Meeting the needs of individual learners requires high quality instruction. MCL learning facilitators embrace a shared instructional model designed to maintain a focus on learning and learner outcomes. Working collaboratively, they design, implement, reflect on, and adjust their instructional strategies to meet the individual needs of every learner.


CCL members understand successful implementation of MCL depends on teachers/learning facilitators who are experts at the science of learning. Teachers/learning facilitators must have a collection of teaching strategies and routines. Most importantly, they need to be able to diagnose and understand which strategies and routines are needed in certain situations. 

When a learning community adopts a common framework/language of instruction, everyone can more effectively collaborate and problem solve how to meet the individual needs of every learner, even those that struggle at first. 

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Most of our schools depend on the instructional framework of Marzano & Pickering’s instructional framework called the “Dimensions of Learning”. This is an older text but we have found it to be effective in helping educators understand the science of learning. 

Along with the language of the “Dimensions of Learning” our Collaborative works from a model of a 3 circle venn diagram that helps us integrate the explicit teaching of critical thinking with content knowledge and habits of mind.

CCL has provided a detailed multi-day training to teachers/learning facilitators and leaders that have helped them collaborate to learn, understand, and implement content knowledge with complex reasoning and habits of mind skills.

Another option is the recently published MCL Quality Instruction Learning Path Series on EduPlanet21. This is a resource that is best used by a group of educators learning and collaborating together in a study group format. The Collaborative for Customized Learning facilitates this type of learning experience with educators from across multiple learning communities.

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more MCL Components

Shifting the Mindset

Skilled Leadership

Quality Instruction

Viable Learning Outcomes

Motivating Learning Opportunities

Varied Evidence of Learning

Customized Structures

Transformational Technologies

Implementation Story: Windham Primary, Windham, Maine

Read how Windham Primary, one of our CCL Members, is implementing their vision for customized learning. Windham Primary leaders encourage and support their staff as they transform structures to provide the Ideal Learning Experience for each of their learners.

Update on Events

"What customizing structures are you focused on and what challenges are you facing at implementing those structures? Let’s collaborate and help offer solutions." This is the topic for our Leaders Lunch, Learn, & Collaborate sessions tomorrow, December 4th @ 10:30...

Next Week for CCL Members

We have only 2 weeks before our Thanksgiving break... Here are some of our meetings and learning events scheduled between now and the holiday. This coming Monday, November 14th we have two events scheduled. At 10:30 our Leaders Lunch, Learn, & Collaborate session...

MCL, CCL, MCCL: What do they mean??

We can sometimes get confused by all the acronyms.... MCL, Mass Customized Learning refers to a vision that Chuck Schwahn & Bea McGarvey wrote about in their first book, "inevitable Mass Customized Learning, Learning in the Age of Empowerment". In their book they...

Leaders Lunch, Learn, & Collaborate (LLC) Sessions 2022-2023

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....


The Collaborative for Customized Learning (CCL) is an organization of individuals and learning communities who are transforming their systems to provide the Ideal Learning Experience (ILX) for all their learners.

2022 MCL Summit/Think Tank Starts @ 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 27th

Over 90 MCL Implementers are traveling to Portland, Maine for our 8th annual MCL National Summit. We are excited to offer 3 keynote messages, 21 showcase breakouts, and 3 think tanks... True to our vision, we will be leveraging the collective intelligence and wisdom...

2022 MCL National Summit/Think Tank

After two summers away the MCL National Alliance along with The Collaborative for Customized Learning is hosting our annual MCL National Summit on July 27 & 28 in Portland, Maine. Check out details here: https://bit.ly/MCLSUMMIT2022

MCL Consortium/Induction Program

Our annual consortium/induction program is schedule to begin with a full day of training on August 11th delivered via Zoom. New hires/learning facilitators to the profession, or new to designing and implementing a standards-based approach, are encouraged to join us...

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....