13. Translating Knowledge and Beliefs into Real Public-School Settings and Actions

Mastery means a student is fundamentally changed as evidenced by differences in perspective and behavior. It is not achieved quickly but requires soak time and reflection.

11. The Pursuit of Quality Learning Requires a Different Kind of Teaching Environment

American teachers are being ground down by overbearing bureaucracies that have reduced them to being pawns in the political and regulatory system.

10. Teacher Accountability as a Function of Academic Conviction, Depth and Purpose

The most challenging part is becoming more professionally assertive than I believed possible. To overcome my feelings of inadequacy and vulnerability in the face of change.

9. Curricular Precison: Tools and Skills in the New Learning Infrastructure

The unit outcome provides an overview of the complete intention for student learning. It connects all elements in ways that show they are contiguous and mutually necessary.

8. The Design Down and Deliver Up Mindset: Taking Mastery Seriously

Everything is intertwined and mutually inclusive, and we teachers must recognize that school is just one way to make our society better. Through helping our students be open to new ideas and inspiring them to become significant contributors.

7. Words and Wordsmithing: Tools and Skills in the New Learning Infrastructure

Our professors had each one of us present and defend our course mastery statement. In several ways. Student readiness. Alignment with both the general and subject area mastery statements. Logical spiraling considerations with other grade levels. Scope in the context of time allotments and instructional configurations.

6. Trust, Respect, and Attention to Detail: Symbolic of Dedication

In school districts, subject area and grade level mastery statements are worthless if there is no process in place for “delivering up.” As difficult as it is to collaboratively create those statements, it is infinitely more challenging to make sure they have an impact.