School communities join MTC for a number of reasons, but we find those reasons are commonly driven by one or more of these changemakers:
Our schools are reimagining what students learn in high school, and how they best learn it. They embrace real-world, collaborative, project-based learning, and prioritize 21st Century skills, SEL, and meta-cognitive skills. Member school leaders appreciate that traditional transcripts are poorly aligned to the learning models of the future, and that Mastery Learning empowers learners in–and out of–the classroom. Rethinking traditional grading is a powerful counter to student burnout; it is also a key tool for equity and serving students from marginalized communities. These schools join so that their learners have tools to tell their stories.
Teachers, parents, and thought leaders can now join the mastery learning conversation as well. If your school or district is not yet ready for full membership, or you just personally want to learn more, Individual Membership is for you. Individual members get access to MTC professional learning opportunities, and also help fund financially strained member schools through the MTC Scholarship Fund.
The best path to mastery learning stems from deep collaboration across towns, cities, and states. District partnerships with central offices committed to mastery learning can drive powerful system change. With high schools as our flagship partners, MTC district partnerships also align stakeholders in middle school, Higher Ed, and community.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Higher Education has been undergoing disruption. Forward-looking college leaders are embracing interdisciplinary and co-curricular learning, and re-aligning their faculties to focus on critical skills while offering their students a clear path to their first good job. College registrars considering digital competency-based credentials, and enrollment leaders looking for deeper insight into applicants, are all part of a wider mastery learning movement.
The MTC has developed an easy-to-use software platform that will allow students and schools to create and present evidence-based Mastery Transcripts.
If you are a member school and want to test or use the Mastery Transcript with your middle, high school or college students, please contact Patricia Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in membership, contact Ben Rein, email@example.com.
MTC provides a robust menu of professional learning experiences for your school’s Site Director(s) and beyond. We encourage members to take advantage of as much of what the MTC offers as their time allows. No matter what, you’ll be part of some of the most inspiring and useful conversations about education happening anywhere and open up access to these opportunities for your school community.
Our range of professional learning opportunities include annual mastery learning symposia, webinars, coaching & leadership seminars, a range of online courses, and access to the MTC community site. See Events for more information.
By joining a large—and growing—network of schools that want a better way for all students, you’ll add to the powerful voice for change. MTC is currently collaborating with admissions leaders and making the case in a number of different ways:
- Leadership: MTC has a growing Higher Ed Advisory Group that includes admissions leaders from a diverse group of colleges who are providing feedback on the Mastery Transcript, thought leadership, and advocacy.
- User Testing: MTC's transcript development team is conducting extensive user testing with numerous other colleges of different types and sizes throughout the country.
- Student Pioneers: There are dozens of students applying to a range of colleges with their Mastery Transcripts--and many being admitted to colleges of their choice.
State Educational Agencies (SEA’s) across the country are making positive steps towards improving student learning experiences in public schools through policy shifts that promote mastery-based learning. MTC is providing both advocacy and assistance in states where schools have been empowered to make these shifts. MTC actively supports schools through:
- Convening K-12 and higher education leaders to foster collaborative relationships and collective understanding around the power of the Mastery Transcript
- Contracts with state education agencies to offer MTC member benefits to schools looking to deepen their commitment to mastery based learning
- Direct legislative and policy advocacy at the state level
The Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC) brings together some of the country’s most innovative and intentional schools as they explore how they might reimagine their programs, assessment models, academic reporting, and how they define success for students.
Through the MTC Connect newsletter, MTC community site, members learn, ask and answer questions together. In addition, the MTC provides communications and press strategy support and members have access to the Challenge Success Stanford Survey of Student Experiences at special MTC member rates.
As an MTC member school just starting to consider mastery learning or beginning to send Mastery Transcripts this year, you’re an important part of a network of peers. Convening with educational experts across the country and around the world, you’ll be immersed in re-imagining learning and teaching, accelerating change in your school. You’re on a path to transformation; the MTC can show you how to move boulders out of the way.
Reinventing How Students Prepare for College, Career, and Life
The Mastery Transcript is game changer. We are providing a transcript that truly helps transform education for every single student. We are actively working with a range of college admissions offices—and they are excited to engage with us. One size never fit all, and that's what MTC is all about.
Journey Towards Mastery Learning
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: