Monday, June 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM MDT
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM MDT

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McREL International
4601 DTC Boulevard - Basement Training Room
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

Presenter: Cheryl Abla


Cheryl helps teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders hone their professional craft through the use of research- and evidence-based strategies for delivering engaging, effective instruction.

She 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 leave with practical ideas they can use immediately in their schools. 

Presenter subject to change.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing to events@mcrel.org
  • 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


Roger Fiedler 
McREL International 

Classroom Instruction That Works
51 Activities & Tools for Increasing Student Achievement  

June 15–16, 2020          Denver, Colorado

Join Cheryl Abla—teacher, instructional trainer, coach, and co-author of the best-selling book Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works—for this two-day professional learning session to gain valuable insights, tools, and strategies for crafting dynamic learning activities supported by the best research on effective instruction, including:

  • Nine categories of instructional strategies that research shows have the strongest connections to higher levels of student learning and success.
  • 51 practical and engaging teaching activities you can use in your classroom that align with the nine instructional strategies.
  • Specific strategies and tools that will help you create a classroom environment for learning that allows your students to flourish.
  • Specific strategies and tools that can help your students develop deeper understanding of new content and concepts.
  • Specific strategies and tools that can help your students extend and apply their new knowledge to other situations and challenges.
  • Tech tools you can use in your classroom for engaging and meaningful learning.

All participants will receive a copy of Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, co-published by Thoughtful Education Press and McREL.

Designed for: teachers, instructional coaches and mentors, principals and assistant principals, central office PD leaders

Small group format: This session will be capped at 40 registrants in order to maximize participant engagement and to allow for contextualized conversations and guidance.

Registration fee: $399 per person. Includes 2-day workshop, a copy of Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, related workshop materials, and daily lunch and refreshments.

Questions? Need More Information? Ordering by P.O.?
Contact Roger Fiedler at McREL International, at 303-632-5579.


Monday, June 15, 2020

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

  • Check in and registration

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Welcome, Introduction, and Overview 
  • 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


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 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 Knowledge
  • Moving Beyond Understanding: What Does It Really Mean to Extend and Apply Knowledge? 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.