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Thursday, March 17 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
How Districts Can Nurture and Support Mastery-Based Learning Efforts

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As high schools begin to shift toward mastery-based learning and its transformative impact, districts play a critical, yet unexplored, role. How can districts best support and nurture their schools through this process? And how do they create coherent, focused plans for the design and implementation of mastery-based learning?

One key way is through the development of a curriculum framework that aligns the district's mission, vision, and strategic plan for teaching and learning with critical beliefs and values.

In this session, participants will investigate the process that Naugatuck Public Schools uses to support the transition to mastery-based learning. Based on research and the experience of schools and other districts in the region, the process brought teachers and administrators together to develop a framework and create cross-curricular and content standards using a Design Thinking approach. These standards have become the backbone of district-wide curriculum development work and the basis for alignment among district-wide expectations, rigor, and beliefs about student achievement.

Presentation slides linked here. 

Thursday March 17, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Room 113