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MTC Announces Professional Learning Opportunities

By December 19, 2017 No Comments

Mastery Learning Series Launches in 2018 for Member Schools

The Mastery Transcript Consortium is excited to offer a trilogy of short online courses to educators from member schools who want to learn more about mastery learning and bringing a mastery transcript to their schools. Designed in partnership with Global Online Academy, the Mastery Learning Series provides educators with critical understanding and practice in mastery learning and its impact on our work with learners. Learn from experts in the field as well as interact with colleagues from other member schools. The hope is that participating in these courses will advance the work at MTC member schools introducing the Mastery Transcript in their communities.

“The MTC is pleased to partner with Eric Hudson, Bonnie Lathram, and their skilled GOA colleagues in offering the Mastery Learning Series to MTC member school staff,” said Patricia Russell, executive director of MTC. “For those eager to explore the potential for mastery learning well in advance of even considering implementation of the digital Mastery Transcript, the Mastery Learning series is a cost-effective and convenient way to invite a much larger group of colleagues on your campus to get involved.”

Join In

Register online today. Registration is open to colleagues at MTC member schools. Please see prerequisites below for each course. For more information, contact info@mastery.org.

The schedule of courses includes:

Introduction to Mastery Learning

Winter: February 26–March 9, 2018
Summer: June 18–29, 2018

The trilogy of online courses on mastery learning kicks off with a holistic, introductory course on what mastery learning is and its (potential and real) impact on teaching and learning. First, participants dive into a short playlist of resources that provide a holistic overview of mastery learning and offer a common vocabulary we’ll use throughout the mastery learning trilogy. During this two-week learning experience, participants might spend anywhere from one to five hours per week exploring six essential strands: assessment, content, place, student’s role, teacher’s role, and time. Through examining key resources and engaging in hands-on activities, participants can earn digital badges in each strand. Expect high energy interactions with facilitators who have taught in mastery learning environments. Learn from expert guest speakers and connect more deeply with colleagues from around the globe at other MTC member schools. Come to connect. Leave with ideas and insights in the field of mastery learning.

Registration closes: February 15, 2018, for winter section and June 1, 2018, for summer section.
Cost: $50 per participant.

Teaching for Mastery Learning Lab

July 9–20, 2018

The second in the Mastery Learning trilogy, the Teaching for Mastery Learning Lab, helps participants design and discuss mastery credits, both content-specific and transdisciplinary. Participants will understand and practice developing and organizing mastery credit areas as well as foundational and advanced mastery credits. With the support of coaches and the insights of guest speakers, participants gain practical experience and useful feedback on this work as well as uncover the role that assessments play in fundamentally shaping the learner experience. Designed in the same personalized format as Introduction to Mastery Learning, this course gives participants the flexibility to spend anywhere from one to five hours per week, with digital badges available to those who bring the work of the course to school-based conversations and classroom practice.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Mastery Learning
Registration closes: June 1, 2018
Cost: $100 per participant

Leading for Mastery Learning Lab

July 30–August 10, 2018

In the final course in the Mastery Learning series, Leading for Mastery Learning Lab, participants explore theories of whole-school change and develop a project that involves stakeholders across the community, including families and students. Designed as a collaborative, project-based experience, this course allows participants to learn and apply ideas from school leaders already immersed in this work as well as forge connections with new colleagues. This advanced course asks for four to six hours/week from each participant, including asynchronous and synchronous interaction with team members, independent research, and design activities. With the support of an expert coach and access to a panel of guest speakers, participants leave the Leading for Mastery Learning Lab with key strategies and a project plan for implementation at their schools.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Mastery Learning, Teaching for Mastery Learning Lab
Registration closes: July 1, 2018
Cost: $150 per participant

About Mastery Transcript Consortium

The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) is a collective of high schools organized around the development and dissemination of an alternative model of assessment, crediting, and transcript generation. Together we hope to change the relationship between preparation for college and college admissions for the betterment of students. Visit http://mastery.org for more information.

About Global Online Academy

The mission of Global Online Academy is to replicate in online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools; to foster new and effective ways, through best practices in online education, for students to learn; and to promote students’ global awareness and understanding by creating truly diverse, worldwide, online schoolroom communities. Visit http://www.globalonlineacademy.org/ for more information.

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About Jenny Barker

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