Join us for a two sessions dedicated to building communities for real change

Leading education consultants Tom Hierck and Garth Larson will join MasteryConnect Chief Academic Officer Trenton Goble in a special two-session webinar series in November. These focused webinars, held on November 1st and November 7th, are designed to take administrators on a deep dive into the role culture plays when rolling out new grading, assessment, and learning initiatives. If you are looking to implement change that truly impacts learning, these are two hours you won’t want to miss.

 
PART 1 | November 1st, 10AM MT
Moving Schools Forward, On Purpose with Tom Hierck

A 29-year education of public education, Tom will share his experience in working with schools and districts around the country as it pertains to building a culture of collective responsibility and commitment. He’ll present the can’t-skip steps to building a community that truly promotes “learning for ALL”. Key topics will include leading meaningful collaborative conversations, aligning policy and practice, and planning next steps.

 
PART 2 | November 7th, 10AM MT
Grading for Impact: Raising Achievement through Target-Based Assessment and Grading with Garth Larson

The following week, Garth Larson will join us to discuss target-based grading and how it maximizes learning, increases achievement, and creates a community through honest and accurate results. Join Garth in this interactive webinar to learn more about how target-based assessment, grading, and reporting raises student achievement—and see why it works for ALL schools for ALL students in ALL communities.

Read the full descriptions, learn more about our presenters, and sign up!

KDS Pre-built Assessments

 

Inspect® Prebuilt Assessment Suites for this school year are available within MasteryConnect for Common Core and select states!


 

The Inspect® assessment solution offers thousands of pre-built assessments for ongoing formative assessment throughout the school year, including assessment suites for Classroom Checkpoints, Interim Formative Assessment, Comprehensive / End-of-Year Assessments and more.

These assessment bundles support SBAC, PARCC, and individual state standards. They are included with the Inspect® Item Bank for Common Core standards and the following states:

Alabama
Arizona
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Indiana

Louisiana
Mississippi
Utah
Tennessee
Pennsylvania
New Jersey

Join MasteryConnect for a live webinar on October 11th as we talk with Kendall Weiser, Inspect® Assessment Director, to learn about the pre-built assessments available with the Inspect® Item Bank.

In this webinar, we will cover

  • The seven different suites of pre-built assessments
  • Evidence-based design principles used to create these rigorous assessments
  • How these assessments benefit students at various levels of cognitive complexity
  • Ways to gain insight into student weaknesses through the different assessments
  • How you may modify the assessments to match your district’s pacing

Learn how the Inspect® assessments can become a powerful tool in your district.

Register for the webinar now!

 
Still want more info? Check out the brochure.

Help Center

 

Calling all New York administrators, teachers and leaders! Join us on October 5th as we kick off our nationwide 2017 MC Summit Series, a new kind of event for education leaders.

The New York City event is held in partnership with Teaching Matters, a NYC-based organization committed to improving teaching and learning in urban areas. Together, MasteryConnect and Teaching Matters will facilitate this intimate evening to explore the important work being done in NYC schools, especially in regards to better technological tools and improved teacher development.

Register for the NYC event now — you won’t want to miss this!

 
More About the MC Summit Series

The new MC Summit Series will connect the best and the brightest in K-12, providing an intimate space to share ideas that make a meaningful impact on student growth. When you attend, you’ll rub shoulders with other education trailblazers and take a deep-dive into the many ways to implement lasting change through innovative assessment, mastery learning, and the latest education technology. You’ll be encouraged to share your story and network with others in your area tackling the same challenges.

At each event, a panel of local experts and the MasteryConnect team will discuss and share tangible takeaways on the hot topics, like:

  • Formative Assessment
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Standards-based grading
  • RtI

Read more about the MC Summit Series and our featured speakers here.
And be sure to join us in NYC or look for upcoming dates across the country.

Back-to-School Tips from MC Pros

September 8th, 2017

Help Center

 

Another school year has kicked into full gear! At MasteryConnect, we’re proud to be a part of your classroom, and we want you to have the best MC experience possible.

Today our team of support gurus share their best tips to help you go back in style with our curriculum and assessment tools.

 


 

Locate Internal Support

It’s likely that your school or district has designated an internal employee to be the first line of support for you and your fellow teachers. They may have very specific resources or training opportunities.

To see your internal support contact and their contact info, click on the question mark icon next to your name in your MasteryConnect interface.

