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VCoL in Practice—Learn to learn optimally

ViP registration is open!


ViP is a set of courses for adults and teens (16 & up) who want to become exceptionally effective lifelong learners. In ViP you'll learn a little bit about learning. However, you'll primarily be building actual skills for learning—not study skills, but skills for learning the way our brains like to learn. This way of learning—micro-VCoLing—involves VCoL+7 (the Virtuous Cycle of Learning and its Plus Seven Skills). It's the kind of learning required to continuously build the real-world skills and habits required for success in a rapidly changing and complex world.

In other words, ViP equips participants with a new habit of mind—micro-VCoLing—that will support them in reaching their full developmental potential. 

ViP is a pre-requisite for most of our other courses.

ViP graduates are saying...

"Before ViP, I thought learning was a tedious necessity. Now I see it as a kind of pleasurable reflective awareness."  

"I love the focus on everyday real-world practice. It's so practical."

"I am in bliss with a new way to look at learning, and how to think differently.  I swear I feel my mind reshaping itself."

"Once you learn to micro-VCoL, learning becomes a kind of continuous pleasure. I wouldn't say it's euphoric, more of a feeling of satisfaction mixed with curiosity."

More about VCoLs and VCoLing

ViP offerings


We offer a minimally disruptive 6-week course that helps participants learn to micro-VCoL by engaging in a series of increasingly sophisticated embedded practices that involve one or more of the +7 skills. (Embedded practice takes place in the same real-world contexts in which the skill being practiced will be used.) (registration now open)

ViP for leaders—VUCA edition

We periodically offer a special ViP designed especially for groups of leaders who want to learn to learn optimally while building VUCA skills. These are skills for perspective coordination, contextual thinking, collaboration, and decision-making.  

ViP for businesses

We offer a customized experience that can involve anything from a single introductory session focused on basic VCoLing skills, to a full ViP experience tailored to fit specific organizational needs.

ViP for groups of all kinds

Teams, families, & friends who take ViP together will enjoy the additional learning benefit of frequent opportunities to share VCoLing experiences. If the members of your group are interested in taking ViP together, fill in the form at the bottom of the page and ask for information about group participation and rates.

Learning goals

Active participants in ViP will:

  1. Learn to use micro-VCoLs to learn effectively in-the-moment from everyday experience.
  2. Begin the process of habituating micro-VCoLing to the point where it requires very little conscious mental energy.

Lectical Assessment

Participants will take a Lectical Assessment and receive a resource-rich report that will support months of high impact micro-VCoLing.  

You can view a sample report by logging into our site as username: dorothytoto, and password: yellowbrickroad.

Classroom activities

Meeting 1: Introduction to micro-VCoLing

In week 1, you'll learn about the Virtuous Cycle of Learning, where it comes from, and how to put micro-VCoLs to work in daily practice.

Meetings 2–5

During weeks 2–5, ViP facilitators will host guided discussion sessions. In these meetings, we will focus on core VCoLing skills, including:

  • In-the-moment awareness
  • Working with an active observer
  • Skill awareness
  • Gap awareness
  • Goldilocks-Zone awareness
  • Emulation
  • Iterative goal setting
  • Skill mapping

You'll learn the most basic micro-VCoLing skills by working through a stress-management micro-VCoL and a 3-part micro-VCoL Starter Set. (Dr. Dawson has provided a detailed description and a starter set example in her article, VCoL in action, the micro-VCoL starter set.)

As noted above, following week 4, you will also be taking a Lectical Assessment, which will equip you with several micro-VCoLs designed to help you continue habituating micro-VCoLing while learning  critical life skills.

Meeting 6: Final meeting

In the final VCoL meeting, participants will come together (1) for a Lectical Assessment debrief, (2) to build skill maps, and (3) to celebrate their transformation into joyful and efficient lifelong learners.



For individuals: $799. Please contact us for group rates.

(Contact us to inquire about scholarships for K-12 educators.)

Refund & transfer policies

Prior to the registration deadline, we will refund 85% of your payment on request.

After the registration deadline, no refunds are available, but you will be given 2 years to complete your course by transferring to a later offering. When you transfer, you will be required to pay a processing fee equal to 15% of the course fee being charged at that time.

This is a practice-based course. It only works when every registrant participates fully. Prior to making a decision to participate in ViP, make sure that you have the time to do the work and are commited to full participation. This means attending every meeting and completing all pre-work, including daily micro-VCoLing practice. If you miss more than one class or appear to be neglecting your pre-work, we will ask you to take the course at another time.

Registration details

The next ViP begins during the second week in July, meeting weekly at either 11:00 am on Mondays or 5:00 pm on Wednesdays. (All dates are New York time.)

  • Meeting 1: A two-hour opening session on Monday July 11th or Wednesday July 13th
  • Meetings 2–5: Four weekly 1.5-hour collaborative learning sessions
  • Meeting 6: A two-hour closing session on Monday August 15th or Wednesday August 17th

Registration closes on Wednesday June 29th, 2022.

Course fee: $799 US.

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Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus