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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:30 AM PST
Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 4:00 PM PST

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Almansor Court Banquet & Conference Center
700 South Almansor Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

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Free parking available.

About the Presenters

Dr. Harvey Silver – Silver Strong & Associates

Harvey is the cofounder and president of Silver Strong & Associates and has more than forty years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. He is a regular speaker at national and regional educational conferences, addressing a wide range of topics, including differentiated instruction, thoughtful assessment, school leadership, and lesson/unit design. Harvey also conducts workshops for schools, districts, and educational organizations throughout North America. He is the co-author of several educational bestsellers, including Tools for a Successful School Year, Tools for Thoughtful Assessment, and The Core Six. He is also the lead developer of the Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework, a comprehensive teacher evaluation system that is being implemented in school districts across the country.

Cheryl Abla – McREL International

Cheryl assists California teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders to increase student achievement through the use of research– and evidence-based instructional strategies. Most recently working with Simi Valley USD and presenting at the California TESOL conference, Cheryl is an expert on instructional strategies and coaching, use of technology for learning, positive school culture and climate, and supporting English language learners. Prior to joining McREL, Cheryl taught grades 1-12 for more than 20 years, and served as a national facilitator for a character education program. Her enthusiasm for learning, coupled with her extensive and diverse classroom experience, ensures that workshop participants walk away with practical ideas that can be immediately put to use in their schools. 

Presenters subject to change.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing via email to Madonna Shafer
  • Cancellations more than 60 days prior to event: 90% refund
  • Cancellations made 31 to 60 days prior to event: 75% refund
  • Cancellations made 11 to 30 days prior to event: 50% refund
  • Cancellations made less than 10 days prior to event: No refund
  • Contact McREL for refunds


Madonna Shafer
McREL International

Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works: Classroom-Ready Techniques for Increasing Student Achievement  

with Harvey Silver and Cheryl Abla

January 10 - 11
Alhambra, California

Join educational leaders and authors Harvey Silver and Cheryl Abla as they present practical instructional tools from their upcoming book, Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (available December 2017).

Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day academy will deliver an intensive learning, working, and planning session for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teacher mentors, principals and assistant principals, and central office PD leaders.

This academy will help participants raise student achievement in the classroom or school by focusing on what matters most: crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction. Participants will gain valuable insights and practical tools and strategies for delivering engaging instruction that makes a difference in students’ learning.  

All participants will receive a personal copy of the book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, co-written and co-published by Thoughtful Classroom and McREL. In this academy, participants will learn:

  • Nine categories of instructional strategies that research shows have the strongest connections to  higher levels of student learning and success.
  • Practical classroom tools and activities that are aligned to and supported by each of the nine  instructional strategies.
  • Specific strategies and tools that create a classroom environment for learning that allows students to flourish.
  • Specific strategies and tools that help students develop understanding of new content and concepts.
  • Specific strategies and tools that help students extend and apply their new knowledge to other situations and challenges.
  • Tech tools participants can use in the classroom to promote engaging and meaningful learning.


  • Reflect with fellow educators to plan for current and upcoming lessons and units.
  • Receive feedback and coaching from Harvey and Cheryl on your instructional designs and practices.
  • Receive guidance for instructional coaches and principals on how to support and coach teachers using the tools from the book.

Registration fee:

$369 per person. Includes two-day academy, plus a copy of the newly published Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works book and daily onsite lunch and refreshments.

Early registration discount: register on or before Friday, November 10 and save $30.

Questions? Need More Information? Ordering by P.O.?
Contact Madonna Shafer at McREL International, at 303-632-5507.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018
8:00 am - 8:30 am - Check in/Registration
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Welcome, Introduction, and Overview 
The Evolution of a Revolution
  *  Understanding the Power of Research (CITW Framework)
  *  Classroom-Ready Tools: How We Can Achieve Results—Tomorrow 
Creating the Environment for Learning
  *  Clarifying Learning Objectives 
  *  Developing Self-Directed Students
  *  Building a Classroom Community
Reflection, Q&A, and Feedback

Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Welcome, Review, and Preview
Helping Students Develop Understanding
  *  Understanding “Understanding”
  *  Two Kinds of Understanding: Declarative and Procedural
  *  How Do We Develop Student Understanding in the Classroom?
Helping Students Extend and Apply Learning
  *  Moving Beyond Understanding: What Does It Really Mean to Extend and Apply                       Learning? What Does It Look Like in the Classroom?
  *  Moving Beyond the Test: The Importance of Real-World Problem-Solving
  *  Tools for Helping Students Extend and Apply Learning
Reflection and Application: Developing a Plan of Action

Agenda subject to change.