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 mentors, teachers, and administrators.

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  • Episode 34: Monitoring Student Progress in a Modern Classroom

    April 18th, 2021  |  48 mins 32 secs

    This week, we're joined by Allura Pfeister to talk about how we monitor self-pacing, diving deep on the strategies and types of progress trackers we've used in our elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

  • Episode 33: Innovators in Education: Transcend Education

    April 11th, 2021  |  48 mins 10 secs

    In this week's episode, the first in our Innovators in Education series, we are joined by Dr. Jennifer Charlot, Partner at Transcend Education, to discuss the importance of supporting whole child development and 21st century skills through innovative instructional approaches.

  • Episode 32: Project Based Learning in a Modern Classroom

    April 4th, 2021  |  43 mins 55 secs

    This week, we discuss how the Modern Classrooms model can be combined with the Project Based Learning approach to truly empower students with autonomy, independence, and authentic, relevant learning experiences.

  • Episode 31: Q&A From the Community #4

    March 28th, 2021  |  50 mins 19 secs

    This week we field more questions from the community, on topics ranging from what materials can be used in a modern classroom to how to prepare subs for a modern classroom, plus several questions posed by administrators and coaches relating to observing and evaluating modern classrooms.

  • Episode 30: Co-teaching in an Inclusion Classroom

    March 21st, 2021  |  38 mins 34 secs

    In this episode, we hear from a co-teaching team of Modern Classroom 6th grade educators on how they serve students in their inclusion classroom.

  • Episode 29: Q&A From the Community #3

    March 14th, 2021  |  46 mins 41 secs

    In our third Q&A episode, we answer questions from the community on topics ranging from revision, mastery-based grading and summative assessments, and pacing tracker implementation.

  • Episode 28: College and Career Prep with MCP

    March 7th, 2021  |  44 mins 23 secs

    This week, we discuss the role of a blended, self-paced, mastery based classroom model in preparing students for college and careers, and dive into some of the ways the model allows them to learn while authentically practicing the routines of college classes and the workplace.

  • Episode 27: Dispatches from our Black Male Educator PD Cohort

    February 28th, 2021  |  42 mins 18 secs

    This week, we chat with two educators from our Black Male Educator PD cohort about their experiences with the program, implementing mid-year, and the importance of Black male educators in schools

  • Episode 26: Middle School Modern Classrooms

    February 21st, 2021  |  43 mins 56 secs

    This week, we talk about some of the unique concerns that middle school teachers must consider, and how the Modern Classrooms model allows us to provide a space to develop socially and academically, and to support students as they enter a transitional phase in their school experience.

  • Episode 25: Elementary Modern Classrooms

    February 14th, 2021  |  42 mins 29 secs

    In this episode, we hear from Modern Classroom expert mentors and elementary teachers on how they adapted blended, self-paced, and mastery-based learning to serve K-5 students.

  • Episode 24: Q&A from the Community Part #2

    February 7th, 2021  |  42 mins 3 secs

    This week, your hosts answer more questions from the community, with topics ranging from implementing mastery checks to adapting the model for different groups and grade levels. Remember, you can always submit questions at modern or tweet with the #askMCP!

  • Episode 23: Manageable Grading in a Modern Classroom

    January 31st, 2021  |  52 mins 32 secs
    education, grading, mastery

    In this week's episode, we discuss systems and strategies Modern Classroom educators employ to make mastery-based grading sustainable in their classrooms.

  • Episode 22: Finding the Right Time to Innovate

    January 24th, 2021  |  48 mins 58 secs

    On this week’s episode, we discuss the best time to learn and implement the Modern Classroom instructional model and share our exciting plans for our 2021 Virtual Summer Institute.

  • 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.