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taylorMaliTaylor Mali hit the radar of almost every educator in the country in 2006 when a video clip of his poem, “What Teachers Make,” went viral.

The tone of defiance and message of empowerment and deep devotion to students captured the imagination of the over 7 million people who have viewed it. Over one thousand high school and college students who have viewed Mr. Mali’s poetry slams or read his subsequent book, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, have directly credited Mr. Mali for inspiring them to become teachers.

So we are proud to announce that Taylor Mali will be featured at MasteryCon 2014, a conference devoted entirely to the principles of Mastery Learning and how they empower teachers to impact students. Mr. Mali will share Wednesday evening, July 16th, with us at a special champagne tent reception for MasteryCon attendees and their families. Each MasteryCon attendee will also be given a copy of Mr. Mali’s book signed by the author.

Book your MasteryCon 2014 registration now: www.masterycon.com

Join us at the spectacular Canyons Mountain Resort in beautiful Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival.

Register Today!

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The MasteryConnect Team

 

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MasteryConnect is pleased to announce a new partnership with Riverside Publishing to offer MasteryConnect customers the Assess2Know Item Bank.  This new offering will allow schools and districts to choose from and deliver over 17,000 Math items aligned to both state and Common Core Standards as well as over 23,000 items for English Language Arts.

To get more information, including pricing, contact your MC representative today!

We’re excited to announce a great new feature addition in curriculum maps! With curriculum map syncing, you can make changes to your curriculum maps, then easily update any connected trackers. Check out this quick video for all the details.

Item Bank Improvements

May 12th, 2014

MasteryConnect provides access to thousands of quality items from our content partners, NWEA, Pearson, and Riverside Publishing. Now we’ve made it easier than ever to use them in MasteryConnect assessments.

Check out this short video to see how it works!

So, you’re moving to standards based grading. You’re probably trying to decide how to replace traditional grades, and pouring countless hours into a report card redesign. Like many before you, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed, and your goal of maintaining a single page is looking impossible… unless you change the margins and use a size five font. You may also be worried about the teachers. Will they embrace this positive change, this new approach to learning? It will take more time, and will require them to explain the changes to parents. Don’t forget about parents! Many of them will wonder how their children will apply for college without a grade point average.

If you travel the same path as many others that have tried to implement standards based grading with a report card reflective of that instructional approach, you’ll likely end up with complex multi-page documents that are difficult and time consuming for teachers to complete. Additionally, many proponents of standards based grading are surprised to learn that many parents are slow to embrace the changes and prefer the simplicity of a letter grade.

masteryReportCardWhat if there was a better way? Could there be a better way? Yes!

After many months of research, and working with our District partners around the country, we released our mastery-based report card last September. We continued listening to our District partners, in the field, as they were implementing the report card. We learned a great deal, and are excited to announce the release of the first mastery-based report card to preserve the use of letter grades. We know you might be a little skeptical, but take a minute to consider the benefits. Our letter grades are not like your parents’ letter grades, and likely not like yours. They are a much different, and a much more accurate reflection of the level of a student’s understanding. Therefore, much stronger. Rather than reflecting extra credit, or penalizing students for being late, or unexcused absences, creating a complex formula, or averages, they are based on mastery. Yes, mastery. What the student knows, relative to the standard. The mastery grades are a reflection of knowledge and understanding.

Creating the grades is much less confusing as they are automatically calculated in a teacher’s mastery tracker using the percent of standards mastered during the grading period. You have complete control over the criteria for determining the cut scores for the letter grades and the best part is that the report card links right to teachers’ trackers.

If you have already moved away from letter grades, that’s ok too; we can customize the report card to match your current grading system. There really is a better way. Take a minute to look over the new report card and imagine the possibilities.

The BubbleSheet App allows teachers to deliver assessments to any mobile device.

Here are the key updates:

  • Support for SBAC and PARCC-aligned Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs)
  • Assess using items from NWEA, Pearson and HMH
  • Provide ability to give immediate feedback on assessment results to students

Watch the video to learn more about the updates!

 

Update your app today:

Apple iTunes, Android Play Store, or Windows App Store

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Join Us at MasteryCon 2014

February 28th, 2014

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We’re excited to announce the first annual educational conference devoted entirely to Mastery Learning. MasteryCon 2014 will be held Tuesday, July 15th through Thursday July 17th at the Canyons Resort in
Park City, Utah.

The theme of the first MasteryCon is “Moving to Mastery” and will feature presentations from teachers and administrators implementing MasteryConnect in the classroom and doing the hard work of tracking mastery. Educators like Patrick Coleman, Instructional Coach for Ohio’s Euclid School District; Danielle Sellenriek, Curriculum Director for Missouri’s Willard Public Schools; Garrick Peterson, a former middle school principal from Orem, Utah; and Angeline O’Neal, an 8th grade teacher from Francis Howell in St. Charles, Missouri.

Find out how you could win a trip down an Olympic Bobsled track. Pitch your own session and become a presenter. Plan your trip and get registered today!  Check out all the details on the MasteryCon 2014 page.

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The MasteryConnect Team

 

NCTMstudyStudents just learn better when teachers use short-cycle formative assessments to guide student learning. That’s what we believe and that’s what the data shows. A district piloting MasteryConnect recently shared this research with the MasteryConnect team, so we wanted to share it with you!

The 2007 benchmark study by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics found that when formative assessments were used between units during a school term, those assessments produced “greater increases in students’ achievements than class-size reduction or increases in teachers’ content knowledge.”

Teachers need smaller class sizes and constant learning, don’t get us wrong. But this study underscores the critical role of formative assessment work in the classroom!

In the study, student learning was doubled when compared to classes where formative assessments were not administered.

If you have a story to share about the impact of short cycle formative assessment at your school or district, we’d love to hear it!

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The MasteryConnect Team