 

Get to Know Online PD

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Did you know you have on-demand MC professional development anytime, anywhere? Our Online PD courses offer a slew of instructional videos that provide detailed instructions for MC. Use Online PD videos to find answers about the software, get a quick refresher after a long (but not long enough!) summer, or practice putting all of these pieces into action. And we have updated video content for the year, as well as new courses—like MC for mobile devices.

Access Online PD by logging into your MasteryConnect account and clicking the ? icon at the top right of the page next to your name.

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Search Our Help Center

Our Help Center is stocked full of articles to walk you through any aspect of MasteryConnect. Build your MC superpowers with step-by-step instructions on just about any topic.

Access the Help Center articles by logging into your MasteryConnect account and clicking the matrix at the top right of the page next to your name.

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Make Necessary Firewalls Fixes

A strict firewall can block or interrupt MC. Your school or district’s IT team will need to ensure all required websites are accessible from your network.

View all domains that need to be whitelisted in this help article.

 

Update GradeCam

GradeCam saves you loads of time when it comes to grading stacks of bubble sheets. To make sure this magical scanning goes off without a hitch, be sure you GradeCam plugin is updated to the latest version.

Get the latest plugin and test your GradeCam settings, visit: downloads.gradecam.com

And view our GradeCam troubleshooting guide. Most issues can be resolved by the steps in that guide, like uninstalling and installing the plugin. (Another good tip: make sure the assessment you’re scanning for has an active Test ID.)

 

Update Your Browser

The MasteryConnect site is always tested on the latest and greatest versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. That’s why it’s best to keep your browser version updated.

View details on our browsers and hardware specifications here.

 


 

Submit Support Tickets

If you are unable to find answers to your questions in Help Center articles or Online PD videos, you can submit and manage a support ticket from the Help Center.

The ticket system allows you to

  • See your open tickets in a single view
  • Add comments to your tickets
  • Add screenshots
  • View additional ticket details like status and assignee

Submit a support ticket by following these steps:
1. After you login to MasteryConnect, click Help below the main navigation bar.

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2. The Help Center will open in a separate browser. Click on your name again and select My Requests.

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3. From this page, you’ll be able to manage any submitted tickets. At a glance, you can see when the ticket was created, the last time there was any activity on it, and the current status.

4. Click the subject line of the ticket to open it.Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.35.52 AM

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5. Here, you can see your original request and all communication concerning it. If the ticket has been assigned, you’ll also see the name of the support team member who’s handling it.

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6. When you’re done, click the MasteryConnect logo to return to the Help Center, or close the browser window to continue working.

 


 

We hope you’ve had a great start to the school year, and here’s to tracking mastery in ‘17-’18!

Free Webinar

 

Thursday, July 27th
11AM (MDT)

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Learn how to use research-based principles to understand and gain actionable information from your formative data. We will identify must-have reports, and we will introduce an instructional strategy that uses higher order thinking as part of the formative assessment process.

You’ll hear

  • The defining features of formative assessment and the formative assessment cycle
  • The garden analogy and why we should think of our students as plants
  • Indicators of what works best in raising student achievement
  • How to make sure teachers are using assessment data

 

Sign up at masteryconnect.com/kdswebinar

Get a single-page view of all trackers in a student’s progress report with new Summary Pages. Learn how this new option streamlines the Progress Report process for administrators.

 

 

For step-by-step instructions on Progress Reports, view our Help Center article.

Free Webinar

 

Thursday, July 13th
11AM (MDT)

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When Todd Theobald first entered the halls of his elementary building, he found himself principal of the only failing school in the district. A new state grading system had publically issued an “F” for the Title I school, and he had marching orders to perform what seemed like a miracle.

Join us for a one-hour webinar to hear how Todd and his team embraced the PLC process and boldly dug into data to turn things around in only one year—and how they’ve maintained growth ever since.

You’ll hear

  • The “Guarantee 3” strategy for standards…and why it works
  • Why certain students surprised everyone
  • The experiment that prompted principals to go back in the classroom
  • The recipe for focused collaboration and planning meetings
  • Why all data is good data (really)

 

Sign up at masteryconnect.com/datawebinar

Help Center

 

Roam free in your classroom, capturing more formative data whenever, wherever learning happens.

MasteryConnect supports over 2.5 million teachers with curriculum and assessment tools to drive student growth. And now, with the new Teacher App for iPhone, everything you need for performance-based and formative assessment fits right in your pocket.

