The Collaborative for Customized Learning

As of September 11, 2020, the name of our organization has changed to: “The Collaborative for Customized Learning” At our annual Board retreat, our Board of Directors unanimously voted to change our organization’s name to better describe our purpose and membership. Our current members include schools and individuals from across multiple states, all committed to our vision for Mass Customized Learning.

Additionally, charter changes were made to clarify the language our members are using as well as our purpose: “The Collaborative for Customized Learning is a collaboration of schools, organizations, and individuals committed to supporting the development and change of the school structures and processes necessary to provide the ideal learning experience for every learner.”

New Teachers/Learning Facilitators Webinar Series: October 24, November 7 & 19, & December 19th

New hires/learning facilitators and administrator to the profession, or new to designing and implementing a standards-based approach, are encouraged to join us for this webinar series. We will start by evaluating participant’s biggest challenges and answer their urgent questions. Participants will determine the focus for future sessions and veteran teachers/learning facilitators will join us to talk about how they address these challenges in their classrooms.

Contact hour certificates will be provided. Online login details will be sent to those registered, so please register soon.

Register Here


2019 MCL National Summit & Learning Paths Update

This summer a number of MCCL members attended the MCL National Summit in Rapid City, South Dakota. Breakout & Deep Dive Sessions were offered by Rich Eby & Elizabeth LeBlanc from Pequea Valley, Elizabeth Firnkes, Crystal Priest, Kit Canning, & Travis Works from Cornville, Cheryl Lang from MSAD 44, and Linda Laughlin, MCCL Executive Director. Thank you to all of these folks who traveled to Rapid City.
A full set of MCL Learning Paths designed by authors, Bea McGarvey and Chuck Schwahn, were release as part of the National Summit. You can access those learning paths @
These learning paths have been revised and arranged into “series” which makes each of them equivalent to about a half day workshop day. Think differently about how you are building capacity and consider providing different options/choices to your staff. There is still a place for face-to-face training opportunities but there are also more online training opportunities available that will help you provide your staff with different options (asynchronous & synchronous) for how they build their understanding.
Bea McGarvey’s learning paths can be used to build an understanding in each of MCL’s 8 MCL Interdependent Components. These learning paths are being offered at “bundle” prices. For as low as $25/seat you will be able to offer several additional learning experiences for your staff. If you are interested in purchasing a bundle set of seats (50 or more) please contact Executive Director, Linda Laughlin at: [email protected]
MCCL is also in the process of building additional learning paths and e-libriries that support and complement the learning paths built by authors, Bea McGarvey & Chuck Schwahn. More details to come!!

Spring/Summer 2019 MCCL Webinars

April 4, Thursday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: How Are You Using Learning Progressions to Design Ideal Learning Experiences?

April 23, Tuesday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: How Are You Integrating Habits of Mind & Critical Thinking in Daily Lessons? Registration Link

April 25, Thursday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: Instructional Design: Integrating Explicit Teaching of Critical Thinking Registration Link

April 29, Monday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: Teaching Habits of Mind: How Teaching HOM Improves Instructional Effectiveness.  Registration Link

April 30, Tuesday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: Measuring & Providing Feedback On Habits of Mind: How Teaching HOM and  Providing Learners With Effective   Feedback Improves Instructional Effectiveness and Helps Build a Culture of Learning. (1 day + MCCL HOM Learning Path) Registration Link

May 2, Thursday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: New Teachers/Learning Facilitators: A Review of Year #1: What Will You Do   Differently Next Year? (A Three Part Series That Will Continue Into the Summer) Registration Link

May 6, Monday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: Complex Reasoning Learning Progression Release Registration Link

May 13, Monday @ 3 p.m.  Webinar: Communication: What Are Our Key Messages? What Are The Major Misunderstandings   About What We Are Doing to Provide Every Learning With The “Ideal Learning Experience”? (Communications Project) Registration Link

May 16, Thursday  Webinar: Instructional Design: Intrinsic Motivation Registration Link

TBD  Webinar: How to Use Social Media to Communicate Your Vision (Communications Project)

Spring/Summer  Book Talk: “Swimming in the Deep End” (Communications Project)

July 16-18 Tues. – Thurs.  National MCL Summit in South Dakota

July 31 & August 1 Wed. – Thurs.  MCCL Summer Summit

**Webinars will include a combination of direct instruction and an exchange of ideas between participants. All Webinars will be 60 mins.

MCCL Book Talk: “Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives”

2019 MCCL BookTalk

“Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives”

By Jennifer Abrams


May 23rd & June 13th 2019 @ 3 p.m. Register Here

In an effort to build our skills at communicating the details of the transformational changes we are making in our learning communities, we are hosting a discussion about Jennifer Abrams’ book, “Swimming in the Deep End, Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives”.

Teachers, learning facilitators, building level and district level leaders, consultants, etc. are all invited to join us for live, online discussions about how Abrams’ messages apply to the challenges we have experienced while communicating the details of our vision.

Participants are responsible for purchasing their own copy of the book which is available through and doing some reading before attending each of our two live sessions. Our two live book talk sessions will be held on May 23rd and June 13th at 3 p.m. EST. Each session will be 90 minutes long.

As a benefit of their MCCL membership, participants from MCCL member schools will receive a certain number of free seats to this book talk. See your district/school leaders for access to those free seats. We welcome non-MCCL members to join us for a minimal cost of $35/seat.

In the Fall of 2019, all our book talk participants will be offered a reduced rate to two webinars with our author, Jennifer Abrams, on September 18th and October 1st, 2019.