Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 3, Issue 9
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Newsletter: Vol. 3, Issue 9  |  5.26.17

Re-enrollment applications due June 9. Details below.

Students held forth during speed rounds at the MC Spring Quarterly. They had our full attention!

MC Spring Quarterly Recap:
Let's hear it for (and from) the students!

Thanks to all who attended our full community gathering May 17. We heard from students, and opened the renewal/application season for next year. Here is the important info for all interested schools about joining or continuing with the MC:

  • All MC schools (and interested new schools): Your 2017-18 MC Application is due June 9! (Please click the link, make a copy of the file, and rename to include your school name when you share it with us by June 9.)
  • MC program expectations have changed, notably for the Active Membership, going forward. Please take the time to read through the detailed expectations for each level in the application.
  • We have added a "Friends of MC" status that is 100% opt-in for schools. As such, Friend of MC schools do not attend MC Quarterly meetings and receive no per session—but are welcome to opt into other MC opportunities.

Like last year, the highlights of our 2017 Spring Q were student panels. The students were inspiring, thoughtful, funny, enlightening . . . they can take this recap from here.

Carmen, NYC iSchool: "The mastery system improves my learning and improves me as a learner. In my traditional middle school, I was given a grade, but I wasn’t given any information on how that grade was over the course of a year. Now I can look at how I’m doing at any time. That shows me, in a much better way, what I need to work on, how I need to shift my focus and attention.. . I know my weaknesses and my strengths and how to focus. It makes it much more enjoyable." 

Shakila, TYLWS-Astoria: “I was a lot more motivated…a not yet shows that there’s a potential to do better, and just that fact alone motivates students a lot more.”

Pruthvi, Flushing International HS: “The [mastery] system shows success more than the standard: “You pull an all nighter, you get a good grade, you understand nothing…in this system you’re graded on your learning every day.” 

Jazlyn, UA Maker Academy: This is a way to practice not failing at life—being allowed to resubmit allows me to take the skills—to try to do your best so that in the future you won’t have trouble.

Awa: I’m lucky enough to go to a very diverse school. . . It’s open and understanding, you get to see perspectives of people from different races. In middle school, everyone looked just like me. Now I'm a senior and I’m going to be sad because in college, no one will look like me.

Samantha, NYC iSchool: My school allows you to run loose and experiment and find out what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.”

In next month's newsletter, we'll find out how our panelists answered this: What should all adults know about people your age?

Coming up!

MC School Leader Advisory Meetings
(for admins and teacher leaders at MC schools)   
St Francis College, 180 Remsen St, Brooklyn    RSVP here by May 31

  • Saturday, June 3, 10 am to 2 pm
  • Saturday, June 24, 10 am to 2 pm

MC school leaders will gather in June to discuss program details, decide on a policy agenda for the coming year, and talk shop about topics of your choice. We hope at least one admin (or mastery teacher leader) from each MC school can attend—and we welcome more if you are able to come!

Intro to Mastery and CRE at Transfer School Common Core Institute  
Charlie and Patrick of the MC will hold forth at the TSCCI on Chancellor's Conference Day, with a media-rich speed-round series to push thinking at the intersection of mastery and culturally responsive education.

National Summit on K-12 Competency Education                      Our own MC Co-Director Jeremy Kraushar, and teachers from several MC Living Lab Schools will be representing our brand of mastery-based innovations on June 21 in Denver at the Competency Works National Summit. Say it loud and proud, MC!

MC Framework 2.0 Work Sessions      
at WeWork Penn Station, 315 W. 36th St., NY   
RSVP here by June 23         

  • Thursday, June 29, 10 am to 3 pm
  • Friday, June 30, 10 am to 3 pm

We need your help in updating MC's implementation Framework to capture the incredible learning across our community in our first 2 years—and to frame mastery practices across NYC in coming years. Please join us to create Framework 2.0!

MC Summer Institute
This institute is designed for teachers and schools who want to build capacity with the most high-leverage shift of mastery. There are 3 days for individuals,  and 1 day for school teams (admin and 2-3 teachers) Join us for hands-on mastery learning!

at Made in NY 30 John Street, Brooklyn (DUMBO)         RSVP here by June 30 
50 people max per day, first come, first served

  • July 10-13, 10 am to 4:30 pm each day,
  • Monday, July 10: CRE & Mastery (individuals)

  • Tuesday, July 11: Instructional Design: curriculum/assessments (individuals)

  • Wednesday, July 12: Facilitation & planning (individuals)

  • Thursday, July 13: System of outcomes, Grading Policies (school teams)                                     ________________________________

Mastery Communications Week Aug 18-22 in collaboration with our friends at Springpoint Schools and Competency Works. We are planning an online CBE feast to help returning educators get their mastery groove on! Stay tuned for details.

Quarterly dates for next year

Please put these dates in your school calendar now!

  • Wednesday October 18, 2017 at Microsoft in Times Square
  • Wednesday January 10, 2018, location tbd
  • Wednesday May 16, 2018, location tbd

                      Read This. Watch That.

At the MC Spring 2017 Quarterly, we shared out this updated MC one-pager on mastery and CRE, to synthesize the amazing learning and sharing from year one of our community-wide exploration of how mastery and CRE connect and amplify each other's power. (We're planning a small pilot next year with others at DOE to create culturally responsive learning environments. Get in touch if you're interested in hearing more.)

Also at the Spring Q, we debuted this video highlighting the MC Incubator, featuring Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School.

Reading suggestions from the forthcoming Competency Works National Summit on CBE:

"Do people like me belong here?" Students are more likely to be motivated, engaged, resilient, and successful if they feel like they belong in school. We can help to shape students' sense of belonging and set the stage for success. See this video and toolkit.

Our friends at reDesign http://www.redesignu.org/design-lab/mastery-learning. have developed a Mastery Learning Roadmap, Design Guides, self-assessment tool for educators, and more. They will offer in-depth PD this spring and summer on mastery-based implementation and curriculum. See their site for more details.

Interested in CompetencyWorks' writing about NYC schools over the past two years? Here's a goldmine about MC schools.

Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles; and, The Past and the Promise: Today’s Competency-based Education Movement by Jobs for the Future.

About us

The Mastery Collaborative is a community for NYC public middle and high schools that are using mastery/competency-based shifts. We are a program
of the Model Redesign team in NYC DOE’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness. 

Mastery Collaborative
NYC Department of Education
131 Livingston Street, Rm 303
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Twitter & Instagram: @masterynyc

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