Micro-VCoL Maker Intro

Are you ready to take control of your mental development? Would you like to build a more robust and agile mind? Would you like to help others learn to steer their own mental development?

The key to achieving any of these goals is a core learning process called micro-VCoLing. This process leverages the brain's built-in learning mechanisms to ensure that everyday learning opportunities are translated into highly effective learning experiences. Micro-VCoLing allows us to learn the way the brain likes to learn—and it's the best way to build a robust and agile mind.

We think everyone deserves the opportunity to develop optimally, so we're making it simple to build micro-VCoLing skills with easy-to-use tools called Micro-VCoL Makers™ (MVMs). MVMs help learners, parents, educators, and coaches create embedded practices that build a wide range of skills for life and work—including micro-VCoLing skills.

The complimentary MVMs available on the Micro-VCoL Maker page are for anyone who wants to take the first step toward micro-VCoLing virtuosity.

Before you check out the MVMs, here are some ideas for putting MVMs to work:

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Individual learners

Most of us would benefit from further development of our emotion regulation skills. With the Noticing Emotions MVM, you can create a wide variety of custom micro-VCoLs that, practiced as written, will help you learn to notice emotions before you act on them.

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Start by practicing a simple micro-VCoL with your kids. There are two ways to do this. If you think a child needs guidance to learn how to do a particular micro-VCoL, you can literally do the micro-VCoL together until per learns how to practice it alone. Most often, however, you will simply practice concurrently, with everyone doing the same micro-VCoL for an agreed-upon period.

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There are many ways to engage students in emotional awareness micro-VCoLing. For example, micro-VCoLs can be practiced in class during regular learning activities. They can be used to enrich projects or homework assignments. Even entire schools can become involved in building emotional awareness around existing social issues.

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Coaches often find themselves working with clients who find it difficult to recognize and regulate their emotions. Micro-VCoLs created with the Noticing Emotions MVM can help these clients build skills for recognizing emotions before they act upon them, a necessary first step in emotion regulation.

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Micro-VCoLing skills map

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