Mastery Learning Systems Design

Driving Instruction with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: CRP and the Competency-based Learning Cycle
May 1, 2019
In an October blog post, Everything I’ve Ever Needed to Know About Teaching, I Learned From Black Women: A Recommended Reading List, Akosua Lesesne highlighted the groundbreaking works of ten Black...
Which Summative Assessment Formats are Critical to Competency-based or Mastery-based Learning?
April 15, 2019
What types of summative assessments should be a part of our Competency-based or Mastery-based assessment model? Do traditional assessments go away? What about in math class, specifically? Is it...
Design It Like It's Hot: Creating a High-Quality Inquiry Frame for a Unit of Study
March 1, 2019
Though strong in theory, Essential Questions often wander off into drab and uninspiring standards-land when writing them for a unit. How do we frame learning, right from the start, in a way that...
Creatively Communicating Metacognition and Meaning Making: The Art of Visual Journaling for Learning
February 19, 2019
Back in July, Jon Altbergs wrote a post: 6 Ways to Use Drawing to Make Meaning. In it, he wrote about some simple activities that teachers across content areas could use to help students develop...
A Friendly Introduction to the Competency-based Learning Cycle
January 10, 2019
Can you imagine walking into a library, in search of a particular book, to find the library has no classification system in place? Or what about arriving at the airport, passing through security, and...
Organizing for a Learning-Centered Culture
December 3, 2018
Does your school, network or district recognize that Learning is Learning is Learning? When I first began working with reDesign’s Framework for Effective Instruction as a building-level...
Leveling the Playing Field
June 4, 2017
Asynchronous Learning in High-Poverty, Competency-based Urban High Schools At the U School we are big believers in the notion that skillful, independent learning is central to leading a meaningful...
What IS the difference between competencies and standards?
October 9, 2016
Though often described interchangeably, competencies and standards are in some ways worlds apart.   If you’re asking this question, then well done, you! This question is a bridge from the old world...
5 Key Lessons for Mastery Learning Startup
September 17, 2016
This blog originally appeared on The Launch Pad, January 5, 2016.  As I see it, the biggest challenge we face in American public schools today is this: we’ve got an antiquated factory-based school...
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