MTC Events

Members and Non-Members can now register for Symposium, Sept. 19-20!
 

Our annual symposium will be taking place September 19-20th in San Diego, CA. Register and access more information here.

 

Upcoming Events

  • September 19-20, 2022In-Person Symposium

    We are excited to reconnect in person at our Symposium on September 19-20 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego. Registration is open for members and prospective members. Learn more about the event here.
  • September 23, 2022NACAC Conference 2022

    Navigating A Post-Pandemic Admissions Process: Opportunities to Elevate Student Skills, Character, and Knowledge features Nikki Chun, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at University of Hawaii at Manoa, Jim Bonner, Associate Director of Admissions at University of San Diego and Casey Decker LaBar, Associate Director of Admission at Chapman University. Inspired by the resiliency of our members to navigate an intense time in college admission counseling, Edgar Montes will moderate this dynamic higher ed panel at 10:30am CT.

Past Events: 2022

  • July 14, 2022Open Office Hours

    Morning and afternoon office hours provided members an opportunity to connect with MTC staff and flesh out their strategic priorities related to mastery learning for the upcoming school year.
  • June 27, 2022ISTELive 22

    It’s a pivotal moment in education. While much has changed, much more is possible. A diverse group of education thought leaders, including CEO Mike Flanagan, discuss their vision and surface barriers to overcome for every student to succeed. "Defining What's Possible for Reinvented Learning: Think Tank Session" will use social media and art to enhance the dialogue.
  • June 21, 2022Bringing Learner & Educator Voices Into the Design of Graduation-Level Competencies

    Attendees learned how to include key stakeholder voices in decision making, as well as tips for drafting competencies that become the foundation of a graduate's MTC Learning Record or Mastery Transcript.
  • June 15-16, 2022Northern Cass Personalized Learning Institute

    How can schools/districts accelerate their journey to personalized, competency-based learning? What happens when learners engage in experiences that help them progress towards mastery of competencies prioritized in your school's graduate profile. Senior Director of Member Engagement, Susie Bell, shares strategies for transformation at Northern Cass Personalized Learning Institute.
  • May 23, 2022Reimagining High School:
    Learning from Mastery School of Hawken

    The team at Mastery School of Hawken shared their story of design and iteration in developing a project/community-based approach to mastery learning for their high school learners. Their expertise and insights around creating the conditions for deep, student-driven learning can help guide other schools to reimagine the design of their own learning ecosystems.
  • May 4, 2022Khan Academy Ed Talk with Mike Flanagan

    How can mastery learning lead to student proficiency? Mike Flanagan, CEO of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, joined Kristen DiCerbo, PhD to talk about personalized learning, standards-based grading, and how to make it all work in the classroom.
  • April 27, 2022Competency-Mastery Credit Workshop

    Leveraging the recently published What About Credits? resource, this session focused on drafting high quality competencies/ mastery credits.
  • April 14, 2022What School Could Be Game Changer Series

    MTC CEO Mike Flanagan joined board members D'Andre Weaver (Chief Digital Equity Officer of Digital Promise) and Kedra Ishop (VP for Enrollment Management at University of Southern California) for this free event. This conversation detailed how mastery learning is a powerful strategy driving K–12 school transformation and how our Mastery Transcript is helping to break new ground in college admissions practices.
  • April 6, 2022MTC Community Talkback

    All were welcome to join us and hear from innovative education leaders who are implementing mastery learning models. Conversation centered on questions about how and why mastery learning is the way forward.
  • April 5, 2022ASU + GSV Summit

    Human skills - such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity - are in-demand across every sector of the economy. But in an education paradigm shaped by standardized subject-matter tests, what does that look like in practice? CEO Mike Flanagan had the opportunity to speak on this timely panel, Paradigm Shifting: How to Make Durable Skills the New Prioritized Core, in San Diego.
  • March 31, 2022CEO Town Hall

    MTC's CEO, Mike Flanagan, shared updates on all things MTC, provided his take on the competency-based education landscape, previewed upcoming tools currently in development, and answered member questions.
  • February 23, 2022Launching MTC Grow

    In this session, two member schools- Pomfret School and Stuart Hall- shared their experience utilizing MTC Grow and the impacts it has had on their planning and prioritization.
  • January 26, 2022Kickoff:
    Monthly Member Meetings

    MTC is hosting monthly meetings in 2022 to keep members in the know and leverage our collective consortium. In this kickoff session, attendees got a sneak peek of MTC Grow and participated in a Q&A.

