Learning outcomes are derived from a future-focused design process. They are organized in progressions that define what learners need to know and be able to do. Learning outcomes provide focus for instruction and incorporate a variety of learning formats (e.g., seminars, labs, online, etc.) with explicit consideration for how an outcome is best learned.


The Collaborative for Customized Learning was originally created by six schools in 2010 to bring their teachers together to unpack and align a set of learning progressions to their State’s standards. Since 2010, teachers from a number of school systems have collaborated to build upon the CCL Learning Progressions. 

The CCL Learning Progressions are a good example of using the theory of Form follows Function, along with the MCL Vision to start with a set of design principles before creating an important and essential product for our schools to implement MCL. The design principles include, learners moving at an appropriate pace, providing multiple pathways and ways for learners to reach learning goals, accommodating anytime and anywhere learning along with outside learning opportunities and providing learners with choice.

strategic direction

CCL Progressions in all content areas provide our member systems with a set of scoring scales/rubrics that articulate progressive learning goals, with specific levels of rigor (critical thinking) with a defined set of evidence statements that offer learners multiple ways to demonstrate proficiency. These progressions are also tagged to national and state standards and include instructional notes written by teachers/learning facilitators. 

One of the reasons why school systems join our collaborative is to gain access to these CCL Learning Progressions. All members provide support for updating and revising them. Many systems have found the best way to build capacity is to have groups of their teachers participate in this revision process.

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....