Summer 2017 professional learning

Make real changes in teaching, learning, and leading outcomes

Measuring what matters

New Changing Schools looks at how data are making a difference today

Implementing a common framework
for school improvement leads to student gains
in math, reading, and science.

-District 197, West St. Paul, Minnesota

Leadership coaching was the key that unlocked highest academic growth in state, two years in a row.

-Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Tennessee


McREL helps students and staff flourish

Are you ready to change the odds of success for your students and staff? We’re here to help you. We are committed to making a difference in the quality of education and learning for all through excellence in applied research, product development, and service. We translate information into knowledge, knowledge into action, and action into results, collaborating with educators on better ways to help students flourish.

Call us at 800.858.6830 or email to get started today.

Latest news and features from McREL

Webinar | Powerful instructional coaching for improved teacher practice

Instructional coaching has risen to new heights with the cry for increased accountability and teacher effectiveness. Peer coaching in triad teams yields powerful professional learning and improved teacher practice. Webinar presenter, Bj Stone, will provide you with tools for creating, calibrating, and guiding peer triad teams and transforming teacher-to-teacher interactions in your school or system. Originally recorded April 27, 2017.


Blog Post | Can teacher curiosity assist in whole school improvement?

How many times throughout the day do you pause to ask yourself a question related to the work you’re doing? In her new blog post, Tonia Gibson delves into teacher curiosity and its importance in cultivating student curiosity, promoting learning, and contributing to school improvement efforts. “Curiosity is contagious,” she writes. “If I want others to be curious, I must, myself, demonstrate curiosity.”


Group of educators in school & system improvement

Client Testimonials | What our clients are saying about our work

We work with educators and leaders who want practical solutions to complex problems; who want to help their students flourish by using the best combination of research, evaluation, and proven practices; and who are ready to learn and apply new ways of teaching, learning, and leading.

Here’s what our clients have to say about the work we do with them.


"McREL has never failed to provide us with innovative ideas, training, and resources."

− Jennifer Parker-Moore, Instructional Tech & School Data Consultant, Macomb Intermediate School District, Michigan

"McREL was instrumental in the development of our state-approved professional development system. I highly recommend them for work in your district."

− Bette Zippin, Director of Professional Development Support, Broward County Schools, Florida

"McREL training transformed my teaching this school year."

− Jessie Altman, Teacher, Francis Howell School District, Missouri

"All of my administrators said that McREL’s Balanced Leadership professional development was extremely meaningful to their practice and allowed them to be reflective learners."

− Debra Kaplan, Superintendent (Retired), West Covina Unified School District, California

Services We Offer


Customized Consulting

Every problem provides an opportunity to learn. Our job is to help you find the root source of your thorniest challenges and work with you on solutions.


Curriculum & Standards

Standards-based curriculum that is both rigorous and allows for personalized, engaging learning opportunities.


Formative Assessment

Just-in-time information that teachers can use to meet today’s “deeper learning” demands.



Develop the skills and strategies needed to challenge students, develop positive relationships, and consistently deliver high-quality instruction.


Instructional Technology

Strategically roll out your technology adoptions and initiatives through PD and coaching, maximizing your tech impact on teaching and learning.



Find the balance between directing and sharing leadership, using specific actions to become true leaders and lift the performance of all students and staff.


Learning Supports

Ensure academic success for all learners by developing early, systemic, and ongoing interventions that help children beat the odds.


Personnel Evaluation

Help your teachers, principals, and superintendents reach their full professional potential and focus on what matters most for student achievement.

Research & Program Evaluation

Gain a big-picture, data-driven view of your education initiatives and programs to determine what’s working, what’s not, and what to do next.


School & System Improvement

Develop a culture of high expectations, and establish data systems to ensure effective instruction for all students.