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MBLC Grant Opportunity


Alissa Muller, Director of the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative

The Washington State Mastery-based Learning Collaborative (MBLC) will identify best practices for implementing 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 would help 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.

Please review the full grant invitation document with additional pertinent details on our MBL Collaborative web page before responding to the school invitation through Alchemer.

A notice of intent is due by September 28. Applications are due by Monday, November 1.

  • Find the full application and more information here: MBLC Invitation.
  • Download a PDF of application questions to help plan your process.
  • This page is also where you can find updates, revisions, and responses to questions and answers we receive about the process.
  • Questions and Answers (Updated 10/20/21)

Process for Applying Schools:

  1. Review this solicitation and form a team to develop a responsive application. Inform the application with input from key members of your school community, including students and families, administration (including district board of directors), and teachers. Your application should be a true collaboration from a diverse team that represents your school community.
  2. Complete the notice of intent. Schools intending to submit a proposal must provide a notice of Intent to apply no later than 5:00 PDT on September 28, 2021. The notice must be submitted via email to the Director of the Mastery-based Learning Collaborative ( The notice may be an email or attachment indicating: school, district, statement of intent, and contact person.
    There is no specified format for the notice, as long as it contains the information listed above. For example, an email with the subject line “Notice of intent to apply for Mastery-Based-Learning Collaborative” containing the following information would suffice: “[Insert school name], located in [insert school district name] school district, intends to apply to be part of the Mastery-Based Learning Collaborative. Our contact person is [insert name], who may be reached by email at [insert email address] or by phone at [insert phone number].”  
  3. As a team, please draft preliminary Outcomes for your school as a result of participating in the MBL Collaborative. You can adapt these outcomes between the planning year and year 2, but we want to get a sense of why you want to participate and your initial goals. Outcome 1: Mastery-based Learning, including Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CRSE) work; Outcome 2: Coronavirus recovery; Outcome 3: Schoolwide Professional Learning; Outcome 4: Decision-making informed by youth input.
  4. Complete the application. In an effort to recognize that mastery-based learning enables students to demonstrate their learning in various ways, schools could choose to submit a video rather than a written application. If you choose this option, please submit your school name in the survey form, along with your video attachment or video link. 

Here is the estimated schedule for processing applications:



Invitation issued


Question and answer period


Online informational meeting


Notice of intent due


Last date for invitation addenda


School application due


Evaluation of applications


Evaluation results announced (decisions on whether or not to fund are final)


Application revision negotiations

12/1/21-12/31/21 (allowing for school holidays)

Awardees begin work