Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 3, Issue 7
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Newsletter: Vol. 3, Issue 7  |  3.29.17

MC Spring Visits are underway to 10 MC schools. Register now!

Sending good wishes for students on ELA tests at NYC Middle Schools this week.
Mural created by students at West Side Collaborative Middle School, with Studio in a School.

Mmm-mmm-Mastery Collaborative Spring School Visits! 

Ten down, 10 to go! See the calendar below and register here to take advantage of spring visits to MC schools through May 1. All members and friends of MC are welcome, space allowing. Upcoming visits include:

  • MC Living Lab Schools sharing best practices and resources at Harvest Collegiate HS, Flushing International HS, Carroll Gardens School for Innovation, Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Frank McCourt HS, and NYC iSchool.
  • MC Active Member School Community Roots MS will share their work on on their MC CRE/equity goal for this year.

Please use your MC funding to attend. Before your visit, you can access recorded online sessions related to the 8 Living Lab School visits. Thanks to all host schools!

MC Spring School visits to (in order) TYWLS-Astoria, KAPPA International HS, Frank McCourt HS,
West Side Collaborative MS.

MC Spring Quarterly
Wednesday May 17, 2017
Forchelli Conference Center, 205 State Street, Brooklyn, 22nd floor
Optional lunch at noon, program 1-4:30 pm

Featuring student panels, and info about next year's MC program.
Please register nowWe aim for 100% attendance.

As space allows, we welcome guests to our gatherings. Get in touch if you're a friend of the MC
and would like to attend: team@masterycollaborative.org.

Event Recaps
MC Spring School Visits: The spring visit season started strong March 1 & 2 with trips to The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria. Via student-led conferences, guests learned how this MC Living Lab school promotes growth mindset and metacognition by empowering students to track their own learning.

Visitors to West Side Collaborative MS learned how this MC Active Member School combines CRE with mastery practices to create a welcoming and rigorous learning environment. Student Sabrina told us: "If we couldn't be ourselves in this school, what would be the purpose? We couldn't choose a career without knowing who we are—it would be lost. We can talk to any teacher here. They are with us through thick and thin, You get to be unique here."

At KAPPA International HS educators shared how they "message mastery" to all stakeholders using common mastery terminology, bulletin boards that show the full arc of project-based learning, and student-led conferences. KAPPA students were animated in sharing how mastery-based shifts benefits their learning, in talking with Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning Phil Weinberg, who was able to join us for one of the visits to the MC Living Lab School!

MC community members visited MC Living Lab School Frank McCourt HS to see how this school co-created mastery rubrics with students—and then norms the use of these rubrics across departments.


SXSWEdu: Jeremy and Joy shared out about the MC community's work on combining Mastery and CRE to combat inequity. (See the next section of the newsletter for EdWeek coverage of this session.) Charlie and Patrick hosted a meetup on innovating in large school districts. Both sessions were well-attended and featured lots of audience participation.

JumpRope Virtual Meetup:  Seven schools joined Jeremy and the founders of www.jumpro.pe/ to talk shop in a webinar last week about best practices and approaches to tracking mastery learning. Did you miss the session? No problem. Access the recording here.

MC School Notices

Request for Proposals
  • Is there a mastery-related project your school wants to tackle this spring? Stay tuned after April break for more details about our spring RFP process. MC schools will be invited to apply for funding to meet your goals. Your school could earn additional per session and/or per diem funding. Coming in late April! (Thanks to Flushing International HS for this wonderful idea.)
Spend-down plan
  • Here's an action item for every MC school: By Friday April 7, please complete this survey about your school's funding spend-down plan. We know you're doing meaningful work on mastery shifts, and we hope you will use all your funding, but we want to put any unused balance to good use. For more info, reach out to your MC point person or get in touch at funding@masterycollaborative.org. Thank you!


Coming This Summer

  • Mastery Implementation Framework 2.0 Join us to update the community framework for mastery, to capture all we've learned in our first 2 years as a community—and to frame work for the coming years as mastery grows across NYC. Come to either of 2 work sessions, Thursday, June 29 or Friday, June 30, 10 am-3 pm in midtown Manhattan. Register here.
  • MC Summer Institute Tentative dates July 10-13. (Registration will open after space is confirmed. Stay tuned!)
    • Day 1 (for educators new to MC schools): Deep dive into CRE
    • Day 2 (for teachers new to mastery): Mastery-based instructional design (curriculum & assessment)
    • Day 3 (for teachers new to mastery): Mastery-based facilitation
      and coaching
    • Day 4 (for MC school teams): Designing a system of outcomes, creating effective mastery-based grading practices

Read This. Watch That.

We've been discovered by Education Week! At SXSWedu, ‘Mastery-Based’ Lessons Touted as Option for Equity.

This piece from Medium gets it just right about the power and significance of active learning.

Our friends at NYC Men Teach offer these resources about their work.

Equity Snapshot: The Intersection of Mastery and Culturally Responsive Education (CRE)  The Mastery Collaborative's first take on this important topic.

Check out the MC website blog's Interview with math phenom
Lisa Genduso of Carroll Gardens School for Innovation

CRE Practice Guide from NYU Steinhardt Research Alliance for NYC Schools, and our close colleagues at Expanded Success Initiative.

Building Toward Mastery: Tools and Practices for Supporting Overage and Under-Credited Adolescents in a Mastery-Based Learning Environment from our colleagues at Transfer School Common Core Institute, and featuring Active Member school Bronx Arena HS. See also: Video: Building Toward Mastery.

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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