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Video Story: Carla’s Curriculum

By September 1, 2018 No Comments

Remagining the School Day, Life After High School

MTC’s Executive Director Stacy Caldwell imagined and narrated the video “Carla’s Curriculum,” produced by the Kauffman Foundation. The video is an inspiring tale of a new education model, where there are “no grades, class is work and work is class, and learning and success thrive in a wonderland of systematic disruption.”

Carla’s Current School Day

Carla is a sophomore in high school who lives in the Bronx. She is doing fine in school, but every day is more or less the same. She has six, hour-long classes with a lunch break. Classes are, for the most part, offered in a lecture format. Teachers assign homework, which Carla is usually able to complete during the course of the day. School is something “she needs to get through,” rather than an experience that fully engages her love for technology and inspires her for the future.

Watch how Carla’s high school experience transforms from something “that allows her to pursue her deepest passions”–and how her vision for life after high school transforms, too.

Carla’s Day Reimagined

In a reimagined version of the school day, Carla is focused upon project-based learning within the school’s very individualized curriculum. During two of the five school days, Carla’s school experience extends beyond the classroom, as she works with a few technology firms in New York City. Her teachers serve as coaches, giving her thoughtful feedback on where she needs to improve and then helping her to get there. Carla works closely with teams of other students, and her transcript is a growing portfolio that shows what she has done to demonstrate and achieve her skills.

About MTC

The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) is a group of public and independent schools organized around the development of an alternative model of crediting and transcript design. While the Mastery Transcript product itself is still in the design stage, the Consortium has quickly filled with leading schools intent on shaping a more humane, effective, and meaningful tool for inspiring learning to mastery in students and then communicating it cleanly. Over the next decade, the MTC hopes to change the way students prepare for college, career, and life.

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman and is based in Kansas City, Mo. The foundation strives to have a national impact and global reach by working together with communities around the country to create opportunities and connect people to the tools they need to shape their futures and be successful. They believe that opportunity lies in the fields of education and entrepreneurship. Visit them online at www.kauffman.org.

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About Jenny Barker

Jenny is a writer for MTC. Contact her at barker@mastery.org.