MRL Associates - Debra Pickering
Debra Pickering, PhD, consults with schools and districts nationally and internationally as a senior scholar for MRL. Throughout her educational career, Dr. Pickering has gained practical experience as a classroom teacher, building leader, and district administrator. For many years, she has used this experience to provide training and support to K-12 teachers and administrators as they seek to continually improve student learning.
In addition to her work with schools, Dr. Pickering has coauthored (with Dr. Robert J. Marzano) educational books and manuals, including Dimensions of Learning, Classroom Instruction That Works, Classroom Management That Works, and Building Academic Vocabulary. She is also a contributor to On Excellence in Teaching.
With a combination of theoretical grounding and over three decades of practical experience, Dr. Pickering has worked with educators to translate theory into practice. Her work continues to focus on the study of learning and the development of resources for curriculum, instruction, and assessment to help all educators meet the needs of all students.
Dr. Pickering has a master's degree in school administration and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in cognitive psychology.To request professional development, submit your requests here or call 888.849.0851.
“This was one of the best presentations I have ever attended. Dr. Pickering was informative and engaging—never boring or 'pie in the sky.'”
—Lisa Franklin, director of school improvement, Washington County Bureau of Education, Georgia
“Engaging! The presentation was applicable and very easy to understand, thanks to the wealth of true experiences and stories used to illustrate points.”
—Lynn Clark, director of pre-K/elementary curriculum, Colquitt County School System, Georgia
“Well done, informative, and I can't wait to work on this vocabulary with my sixth graders.”
—Karen Jodoin, teacher, Briscoe Middle School, Massachusetts