Looking Back at Mastery Week
Thanks to Springpoint, Mastery Collaborative, Great Schools Partnership, KnowledgeWorks, NGLC, and all the other great organizations that participated in last week’s Mastery Week. It was a whirlwind of ideas and resources…and to be honest, I’m still processing it all.
Here is a quick guide to all the resources that were generated:
- Welcome to Mastery Communications Week! By Springpoint Schools
- Much Ado About Mastery-Based Transcripts: What Schools Need to Know and What They Can Do by Stephen Abbott, Great Schools Partnership
- The Mission and the Message by Mastery Collaborative
- Supporting Educators as Ambassadors for Mastery-Based Learning by Next Generation Learning Challenges
- Five Examples of Effective School Communication Strategies, on Five Different Platforms by KnowledgeWorks
- Demonstrating Mastery for Future Success Podcast by Getting Smart
In addition to these articles, I put together my thoughts in Competency Education and the Complicated Task of Communicating after reading the New York Times article on mastery-based education. I discuss the challenges we have in communicating the big ideas when critics may be using lenses that are different than our own or operating on little or no experience in competency-based schools.
Twitter Chat on Equity and Mastery
On Wednesday we had a twitter chat (I heard that we were trending on Twitter during that hour). Thanks to all the wonderful participants. I discovered or rediscovered resources, including:
- Zaretta Hammond and Ready for Rigor on culturally responsive teaching.
- An article by John Hattie that describes a new learning model as “three inputs and outcomes (skill, will, and thrill), success criteria, three phases of learning (surface, deep, and transfer) and an acquiring and consolidation phase within each of the surface and deep phases.” Love it – the THRILL of learning!
- Mastery Collaborative’s look at the intersection of culturally responsive teaching and equity.
As I “listened” to the chat, I started thinking that what we need to do is create a crosswalk of all the definitions of personalized learning and culturally responsive teaching. I think there are ways that some of the more student-centered (rather than technology-centered) ways of thinking about personalized learning could be strengthened to help us identify and challenge bias.
Voices from the Field
There was also a lot of resource-sharing during the week, including this podcast from reDesign with Bob Crumley, the previous superintendent of Chugach School District. A number of interviews representing parents, students, and educators from across the country were shared:
- Jaime Ramirez, parent of two students at The Advanced Learning Academy, and Daniel Allen from Santa Ana Unified School District feature an ED at the district level and an advisory board member of this same school.
- Colleen Collins, director of CICS West Belden in Chicago, and another from Sami Smith, a Middle School Mentor Teacher from the same school.
- Richard Haynes of NYCDOE’s NYC Men Teach & Mastery Collaborative’s own Jeremy Chan-Kraushar.
- Nancy Davis Griffin from the University of Southern Maine.
Did I miss something? Have a great resource to add? Just drop it in comments.