Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 4, Issue 1
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Newsletter: Vol. 4, Issue 1  |  9.12.17

Are you in MC Living Lab, Active Member, or Incubator? Grab your seat now! 
Register here for "Talking about Race and Mastery", Levels 1 & 2 fall trainings with Border Crossers.

Our friend Khalilah Brann from CREAD with educators from around NYC, kicking off MC Summer Institute Day 1, with a focus on culturally responsive approaches to mastery-based shifts.

Welcome back after a busy summer

A warm welcome back to everyone! We hope you had a wonderful summer. The quiet planning time we were anticipating . . . never arrived. Instead, we had a fun and jam-packed couple of months. To catch you up:

  • The MC program was featured in the New York Times: A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry. It's a positive and substantive look at the MC community, with a special focus on School for Innovation. The piece ran simultaneously at Hechinger Report: A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn. (We truly love the piece and you will, too. Regarding titles: Those in our community know that the shift to mastery is about clarity, context, high level learning, and flexible pacing.)
  • We made new videos! See here: www.masterycollaborative/org/videos/. (A couple more are still in the hopper.) Thanks to all featured schools: Brooklyn Int'l HS, Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative Studies, Harvest Collegiate HS, and Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School.
  • The 2nd MC Summer Institute in mid-July brought together educators from schools around the city to learn about cultural responsiveness, instructional design, facilitation shifts, outcomes, and grading policies. Warm thanks to presenters: Khalilah Brann from CREAD (Culturally Responsive Educators of the African Diaspora); Lisa Genduso and Jared Sutton, MC Living Lab member MS 442/School for Innovation (formerly Carroll Garden School for Innovation; Michelle Bensignor, NYC Department of Education Office of Academic Policy. Also big thanks to educators who joined us. Each day was immensely productive, due to the passion and dedication of those present. 
  • We started Friends of Mastery Collaborative (FOMC, 'cause the DOE needed one more acronym), a 100% opt-in status that allows interested schools/ educators in NYC public schools to join visits, some PDs, and explore mastery shifts—without needing to form a mastery team, set goals, etc. Those who are interested can register via our website. There are 14 schools in FOMC already—welcome, friends!—and we expect this group to grow.
  • Membership news: We welcomed a new MC Living Lab school: Pan American International HS at Monroe. (Our friends at Harvest Collegiate decided to join the Active Member level of MC for the coming year.) We also welcomed six new Active Member Schools: Bronx Collaborative HS; Bronx Lab School; Hamilton Grange MS; Hunters Point Community MS; MESA Charter HS; Origins HS, Williamsburg HS for Arts and Technology. Warm hello to new MC members!
  • We worked with some of you on a new MC Implementation Framework 2.0, and a separate framework for Culturally Responsive Environments, both to be unveiled at the MC Fall Quarterly in October!
  • We participated in Mastery Communications Week in August, partnering with Springpoint Education, Great Schools Partnership, KnowledgeWorks, ReDesign, CompetencyWorks, NYC Men Teach, and others around the nation. Click the link above or visit Twitter #masteryweek.

Coming up!
Talking About Race and Mastery, Level 1 & Level  
RSVP here                   
All MC Living Lab, Active Member, and Incubator school mastery teams will attend a training with the MC team and Border Crossers this fall.
What level is right for you?
  • If you're new to these trainings, please register for Level 1.
    Choose a date! Wed, 9/27, Thurs. 11/2, Mon, 12/4.
  • If you've been to a MC training w/ Border Crossers, Level 2 is for you. 
    Date: Wed. 11/15.
MC Fall Quarterly                                                       RSVP here
           for MC Living Lab, Active Member, and Incubator schools

           Wednesday October 18, till 4:30 pm
           Microsoft, 11 Times Square 
           Room: Central Park West 6501/East 6501a
           Returning schools:  Optional lunch at noon, program begins at 1 pm sharp.  
           New MC member schools:  10:30 am orientation, noon lunch, program at 1 pm.




MC Living Lab, Active Member, and Incubator schools: Please put all Quarterly 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
Fall visits to MC Schools  
By popular demand, we are adding a round of FALL MC School Visits 
this year, from October 25-December 21.Themes and dates will be
announced soon!
(Spring visits will happen as usual in February and March.)

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.

  • 1-3 pm, Tuesday November 7 at DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
  • 1-3 pm, Tuesday December 12 at DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013


MC Working Groups for 2017-18                                                Join at Fall Quarterly

Interested in any/all of these working group topics? We hope you will plug in and help to gather, create, and share out for the benefit of the full MC community. Each group will have 4 sessions, 2 online, and 2 in person. Learn more at the Fall Quarterly on October 18.

  • CRE and Mastery Let's keep exploring the possibilities.
  • Skills, Mindsets, and Mastery We aim to share out best practices about naming, coaching, tracking, grading (or not) general skills that support success in and out of school: 21C Skills, Work Habits, Character Skills, Non-Cognitive Skills, Academic and Personal Behaviors, Mindsets . . . what do you call them?
  • Mastery-based Performance Assessments What are the ideal ways to track, measure, assess mastery at the end of a course/term? What would it take to scale mastery-based performance assessments? Discuss!

                      Read This. Watch That.

Featured resource for September from our member wiki:

Check out a host of fab resources about
messaging mastery here: www.masteryweek.org.  

Reports from Competency Works' 2017 National Summit on CBE:

These new draft reports explore key issues challenging the field of competency education:

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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