Many school leaders in mastery-based learning systems had no specific roadmap for change, so anticipating the challenges inherent in transforming very entrenched and traditional school systems is nearly impossible. Having learned a lot from member schools and from the field of education more broadly, MTC developed an evidence-based framework of support in the MTC Journeys to Mastery Learning. The framework helps like-minded member schools learn from one another and advance their own school's unique journey to mastery-based learning.
MTC member schools are at different places in their journey, but the common phases our member schools experience include:
MTC’s five stage framework is a guide to inquiry, collaboration, and iterative design, not a blueprint for change. While each school will forge its unique path to realize mastery learning in the context of its community, these essential design elements are vital to shifting to mastery learning and implementing the Mastery Transcript.
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Our initial series of MTC member school case studies features schools whose journeys have some similar shapes and paths, but with distinctly different contexts and steps. One of the core strengths of MTC’s diverse network of schools is that it brings together public and private member schools who are facing similar challenges and offer connections and insight to one another.