Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM MDT
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM MDT

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McREL International
4601 DTC Blvd., Suite 500
Denver, CO 80237

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Recommended Accommodations

The following hotels are within walking distance of McREL, and they also provide free shuttle service within designated hours.

Hampton Inn and Suites - DTC
5001 S. Ulster Street
Denver, CO 80237
When booking, please mention that guests will be attending a McREL event in order to receive a discounted rate. 

Hyatt Place - DTC
8300 E. Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

About the Presenter

Cheryl Abla – McREL International

Cheryl assists teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders to increase student achievement through the use of research– and evidence-based instructional strategies. 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  

June 13-14, 2018

Denver, CO

Aligned with McREL’s renowned Classroom Instruction That Works strategies and framework, this two-day workshop 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. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during 2018-19 school year.

This workshop will help participants raise student achievement in the classroom by focusing on 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 copy of the book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, co-written and co-published by Thoughtful Classroom and McREL.

In this workshop, 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.

Registration fee:

$399 per person. Includes 2-day workshop and extended virtual coaching, a copy of the newly published Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works book, plus lunch and refreshments.

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


Wednesday, June 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Check in/Registration
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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, June 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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.