Past Events: 2021

  • December 7, 2021Exhibitions of Learner Mastery Using MTC Tools: Session #3

    This webinar series features member school faculty and leaders sharing their experiences, with Q&A as well as engaging brainstorming conversations. In session 3, we heard from Suffield High School regarding their mastery-based senior capstone which utilizes the Exhibitions of Learner Mastery platform.
  • December 2, 2021MTC Parent Talkback

    Ever wonder exactly how to explain personalized, competency-based education to parents and guardians- especially when they may only be accustomed to traditional grades? In this very special conversation, attendees heard first-hand accounts from parents being invited to and included in the Journeys to Mastery Learning.
  • October 28, 2021Exhibitions of Learner Mastery Using MTC Tools: Session #2

    This webinar series features member school faculty and leaders sharing their experiences, with Q&A as well as engaging brainstorming conversations. In session 2, Susie Bell explained the functionality of and steps toward developing an Exhibition of Learner Mastery and held open office hours for schools to pose ideas and questions.
  • October 13, 2021MTC Fall Member Meeting

    In this all-member meeting, members learned about our progress towards changing the paradigm of high school learning for good! We shared updates on product development and releases, engagement opportunities, and our growing list of member schools who've committed to using the Transcript this year.
  • October 5, 2021Exhibitions of Learner Mastery Using MTC Tools: Session #1

    MTC Member Schools have been brainstorming ways to begin using the Transcript Builder tools to catalyze the move to mastery learning within their schools. Whether the opportunities are focused on special program offerings, capstone projects, intersessions or interested student volunteers, we're encouraging our member schools to seize these opportunities as "light lift" ways to start using the MTC digital tools internally.

    This webinar series featured The Workshop at Phillips Academy faculty and leaders sharing their experiences, with Q&A as well as engaging brainstorming conversations.
  • September 30, 2021MTC Utah Talkback

    What does project/competency-based learning look like from a state level?

    This conversation featured Utah State Board of Education's divergent stakeholders—from the classroom to central office—who are partnering to foster mastery learning in their public school district. Takeaways and lessons learned are of extreme value as we kick off another history-making academic year.
  • August 18, 2021Mastery Learning & College Admission Forum with Khan Lab High School

    In addition to a keynote address by Sal Khan, a group of engaging speakers helped us explore mastery-based learning, unpack the Mastery Transcript®, and offered guidance and examples of how admission offices have used it to assess a student’s potential and match for their institutions.
  • July 21, 2021MTC Higher Ed Talkback

    Representatives from University of Michigan, Georgetown, and University of Vermont discussed how the Mastery Transcript® fits into a newly emerging admissions process and makes way for more well-rounded, impassioned college students.
  • May 19, 2021 MTC Learner Talkback

    This student panel was the first in a series of interactive conversations with distinct communities invested in the Mastery Transcript®. Attendees heard from college-bound learners who have matriculated using the Transcript and asked any burning questions to demystify how everything actually comes together for empowered, young adults evidencing their own learning.
  • April 28, 2021MTC All-Member Meeting

    This session covered updates and successes from the past year, answered member questions, and collected insights to help MTC empower the shift to learner-centered mastery education. We celebrate this incredible community of schools committed to equity and excellence!

Past Events: 2020

  • Fall Fridays: October 30, 2020Fall Fridays Wrap-Up and Next Steps for Member Engagement

    In the final Fall Friday session, we provided feedback on the Symposium and shared what we have in store for member engagement experiences in the coming months.
  • Fall Fridays: October 30, 2020MTC College Counselors Session

    Periodically, we love to gather our college counselors for a review of all that's been happening as schools continue to send the Mastery Transcript®.

    Edgar Montes led this session, designed specifically for college counseling staff, to learn about the pilot year of sending the Transcript, the resulting updates and changes that have been implemented- enhancing the experience of building the Transcript for students, and how Higher Education interacted with the Transcript this past year.
  • Fall Fridays: October 23, 2020Member Schools Share:
    Anti-Racism Efforts

    We invited member schools to join us and share their efforts toward tackling systems and structures that perpetuate racism and other injustices within their schools.

    Many members are hard at work in creating the momentum and real change necessary to eradicate racial injustice from their school environments — and we eagerly highlighted these successes within mastery learning environments.

    Conversations centered around these questions and more:
    — How does a mastery learning philosophy and approach lead to greater equity and justice in schools?
    — Who needs to be involved in the work?
    — What strategies have been most effective at starting and sustaining real change?
  • Fall Fridays: October 23, 2020Global Online Academy:
    Principles of High-Quality, Competency-Based Learning

    How might online/hybrid learning support mastery and personalization in schools?

