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2023 MTC Symposium

Location: Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge

Dates: October 2-3, 2023

Update: The hotel is completely sold out! Please check out surrounding hotels if you have not secured lodging yet.

Registration is now closed for the 2023 Symposium. To reach out about the limited slots available, please email as soon as possible.

Mapping your Journey: Grow, Progress, Share

More than likely, you have used a GPS to help you navigate somewhere for the first time. Accessing step-by-step directions is so ubiquitous as to be taken for granted, but it remains a key support for nascent travelers. At our 2023 Symposium, you will have the opportunity to utilize tools, exchange user stories, and learn more about mapping
your route to competency-based learning.


Grow: MTC Grow and the embedded Journey to Mastery Learning (JML) continues to be a uniquely valuable tool for members identifying strategic goals and next steps. Breakout sessions are aligned with JML competencies so that you can tailor your experience to your organization's priorities.

Progress: We are excited to unveil a competency-based Progress Tracker. Whether you are just beginning to track competencies or already doing so schoolwide, this is a critical tool for giving high-quality, actionable feedback to learners and snapshots of progress to parents, caregivers, and educators.

Share: You will have the opportunity to hear from multiple members on their innovative practices, as well as from Mastery Transcript sending schools and schools who sent MTC Learning Records (MLRs) for the first time in 2022-23. A breakout session has been curated for schools interested in starting a pilot to begin to collect and share evidence of their learners' achievements.

Symposium Details

We welcome Virgel Hammonds as a keynote presenter.

He is a national expert in successful systems-level change because he's done it. Virgel was principal at Lindsay Unified School District in CA, superintendent in Maine’s RSU 2 School District, and currently serves as Chief Learning Officer for Knowledgeworks. We look forward to engaging Virgel in rich discussions around better supporting learners through system change.

We are also thrilled to have Shantel Goodman-Luckett , Chief Experience Officer at NACAC, joining us.

At NACAC, Shantel interfaces with admission offices across the country to understand the evolving landscape of higher education admissions and the challenges they face. As a member of MTC’s Board of Directors, Shantel serves a critical role in MTC’s work supporting members in using our tools effectively for higher education admission. Her insights will help attendees understand the broader context of college admissions practices in a post-pandemic world.
Attendees will also curate their experience through targeted breakouts aligned to the Journey to Mastery Learning (JML). See a sample of session previews and their aligned JML competencies below:
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Positive Student Identity Development

Equity-Driven Decisions: Challenge Success will lead this session in which participants explore the integration of positive identity development into curriculum and instruction to enhance belonging and engagement by analyzing data, research, and classroom examples.

How Can We Foster Mastery With Meaning?

Learner Leaders: This session, led by World Leadership School, will focus on purpose learning—a framework which integrates thinking, feeling, and doing and pushes students to root learning in their unique purpose.

Redefining Equity, Differentiation, & the Purpose of Schooling

Equity-Driven Decisions: How can 130 years of research on human learning modernize schooling to promote learning success? COGx will lead this session on applying the Science of Learning to create more equitable and effective differentiation strategies.

Crack the Code: How to Leverage Competency-Aligned Data

Reflective and Strategic Iteration: In this session, the GOA team will dive into processes for data-informed decision-making and share strategies for making sustainable changes at the individual teacher, course, and program levels.

Seeding & Growing Change

Vision-System Integration: Attendees in this session, How to Make School Mostly about What’s Being Learned (Instead of Mostly What’s Being Taught), will learn from Korda Institute on rooting school design in community partnerships and relevant problem solving.
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A Roadmap to Differentiation

Timely Support: Join this session, led by Modern Classrooms Project, to rethink your instructional practice and discover the roadmap to creating a differentiated, personalized, self-paced classroom.
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Does that Mean I Have an A?

Feedback for Growth: Led by Great Schools Partnership, attendees will examine the qualities of strong scoring criteria in a competency-based system and consider how it can help communicate student progress and inform assessments and instructional planning.
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Designing Assessments for the Skills Economy

Meaningful, Student-Driven Assessment: reDesign LLC's session explores the building blocks of a coherent, competency-driven assessment system designed to ensure that ALL young people can develop essential skills for both college and the new skills-based economy.

College Readiness: A Conversation with NCAA

Vision-System Integration: Sarah Overpeck, Director of High School Review for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will discuss the growing role of competency-based records in the eligibility determination process for college sports.
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Launching your Progress Tracker Pilot

Feedback for Growth: In this session, you will explore the Progress Tracker in more depth and begin mapping out a pilot for your unique context.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What time is the Symposium on both days?
Monday will be a full day and will end at 5pm, followed by an MTC-hosted Happy Hour. Tuesday is a half day and will wrap up at 1pm with a to-go lunch.
2When does registration close?
Registration is now closed. Please reach out to to inquire about the limited slots available as soon as possible if you are interested in attending.
3How many people from my team should attend?
Sending a team is encouraged, but not required. Teams might include a member of the school leadership, a school/college counselor, and the dean of academics/director of curriculum. Breakout sessions will allow for a differentiated experience for multiple team members.
4What should I do if we haven't finalized who will be attending?
If you would like to reserve spots for your team but are not sure who will be attending yet, simply complete the registration form for the size of your group and list any unconfirmed attendees as "TBD".
5How can I choose my breakout sessions and see who will be in attendance?
We will be using the Whova app to share the full attendee list and schedule. You will receive access to Whova after registration closes.
6I registered, but I am no longer able to attend the Symposium. Can I get a refund?
We regret that we are not able to offer refunds.