Mastery Collaborative News: Vol. 3, Issue 4
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Newsletter: Vol. 3, Issue 4  |  12.20.16

They are EPIC!
The student team from MC Incubator school EPIC South in a design huddle at Think It Up Live NYC, at the Time Inc Building December 13. EPIC South and all other participating teams were awarded $1000 in seed money to make their equity-increasing project a reality!

We are thrilled to work with educators across NYC to create positive change for the precious youth of this city. We wish you a warm and happy holiday season.

Looking forward to what we can accomplish together in 2017. 

                               Your fans—Team MC: Jeremy, Joy, Charlie, Patrick, & Meg

Please register now

We aim for 100% attendance. Stronger together!

MC Winter Quarterly
Wednesday January 11, 2017

Optional lunch at noon, program 1-4:30 pm
Forchelli Conference Center, 22nd Floor, Brooklyn Law School,
205 State Street, Brooklyn, NY

Along with our usual cross-pollinating & inquiry,
we will hear from our biggest-ever Working Group.
This event also features. a special guest. Don't miss it!


As space allows, we welcome guests to attend our community gathering.
Get in touch if you're a friend of the MC and would like to join:

Join us for MC PD Opportunities

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. Click here for recordings of all prior sessions and a link to register for upcoming in early January.

Talking About Race (and Mastery) Trainings - Please get on board:  Warm thanks to everyone who has joined us to take a look at race and racism—how they affect us, our students, our schools, our society . . . and our mastery practices. These sessions have been amazing and crucial. We ask every educator in the MC to attend a training with us and our partners Border Crossers,

Due to popular demand, we are adding an 8th training—but there are only a few sessions left! If you are reading this and have not yet joined one of these sessions, please register below, or through your school's MC Launchpad.  Register here to ensure your top choice. Note that Jan 18 is for admins only.

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
Training 8: tbd, stay tuned


Working group on CRE & Mastery: Meets TODAY online from 4-5 pm. We are collecting models, examples, and resources related to culturally responsive education. Stay tuned for a share-out at the Winter Quarterly!
Spring PD
  • Quarterly Meeting May 17—last gathering of the year! Student panels!
  • Living Lab school visits in March and April
 ** Wednesday January 11 is our Winter Quarterly. **
Please register your mastery team.

Wait, what? 30 middle schoolers all on task in a Socratic Seminar? We can think only of glows for Dina Klein and students at Marsh Avenue EL School, part of MC Incubator this year.
Event recaps

Think It Up NYC! Design Challenge. Six MC schools sent student teams to TIU Live NYC December 14 at Time, Inc. Students designed ways to combat inequity in their schools and communities. Each team of 4 students was awarded $1000 in seed funding to make their vision happen. Congratulations to all the young people who took part in this amazing day.

iNACOL “Assessments and Grading for Teachers in K-12 Competency-Based Systems” This session had a national audience, and was presented by our own Julianna Charles Brown (Charlie to most of us at MC), with Christy Kingham of The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria, and Megan Minturn from Brooklyn International HS,  Please click the link above to access the webinar recording and PowerPoint slide deck. Reader take note: MC is gaining national attention.

MC Living Lab Online sessions   Our fall/winter online series are underway, 
supporting all MC schools to reach their mastery implementation goals this year. Did you miss your session? Click here for links to all recordings. (There's gold in them hills.) Big thank you to our fab MC Living Lab for presenting.

Read This. Watch That.

The Power of Grades by Charlie and Meg from the MC team is featured this week on iNACOL's Blog: Education Domain.

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.

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.  There are 17 installations in the series . . . and counting.

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.

Hats off to ELA teacher Lisa Kliesch at Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School (MAELS). She invites students to articulate how she can support their learning. MAELS is a MC Incubator school this year.
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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