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Key Learnings and Resources from New Educator Collaborative on Mastery

Angela Duffy of Springpoint shares lessons learned and resources from Mastery Week, an online collaboration and sharing event for educators.

Now in its second year, Mastery Week provides a space for educators to share resources, learn from each other, and ask pressing questions on the topic of mastery. Also known as competency-based learning, mastery allows educators to establish a transparent set of learning goals with multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of key skills and content knowledge at a flexible pace.

As individual schools move toward full mastery implementation, they often feel isolated and eager to learn from others doing this work. We’ve found it is useful for practitioners to see strong examples, make connections with each other, and share resources so they can improve their practice and build systems.

Mastery Week creates opportunities for practitioners to see strong examples, make connections with each other, and share resources to improve their practice and build systems.

That’s why we at Springpoint created Mastery Week. Mastery Week provides a space to share resources, learn from each other, and ask pressing questions. Launched in 2017, the inaugural Mastery Week campaign centered on mastery communications, featuring resources and insights to help schools plan communications strategies that engage a range of stakeholders. You can find those articles and resources below.

Explore Mastery Week resources

This summer, we looked at measurement and assessment in a mastery-based system. We shared articles and resources, and encouraged conversations on this topic—from grading and reporting structures, to student agency, to designing individual assessments, and more. Springpoint convened partners to contribute their learnings and expertise, including Center for Collaborative Education, reDesign, NGLC, KnowledgeWorks, 2 Revolutions, Getting Smart, and Mastery Collaborative.

We published a blog post highlighting four different schools’ approach to mastery assessment and introducing our newest resource: Mastery-based Learning Components & Key Look Fors, a guiding document that offers a working definition and a concrete look at elements that live inside a mastery-based system.

One of the most interactive components of the week included a Twitter chat hosted by Virgel Hammonds, Chief Knowledge Officer at KnowledgeWorks. Dozens of mastery enthusiasts came together to talk about mastery assessment and make connections. We explored the purpose of assessment and discussed how mastery accelerates equity and makes room for student ownership of learning.

Check out a Twitter Moment of the chat

If you are interested in learning more about Mastery Week and accessing some of the resources, explore the roundup below, organized by key themes.

What assessment can look like in a mastery-based system

Approaches to designing individual and system level assessments in a mastery based environment

Reflecting on the changes that accompany mastery grading and reporting

Other ideas, resources, tips, and tools

About the Springpoint and Barr partnership

Barr Foundation’s Engage New England initiative is a deep investment in the students of New England. Through the initiative, partners receive support to develop a diverse array of high school models that connect all students to success in school and beyond. At Springpoint, we support communities and educators nationally—including those who are part of Barr’s Engage New England initiative—to design and implement school models tailored to the needs of communities and students.

Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to participate in Mastery Week next summer: MasteryWeek@springpointschools.org.

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Angela Duffy

Communications Director Springpoint