As the MTC celebrates its first birthday, Executive Director Stacy Caldwell reflects upon progress, expresses gratitude, and looks ahead to an “energetic and busy year”
There is something exhilarating about jumping on a speeding train! When I joined the Mastery Transcript Consortium as the executive director last month, it felt like I hopped on board at just the right time.
One year ago today, the Mastery Transcript Consortium officially launched. On that day, an initial group of 55 schools came together and connected their efforts to build a new model of education for students.
A lot has happened over the past year that is worthy of celebration. Our membership has grown to more than 170 schools, and we have held a series of successful site director meetings—all of which make us humbly grateful to the amazing energy our members are putting into changing and improving the education model for their students.
Through the generosity of the Edward E. Ford Foundation and our founding member schools, we have secured the funding to develop the transcript tool, which has allowed us to kick off design work and undertake plans for a series of pilots during the 2018–19 school year. And we have begun the process of building partnerships with an amazing array of organizations who are also committed to supporting more authentic and engaging learning experiences for students.
On this day, we want to pause for a moment and say thank you. Thank you to the EE Ford Foundation and to our member schools for providing the funding to support this work. Thank you to our founder, Scott Looney and our initial Board for their vision; and thank you to the team that has made great progress this past year. Thank you to our new friends and partners for your ideas, energy, and guidance. And, most of all, thank you to our members for joining this movement and ensuring that this work will get accomplished.
We are looking forward to another energetic and busy year. You can expect to see our membership continue to grow as we welcome public schools to the Consortium. We will be iterating through design models and an initial build of technology this year, and we know that our pilot and working group schools will provide us with innumerable learnings. We are happy with the progress we’ve made in year one, and anxious to build upon and exceed those successes in year two and beyond!