2020-2021 Online Professional Learning

Check back often for additional events throughout the 2020-2021 school year.


2020-2021 Board of Directors’ Meetings

September 11 (Annual Retreat), October 16, November 20, December 11, January 22, February 26,       April 9, May 7, June 4

All MCCL members are invited to join us for our monthly Board of Director’s Focused Reviews. As part of our monthly business meetings we include a focused conversation about topics our leaders request. At our annual retreat, we survey directors for their ideas on topics for our focused reviews and stay flexible throughout the year when new ideas/requests are requested.


Consortium/Induction Training

August 12th followed by monthly webinar check-ins (1 hour after school sessions)
throughout the school year. Register Here

New hires/learning facilitators to the profession, or new to designing and implementing a standards-based approach, are encouraged to join us for this learning experience. We will start with one full day of online, synchronous training in the summer, followed by monthly synchronous, after-school, (1 hour) webinar sessions. The intent will be to build an understanding of a variety of topics such as: vision, mission, building a culture of voice & choice and procedural transparency, implementing learning goals/learning progressions, designing instruction, etc. We will draw from the experiences of veteran teachers within our collaborative of schools who will present during the monthly webinars and we will also use Bea McGarvey’s  MCL Shifting the Mindset Learning Path Series as a resource.
Outcomes: Participants will understand:

how a culture of voice and choice and growth mindset can be developed within their classrooms.
• the Mass Customized Learning Vision and how to develop a shared classroom vision with their learners.
• the role of the Guiding Principles and how to identify structures that support a customized learning environment.
• the 3 parts of the curriculum of learning progressions (content, habits of mind, complex reasoning).
• instructional design by writing a lesson that appropriately uses the 3 parts of the curriculum/learning progression model.
• how to unpack and track learner progress on learning goals.


Teaching Critical Thinking

August 5th & 6th (full-day online sessions) followed by 3 afterschool (2 hour) webinar sessions TBD by participants.

This training includes how to explicitly teach a variety of critical thinking skills and integrate the teaching of critical thinking with content knowledge. Tasks/strategies that can be implemented immediately in classrooms will be provided. This training will be delivered in two full days of online, synchronous training in the summer, followed by 3 synchronous, afterschool (2 hour) webinar sessions during the Fall. (equivalent of 3 full days of professional development)
Outcomes: Participants will understand:

• how to explicitly teach higher level thinking skills.
• how to integrate the teaching of critical thinking with content knowledge.
• the evidence that their learners are thinking at higher levels.


Leaders “Lunch, Learn, & Collaborate” Discussions for Building & District Leaders

2 Mondays per Month (10:30 – 11:30) Register Here

Proposed Dates for 20-21: September 28, October 5 & 26, November 9 & 23, December 7 & 14, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24

This ongoing series of online discussions will provide building-level and district leaders with an opportunity to problem solve and deepen their understanding of designing a learning community that provides every learner with the Ideal Learning Experience. Participants will define which topicey what/need to address most, what discussion formats will help them problem solve, reflect, and learn and what book(s) they would like to focus on for their book-talk discussions. Contact hour certificates will be provided.

Contact Linda Laughlin at lindaflaughlin@gmail.com if you have any questions.