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Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 2 Issue 1 -- September 2015
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Newsletter: Vol. 2 Issue 1  |  9.30.15

DON'T MISS THIS
Upcoming Dates and Registration Links!

 

  • Wed. Oct 7, 4:00-5:00 pm. First Wednesdays MC Online session
    Join MC Co-Directors Jeremy and Joy for an optional but informative discussion about "must-have" dimensions of mastery, and a Q/A on how to get the most from working with the Mastery Collaborative this year.
    Register individually by October 5!

     

  • Wed. Oct 21 Fall Quarterly at DCTV.
    Join the entire MC community for an afternoon of sharing and collaboration. Attendance is expected for all MC partipant schools, both Living Lab and Active Member schools. Register your MC school team of 3-6 people (admin plus teachers) by October 14!

     

  • Oct-Jan MC Fall working groups:
    As members of the MC, you are invited to join one or more MC Fall Working Groups led from within the community. Working groups are cross-school collaborative spaces to share best practices and document /produce resources for our community and beyond. Teacher participants will earn per session for their involvement in any of these monthly after school online/in-person cross-community sessions focused on topics related to mastery.
    Times TBD by each group. Read more here, and please join here by October 22!

    • ELA

    • Math

    • Academic Policy

    • Professional development

    • Grading Policy/Software Functionality
       
  • Other Fall Events:
    Oct-January: MC Fall working groups meet monthly, alternating live and online meetings.

  • Wed. Nov 4, 4:00-5:00 pm: First Wednesdays MC Online session: TBD

  • Wed. Dec 2, 4:00-5:00 pm: First Wednesdays MC Online session:
    Digital tools for Mastery with Jessica and Hillary from Parsons/Dreamyard Prep

     

    For a list of all MC community events and sessions in 2015-16, visit this doc!

 

 

Mastery Collaborative Basics

The MC is designed to support and document mastery-based teaching and learning in NYC in public middle and high schools. Each school creates explicit goals to develop and improve mastery systems/practices, and receives support from the MC in operationalizing your goals. Support available to you includes:
 

  • goal check-ins (in person or via email, phone, video conference)

  • school visits on ad hoc basis as requested/helpful

  • participation in interest-driven working groups (such as discipline-specific, digital grading systems, badging, etc.)

  • invitations to informative PD programming and intervisitations

  • meetings with an active learning community of like-minded schools

  • access to digital resources (rubrics, exemplars, etc.) and the MC newsletter

  • per session funding for work on goals at your school
  • per session funding for special community projects and working groups
  • opportunities to publicize your successes via blog posts, teacher interviews, conference participation, etc.
     

Christy Kingham from The Young Women’s Leadership School with a student

 

Your school's Mastery-related goals:

Each school in the MC creates 3 goals for improving their mastery practice over the course of this school year. Your school's 3 goals should be ambitious but possible to implement, and should be based on the strengths and needs in play at your school.
Here are sample goals from the MC Living Lab Schools.
Meetings with school teams and MC personnel will focus on implementing and documenting each school’s goals over the year.

  • TYWLS Astoria: Create a digital handbook of mastery at TYWLS and an online database of model projects that use mastery.
  • UA Maker Academy: Improving communication with families and students about our mastery based grading policy. We need parents as allies so they can be supporting their students at home.
  • NYC iSchool: Retool student-led conferences to highlight progress in outcomes along a progression of mastery to measure mastery at particular moments and over time
Interested to see more MC School Goals? Check these out.


Active Member Schools: You can find your goals in your school's folder here.

We suggest appointing a core team of owners who will drive the work, as well as a larger group of school personnel who will help support the work. We are here to support you. In fact, a 3rd member is joining Jeremy and Joy at MC HQ, and this new team member will focus specifically on supporting the Active Membership


MC Quarterly Meetings: Why are they required?
 

Attending Quarterly “live” meetings is for all schools participating in the Mastery Collaborative. At these 3 afternoon meetings, all member schools come together to share aspects of their work, collaborate, create, network, and build community. Practicing schools learn best from each other. Please save the dates for your entire mastery team of approximately 3-6 people, including admin and teacher participants. Come grab some lunch, share your work/ideas/resources, and get responses to your important questions from your colleagues.

Wed. Oct 21 Fall Quarterly at DCTV 87 Lafayette Street, NY NY

 

Join the entire MC community for an afternoon of sharing and collaboration. Attendance is expected for all MC partipant schools, both Living Lab and Active Member schools. Register your MC school team of 3-6 people (admin plus teachers) by October 14


Wed. Jan 20 Winter Quarterly at DCTV
Wed. May 21 Fall Quarterly at DCTV

 

A Gallery Walk underway at our summer leaders institute at DCTV. All our quarterlies will be at DCTV this year.

