NYC Mastery Collaborative Newsletter: April 2015
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Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue 6   |  4.21.15

Mastery with a Master: Bronx International HS's System Explained

The March MC online session featured Luincys Fernandez of Bronx International High School (BXIHS). Luincys led a thorough and detailed presentation about her school's outcomes-based grading system.
With nine years of experience using mastery-based grading, Luincys is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced teachers of mastery-learning in New York City. She leads trainings for
BXIHS staff to calibrate and redefine how the learning and grading structures work.

Luincys explained that teachers at BXIHS write outcomes that fall within three distinct categories: content, skills, and language acquisition. (All students enter the school as ELLs and recent immigrants, so language acquisition is a big focus at this high school.)
Outcomes are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, NY State Learning Standards, as well as the Depths of Knowledge Levels. Teachers continually plan together to ensure that outcomes are measurable and are expressed in student-friendly language--and that students have multiple opportunities to move from Not Yet Proficient, to Proficient, to Highly Proficient on each individual outcome.

This grading system touches each element of Luincys' classroom. She shared examples, artifacts, and images to demonstrate how each outcome is defined and assessed. Luincys concluded her presentation by leading participants through her system of conferencing and re-submitting work.

You can access Luincys's presentation here, and a recording of the entire online session here. To learn more about Bronx International HS, read Chris Sturgis's CompetencyWorks post from last December, which begins: "Inspiring. I know no other word to describe the students and staff at Bronx International High School (BxIHS)."


Upcoming Events

April's Online Session

When: Wednesday, April 22 4-5 pm (tomorrow!)
Presenter: Madelaine Hackett of Urban Assembly Maker Academy
Topic: Design Thinking: Developing a Mastery System for a Year One School

After a sneak preview last week, we are so excited for tomorrow's session! Madelaine will share UA Maker's mastery-based grade-tracking system, and the
 cycle of defining, designing, and developing that has led to it. Her presentation includes lots of visuals, including many amazing custom-created open-source tools and resources. You might want to steal and tweak some for your school (with attribution to UA Maker, this is totally legit)! In short: This session is a must-see.

Sign up for what is bound to be a rich and useful discussion.

Announcing our first interest-driven working group:
Mastery in Math classrooms.

Math teachers: Join our First Working Group

By popular demand, our first interest-driven working group this spring will focus on math and mastery. We hope to meet twice before the end of the school year to talk shop and share competency and outcome maps, and compare assessments, rubrics, and alignments to standards. Per session may be available for MC members who participate.

Are you in? Please sign up here. Please share this with other mastery-oriented math teachers who may be interested in joining.

Next school year, the MC hopes to start working groups for other disciplines and topics. ELA? Social Studies? Science? Badging? Middle School? If you have an idea for a working group please let us know at Thanks!

Stay tuned for an announcement about the future of the Mastery Collaborative!

Forwarding Contest Winner!

Special shout-out to East Bronx Academy for the Future for being the Mastery Collaborative school with the most opens of our March newsletter!

Administrators, feel free to forward these newsletters to your staff. Teachers, forward it to interested colleagues and friends you believe could benefit from these resources. Our group thrives on activity, connections, and resource sharing.


Save these Dates!

Upcoming online & in-person meeting for the Mastery Collaborative


Monthly online sessions:

Wed April 22: Design Thinking a Mastery System with UA Maker - ONLINE SESSION RSVP here

Wed May 20: MC May Online Session -- Math & Mastery - RSVP here

Quarterly in person sessions:

June 3, 2015 - Mastery Resource Share - IN PERSON SESSION

Mastery Collaborative Schools

The Mastery Collaborative welcomes schools and individual practitioners who are using, piloting, or actively exploring mastery practices with students. Participating schools complete a Mastery Inventory form, and agree to share resources such as frameworks, templates, exemplar competency maps, rubrics, and assignments. Please contact us or fill out the Mastery Collaborative Sign-Up Form if you or others at your school are interested in joining.

Please stay tuned for exciting news about our plans for next year!

Academy of Innovative Technology
Academy for Software Engineering
Bronx Academy for Software Engineering
Bronx Arena High School
Bronx Compass High School
Bronx International High School
Brooklyn International High School
Carroll Gardens School for Innovation
City-As School
Community Health Academy
Curtis High School
East Bronx Academy for the Future
EPIC High School North
EPIC High School South
The Facing History High School
Frank McCourt High School
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Frederick Douglas Academy VII
Hillcrest High School
Hudson High School for Learning Technologies
The James Baldwin School
Laboratory School of Finance Technology
Manhattan International High School
Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice
New Design High School
New Directions Secondary School
North Queens Community High School
NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies
NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies
Olympus Academy
Pan American International HS at Monroe
Quest to Learn
Satellite Academy
School of the Future
Urban Assembly Maker Academy
The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria

The Young Women's Leadership School of the Bronx
Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction

In This Issue

March Online Session Recap

Sign-Up for Future Events

Schedule for Spring 2015




April 22nd Online Session Registration

Math Working Group PIlot Registration 

May 20th Online Session Registration -- Math & Mastery


Previous Event Links

Mastery Collaborative Launch Slide Deck

Pictures from the Launch

ebruary's Digital Tools for Mastery Event Slide Deck

February's Digital Tools for Mastery 'Dream Platform' List

Pictures from the Digital Tools for Mastery ' Event


Online Session Links

March Online Session Recorded Presentation (Bronx International HS)

March Online Session Slide Deck (Bronx International HS)

January Online Session Recorded Presentation (TYWLS-Astoria)

January Online Session Slide Deck (TYWLS-Astoria)

December Online Session Recorded Presentation (Carroll Gardens School for Innovation)

December Online Session Slide Deck (Carroll Gardens School for Innovation)

November Online Session Presentation 

Join the Mastery Collaborative

Mastery Collaborative Google Folder

Mastery Collaborative Folder

Examples of Competencies/Outcomes

Progress Report Examples

Other Mastery Resources

Competency Works

An online resource blog dedicated to providing information and knowledge about competency education in the K-12 education system

Video Link

Mastery-Based Learning (Featuring FDA VII)

The Art and Science of Designing Competencies Issue Brief

Chris Sturgis, Competency Works

The Shift from Cohorts to Competency

Digital Learning Now paper, including the 10 capabilities of a competency-aligned system

Competency Works
Competency Works
Competency Works
Competency Works
Competency Works
About the Mastery Collaborative

This newsletter supports the Mastery Collaborative by connecting the growing number of NYC-based mastery practitioners and spreading the word about upcoming sessions, shared resources, and other opportunities.

If someone forwarded this newsletter to you, you can sign up to get information about upcoming events, recaps of recent events, links for sign-ups, surveys, and profiles of mastery practices at participating schools.

Listed above, you will find links to our shared folders containing resources from the community and links to a growing number of resources from around the country.

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