MTC is often hosting, speaking at, and/or attending a number of events around the country and would love to connect with you.
December 13, 2022Ask MTC Anything SessionsMembers are welcome to stop by or stay for the whole hour to touch base with MTC staff before the end of the year. Members can access the link to the morning (10-11am EST) and afternoon (3-4pm EST) sessions here.
January 20, 2023Magellan SummitMTC's Susie Bell, Chief Program Officer, and Elena Hamilton, Member Engagement Project Manager, will present at the 2023 Magellan Summit in Utah, focused on shifting direction to student-centered learning.
Past Events: 2022
November 16, 2022MTC Grow WorkshopThis workshop, modeled on our session at the 2022 Symposium, gave attendees the opportunity to review MTC Grow, identify their school's strengths, and leave with action steps relevant to their unique school environment.
November 9, 2022Modern Classrooms Project: Fostering Innovative Practices that Promote MasteryIn our second partner-led webinar, led by the Modern Classrooms Project (MCP), educators shared what mastery looks like at different ages and stages and MCP shared how to take the first steps to foster innovative practices that support mastery-based learning.
October 26, 2022Aurora Institute Virtual SymposiumSenior Director of Higher Ed Engagement Eddie Arteaga and Edgar Montes facilitated a discussion with Monica Martinez, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Learning Policy Institute, and Ed Devine, Western Regional Director and Manager of Constituent Relations at Xavier University, entitled Using K-12 Performance Assessments and Competency-Based Transcripts in College Admissions .
October 25, 2022COGx: How the Science of Learning Supports MasteryIn this workshop, led by MTC's partner organization COGx, participants were be introduced to key insights from the science of learning, how these insights can improve instructional practices, and how COGx can support schools through this learning process.
October 24, 2022Aurora Institute Virtual SymposiumSenior Director of Member Engagement, Susie Bell, facilitated a discussion with Tom Klapp, Director of Personalized Learning for the Northern Cass School District, and Gwyneth Connell, English Teacher and Director of The Grauer Institute at Pomfret School, entitled You’ve Designed Your Graduate Profile. What’s Next? Learners Bringing it to Life.
October 23, 2022SAIS Annual ConferenceCEO Mike Flanagan's keynote, Finding Focus in a Blurry Future, dove into MTC's exploration of how competency-based credentials can advance student learning across the wider work and learning ecosystem. The path to "the good life" is no longer clear, and he unpacked how members schools are testing new models to span these worlds of K-12, college, and career for conference registrants.
October 20, 2022CBExchangeWhat happens when learners and educators are focused on a common set of competencies and the learning experiences are designed to help all learners progress towards mastery? Participants learned from educators who have done just this and have implemented the Mastery Transcript across their institutions as the summative record of learning. Chief Learning Officer, Patricia Russell, facilitated Summative Record Format Influences Student Learning: Lessons from MTC as part of the foremost conference on competency-based education for virtual and in-person registrants.
October 19, 2022MTC Community TalkbackHow does competency-based credentialing hold such potential to propel students forward along both learning and work pathways, match human talent to opportunities, and empower learners to tell their own stories? This virtual town hall featured representatives of America Succeeds, CAPS Network, Education Reimagined, Envision Learning Partners and Jobs for the Future.
October 18, 2022Deep Dive into the MTC Learning RecordThe MTC Learning Record (MLR) is live! Members joined this event to see a full MLR demo and engage in a discussion around how it can benefit their learners.
September 28, 2022Office HoursProspective members were welcome to learn more about our products, resources, and supports. Chief Learning Officer Patricia Russell demonstrated the newest versions of our learning records and answered participant questions.
September 23, 2022NACAC Conference 2022Navigating A Post-Pandemic Admissions Process: Opportunities to Elevate Student Skills, Character, and Knowledge featured 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. It was inspired by the resiliency of our members to navigate an intense time in college admission counseling.
September 19-20, 20222022 MTC SymposiumWe were thrilled to reconnect with 200+ attendees at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego for our annual Symposium.
August 23, 2022Office HoursProspective members were welcome to learn more about our products, resources, and supports. CEO Mike Flanagan demonstrated the newest versions of our learning records and answered participant questions.
July 14, 2022Open Office HoursMorning 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 22It’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, discussed their vision and surface barriers to overcome for every student to succeed. "Defining What's Possible for Reinvented Learning: Think Tank Session" used social media and art to enhance the dialogue.
June 21, 2022Bringing Learner & Educator Voices Into the Design of Graduation-Level CompetenciesAttendees 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 InstituteHow 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, shared strategies for transformation at Northern Cass Personalized Learning Institute.
May 23, 2022Reimagining High School:
Learning from Mastery School of HawkenThe 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 FlanaganHow can mastery learning lead to student proficiency? CEO Mike Flanagan 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 WorkshopLeveraging 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 SeriesMTC 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 TalkbackAll 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 SummitHuman 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 HallMTC'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 GrowIn 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 MeetingsMTC 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 #3This 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 TalkbackEver 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 #2This 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 MeetingIn 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 #1MTC 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 TalkbackWhat 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 SchoolIn 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 TalkbackRepresentatives 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 TalkbackThis 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 MeetingThis 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 EngagementIn 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 SessionPeriodically, 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 EffortsWe 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 LearningHow 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 LearningTo 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 MeetupNew 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 TeachingMastery 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 CultureGrading 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 LearningIt 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 DefensesIn 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 CBEWhat 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 ContextMTC'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 SchoolsBack 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 TimeThis 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 LearningThis 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 SymposiumMTC'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 ChangeThis 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 SchoolsThis 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 LearnersThis 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 InnovateThis 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 MeetingThis meeting for Site Directors took place at The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.
August 28, 2019Challenge Success WebinarThis 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 LearningThis was part of the Mastery Learning Series for member school leaders and teachers and took place online.
June 25, 2019Tour the TranscriptMTC 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 LearningThis was part of the Mastery Learning Series for member school leaders and teachers and took place online.
May 30, 2019Member Office HoursMTC’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 MeetingThis meeting for Site Directors took place at Northeastern University's Raytheon Ampitheater in Boston, MA.
April 24, 2019Student Voices: Feedback on the Mastery TranscriptThis member webinar took place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST online.
March 4-5, 2019Member School MeetingThis meeting for Site Directors took place at Wildwood School Upper and Middle Campus in Los Angeles, CA.