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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.

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Latest news and features from McREL

Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: The strategies and tools successful principals rely on

Thousands of school leaders worldwide have improved their instructional leadership skills and their management of change initiatives with McREL’s research-based Balanced Leadership program. If you’re looking to do the same, this new book shares the lessons we’ve learned, the stories we’ve heard, and the guidance that has made the biggest difference in student achievement. You’ll learn 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.


McREL Blog | ALL for all: Reviving academic language in classroom conversation

In her latest post on the McREL Blog, Jane Hill examines the instructional practice of academic language development, noting that teacher-student and student-student discourse is a key instructional strategy that builds academic language skills for all students, not just English-language learners. She says that teaching all students to “sound like a book” helps deepen comprehension of both content and concepts.


McREL Solutions Portal

McREL’s new Solutions Portal is an online library of research-based PD resources developed by our experts that you can use to plan and deliver PD in your own school or district, strengthening the impact of your workshops, staff meetings, and coaching conversations. Portal materials address a wide scope of subjects, from instructional strategies and leadership development to educational technology, formative assessment, and math and science education.


"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.


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.


Standards & Curriculum

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