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The New Classroom Instruction That Works - 2024 Professional Learning

Join McREL's instructional improvement facilitators at our Denver office for two days of engaging, evidence-based professional learning about how effective unit/lesson design and instructional practices can lead to bigger gains in student engagement and learning.

Designed for teacher coaches, principals, and district instructional leaders, this session will give you an overview of the 14 Tier 1 instructional strategies from The New CITW, a science-based model for enhancing student learning, and insights and ideas for helping implement the strategies and model with your teachers.

4601 DTC Blvd., Denver, CO 80237
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Jul 23, 2024 08:00am MT - Jul 24, 2024 04:00pm MT

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Registration fee includes two days of professional learning (14 seat hours), a copy of The New Classroom Instruction That Works and other materials, and daily lunches and refreshments.

In this interactive, learner-centered session, participants will learn about:

  • A student learning model that leverages curiosity, memory, and principles from cognitive science that your teachers can use to spark students' interest and motivation for learning, deepen their understanding, and expand and apply their knowledge to new contexts and situations.
  • How the 14 strategies for best first instruction from The New Classroom Instruction That Works align to the student learning model and lead to higher levels of student learning and success for students of all backgrounds.
  • Strategies that help students develop clarity about what they're learning so that they're more likely to commit to learning and engage in reflection and purposeful practice in order to move learning to long-term memory. You'll learn when, why, and how to use these practices to help your teachers be more intentional about what students are learning and what successful learning looks and sounds like. 
  • Strategies to help your teachers plan for learning, with dedicated time and coaching to help you process your learning and prepare to apply the strategies, contextualized to your school/district goals and needs.
  • Guidance about how to design and plan for effective professional learning experiences that impact teachers’ classroom practices.


Register now and join this session to learn how you can encourage and support your teachers to be increasingly intentional about how they plan for and deliver learning based on where their students are in the learning process.


Throughout the event, you'll experience professional learning using the same evidence-based practices and learning model that you will learn about, so that you have a better understanding of how using these practices at just the right time supports learning.

Agenda, Day 1:

Introduction to memory, curiosity, and learning

  • What do we know and what should we pay more attention to?


Introduction to McREL’s Six-Phase Learning Model

  • Leveraging cognitive science and education research to improve learning and teaching.


The New Classroom Instruction That Works

  • An overview of 14 evidence-based strategies that support successful learning throughout the phases.


Guided reflection

  • As an individual or team, what will you do with this new learning?
  • How can this learning support the way you think and communicate about successful learning and teaching in your school(s)?


Agenda, Day 2:

Foundations for effective learning and teaching

  • Phase 1: Become Interested

· Why is this phase important for students?

· How does this phase support effective sequences of instruction?

  • Phase 2: Commit to Learning

· What is the purpose of this phase?

· Where is a good place to start?


Next learning: how does Phase 2 drive instruction in Phases 3 to 6?


Guided reflection

  • What do you already do that aligns with what you've learned?
  • What might be your next steps to support teacher practices?


What is the role of leaders in improving teachers’ classroom practices?

  • How can district leaders support effective implementation?
  • What must principals be responsible for so that implementation is effective?
  • How do we monitor implementation?


Next steps: planning guidance