    Global Online Academy (GOA) guided participants through a design process that showed them how to apply principles of high-quality online learning to support competency-based learning. Participants practiced strategies GOA has honed over a decade of designing passion-based, learner-centered online courses, strategies that support the three pillars of competency-based learning: agency, equity, and transfer.
  • Fall Fridays: October 23, 2020Jay McTighe:
    Aligned Curriculum and Instruction Systems for Mastery Learning

    To realize the aims of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, schools will need to move toward a competency-based system for developing 21st Century Skills, focusing on academic content outcomes, increasing the use of project-based learning, collecting evidence of authentic performance within and across disciplines, allowing greater personalization of learning, and developing a grading/transcript approach for documenting all of the above.

    Drawing on two recent books, Leading Modern Learning: A Blueprint for Vision-Driven Schools, 2nd ed. (Solution Tree, 2019) and Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects: Tools for Meaningful Learning and Assessment (ASCD, 2020), Jay McTighe presented ideas for creating the kind of aligned Curriculum and Assessment System called for by the MTC.
  • Fall Fridays: October 16, 2020New Member Meetup

    New school members who have joined us since June — and anyone else who wanted to convene and welcome them — were invited to connect on all things mastery, learn about member offerings, and network with like-minded peers committed to transforming learning for good.
  • Fall Fridays: October 16, 2020Korda Institute for Teaching: Mastery-Based Teaching

    Mastery learning provides a vehicle for equity and agency through education. HOW we implement it is the key.

    At a time of extreme isolation, social distancing, and racial injustice, educators are achieving high levels of engagement and personalized learning with a teaching methodology that has been successfully implemented in hundreds of K12 classrooms, in person and now online.

    This session, from Doris Korda of the Korda Institute of Teaching, highlighted core elements of this method that is rooted in cognitive science and results in student empowerment and deep learning of 21st century skills and academic content while students solve real problems for local organizations.
  • Fall Fridays: October 16, 2020Great Schools Partnership:
    How Grading Systems Create School Culture

    Grading and reporting systems do more than communicate each students' progress — they can also help create the culture in a school or even undermine the culture a school is trying to build.

    In this session, led by Great Schools Partnership, we reviewed the eight central tenets that guide effective and equitable grading systems. We also explored sample policies and grading guidelines from schools that have used these tenets to successfully re-design the systems they use to score student work and report student grades in an effort to lead to more equitable outcomes.

    As schools transition to using the Mastery Transcript®, these principles support schools in taking the initial steps towards a more cohesive and complete communication of student skills, knowledge, and dispositions.
  • Fall Fridays: October 9, 2020Rinkema and Williams:
    Building a Transferable Model of Learning

    It is our obligation as educators to prepare our students for a world full of complexity, uncertainty, and unrelenting and constantly evolving streams of information. In order to do this, we must build (or rebuild) our systems of learning to be flexible and transferable.

    During this interactive workshop, led by Rinkema and Williams, members experienced what a standards-based lesson can feel like when the focus is on transferable skills. We modeled a simple system that not only transfers from content to content and throughout grade levels, but also sets up our learners for life outside of and after school.
  • Fall Fridays: October 9, 2020Envision Learning Partners: Virtual Defenses

    In the initial shift to distance learning last spring, we heard educators across the country asking a similar question, “Now that students are at home, how do I know they are not googling the answers to the test?” Our response, which has only deepened as school remains virtual in many places across the country, is “perhaps you want to rethink the test...”

    Defenses of learning are an incredibly meaningful way for teachers and students alike to know what students know. This is true when we have the joy of being in person with each other, and it is also true in a virtual context.

    Envision Learning Partners asked participants to consider the conditions they currently face as educators, create design principles that can guide their thinking, and even brainstorm a version of a defense of learning they can try out right now.
  • Fall Fridays: October 9, 2020How Do We Change
    How the World Evaluates
    High School Students?

    The MTC product team shared details of what we learned in the first year of the Mastery Transcript as it became 'real', what we have built for this fall and winter that’s new, and what we are planning for our next-generation of tools for member schools and college admissions officers.
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  • Fall Fridays: October 2, 2020Greg Curtis Consulting:
    Curating Quality Evidence for the Mastery Transcript®

    Portfolios are a powerful learning tool, especially during disruptive times such as these. Good portfolio frameworks support students’ conscious and targeted engagement with artifacts of learning. However, schools have often not leveraged the potential of portfolios effectively.

    Students need to do more than simply collect artifacts. They need to select good evidence aligned with articulated learning goals, interpret its quality and reflect deeply on its meaning to them as learners. This requires intent and support, especially in a mastery environment focused on evidence.

    During this session with Greg Curtis, we explored tools and strategies to support students in using their portfolios to look both backwards and forwards to understand and drive their learning.
  • Fall Fridays: October 2, 2020Next Gen Learning Challenges:
    Hybrid Learning and CBE

    What does effective competency-based education look like in remote and hybrid learning environments?

