Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 4, Issue 4
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                   Newsletter: Vol. 4, Issue 4  |  12.19.17

MC Members schools: Register NOW for MC Winter Quarterly, Wed. Jan. 10 at Microsoft in Times Square.

Kids don't relate to Shakespeare, huh? Better tell these Othello fans we met at MC Living Lab rep Frank McCourt HS last week during our MC School visit on mastery, motivation, and student agency.

MC members made the most of 2017 . . . and there's a forecast for a busy 2018.

The ever-active Mastery Collaborative membership has accomplished much this fall.
  • The Fall Quarterly at Microsoft in October was our largest-ever community gathering, with 41 schools in attendance. At the Q, members worked on the MC Framework for Mastery Implementation. We will be excited to share back the final draft of our program framework at the Winter Quarterly January 10.
  • MC Living Lab Schools (and one Incubator school) hosted 9 fall visits for nearly 100 guests from across and beyond our community. Huge thanks to our partner schools!
  • Forty educators from various schools joined us at two "Intro to Mastery" sessions. These intro sessions are quite useful for schools looking to explore mastery—and also for teachers and other staff who are new to established mastery schools. (Big thanks to Principal Danielle Salzburg of MC Living Lab School Frank McCourt HS for the assist at the December session.)
  • We ran 4 "Talking about Race and Mastery" sessions with partners Border Crossers—including a new Level 2 training. About 120 MC members joined these conversations. (More sessions coming up; see dates in RSVP form below.)
  • We have led customized, in-house professional development opportunities for staffs at 10 MC schools so far—and we aim to reach all interested member schools this year. Call us, maybe!
  • We have created 4 new program videos! Three are available on our site, another forthcoming. Big thanks to the schools featured in these videos.
Looking ahead to winter and spring, we will be all the more involved in working together to strengthen our mastery work. Members (and guests for some activities): You can plug into MC work by joining us for some of the opportunities listed below. 

We wish every one of our readers a beautiful, peaceful, and positive 2018. Thank you for your dedication to making school more clear, effective, responsive, and empowering for the precious youth of NYC!
Pics above, clockwise from top left, MC Living Lab visits to: MS 442 aka School for Innovation, Pan American International HS at Monroe, NYC iSchool, Flushing International HS. Join us this spring for more visits to these amazing schools—all welcome, first come, first served.

Coming Up . . .

MC Winter Quarterly Wed. January 10 @ Microsoft in Times Square!       RSVP here        
All MC Living Lab, Active Member, and Incubator school mastery teams, please register before January 2 for this all-member MC event. We cannot wait to see you! (Easiest to do now, before break, go ahead!)


MC Working Groups for 2017-18           RSVP here

Join us to advance our community expertise on vital matters related to mastery, for the benefit of the full MC community. Each group will have 3 sessions, 2 online, and just one in person. This is important work—please be part of it! Meetings begin this week for CRE and Assessments groups.

  • CRE and Mastery Let's keep exploring the possibilities.
  • Mastery-based Performance Assessments What are best ways to track, measure, assess mastery at the end of a course/term? What would it take to scale mastery-based performance assessments? Discuss!
  • Skills, Mindsets, and Mastery  Please rsvp if you would like to join this group on cross-cutting academic skills and mindsets. We are trying to determine if this group should run in the spring . . . help us decide!

Talking About Race and Mastery, Level 1 & Level 2           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 year. New dates have been added—please sign up now to ensure your space. Level 1 provides a strong foothold in basics of race, racism, and handling these matters in the context of school. Level 2 training takes it farther, and is eye-opening, memorable, and useful. Please join us.
  • If you're new to these trainings, please register for
    Level 1: Wed, 12/6 (waitlist only); Thurs 2/8; Thurs 3/1
  • If you've been to a MC training w/ Border Crossers,
    Level 2 is for you: Thurs, 1/18; Tues 2/6; Mon 3/5.

Customized, in-house Mastery PD at your school
We love nothing more than delving into shoptalk about mastery with interested practitioners. We aim to offer in-house PD to all interested member schools. Here the PD sessions we can customize for your school—and let us know if there are other topics we should add. In-house PD is a great way to spread the word.

Read This, Watch That   
Featured resource from MC's digital sharing library: Mastery Resources from Frank McCourt HS, including rubrics, grading policy, handbooks for students, families, and staff, course catalog, and course materials. In short, a gold mine!

"Grades 9 and 10 were our master training wheels, but now in upper house, we have more control over our own learning. I talk to friends from others schools and they are taking "math" and "US History," but students here can choose these unique intersession classes. I'm in Shark Tank now! I’m probably going to major in business so I will use this in the future." —Jackson, student at Frank McCourt HS

Check out our newest blog entries: Our visit Takeaways from MS 442, and our new advice column, Dear MC, and more. 

Watch this video about what drives the Mastery Collaborative's work! Featuring Mastery Collaborative Co-Directors Jeremy Chan-Kraushar and Joy Nolan, Chris Sturgis of CompetencyWorks, and reflections from admins, teachers, and students at Harvest Collegiate HS, Brooklyn International HS, and Brooklyn Collaborative School for Secondary Studies.

A new resource from KnowledgeWorks clears up misconceptions about mastery/competency-based 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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