Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 4, Issue 7
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                   Newsletter: Vol. 4, Issue 7  |  3.22.18 

Register now for MC spring school visits now underway, dates through April (inc. some new dates). All welcome!

Diving into how-to's of personalized learning, at Living Lab member school NYC iSchool,
host of the first MC school visit of the spring season. 
Left: "Talking About Race & Mastery" with Border Crossers—last Level 1 training of 2017-18! Right: MC Co-Director Jeremy Chan-Kraushar leads a standing-room-only session on Mastery and CRE at SXSWedu in Austin.

MC Springs Forward

Happy spring, MC community and friends! (Sorry about the blizzard. In our minds' eye, NYC looks like this pic.)

We have a busy spring season cued up for you. To paraphrase Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (and mastery enthusiast . . . definitely/maybe): We want mastery to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

To help your mastery practice blossom, we've put together a full complement of wonderful springtime opportunities. Get more details and sign up for events at the links below.

We're excited to announce our first-ever Mastery Collaborative Film Festival on Wednesday evening, June 6 at IFC Center in Greenwich Village. The event will showcase the MC videos created this year—and will feature panels of students and educators featured in our program videos, and the videographer. We invite up to 3 guests from each MC member school (members only please; space is limited). Join us. First come, first served reservations for this special event!


Another Great Year with Border Crossers

Two hundred educators from around the MC plugged into a community-wide conversation by attending Talking About Race and Mastery trainings this year, co-facilitated with our partners at Border Crossers. Level 1 and Level 2 trainings raised our awareness and expanded our capabilities in understanding the role of race in our society and our schools, and our own roles as educators. This work will continue next year. As we wrap up another great year of collaboration with Border Crossers, we say a big thank you to facilitators Chris, Kate, Luda, and Megan, who led our nine 2017-18 sessions.

Thanks also to all MC educators who made time to join a training this year. Mastery teams, look for an upcoming email from your point person regarding next steps for turn-keying learnings from the trainings into action at your schools.

Coming Up . . .

MC spring school visits                                                    RSVP here
Spring visit season is here! We learn so much from visits to our amazing MC host schools. See RSVP form for details about March and April visits on topics of interest to all. Send anyone and everyone from your school. This year we have guests coming from Utah and various points in New England . . . make time for some inter-borough travel to one of these highly amazing visits. All are welcome! 
MC Spring Quarterly 2018, Wednesday, May 16               RSVP here
at the New York City Fire Museum
278 Spring Street in Manhattan. This full-community MC member gathering will feature student panels. and goal setting for next year. Member schools, please register your mastery team today.
Customized, in-house Mastery PD at your school
Still working on your MC goal for schoolwide PD? Talk to your MC point person. We aim to offer in-house PD to all member schools— book your date(s) now. Here are PD sessions we can customize for your school. Let us know if there are other topics we should add. In-house PD is a great way to spread the word across your whole school community..

Request for Proposals
Need more per session/per diem funding for mastery projects at your school or with other MC schools? Apply for 25-100 hours of spring funding via this quick RFP form.
Intro to Mastery Sessions                                                     RSVP here
What is mastery-based teaching and learning? How is it different from traditional school? What is NYC's Mastery Collaborative? This opt-in PD is for Friends of Mastery and teachers new to MC schools—open to educators at NYC public middle & high schools who want an intro to mastery-based teaching and learning. First come, first served seating.
Mastery Collaborative Film Festival!                                     RSVP here       
We invite up to 3 people from each MC member school to attend this celebratory event on Wednesday evening, June 6 at IFC Center in Greenwich Village. We'll screen the MC program videos produced this year, and run panels of students and educators featured in the videos. Our amazing videographer will also be there to share out about her process and her take on the MC approach to working with young people. Event runs 6:30-8:30, doors at 6 pm. First come, first served registration for this limited-seating event at a special venue, in celebration of the incredible work happening at MC schools. Register now to ensure you get a seat. MC members, we hope to see you there! 

Read This, Watch That   
Check out our latest blog entries! Our most recent post features MC members digging into grading practices and racial equity. There's also a post about rubric design, showcasing the work of UA School of Design and Construction's awesome AP, Meredith Matson. Do you have questions about mastery? Send them to our mastery advice column, Ask MC. (just write to team@masterycollaborative.org with subject header "Ask MC".)

Jeremy presented a session at SXSWedu called Beyond Buzzwords: Competency, Culture, and Equity. Check out his slides!

What should incoming NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza know about our schools? What should his priorities be? Chalkbeat is offering a chance to weigh in now to end of day March 23. 

Here's a set of profiles of 6 mastery-based schools in New England, including quotes and resources from each school. This set from Springpoint Schools includes some titans of the mastery industry, such as Boston Day and Evening Academy and Casco Bay High School.

Why are some students dependent learners? Here's Zaretta Hammond's diagnosis—and how culturally responsive teaching can be a disruptive innovation to increase students' power as owners of their own learning.

PD Opportunity: Meeting Students Where They Arehere's info on a PD opportunity with redesign.org, as part of their "Next Level" Institute. The training is free, includes lunch, and is happening Thursday, June 7, Chancellor's Conference Day, at MC Living Lab school UA Maker Academy in lower Manhattan.

Here's a wonderful set of suggested resources (books, movies, websites, and more) from EduColor.

We've been having a ton of fun following the Twitter account of our esteemed colleague Paul Forbes of ESI. Check out his work!


About us

The Mastery Collaborative is a community for NYC public middle and high schools that are using mastery/competency-based shifts. Our program is n offering of the Office of Leadership in NYC Department of Education's Division of Teaching and Learning. 

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

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