential things you can do every day to deliver high-quality instruction and positively impact student outcomes? Bryan Goodwin and Elizabeth Hubbell reviewed thousands of research studies, books, and articles to supply the answer. In addition to identifying the 12 touchstones, the authors also define three key imperatives for quality teaching and learning —- be demandingbe supportive, and be intentional —- and offer strategies for integrating them into classroom practice.
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement
This book is one of the most widely used tools for increasing student achievement for good reason: It provides evidence-based insights from rigorous research to strengthen instructional planning and delivery. You’ll understand why and how the nine research-based teaching strategies presented in the book work best for specific situations and see how these methods connect directly to students gaining key 21st-century skills. Learn how to select the teaching techniques that will work best in your classroom to heighten engagement and deepen understanding with your students.
Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners
English-language learners (ELLs) have specific learning needs and challenges that require a specialized approach. The nine evidence-based teaching strategies introduced in our best-selling book,Classroom Instruction That Works, are applied to the stages of language acquisition in this comprehensive instructional guide, making it easier to work with all students at any stage of language proficiency or grade level. Ensure that your instruction aligns to higher-order thinking skills and apply a template that helps you select academic language that encourages productive discussions among your ELL students.
A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works

Use this handbook to learn how to easily apply the various teaching practices described in our best-selling book, Classroom Instruction That Works

 (CITW), in your classroom, school, or district. Get expert tips for implementation and save time by using the included samples, worksheets, and other tools for planning classroom activities. Check your understanding of the nine teaching strategies with straightforward exercises, and use the supplied rubrics to assess effectiveness and improve your methods. Make your classroom environment the paradigm for CITW!

McREL also provides guidance and support for educators looking to deepen their knowledge and skills through book study groups, professional learning, and consulting services that align practice with the research and strategies we present in our books.
 
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Help Us Celebrate #ThankAScientist Week!

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Help Us Celebrate #ThankAScientist Week!

This week is #ThankAScientist week! During #ThankAScientist week, AERA, along with other scientific organizations, encourages Twitter users to reach out and thank scientists from all fields for the research they produce and how they have positively impacted our society.

Visit the AERA website to see the select group of highlighted education researchers and the work that they do. These scholars represent a range of high-quality education research being produced by the field and actively use Twitter to connect research and knowledge to societal issues. Take a moment this week to tweet and show your appreciation to these scientists and other members of the field for the contributions they have made to education research.

Make sure to use the hashtag #ThankAScientist in your appreciation tweets and follow AERA on Twitter to see highlights from this special week!


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