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Goodwin, Bryan; Hall, Pete; Simeral, Alisa – McREL International, 2019
Too often, professional development (PD) sessions consist of little more than delivering lists of things teachers should know and should be doing. There is little to no follow up. There are few opportunities to think about how to adapt and apply the learning to fit your own classroom context, or to try it out and compare outcomes with fellow…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, Teacher Empowerment, Educational Practices
Hubbell, Elizabeth Ross; Goodwin, Bryan – McREL International, 2019
An instructional model can unite school leaders, teachers, and students with shared goals, a shared understanding of how to reach the goals, and a shared vocabulary for discussing progress. In this paper, the authors present an introduction to instructional models and a leadership primer focused on helping school teams cohere around an initiative…
Descriptors: Teaching Models, Educational Change, Resistance to Change, Program Implementation
Abla, Cheryl; Fraumeni, Brittney R. – McREL International, 2019
Researchers have been refining their thoughts on student engagement for decades, and teachers who familiarize themselves with this history have an advantage in identifying opportunities to make their own work resonate with students, according to McREL's Cheryl Abla and Brittney R. Fraumeni. The authors present McREL's definition of student…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evidence Based Practice, Academic Achievement, Social Development
Scherff, Lisa; Rush, Leslie S. – McREL International, 2019
Conducting research and reporting the results are at the heart of academic work, yet many teachers hesitate to incorporate student research projects into their curriculum because they're unsure of how or where to begin. In "Student Research Done Right!" Lisa Scherff and Leslie S. Rush make the case that all high school and college…
Descriptors: Student Research, High School Students, College Students, Research Methodology
Hubbell, Elizabeth Ross; Goodwin, Bryan – McREL International, 2019
More than likely, your school is doing the right things. So why won't student achievement budge? Maybe the key is doing the right things "right." You may be lacking a straightforward yet powerful tool that can work wonders in aligning expectations and talents: an instructional model. In this eye-opening new book, visionary education…
Descriptors: Models, Educational Methods, Instructional Design, Planning
Hall, Pete; Simeral, Alisa; Goodwin, Bryan; Stone, Bj; Scott, Bess – McREL International, 2019
Authors Pete Hall, Alisa Simeral, Bryan Goodwin, Bj Stone, and Bess Scott identify 24 of the most common "problems of practice" faced by educators--something that is not going quite as well as it could in the teaching-learning process--and show educators how to guide their own self-reflective journey toward solving these problems,…
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, Educational Environment, Mastery Learning, Learning Activities
Goodwin, Bryan; Silver, Harvey F.; Kreisman, Susan; Perini, Matthew J. – McREL International, 2019
Cognitive science and teacher observations make it pretty clear: A strong sense of curiosity is the key for student engagement and developing a lifelong passion for learning. But how can teachers help students nurture their curiosity so that they ultimately take charge of their own learning? "Tools for Igniting Curiosity" answers that…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
McREL International, 2019
The purpose of this study was to conduct a rigorous, external evaluation of the impact of the "Education Galaxy" Online Assessment, Practice, and Instruction programs on mathematics and reading achievement. Specifically, the study used a quasi-experimental (matched comparison) design that conforms with the requirements of the Every…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Electronic Learning
Rouleau, Kristin – McREL International, 2018
Based on McREL International's research and experience, this white paper suggests that student curiosity is a powerful driver of student success and engagement. The most powerful changes that can be made within schools must come from the inside out, from the natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation that everyone shares to experience the joy of…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Student Motivation, Leadership Role, Educational Environment
Ho, Hsiang-Yeh; Good, Kimberly; Donahue, Tara – McREL International, 2018
Evaluation capacity building (ECB) is a critical aspect of continuous program improvement. At community and technical colleges (CTCs), this is particularly important given the many ways in which CTCs must use data to meet reporting requirements. ECB helps CTC staff to use and interpret data that goes beyond reporting to create a system that…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Technical Institutes, Capacity Building, Program Evaluation
Goodwin, Bryan; Slotnik, William J. – McREL International, 2018
Research dispels the myth that teachers peak as professionals early in their careers, hitting a performance plateau after only a few years on the job. While most teachers keep honing and polishing their craft the longer they stay in the classroom, a fair number do not. Over the years, research on how experts in a variety of fields have continued…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Attitudes, Creativity
Goodwin, Bryan – McREL International, 2018
This paper proposes a synthesis of the science of learning into a "model" teachers can follow and apply right away in their classrooms. Recent studies in neuroscience show that that our brains appear to actively and purposefully forget most of what we learn--continually clearing out old and unneeded memories to allow us to focus on more…
Descriptors: Brain, Memory, Learning Processes, Neurosciences
Silver, Harvey F.; Abla, Cheryl; Boutz, Abigail L.; Perini, Matthew J. – McREL International, 2018
This book provides more than 50 classroom-ready tools that make it easy to implement the nine categories of effective teaching strategies from McREL's bestselling book, "Classroom Instruction That Works" (2012) across grade levels and content areas. By incorporating these tools into your daily practice, you can turn your classroom into a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Strategies
Goodwin, Bryan; Rouleau, Kristin; Lewis, Dale – McREL International, 2018
Take charge of your school's learning environment and culture and push past performance plateaus by rekindling the power of curiosity across your school. "Curiosity Works" guides school leadership teams through a six-phase journey toward powerful, continuous improvement and innovation, with 17 tools you can use to reflect on where you…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Instructional Leadership
Goodwin, Bryan – McREL International, 2018
Join Bryan Goodwin, a former business writer and high school teacher who now heads one of America's leading education research and consulting firms, as he explores this uniquely human yet easily overlooked characteristic. Curiosity is the key to everything we treasure, and the best thing of all is that "we're all born with it"--it just…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Decision Making, Instructional Innovation, Interpersonal Communication
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