Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 3, Issue 3
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Newsletter: Vol. 3 Issue 3  |  11.22.16
We are thankful for all the amazing educators and students in our citywide community. We know how relentless you are about making make teaching and learning more meaningful. Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Join us for MC PD Opportunities

We invite our full community to participate actively in professional development opportunities the Mastery Collaborative is offering this year.

Talking About Race (and Mastery) Trainings 

With our partners at Border Crossers, we are looking at dynamics of race and racism and how they affect us, our students, our schools, our society—and our mastery practices. The first 2 sessions are behind us, and they were enlightening. Attendee comments so far: "The linking of these 2 things (racial justice & mastery) was very powerful, and makes mastery grading more valuable in my mind now." "It was most helpful to define race and racism, and to look at it from different perspectives (institutional, interpersonal, internalized)." 

We ask everyone in our community to join us for one of these sessions. Space is limited so grab your best date now! Register below, or through your school's MC Launchpad. Please use your MC funding for per diem/per session to maximize attendance. 30 people max per session.  Register here asap to ensure your top choice.

Training 3: Wed, 12/14 1-5 pm
Training 4: Mon, 12/19 1-5 pm
Training 5: Wed, 1/18  noon-5 pm * * Administrators' session, starts at noon. * *
Training 6: Tues, 1/24 1-5 pm
Training 7: Thurs, 2/16 1-5 pm


MC Living Lab Online sessions  

With the 8 MC Living Lab Schools, we've put together a fall/winter series to help all MC schools reach their mastery implementation goals this year. The following calendar of online sessions were created with your goals in mind. Register here.

            1. Thur Dec 1—Messaging mastery (visuals and language)
                            KAPPA International HS
            2. Mon Dec 5—Aligning outcomes across grades/departments
                            Carroll Gardens School for Innovation
            3. Tues Dec 6—Clear/comprehensive mastery-based grading practices
                             UA Maker Academy
            4. Wed Dec 7—Designing outcomes that drive learning
                             Flushing International HS
            5. Thur Dec 8—Using a grading tracker to support growth mindset
                            The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria
            6. Tues Dec 13—Mastery-based facilitation/ coaching/ flexible pacing
                             NYC iSchool
             7. Thur Dec 15—Developing, norming, and using mastery-based rubrics
                               Frank McCourt HS
             8. Thur Jan 5—Building a school-wide philosophy of mastery
                                Harvest Collegiate HS


Working group on CRE and Mastery: Now underway, this group is considering how mastery and CRE amplify each other. With support from the MC team and Border Crossers, the group will collect models, examples, and resources for the full MC community. Stay tuned for a share-out at the Winter Quarterly!
MC Winter Quarterly: Jan 11—featuring a special guest.
This will be a do-not-miss event. Please register now!
Spring PD
  • Living Lab school visits
  • Student panels
  • Share-out of CRE/Mastery Working Group resources and practices

Did you miss the Fall Quarterly? Please take our Fall 2016-17 Practitioner Survey. We request 5 responses from each school, by December 1. Thanks. And please mark your calendar so you never ever miss a Quarterly again—dates below. We need you! We aim for 100% attendance. Stronger together. :-)

Other Events

Think It Up NYC! Design Challenge December 14. As an MC school, you're invited to send a team of teacher/4 students (age 13+) to compete in a design challenge about how to make school more equitable. First 6-10 schools to register get to attend! There will be support for students to realize their goals—and some cool surprises for participants.

Please save MC Quarterly dates for the year, for a team of 3-6 from your school, including school leadership and teachers. These are our only full-community gatherings—our chance to talk shop, cross-pollinate, learn from each other, and share out. We aim for 100% participation. 

Read This. Watch That.

New from Kappan Magazine is a piece on the Mastery Collaborative and mastery in NYC

The MC website now has a monthly blog. See our new Interview with Barry Frank of Queens School for Inquiry.

Our own Julianna Charles Brown (known to our community as Charlie) will facilitate iNACOL teacher-talk webinar Assessments and Grading for Teachers in K-12 Competency-based Systems on Thursday, December 15, 6-7 pm. Register @ iNACOL. The session will feature Christy Kingham from TYWLS-A and Megan Minturn from Brooklyn International HS.

MC Incubator Schools and all educators who are new to implementing mastery: Do not miss this useful series from Chris Sturgis: Introducing Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders. 

Interested in Chris's 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.

Do you know a mastery-based school that is not yet in the MC? Please let us know. We are accepting a few more schools via rolling admissions, and are especially interested in schools with active schoolwide mastery systems. 

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. 

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