What is mastery-based learning?
Mastery-based learning is a departure from the traditional, outcomes-based learning experience to a growth-based learning system where students are provided the tools, experiences, and resources needed for mastery.
At e2L, we believe mastery-based learning happens when educators intentionally design and facilitate learning experiences that can be custom-tailored by the learner to meet their unique needs and level of understanding. Because of this, we have developed the e2L Mastery-Based Learning Ecosystem to help educators ensure that every student has access to a rich and innovative learning experience.
Achieving mastery-based learning at scale requires a thriving ecosystem of innovation.
The e2L Mastery-Based Learning Ecosystem (MBLE) provides school districts a multi-level, holistic approach that aligns the entire culture and systems around providing every student with truly indinvidualized learning experiences. Effective mastery-based learning is not another program added to your existing systems and methodologies, but rather the result of an interconnected system of organic parts. The MBLE is composed of 6 elements that form a robust, thriving, productive, organic system.
The e2L Mastery-Based Learning Ecosystem is your answer for bringing comprehensive individualized learning to every classroom in your district.
Mastery-Based Learning Ecosystem Components
Student as Collaborative Self-Advocate
Autonomous Learner • Collaborative Problem-Solver • Resourceful Self-Advocate
Within the MBLE, the student collaborates with peers to problem-solve and plan while setting and pursuing individual goals for learning utilizing the resources provided to customize a personalized pathway with the help of a teacher/coach.
Teacher as Designer & Coach
Learning Experience Designer • Resource Creator • Learning Coach
In the MBLE, the teacher has the critical role of designing relevant learning experiences that can be customized by each learner as well as coaching individuals and small groups of students to reach their learning goals. This role requires a higher level of talent, critical thinking and expertise to facilitate the systems and the just-in-time learning opportunities required in this elegant learning environment.
Individualized Learning Model
Individualized Learning Paths • Defined Roles & Behaviors • Life Ready Best Practices
To keep all of these moving parts cohesive and productive, the MBLE implements a structured model that both students and teachers follow in order to ensure the most effective and efficient use of time for learning. A model with clear stages and protocols allows teachers and students to have a structure within which to customize and operate autonomously with assurance that the pace and timing and outcomes are aligned.
Agile Learning Environment
Agile Learning Spaces • Technology-Enhanced Learning • Fluid Space, Time, & Staff
The role of the teacher and student can be facilitated in the MBLE by a learning environment that is responsive and can flex to meet individual needs. The physical environment shapes behaviors by either facilitating those behaviors or inhibiting those behaviors. A classroom environment with furniture and technology that is mobile and can shift easily from whole group to small group to individual groupings or that can accommodate all at the same time seamlessly supports the MBLE.
Systems Design • Strategic Abandonment • Coaching Systems
The transition to the MBLE from one-size-fits-all learning is further facilitated by aligning the curriculum, assessment, scheduling, communication, and professional learning systems to a personalized approach. Often, leaders adopt a vision and expect teachers to carry it out without any additional support, but leaders who provide consistent coaching and aligned systems consistently see their vision become reality.
Culture Catalyst • Collaborative Designer • Systems Thinker
Synergistic leaders collaborate with the team to design the vision and make decisions that increase teacher efficacy which is key to increasing student achievement. Synergistic leaders also understand their role as a culture catalyst and intentionally create the culture that ensures personalized learning thrives. Finally, synergistic leaders are systems thinkers and do the difficult work of aligning systems to facilitate and support the behaviors and roles conducive to a MBLE.