After 125 years, it’s time to reimagine the high school curriculum for the 21st century and to encourage teaching and assessment of the skills and dispositions that matter most. Our students deserve a more accurate measure, and they shouldn’t have to wait another century for their transcripts to better reflect their accomplishments.
“We arrived excited about the possibilities that MTC offers, and left not only encouraged, but inspired by the collective potential of the thinkers and educators in the room,” wrote two educators from an MTC member school, after attending our recent Site Director meeting.
During a recent MTC Advisory Council meeting in Houston, a panel of four Site Directors from MTC member schools, who are preparing to pilot the Mastery Transcript in 2019-2020, shared insights from their journeys to mastery learning and feedback about early interactions with the Mastery Transcript prototype.
“The Mastery Transcript can help us even better identify the students who are really going to light this place up,” said Liz Cheron, dean of admissions at Northeastern University.
Michelle Lyon, assistant head of school at MTC member school Parish Episcopal High School, shares how the school community transformed the way it was “doing school.” For your school’s toolkit, Lyon also shares journey maps that showcase the change process for student engagement and teaching and learning.
Joe Feldman, an author and the founder of Crescendo Education Group, gave the keynote at MTC’s member school meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. He shared with member school participants—some new to MTC’s work, others who have been part of this work for some time—his work on equitable grading practices.
“We wanted our students to be proud of themselves, proud of their learning, and feel accomplished and equipped with the most important skills to be successful in college, career, and life,” said Bell. Read on for the story of how one district turned their students into active, engaged learners–and some strategies and tools that could help other schools, too.