MCCL Consortium Training: November 15th, January 23rd, & February 28th

Our Consortium Training is intended for anyone new to this work or those who want a refresher. Schools or school systems who are new to PBL work, or new teachers & administrators in a system that has been doing this work are encouraged to join us. This 3-day learning opportunity will touch upon all the different components of the work.  Come with a team and build a set of action steps for your system, school or program.

This event will include the following topics:

  • Building a culture of growth mindset, reflective practice, empowerment, and voice & choice.
  • Intrinsic Motivation & Engagement
  • The importance and impact of building a vision and guiding principles with a focus on the “Ideal Learning Experience”.
  • Focusing on Learning Goals vs Activities & Assignments
  • Curriculum: how it impacts instruction and helps define proficiency.
  • Planning Learning Experiences
  • Research-based Instructional Practices in a PBL environment

MCCL & Thomas College Partner to Offer Education Summits in 2016-2017

The Maine Cohort for Customized Learning is partnering with Thomas College’s Center for Innovation in Education to provide four one-day summits in the 2016-2017 school year. Our summit format provides participants an opportunity to share and collaborate in an effort to problem solve and create new methods and action steps that help address our largest implementation challenges. Our summits and their registration links are listed below. For more information, please see our full list of PD Events at

October 12: A Summit on Defining Proficiency: Register Here

December 13: Replacing Grading With Learner Feedback & Quality Feedback Tools: Register Here

March 9: A Summit on Intrinsic Motivation

May 9: Grouping & Regrouping & Teachers Sharing the Load Summit

Empower UserGroup Meeting: November 14, 2016

We have scheduled four Empower User Group Face-to-Face Sessions. These are specifically for those who are responsible for managing their Empower sites. We are offering these four sessions in different locations during the year, but we encourage ALL members who are using Empower to participate in each of these quarterly sessions. Our next is schedule for November 14th in Auburn. Please register for each of these sessions, separately, so we can properly plan with materials and lunch. Registration links

Empower Teacher Webinars: Next One is November 7th 6 p.m.

Join teachers who have been using Empower for several years as they demonstrate how to use the Empower software to customize the learning for each of their learners. Topics such as scoring, creating groups, start-up procedures, creating activities & playlists, student use of Empower, and creating and printing reports will be covered in these webinar tutorials. Please register prior to the webinars.

Teaching Habits of Mind Resources

Cohort Members are reminded to send your teachers the promotional codes to our Habits of Mind Resources on the EduPlanet21 Platform. Find the promotional codes on our members website.

As part of our Habits of Mind training on October 3rd, we provided our participants with access to our Habits of Mind Curriculum Learning Path as well as our Habits of Mind e-library of resources collected from and by MCCL teachers. Cohort leaders should check on Basecamp and our Members Only Website for the promotional codes that will provide all your teachers with the resources we have developed.

Teaching Complex Reasoning: A 3-Day Learning Opportunity for Teachers, Administrators & Instructional Support Staff

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn with other teachers, administrators and instructional support staff who are learning how to explicitly teach critical thinking, including how to integrate the teaching of critical thinking with content knowledge and how critical thinking skills help us define proficiency. Schools that are not members of the MCCL are welcome to send their teachers, administrators and instructional support staff.

There are two cohorts of this training scheduled. Cohort #1 in Hampden, Maine (Sept. 26, Oct. 24, & Nov. 16) and Cohort #2 in Lewiston, Maine (Sept. 27, Oct. 26, & Nov. 30). There are separate registration sites for each of these cohort events so please note which one you are registering for. MCCL members who have a certain number of free seats can split their total number of free seats between cohorts #1 and #2.

MCCL Maine Proficiency-Based, Customized Learning Summit: August 3 & 4, 2016 at Thomas College

We invite you to join us for two days of learning about how schools and teachers are designing the “Ideal Learning Experience” for ALL their learners. Over these two days a variety of educators will share what they are doing to change the traditional policies, procedures and structures that prevent them from providing their learners with a customized and personalized learning experience. For more information and registration details:

2016 Maine Summer Summit

“Beyond Measure” Film & Conversation


Join us on April 26th, 5:30 – 8 p.m. for the screening of: “Beyond Measure”, from the makers of “Race To Nowhere”

This eveScreenshot 2016-04-17 21.36.23nt is co-sponsored by the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning and Thomas College’s Center for Innovation in Education. This is a free event.. Please register by clicking on the title of this post.