Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 4, Issue 8
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                   Newsletter: Vol. 4, Issue 8  |  4.25.18 

Application season opens today! Does your school want to join or re-up your membership in the MC community? Please click the link for next year's program info and application. Applications due June 1.

Principal Novella Bailey explains how culturally responsive practices benefit learners at West Side Collaborative MS, on a recent MC spring visit. Pics from other spring school visits below!

Springtime Fun: Mastery Collaborative Film Festival

Here's the ticket, MC member schools: Join us for the first-ever MC Film Festival Wednesday evening, June 6 at IFC Center in Greenwich Village. This showcase will feature panels of students and educators who appear in our videos about mastery-based learning and culturally responsive learning. Our amazing videographer Annie Escobar will also be there taking questions. We invite all MC member schools (space is limited). Join us for this evening of celebration, light refreshments, and great fun. First come, first served reservations for this special event—and feel free to invite a friend or family member when you rsvp!


Spring visits to MC Living Lab Schools, clockwise from top left: The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria,
Pan American International HS at Monroe, MS 442/School for Innovation, KAPPA International HS. Visits end this week,
with dates hosted by Flushing International HS & Frank McCourt HS. Much gratitude and appreciations to presenting schools!

                                       Application season opens today

We're excited to be planning Year 4 of our wonderful community. Does your school
want to apply or re-up for MC membership for 2018-19? Click the link to see next year's program format, expectations, and application. Due June 1. Get in touch with questions: team@masterycollaborative.org. Let's see what we can get done together next year.

                         Coming Up . . .

MC Spring Quarterly 2018, Wednesday, May 16               RSVP here
It's time for MC Member schools to register for the Spring Q. This time at 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 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. We hope to see you there.
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! 
Mastery Collaborative Summer Institute, July 9-12              
Hold the dates for MC Summer Institute! This capacity-building institute is open to all, with priority for those from MC member schools. Location to be announced shortly, and registration opens in early May.
  • Monday, July 9: CRE and Mastery.
  • Tuesday/Wednesday July 10-11: 2-Day Curriculum Design Workshop. Design high-leverage outcomes, effective rubrics for learning, performance assessments that drive learning, and lessons that empower students!
  • Thursday, July 12: Facilitation Moves, Grading Policies and Practices.
Read This, Watch That   
Check out our latest blog entries! Our most recent post features take-aways about facilitation shifts from a recent session of "Talking About Race and Mastery" with our partners at Border Crossers. For example: "Students are continually empowered to make choices as often as possible. They’re given space and opportunities to weigh in on these choices, and suggest opportunities for even greater autonomy." Do you have questions about mastery? Send them to our mastery advice column, Ask MC—write to team@masterycollaborative.org with subject header "Ask MC".

Share and sustain your Border Crossers learning: a guide for schools, created by us, for you, if you're looking for a way to work with colleagues to use your new perspectives. You can make a difference at your school.

Here's a KnowledgeWorks interview with MC Co-Director Jeremy Chan-Kraushar. Jeremy shares his thoughts on "creating an environment where students feel like they are at home, they’re welcome, and an equal part of the process.”

Our friends at CompetencyWorks ran with our community takeaways about equitable grading practices. Great that our work is getting out in the larger world more and more.

Taking Mastery Schoolwide: This video goes out to any school considering embarking on a schoolwide shift to mastery-based learning. What happens in year one? How does shifting to mastery affect learners, educators, school leaders? Featuring amazing MC Incubator member Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School.

Community resources of the month:  Example outcomes from MC Schools (from MC Resource Wish List) We've been talking to many of you on school visits about outcome design. Here are examples to guide your work as you clarify and articulate what students should know and be able to do. Thank you, MC schools, for innovative student-centered work—and for sharing freely so others can benefit.




Social Studies How Principals Drive Student Improvement, from Education Week. "What we find is learning is inherently social and emotional. If students don't feel safe and engaged, they aren't 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.

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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