School Name

Carroll Gardens School for Innovation (MS 442)

Grades

6-8

Year founded

2009

Principal

Noreen Mills

Location

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Enrollment

200

 

 Teacher Jared Sutton provides one-on-one support for a students working on coding.

Teacher Jared Sutton provides one-on-one support for a students working on coding.

Who we are

CGSI serves students in grades 6 through 8 in the Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn.  We are in our third year practicing mastery with a diverse population of learners in a complete ICT setting.  

 

Hallmarks of CGSI's approach to mastery

  • Clear and specific goals that allow teachers to create individualized learning experiences for a diverse population of learners.  
  • Integration of learning outcomes using project based learning and technology integration.
 A student focuses on his assignment in a Forensics class.

A student focuses on his assignment in a Forensics class.

 

What makes CGSI unique?

  • During several periods each week, students are scheduled into periods for “intensive” small groups, based on their current mastery of Math and ELA learning outcomes. Math & ELA departments continually reevaluate and reschedule students in response to growth beyond the scope of the intensive groups’ work.

  • Assessment and overall mastery data drive students’ goals-setting sessions with mentors, and mentors provide feedback to students using the language of mastery (‘Meeting’, ‘Exceeding’, ‘Not Yet’, ‘Approaching’).

  • Technology teachers explicitly introduce and assess understanding of the language of Mastery Based Grading and fluency with Hive, CGSI’s online communication hub.
 Ms. Weinberg walks a student through the unit's learning outcomes (in the form of "I Can" statements)

Ms. Weinberg walks a student through the unit's learning outcomes (in the form of "I Can" statements)

 

What can other schools learn from you?

  • Classroom space and student group design responsive to mastery data

  • Connection of mastery data and language to staff-to-student mentoring

  • School-wide and department-level sharing and implementation of differentiation practices

 

How do you give feedback to students on progress and mastery?

     Shared ELA department learning outcomes on the wall of a 7th grade classroom.

    Shared ELA department learning outcomes on the wall of a 7th grade classroom.

    • Teachers publish assessment-level ratings and overall ratings of learning outcome mastery with Hive, CGSI’s online communication hub.

    • Mentors publish feedback on students’ goal-setting on Hive.

    • Students access mastery data and personal goal-tracking with Hive.

    • Teachers reference the learning outcome relevant to each lesson.

    • Teachers provide written feedback to students based on specific learning outcomes with rubrics.  

     

    Grading Policy

    Active link above.

     8th Grade Science 'Table' Outcomes. Teachers tape the unit's outcomes to each table for greater  transparency for students.

    8th Grade Science 'Table' Outcomes. Teachers tape the unit's outcomes to each table for greater  transparency for students.

    • Students have access to 'The Hive', our custom online grading platform

    • Teachers conference with students.

    • Teachers provide written feedback to students based on specific learning outcomes with rubrics.  


    Resources

    Mastery Introduction Document

     Screenshot of CGSI's mastery management system, the 'Hive'

    Screenshot of CGSI's mastery management system, the 'Hive'

     Students receive mastery percentages in each of their classes.

    Students receive mastery percentages in each of their classes.

     Within each class, each learning outcome is broken down based on times it was assessed. Teachers and students can see assessment breakdowns.

    Within each class, each learning outcome is broken down based on times it was assessed. Teachers and students can see assessment breakdowns.

     Individual outcomes are broken down for students based on assessments.

    Individual outcomes are broken down for students based on assessments.