Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM MDT
Friday, September 28, 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

Kris Rouleau – McREL International

Kris works with schools, districts, and state departments of education as they navigate change and implement practices and structures to reduce variability and increase student achievement. Through consulting, coaching, and facilitation of workshops, she provides services, strategies, and technical assistance to support change efforts. Kris is a licensed school administrator and brings more than 20 years’ experience in education, working in a variety of racially and culturally diverse communities. She has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and district-level curriculum administrator. As a district reading/language arts specialist, she worked with classroom teachers and principals to improve instruction, assessment, and intervention practices to improve student achievement in reading.

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 

How to Move your School from Improvement to Innovation:
A Guided Pathway for Success

September 27-28, 2018

Denver, CO

Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the five improvement and innovation pathways found in McREL’s Curiosity Works™ approach. Participants will also receive extended virtual coaching during 2018-19 school year. 

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

  • A plan of action to begin a Curiosity Works approach to school improvement.17 tools to support your school’s improvement journey.
  • An understanding of the important differences between an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach to school improvement and an outside-in or top-down approach.
  • A strong, well-articulated set statement about your school’s core values, mission, and vision.
  • A data review process that focuses on your school’s bright spots as well as areas for growth, resulting in a self-assessment of your school’s position along the five Curiosity Works improvement pathways.
  • A focus for improvement or innovation and identification of high-leverage strategies for action.
  • A plan to support peer coaching as a professional learning structure.An understanding of the importance of monitoring change, both for the organization and for individuals.
  • Identification of leadership actions you’ll use to support implementation of your school’s change initiatives.

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, September 27, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Check in/Registration
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, September 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Agenda Topics:

  • Curiosity and powerful learning 
  • Inside out approach
  • Setting good foundational practices
  • Building collaborative expertise
  • Unleashing innovation
  • Reflection and application: Developing a plan of action

*Agenda subject to change.