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 received. 2020-2021 Focused Review Topics


Leaders “Lunch, Learn, & Collaborate” Discussions for

Building & District Leaders

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

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 topics they what/need to address most, what discussion formats will help them problem solve, reflect, and learn, and what resources they would like to focus on for their book-talk discussions. Contact hour certificates will be provided.

Contact Linda Laughlin at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Skilled Leadership

Format: Facilitated discussions focused on Bea McGarvey’s  MCL Skilled Leadership Learning Path** with a cohort of district, building-level & teacher leaders. Once a cohort signs up, we will collectively define the format in which we will work. This will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Suggested Audience*: District & Building-level administrators and Teacher/Learning Facilitator Leaders

Dates & Times: Sign-ups are open.  Sign Up Here



Strength Finder Tool Training

Training required for leaders who wish to use this interview tool designed by Chuck Schwahn & Bea McGarvey to identify perspective employees and their beliefs about learning, specifically their alignment with the vision for Mass Customized Learning. 

Format: One half day (4-5 hours) online, synchronous training session

Suggested Audience*: Anyone responsible for interviewing and hiring school personnel.

Dates & Times: March 2021 (Anyone interested should email Linda Laughlin ([email protected])



Ongoing Think Tank Conversations

Our Think Tanks provide an opportunity for participants to collaborate with others across schools and districts, all working to implement a MCL Vision while meeting the challenges of our currently pandemic. These 1-hour webinar sessions will start at two different times in order to accommodate teacher/learning facilitators as well as building level & district leaders. The first session will start @ 3 p.m. and the second session will start @ 4 p.m. Join us for one, or both of these sessions. Sign up for the date(s) you plan to attend & submit topics/essential questions you would like to see addressed. Login information will be emailed to you prior to each session.

Format: Ed-Camp: Participants determine the topics as they sign up and/or arrive for the session.

Suggested Audience*: Teachers/Learning Facilitators, Instructional Support Staff & Leaders

Dates & Times: 1-hour sessions starting @ 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. Dates TBD


Learning Progression Revision Sessions 

Format: Combination of 2-3-hour afternoon sessions & full day sessions starting in January 2021 (Determined by the group at our organizational meeting on December 14th.

Suggested Audience*: Teachers/Learning Facilitators, Instructional Support Staff & Leaders

Dates & Times: Organizational Meeting: December 14th @ 4 p.m. Ongoing work sessions have been scheduled throughout the winter/spring 2021. If interested in being involved in our sessions please email Linda Laughlin @ [email protected]



“Becoming A Learning Specialist” Webinar Series

Becoming a Learning Specialist (Quality Instruction): These online learning opportunities focus on how to become a specialist in the learning
process. They include the study of the systems of learning, types of knowledge (declarative & procedural), a taxonomy of critical thinking skills,
and how to deepen understanding by designing tasks that use high level critical thinking skills.
Outcomes: Participants will understand:
• a model (System) of Learning.
• apply the science of learning.

Format: 1-hour webinars including content knowledge presentations and small group discussions.

Suggested Audience*: Teachers/Learning Facilitators, Instructional Support Staff & Leaders

Dates & Times: 1-hour sessions offered @ 2 different times in the afternoon 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. Sign Up Here

• Part #1: Instructional Planning: Our 3 Circle Model & Learning Goals: Postponed. Rescheduled Date TBD
• Part #2: Teaching & Providing Feedback on Habits of Mind: January 7th @ 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.
• Part #3: Teaching Critical Thinking: January 26th @ 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.
• Part #4: Effective Classroom Cultures That Support Deeper Thinking: March 2nd 3 p.m. & 4 p.m.



Providing Effective Feedback

Format: 4 1-hour sessions: Book talk** using Susan M. Brookhart’s book “How To Give Effective Feedback To Your Students”

Suggested Audience*: Teachers/Learning Facilitators, Instructional Support Staff & Leaders

Dates & Times: Sign ups are open until we have groups interested. Please sign up to indicate your interest.  Sign up Here



*Suggested Audience is just a recommendation. Anyone is welcome to join us for these trainings & conversations.

**May include an additional charge for learning path seats or books.

 2020-2021 Previously Offered PD Sessions:

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.