MCCL’s Professional Development Opportunities 2016-2017


2016-2017 Maine Cohort for Customized Learning Summits

October 12, 2016: Defining Proficiency (This will include a conversation about the MDOE Guiding Principles)

December 13, 2016: Replacing Grading With Learner Feedback & Quality Feedback Tools Materials

March 29, 2017: Intrinsic Motivation

May 9, 2017: Grouping & Regrouping & Teachers Sharing the Load

Special Topic & Role Specific Workshops

January 9, 2017:   The MCCL Transcript Webinar: 1 p.m.

For three years, MCCL school leaders and college admission representatives have been working together with Scott Bacon from Empower to develop a transcript report that honors our vision for proficiency-based, customized learning.
This webinar will introduce participants to how this report looks within the Empower system and what Empower Users must do at their sites to produce this report.
We have a separate workshop scheduled for Jan. 25th when we plan to present the details of our work, the importance of school profiles and problem solve scholarship challenges with high school principals and guidance counselors. We will not address specific Empower technology challenges on January 25th.
We anticipate that our January 9th Webinar will need a follow-up once everyone has had a chance to prepare their local Empower sites.
We encourage anyone responsible for the set up of Empower or the production of the transcript to join us on January 9th at 1 p.m.

January 25, 2017: High School Principals & Guidance Counselors and College Admissions Officers: Transcripts, School Profiles & Scholarships @ Thomas College in Waterville, Maine

January 26, 2017: Special Education Directors and Teachers @ T & B Celebrations Center in Waterville, Maine

Consortium Training

Our Consortium Training is intended for anyone new to this work or those who want a refresher. Schools or school systems who are new to this work, or new teachers & administrators in a system that has been doing this work are encouraged to join us. This 3-day learning opportunity will touch upon all the different components of the work. We hope to have a variety of MCCL teachers & administrators as presenters and coaches. Come with a team and build a set of action steps for your system, school or program.

This event will include the following topics:

  • Building a culture of growth mindset, reflective practice, empowerment, and voice & choice.
  • Intrinsic Motivation & Engagement
  • The importance and impact of building a vision and guiding principles with a focus on the “Ideal Learning Experience”.
  • Focusing on Learning Goals vs Activities & Assignments
  • Curriculum: how it impacts instruction and helps define proficiency.
  • Planning Learning Experiences
  • Instruction

MCCL Consortium Training: November 15, January 23 (Snow Day: January 24) & February 28th (Snow Day: March 2nd):  T & B Celebrations Center in Waterville, Maine

Complex Reasoning

Cohort training is a 3-day learning opportunity that focuses on how to explicitly teach complex reasoning and how critical thinking helps us define proficiency. We have scheduled two sets of these sessions, one in the Hampden area and the other in the Lewiston area.

Complex Reasoning Cohort #1: September 26, October 24, November 16 at Hampden Academy (8:30 – 3:00)

Complex Reasoning Cohort #2: September 27, October 26, November 30 at Lewiston/Auburn College (8:30 – 3:00)

We have also scheduled a 1-day “Building a Culture for Critical Thinking” event. This learning opportunity will focus on how we build a culture that supports learners thinking at a deeper level of content knowledge. This will serve as a follow-up for those who have already participated in the 3-day CR training. It can also serve as an introduction for those who are not able to participate in the 3-day training yet.

Building a Culture for Critical Thinking (A One Day Learning Opportunity): TBD

Habits of Mind

This Habits of Mind session will focus on how we teach and provide learners with feedback on their Habits of Mind. This session will be a 1 -day event. All participants will gain access to our HOM Curriculum Learning Path as well as our HOM e-Library of Resources. Our HOM Curriculum Learning Path will help participants understand how to use the curriculum built by MCCL Teachers over the last two years.

Teaching Habits of Mind: October 3, 2016 at T & B Celebrations Center in Waterville, Maine (8:30 – 3:00)

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