Materials for Session 1

Click here for link to TodaysMeet

Transcript for TodaysMeet: MBL Session 1 and 2 transcript

PDF of slides: MBL Session 1 and 2

Guidelines from the State of Connecticut

Click here to see slide presentation from State of Connecticut

FAQs from State of Connecticut on Mastery-Based Learning: Q and A on MBL

Handout: Powerful Voices on Behalf of Personalized Learning

Handout: Ed Leadership Article

Handout: Four C’s Packet


Materials for Session 2

Handout: Transfer Goals and Competencies

Handout: Elements of Personalization

Click here to see issues and ideas on personalized learning

Sample Performance Task Categories:

Click here to be linked to CT State Curricular Frameworks

Materials for Session 3

Slides for this session: MBL Session 3

Click here for Today’s Meet to connect with colleagues today

Evolution of the work with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. For more information on CMS Personalized Learning cohorts, click here.

Personalized Learning Student Profile

Whole Child

  • I actively support people in my classroom and school by encouraging them to do their best.
  • I demonstrate character that myself and others can be proud of in and out of school.
  • I build positive relationships around common ideas and aspirations to make the world better.

Student Ownership

  • I have a voice in what I’m doing (scope and relevance), who I’m doing it for (audience), and how I’m doing it (process).
  • I can articulate what quality looks like and  use that to set goals and monitor progress.
  • I give myself permission to struggle,seek feedback, and improve.

Mastery Learning

  • I know what is expected of me and work toward those expectations.

Paces, Playlists and Pathways

  • I control the pace of my learning: when I need to accelerate and slow down.
  • I control the path of my learning: I know which next steps to take based on my performance.
  • I develop my aspirations by actively exploring college and career opportunities.

What does that look like?

Whole Child

  • Learning Environment
  • Culture/Climate/Safe
  • Space
  • Learning Styles
  • Interest based learning
  • Opportunities for global relevance that develop awareness of other languages, culture and activities through virtual opportunities.
  • Strong Relationships
  • Growth Mindset
  • Social and Emotional awareness
  • morning meeting

Student Ownership

  • Student led conference
  • Classroom
  • Parents
  • Responsible for their learning
  • Metacognition/Reflection
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Student goal setting
  • Student reflection
  • Makerspace
  • Genius Hour

Mastery Learning

  • Data Driven Instruction (DDI)
  • Using data and making informed choices based on the use of data.
  • Resourcefulness
  • Standards Based Learning
  • Student Growth/Data Tracker
  • Meta Learning
  • Understanding your learning

Paces, Playlists and Pathways

  • Different learning levels
  • Small group mini lessons vs whole group
  • Learning opportunities outside of the school day
  • Meaningful technology integration
  • Authentic and meaningful problems, challenges, and tasks
  • Gaming
  • Flexible Schedule

Personalized Learning Playlist for Session 3

Three Steps for Creating Personalized Learning Playlists

Adventures in Playlisting

The Perks of Personalized Pathways and Playlists

Gooru Tutorial

Activate Instruction


It’s Time for Mid Course Corrections in K-12 Competency-Based Education

Jill Thompson Personalized Learning Blog Series

Sample Competencies from VT: Grade Level Clusters

Materials for Session 4

casciac – Transcript – TodaysMeet

PowerPT Slides: MBL Session 4

Habits of Mind and Connection to Personalized Learning


Intersection of PL Elements and Habits


Challenges as we move to Personalized Learning:

Personalized Learning Worries

Worry 1: Fear about Student Buy-In

Worry 2: Challenge of Doing PL and Common Curriculum and Assessment

Worry 3: Time to Do This

Power of Teachers: Development of Ideas from Session 2 and 3

World Languages:

mastery-based learning project 2015 mastery-based project rubric 2015



Second example HS Science

Genetic Mutation Rubric

1st and 2nd Grade Science

Plate Tectonics ; Example of Student Work

Chemistry Capstone Project Mastery Based PD Copy

S. Grillo Ecology Unit Plan

Weather Unit Overview; Playlist


Berlin High School


American Dream

English Grade 6 example

English Grade 9 Example

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