 


 

  • Launch assessments right from your phone
  • Record authentic evidence of student learning with notes
  • Scan bubble sheets for instant grading
  • Use rubrics for student performances and projects

 


 


Watch how MasteryConnect Teacher App for iPhone keeps you moving.

Download on the App Store

unnamedCan you believe it ?!? MasteryCon is only one week away! To help you plan for the ultimate MasteryCon experience, we’ve compiled a list of last-minute info and reminders.

Schedule & Check In

The session schedule is now live—check it out! There is no need to sign up for sessions, but be sure to snag a program when you arrive. Check-in opens at 9:00 am on Wednesday, July 27th, at the Grand Summit Hotel. Pick up your conference materials any time before the welcome keynote at 5:30 pm. (You can skip printing conference tickets, schedules, or maps; we’ll have everything you need when you check in!)

Special Pre-Conference Workshop

We’ve added a free (yes, FREE!) pre-conference workshop on Wednesday for campers who want to start the MasteryCon fun early! A limited number of seats are available, so register now!

Bunks & Transportation

If you haven’t already booked your lodging, NOW IS THE TIME to reserve your room at the discounted rate. And, if you need to hitch a ride from the SLC airport to MasteryCon, may we suggest scheduling with our preferred transportation partner.

If you’re not staying onsite, you can park for free in the Red Hawk lot, located just below the Silverado Lodge.

Get Your Gear Ready

Dress is casual and comfortable (it is summer camp). But, because MasteryCon is nestled in the most beautiful mountains in the whole wide world, it’s best to bring along the right gear. You’ll want to pack up that sunscreen and a light jacket (warm days, cool nights). And, if you want to join the vista-filled group hikes, don’t forget comfy hiking boots and anything else you may want on the trail.

Make the Most of It!

You’ll want to take in everything at MasteryCon! Be sure to attend conference meals and evening entertainment; they’re all included in your registration, and they are awesome for networking. Also, keep your eyes peeled at the conference for ways to get involved, including earning MasteryCon merit badges and participating in activities wherever you see this guy.

See You Soon!

The MasteryCon counselors can’t wait to meet you at summer camp! Join the fun NOW by connecting with MasteryConnect and other attendees on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Remember to use our conference hashtag, #masterycon, and follow us for updates while at the conference.

See you in seven, campers!

perfect-for-spring

It’s finally here! Ahhh, Spring. Thoreau welcomed it, writing that it was when the Earth began to “stretch itself.” Shakespeare said it put the “spirit of youth in everything.” And they didn’t even have to endure months of inside recesses and telling students to STAY OFF THE ICE!

So shake off those winter layers, revel in the glimmers of sunshine before the morning bell, and welcome the warmer weather with K-12 standards from across the country that are perfect for spring.

Minnesota | 1st Grade
8.3.2.1.1 Explain how the combination of the Earth’s tilted axis and revolution around the sun causes the progression of seasons.
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Nebraska | 2nd Grade
SC2.4.3.a Observe that the sun provides heat and light.
Sun

 

Montana | 8th Grade
2.6 identify, build, describe, measure, and analyze mechanical systems (e.g., simple and complex compound machines) and describe the forces acting.
Ocean

 

Next Generation Science | 3rd Grade
3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
Weather

 

California | High School
1.4 Practice aerobic activities in real-world settings.
Dance

 

Georgia | 1st Grade
S1E1 Students will observe, measure, and communicate weather data to see patterns in weather and climate.
Weather

 

South Dakota |Middle School Earth/Space Science
MS-ESS.H Water influences weather and weather patterns through oceanic, atmospheric and land circulation.
cat-weather

 

Ohio | Physics
PS.FM.CE.1.2.2 Friction is a force that opposes sliding between two surfaces.
slide

 

Florida | Middle School
DA.68.H.1.2 Research and discuss the influence that social dances have had on the development of classical, theatrical, modern, and contemporary dance genres.
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Virginia | 7th Grade
PH.7 The student will investigate and understand properties of fluids. Key concepts include a) density and pressure; b) variation of pressure with depth; c) Archimedes’ principle of buoyancy; d) Pascal’s principle; e) fluids in motion; and f) Bernoulli’s principle.
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With MasteryConnect you can track student learning of these standards—actually any standard—with our web-based platform. See how you we help you identify student levels of understanding so you can target intervention and inform instruction. Learn more.