Modern Classrooms Project Podcast

Discussions on education, teaching, and learning from the perspective of the Modern Classrooms Project

About the show

Kareem Farah, founder and executive director of the Modern Classrooms Project, and co-hosts Kate Gaskill and Zach Diamond, discuss the model and it's implications for the future of education, along with guests including current fellows, teachers, and administrators

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  • Episode 21: Building Effective Learning Communities

    January 17th, 2021  |  38 mins 51 secs

    On this episode we discuss how to build a learning community at the school level to empower teachers to implement the model across multiple classrooms, content areas and grade levels.

  • Episode 20: Sustainability for Teachers

    January 10th, 2021  |  47 mins 6 secs
    education, teacher burnout

    This week, we discuss teacher sustainability and strategies for combating teacher burnout.

  • Episode 19: A Path Forward in 2021

    January 3rd, 2021  |  46 mins 1 sec

    This week, we discuss some of the ways the Modern Classrooms Project will support educators as they face the challenges and uncertainty of the coming school year.

  • Episode 18: Building Effective Instructional Videos

    December 27th, 2020  |  56 mins 28 secs
    blended learning, education

    On this week's episode, we discuss the benefits of using instructional videos in a self-paced class, best practices for building instructional videos, and strategies educators can use to build engagement with their video lessons

  • Episode 17: Trauma-Informed Teaching in a Modern Classroom

    December 20th, 2020  |  54 mins 8 secs
    education, trauma-informed teaching

    What can Modern Classroom educators do to help students who have experienced trauma? Tune in to this week's podcast episode to learn concrete strategies you can use to make students feel safe, strengthen memory, and build self-regulation skills.

  • Episode 16: Supporting Emergent Bilinguals in a Modern Classroom

    December 13th, 2020  |  43 mins 50 secs

    On this week's episode, we discuss strategies for supporting our Emergent Bilingual students, as well as how we can leverage the blended, self-paced, and mastery-based structure of the model to enhance literacy for all learners.

  • Episode 15: MCP Q&A

    December 6th, 2020  |  49 mins 21 secs

    Your hosts answer audience questions. Topics include implementation of the model, differentiation, collaboration, and deadlines. You can submit questions for future Q&A episodes at or tweet at us with the hashtag #askmpc

  • Episode 14: Learning from Team Teachers in Australia

    November 29th, 2020  |  44 mins 50 secs

    We chat with two incredible English teachers in Australia who shared their fascinating journey redesigning their team-taught English class around blended, self-paced, mastery-based instruction.

  • Episode 13: What We're Grateful For

    November 22nd, 2020  |  38 mins 19 secs

    Your hosts take a moment to talk about what they're grateful for. We also hear from several Modern Classrooms educators, from teachers to school administrators, about what they're grateful for and what's bringing them joy this year, despite the challenges of the moment.

  • Episode 12: Modern Classrooms Founders Chat

    November 15th, 2020  |  45 mins 41 secs

    Kareem is joined by Modern Classrooms Project cofounder Rob Barnett to discuss the origins of the model, how the organization has scaled while retaining a teacher-first approach, and their vision for the future of the organization.

  • Episode 11: Collaboration Pt. 2 - Planning for Organic Collaboration

    November 8th, 2020  |  44 mins 3 secs
    collaboration, education, self-directed learners

    In Part Two of our series on collaboration in a Modern Classroom, we discuss how teachers can establish a classroom culture in which students are encouraged to collaborate organically and spontaneously.

  • Episode 10: Collaboration Pt. 1 - Planning for Collaboration in a Modern Classroom

    November 1st, 2020  |  46 mins 54 secs
    collaboration, education

    In episode 10, we begin a two-episode series on collaboration; this week's episode focuses on pre-planned full group activities like labs and seminars, and we discuss ways teachers can manage these collaborative activities in a self-paced, mastery based class.

  • Episode 9: Planning and Teaching in a Modern Classroom

    October 25th, 2020  |  51 mins 2 secs

    Kareem is joined by Nora Barnett and Lisa Doty to discuss in detail how they plan and implement their modern classrooms, from planning and recording instructional videos, to implementing self-paced structures and mastery checks.

  • Episode 8: Elementary, Middle, and High School Modern Classrooms

    October 18th, 2020  |  38 mins 25 secs

    In Episode #8 of the Modern Classrooms Podcast, we hear from elementary, middle, and high school educators about what self-pacing and mastery-based learning looks like across grade levels.

  • Episode 7: Exploring The Shifting Role of the Teacher

    October 11th, 2020  |  46 mins 35 secs

    Your three co-hosts, Kareem, Kate, and Zach, discuss the shifting role of the educator in a Modern Classroom and how it can help you cultivate a truly student-centered classroom.

  • Episode 6: Building Self Regulated Learners

    October 4th, 2020  |  49 mins 37 secs

    Self-regulated students are strong learners that are more equipped to navigate the challenges of life outside K-12 education. Kareem and Zach are joined by Moira Mazzi to talk about how they use the Modern Classrooms model to develop self-regulated learners both in-person and remotely.