Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM MDT
Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM MDT

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

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Free parking available.

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Super Shuttle: For more information, call 800.258.3826 or go to supershuttle.com.

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

Mel Sussman – McREL International


Mel comes to McREL International with 38 years of experience in public education as a classroom teacher, magnet program coordinator, and building level administrator. Prior to joining the McREL team, he served as an assistant principal for Edison Schools in Denver and as a Middle School principal in the Weld RE1 School District. Prior to his transition to Colorado, Mel served as an assistant principal in the Pottsgrove School District in Pennsylvania. In the classroom, Mel served as a communications technology program coordinator at Franklin Learning Center High School in the School District of Philadelphia. Mel has served as an adjunct journalism instructor at Temple University and as supervisor of student teachers at the University of Northern Colorado. He provides professional development and technical assistance in a range of topics, including school level leadership, instructional approaches for English language learners, and literacy. 

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 

Managing Change:
Evidence-Based Strategies for Starting and Sustaining New Policies, Practices, and Processes   

July 12-13, 2018

Denver, CO

Change is constant in schools: Every new program, policy, or procedure comes with the need to implement and manage change well.  Attend this research- and evidence-based session to learn the keys to helping your school team not just survive change, but thrive in it. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during 2018-19 school year.

You'll leave this intensive 2-day session with:

  • Knowing how to create demand for change, and a shared vision for the future, among your staff and stakeholders. 
  • Understanding how to estimate the “magnitude” of a proposed change and how it will impact your school community.
  • Knowing why and how to adjust your leadership style based on the change at hand, including when it’s critical to be directive (making executive decisions) and when to be empowering (sharing leadership).
  • Understanding the four phases of change and how to manage your school’s progress through the phases.
  • Knowing what first- and second-order responses to change are and how to support your staff as they go through their personal transitions.
  • Sustaining momentum and maintaining consistency.
  • Monitoring results and making modifications at key points.

Registration fee:

$399 per person. Includes 2-day workshop and extended virtual coaching plus lunch and refreshments. 

Registering a group of three or more from the same school or district? Contact Madonna Shafer to receive a 10% discount.

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


Thursday, July 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Check in/Registration
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, July 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Agenda Topics:

  • Understanding the power of research (Change Management research)
  • Breaking the status quo: Creating discontent with how things are and demand for change
  • How people respond to change: 1st and 2nd order perceptions
  • Managing staff transitions
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting
  • Embedding and ingraining: Keeping your initiative going for the long term
  • Reflection and application: Developing a plan of action

*Agenda subject to change.