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Schools: Join the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative

Release Date: 

August 10, 2023

SBE will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 13 from 1-2 p.m. for schools interested in applying to become a member of the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative - a group of schools funded to implement mastery-based learning. Schools will learn about culturally responsive mastery-based learning, hear about the experience of joining this community of schools, plus find out more about funding and professional learning. NOTE: Viewing the September 13 Cohort 2 Info Session is a required step* in applying for MBLC Cohort 2 membership.

Watch the recording of the MBLC informational webinar held August 10 (link expires September 7, you must enter your email to view the recording).

Interested schools schould review the Information Packet for more information about the application process. The application questions are at the end of the Information Packet

Timeline for Cohort 2 Application Process

*To be eligible for preferential (first tier) consideration of participation in the MBL Collaborative, schools need to participate in all required components (webinar, notice of intent, interview, and application) as indicated above. As a second tier, if space becomes available, a school who misses the required components may still be considered.

Cohort 2 Actions

2023 Dates

Informational webinar*

September 13

Notice of intent* (one-page proposal)

September 29


August 10 - October 30 (following notice of intent submissions)

Applications due* (download the Information Packet)

November 1

Application evaluations announced

December 1 (there may be application revisions needed)

Grantees begin work

January 1

What is the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative (MBLC)?

The Washington State Mastery-based Learning Collaborative (MBLC) will identify best practices for implementing culturally responsive-sustaining Mastery-based Learning (MBL), identify sample tools for educators using a MBL approach, and offer professional learning to in-service educators, including teachers, principals, and counselors. The project’s overarching goal is to inform future policy by helping decision makers better understand what quality MBL looks like, how long it takes to implement, and what resources are necessary. 

At the local level, this project is helping participating schools not only respond to the current pandemic but also jump start a longer-term shift to MBL to transform education into a more relevant and equitable learning experience for each and every student.

Outside of the normal grant application period, schools are welcome to inquire about joining the Mastery-Based Learning Collaborative as a school eligible for full participation in professional learning events, individualized coaching at the school level, and potential school grant funding.

Depending on the availability of funding and SBE’s assessment of a school’s readiness to participate at the time of the school’s inquiry, SBE will determine whether an inquiring school may join. If SBE determines that the school is not eligible for funding, the school is welcome to join the Friends of MBLC interest group, which includes access to professional learning webinars and online materials but does not include school grant funding.

Find out more information about this program and the schools within it at The map on this page shows all of the current MBLC schools in Washington State.

Media Contact: 

Stephanie Davidsmeyer
Director of Communications