School communities join MTC for a number of reasons, but we find those reasons are commonly driven by one or more of these changemakers:
Schools that are embracing real-world, collaborative, project-based learning that prioritizes 21st Century skills, SEL, and meta-cognitive skills. These Mastery Learning schools understand that traditional transcripts do not, and cannot, capture everything that their students are learning in, and out, of school.
Well resourced high schools--both public and private--with learners who perform extremely well on traditional academic indices, but are demonstrating worrying signs of stress, anxiety, and burnout. Leaders of these schools are seeing in real time how traditional measures of performance are fraying the well-being of the teens in their care, and are actively exploring alternative approaches that are more humane, without asking learners or their families to compromise on their college and career aspirations.
School leaders whose learners are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These leaders recognize that their students have talents and capabilities that are overlooked by traditional academic measures--they are eager to empower their learners with tools that allow them to tell their authentic stories, and to join a national discussion about re-thinking the college admissions process through a lens of equity.
Educational Thought Leaders
School leaders who want to stay at the forefront of the latest research on competency-based education, standards-based grading, and to join an active Community of Practice around the same, so that they can guide their staff and faculty to best-in-class resources for professional development in mastery teaching.
- Tools for Building Mastery Transcripts®
- Professional Learning
- Collaboration with College Admissions Partners
- Advocacy in States
- Thought Leadership & Network Partnership
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 & Sign-Up 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 and GOA’s From Theory to Practice are offered 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 reimagining 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
Most 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. MTC has learned a great deal from our member schools, and capturing the organic cadence and focus of these schools’ transformation processes for making the change to personalized, mastery-based learning is what we aim to provide for members in the Journeys to Mastery Learning framework. By combining practice with wisdom from change theory experts, our hope is that schools will apply the Journeys framework to their own unique school contexts to advance the future they envision for all of their students.
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.