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.
"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."
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)
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. Apply/inquire here.
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.
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.
Active participants in ViP will:
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.
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.
During weeks 2–5, ViP facilitators will host guided discussion sessions. In these meetings, we will focus on core VCoLing skills, including:
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.
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.)
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.
The next ViP begins during the second week in September, with two different cohort times, one meeting weekly at 11:00 am on Mondays and the other at 5:00 pm on Wednesdays. (All dates are New York time.)
Registration closes on Friday, August 27th, 2021.
The following ViP begins during the first week in November, with two different cohort times, one meeting weekly at 11:00 am on Mondays and the other at 5:00 pm on Wednesdays. (All dates are New York time.)
Registration closes on Friday, October 15th, 2021.
If you're interested in participating or learning more, please fill out the following form or contact us: