We sat down recently with Julia Bamba, principal of Gibson Ek, a public high school in Washington State that is also an MTC member school and part of the MTC Prototype Working Group (PWG). Now in its third year, Julia shared with us the progress that Gibson Ek has made as a Big Picture “real world learning” school, and how Gibson Ek is benefiting from participating in MTC’s PWG.
“The difference with mastery learning is that you can apply learning and feedback to real life. We research, test, fail, then innovate and improvise. Other systems of learning don’t account for that,“ said Jacob Warman ‘20, during the student panel at MTC’s October Site Director meeting in New York City. “There is more to our learning than just getting a grade.”
Challenge Success “supports the work of the Mastery Transcript Consortium to promote an alternative transcript and rubrics that truly reflect student mastery and help to reduce student stress and overload without reducing rigor…”
During January Term (“J-Term”), Kevin Moore, an educator in mathematics at MTC member school Malvern Preparatory School, facilitated “The Start-Up of You,” an innovative course he created to teach students about “treating themselves as a start-up, building a network, and investing in their futures.” Following he describes the experience, including the process of having students create their own “professional profile.”