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.

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 http://www.mainecustomizedlearning.org/resources/professionaldevelopment/

October 12: A Summit on Defining Proficiency

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

March 29: A Summit on Intrinsic Motivation Register Here

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

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: https://mcclaugust.eventbrite.com

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.

Building a Culture of Thinking (One Day Workshop) January 14, 2016 at Hampden Academy

Thinking critically is an essential skill for learners to successfully navigate the demands of the world they will live and work in. Join us for this important discussion. For the last several years, teachers in the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning have participated in multi-day trainings to learn how to explicitly teach important critical thinking skills. Their efforts at having their learners successfully develop these skills depends on a classroom culture that supports this deeper thinking and on an evidence-based reflective practice approach by teachers. This one-day session will explore how to build a classroom culture that supports learners’ “thinking”. We will explore the use of “thinking routines” and review classroom artifacts for evidence of higher levels
of critical thinking.

If you have attended a previous MCCL Reasoning Process (multi-day) training, this will serve as a follow-up with some new ideas for how to build a culture of “thinking” in the classroom. If you have not attended any previous training, this session will help you evaluate the routines and strategies you use to support “thinking” and provide you with some new ideas that will help improve the building of a culture of “thinking” in your classroom or building. You will leave with some ideas and strategies that you can implement immediately. Both teachers, administrators and instructional support staff are encouraged to attend.

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/ThinkingJan142016

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Habits of Mind Curriculum Work

At their September board meeting the MCCL Board of Directors approved, in concept, the idea of paying teachers to complete their Habits of Mind curriculum work, started in the Spring 2015. With the exception of Oct. 14th, this will allow teachers to do this work outside of regular school hours.