Mastery Collaborative Fall Working Groups

 

As members of the Mastery Collaborative, you are invited to join one or more MC Fall Working Groups led from within the community. Working groups are cross-school collaborative spaces to share best practices and document /produce resources for our community and beyond. Teacher participants will earn per session for their involvement.

 

Each working group will have approximately 3-12 members from across multiple MC member schools. Groups will work outside of the school day on shared goals with a distinct focus (see below). From October through January, groups will meet monthly, alternating between in-person meetups and online ‘WebX’ sessions. There is additional per session allocated for work in these groups, separate from funding dedicated for work on goals at each school.

 

Based on community surveys and interest, we will start by working to convene these 5 Fall MC Working Groups (depending on interest and capacity) Please apply here by October 22!

 

Academic Policy: Clearly defining academic policy and regulations for mastery-grading in NYC. Highlighting practices that ensure school policies are compliant with existing regulations. Advocating for city and state changes to any policy hurdles.

 

Professional Development: Designing PD resources and curating existing PD resources from school-wide mastery-based schools. These include intro materials, readings, activities, and onboarding and recalibrating structures.

 

English Language Arts (6-12): Defining/designing what mastery-based ELA curriculum looks like. How is it structured? What are first steps, major shifts must-haves, nice-to-haves? This group will collect/curate exemplar mastery-based curriculum resources (scope & sequences, units), outcomes,  lessons, projects, rubrics, etc., toward a digital repository for all.

 

Math (6-12): Defining/designing what mastery-based math curriculum looks like. How is it structured? What are first steps, major shifts, must-haves, nice-to-haves? This group will collect/curate exemplar mastery-based curriculum resources (scope & sequences, units), outcomes, lessons, projects, rubrics, etc., toward a digital repository for all.

 

Grading Policy/Software Functionality Review: Creating a list of features and functionality needed when collecting student progress data. Comparing and contrasting learning management systems and grading platforms.

 

Joining a working group indicates you understand/agree to these basic expectations:

  • Monthly meeting of 1.5 or 2 hours after school (alternating in person/online), Oct-Jan.

  • Each group will work toward group-generated goals/deliverables.

  • Each group will take notes in a shared Google doc, and will keep files in a shared folder

  • The group's work will eventually be shared with others in the MC community & beyond.
    (If you have energy and excitement for another focused working group, please send your proposal to us as at mastery@digitalready.net for consideration as a spring working group.)

 

(If you have energy and excitement for another focused working group, please send your proposal to us as at mastery@digitalready.net for consideration as a spring working group.)


Summer Working Group Recap!

In July and August, members from the MC Collaborative’s schools came together for 3 working groups. They put heads together to vet and update the MC Dimensions of Mastery Implementation document. Teacher attendees earned per session for their work.

We hope you will consider joining a fall working group. The MC needs your active involvement to improve and document mastery/competency-based practices and resources across our NYC-wide community.


Communicating with the MC:

  • Email us anytime at mastery@digitalready.net. We will reach out to you via email as well.
  • Check out our new website: http://www.masterycollaborative.org/. It's under construction, but there's lots of great stuff there already.
  • Read this monthly newsletter, which always contains important program information.
  • Log into our monthly online sessions. Join our first online session Wednesday October 7 4-5 PM. Jeremy and Joy (MC co-Directors) will share key documents and explain how your school can get the most from the program. Register here.
  • Come to our quarterly in-person meetings for the entire MC community. Please save these dates!
 

Intro to the MC's new Associate Director!

Please join us in welcoming a new team member at MC HQ. Julianna Charles Brown, who goes by Charlie, is joining us October 7. Charlie has a Masters Degree from Columbia Teachers College, and comes from the DOE’s Office of Academic Policy.

As soon as we met Charlie, we knew she was like-minded and innovative about approaches to educating NYC students. A professional interest for Charlie has been researching alternate forms of assessment that are more meaningful for students. She says, "I am thrilled to have to the opportunity to support the Mastery Collaborative in creating a network of educators committed to a more authentic learning experience for their school communities."

Charlie will focus mainly on supporting the MC Active Member schools. We are delighted to welcome her to our team, and can’t wait for you to meet her at the Fall Quarterly on Wednesday October 21.

 

We're adding schools!
 

We have space for several more Active Member schools for 2015-16  Please reach out to us at mastery@digitalready.net for an application.

The MC also welcomes individual practitioners from NYC public middle and high schools. Please reach out to us at mastery@digitalready.net.  

 
School List and Previous Newsletter Resources

Please see this document to access information on our schools and to see last year's newsletter and online session resources!
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