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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.

Outside of the normal grant application period, schools are welcome to inquire about joining the Mastery-Based Learning Collaborative as an incubator or living lab 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 as an incubator or living lab school.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.

Friends of Mastery Collaborative are not members but have a 100 percent opt-in connection to the MBLC community. Joining Friends of MBLC is a low-stakes way to stay connected and have access to MBLC offerings. This may be a good fit for schools that want to explore mastery and CRSE shifts informally or exploratorily. Friends of MBLC stay connected with the MBLC community by receiving the MBLC newsletter 1-2 times a month. This newsletter will provide notices of space available to join some PL opportunities such as visits to schools and online sessions. Friends of MBLC do not attend Quarterly Meetings (gatherings of practitioners in member schools) and will receive no grant funding from the MBLC Program. 

We welcome you to join our interest group!

Timeline for grantee schools:

  • Spring 2022: Planning period
  • 2022-2023: First professional learning year
  • 2023-2024: MBL implementation begins at the building level

Founding Cohort of Grantee Schools

School District


Auburn School District

Auburn High School

Elma School District

Elma Elementary, Elma Middle School, East Grays Harbor High School

Enumclaw School District

Enumclaw High School

Franklin Pierce School District

GATES High School

Highline Public Schools

Highline Big Picture, Maritime High School, CHOICE Academy, New Start

La Conner School District

La Conner Middle-High School

Lind-Ritzville School District

Lind-Ritzville Middle/High School

Moses Lake School District

Vanguard Academy

Northshore School District

Innovation Lab High School

Olympia School District

Avanti High School

Puyallup School District

Edgemont Junior High School

Quincy School District

Quincy Innovation Academy

Tumwater School District

Tumwater Middle School

West Valley School District (#208)

West Valley Innovation Center in Yakima, Middle Level Campus