    Two of Next Generation Learning Challenges’ national set of next gen learning grantees that have emerged as influential leaders in CBE say that “anywhere, anytime” learning is a fundamental hallmark of this approach. Participants in this session learned about the ways VLACS and Building 21 are making CBE work during a pandemic — with many deep implications for school and district reform once the pandemic subsides.
  • Fall Fridays: October 2, 2020Fireside Chat:
    College Admissions in Context

    MTC's Fall Fridays Member Symposium kicked off with College Admissions in Context — a fireside-style conversation between Stacy Caldwell, CEO of MTC, and Angel Perez, PhD, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and a member of MTC's Higher Education Advisory Group.

    They engaged in a conversation about all things college admissions in the context of calls for racial justice, COVID-19, and the movement to mastery learning across the globe.
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  • September 14, 2020Webinar Update for Member Schools

    Back to School: as our members returned to school in a variety of formats and models, MTC provided them with an update on our projects and a glimpse into our future offerings.
  • August 10 - 14, 2020Sustainability: Building Capacity to Sustain Change Over Time

    This is the fifth and final course in the MTC Professional Learning Courses for member schools offered this academic year. Each course is online and designed to meet our member schools where they are in their unique journeys to the Mastery Transcript®. The total time commitment for this course is about four to six hours.
  • July 27 - 31, 2020Alignment: Ensuring Culture and Structures Support Mastery Learning

    This is the fourth of five distinct courses in the MTC Professional Learning Courses for member schools. This course focuses on the elements of school beyond the classroom that must change to support mastery learning. Using a case study approach, participants have a chance to explore how a variety of mastery-based schools are designed in terms of time, space, grading and reporting, and human resources. The total time commitment for this course is about four to six hours.
  • April 23 - 30, 2020MTC Online Member School Symposium

    MTC's Member School Symposium was moved online — a great opportunity for professional learning and connection across our entire membership; instead of two days in San Diego, the offerings were scheduled over the entire week to provide members with all the flexibility they need.
  • January 12 - 17, 2020Learning Model: Define How Learning and Teaching Will Change

    This is the third of five distinct courses in the MTC Professional Learning Courses for member schools. Each course is online and designed to meet our member schools where they are in their unique journeys to the Mastery Transcript®. The total time commitment for this course is about four to six hours. To learn more, please read our announcement.

Past Events: 2019

  • December 10, 2019Welcome Meeting for New Member Schools

    This was our quarterly webinar. All members were encouraged to attend, especially new members who have joined since September. Members received an overview of our many exciting resources and opportunities, as well as asked any questions.
  • November 18–22, 2019Graduate Profile:
    Define Success for All Learners

    This is the second of five distinct courses in the MTC Professional Learning Courses for member schools. Each course is online and designed to meet our member schools where they are in their unique journeys to the Mastery Transcript®. The total time commitment for this course is about four to six hours. To learn more, please read our announcement.
  • October 21-25, 2019Purpose and Vision:
    Define a Compelling Reason to Innovate

    This is the first of five distinct courses in the MTC Professional Learning Courses for member schools. Each course is online and designed to meet our member schools where they are in their unique journeys to the Mastery Transcript®. The total time commitment for this course is about four to six hours. To learn more, please read our announcement.
  • September 26-27, 2019Member School Meeting

    This meeting for Site Directors took place at The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.
  • August 28, 2019Challenge Success Webinar

    This webinar for members was hosted with the team from Challenge Success to introduce interested member schools to their survey tools. As we shared in the July newsletter, these tools can provide schools with valuable data regarding students’ school experiences, which can then inform stakeholders regarding the need for system-wide change at their school.
  • August 12–23, 2019Introduction to Mastery Learning

    This was part of the Mastery Learning Series for member school leaders and teachers and took place online.
  • June 25, 2019Tour the Transcript

    MTC hosted a webinar exclusively for member heads of school, principals, and superintendents who wanted an opportunity to take a tour of the transcript with Mike Flanagan, MTC’s Chief Product Officer. Mike provided an update on our Pilot and Beta Testing Schools and facilitated a Q&A about all things Mastery. The webinar took place from 3 to 4 p.m. EST.
  • June 17-28, 2019Introduction to Mastery Learning

    This was part of the Mastery Learning Series for member school leaders and teachers and took place online.
  • May 30, 2019Member Office Hours

    MTC’s Office Hours took place from 3 to 4 p.m. EST. This low-key Q&A session had no set agenda–rather, it was led by member questions!
  • May 6-7, 2019Member School Meeting

    This meeting for Site Directors took place at Northeastern University's Raytheon Ampitheater in Boston, MA.
  • April 24, 2019Student Voices: Feedback on the Mastery Transcript

    This member webinar took place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST online.
  • March 4-5, 2019Member School Meeting

    This meeting for Site Directors took place at Wildwood School Upper and Middle Campus in Los Angeles, CA.

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