Equipped with “1 to 1” devices, stakeholders are positioned to access and engage with a world of information, produce evidence of learning, and manage the learning process effectively. Technology can provide 24/7 management and communication of student information, learning outcomes and complex schedules.

In Chapter 8 of their book, “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning: Learning in the Age of Empowerment”, Chuck Schwahn and Bea McGarvey write about the weight-bearing walls of our Industrial-Age Assembly Line schools. A focus on the purpose of those weight-bearing walls helps us better understand the need for transforming structures.

The purpose of Customized Learning Communities is about developing talent not sorting and selecting talent like our Industrial-Age Assembly line schools have done for years. This MCL Component (Transformational Technology) is not about supporting the sorting and selecting tasks but rather supporting educators who are developing talent in all learners, providing the Ideal Learning Experience.

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Customizing Structures

In her MCL Customizing Structures Learning Path Series, Bea McGarvey explores the differences between the functions of Industrial Age schools vs Customized Learning Communities. One of the structures she identifies is Transformational technology. She argues that we need technology “that teaches, manages, schedules, and predicts”.

Our CCL learning communities are discovering and in some cases designing, the transformational technology they need to create the Ideal Learning Experience. Meeting learners at their optimal level, requires the ability to track learning in a way that all stakeholders can see (24/7) exactly where a learner is in their learning and what they need to work on next. It requires customizing structures and practices, like grouping and regrouping, that allows learning facilitators/teachers to “share the load”. In addition, providing lots of effective feedback, specific to a learners’ goals, is essential.

Learner Management Systems (LMS), scheduling software, and content delivery programs are examples of the transformational technology necessary to transform our schools. CCL learning communities collaborate and share their experiences with different technological programs and software as they all figure out how to implement customizing structures.

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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....