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Demonstrating and Assessing Mastery, and Managing Mastery Learning Data

By Scott Ellis. With learning objectives that are specific, clear and demonstrable and with mastery thresholds that are clearly defined, determining approaches for students to demonstrate mastery is a relatively straightforward two-step process.

Rethinking Scale: An Important Foundation for a Complex Challenge

Erik discusses several points of literature on rethinking scaling and four action items for school administrators to take.

What is Mastery Learning?

By Scott Ellis. Today, through technology, tools, and expertise, we have the ability to scale mastery learning at a national level. The question is: will we choose to do it?

One Stone: Where Purpose Meets Impact

By: Dr. Lindsay Portnoy. As schools like One Stone work to infuse applied learning into education, learners see the relevance of the skills they learn and find ways to map that knowledge on to meaningful work today and in the future. Learn more here.

Portrait of a Graduate: 5 Things to Keep in Mind

By: Angela Duffy A truly student-centered school design process demands that educators form a deep understanding of the students and communities they plan to serve, including the goals and aspirations of students. In Springpoint’s work with school designers nationally, we ask partners to work with students to develop a joint vision of the experiences, assets, skills,…

Workspace Education: A Creative Approach to Competency- and Project-Based Science

By: Erik Day and Michelle Berkeley. This innovative learning community focused on project-based learning has instituted a competency-based science program using badge criteria for students to create a personalized pathway tailored to their unique interests.

A Proposal to End Standardized Testing

Standardized testing and its lack of integration with formative measures, continues to receive backlash as we continue the shift to digital learning. Tom Vander Ark shares an approach on how states can develop better systems and the power of diploma networks to accurately capture whole student growth and achievement.

How Blockchain is Helping Dallas Students Tell Their Story

With growing interest in demonstrated competence over seat time and pedigree, how can schools help learners present a more complete picture of their capabilities? This new service is using distributed ledger technology to deliver value for students, schools, and employers.

How Formative Assessment Transforms the Classroom, From Culture to Lesson Plans

By: Brea Lewis and Michelle Berkeley. The How I Know project has assisted 60 teachers in integrating formative assessment practice into their classrooms. In this post, Dallas teacher Brea Lewis shares how formative assessment practice has positively impacted her students' learning.

Getting Students to Take Control

Getting students to “buy-in” and take control of their learning starts with seeing them as individuals and understanding each of them has different motives, beliefs and goals. Here are a few ideas to consider to help them start.