Modern Classrooms Project Podcast

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

About the show

Your hosts discuss the model and its implications for the future of education, along with guests including MCP implementors such as mentors, teachers, and administrators.

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  • Episode 56: Veteran Teachers

    September 26th, 2021  |  45 mins 42 secs

    Toni Rose is joined by Megan Remmel and Jocelyn Hieatzman, both veteran teachers who came to the MCP model after many years of traditional teaching, to talk about why they chose to reinvent their classes and the benefits of the model for all teachers, new and veteran alike.

  • Episode 55: Teachers New to the Profession

    September 19th, 2021  |  44 mins 43 secs

    Toni Rose is joined by Chauncy Foreman and Anna Gosling to talk about their experience implementing the model in their first few years of teaching and to discuss why the model is beneficial for those new to the profession.

  • Episode 54: Responding to Critics of the MCP Model

    September 12th, 2021  |  45 mins 57 secs

    This week, Toni Rose is joined by Lisa Doty to talk about how they respond to teachers, students, and stakeholders who have concerns about the MCP model. They address some common misconceptions and answer a few questions from teachers who have concerns about particular aspects of the model.

  • Episode 53: Unit Zero and A Day in the Life of a Modern Classroom

    September 5th, 2021  |  43 mins 19 secs

    Toni Rose is joined by Emily Dia to talk about using a Unit Zero to introduce the model, and they go on to describe a day in the life of a Modern Classroom once students have internalized the routines.

  • Episode 52: Sharing the Model with Stakeholders

    August 29th, 2021  |  43 mins 31 secs

    Kate and Zach chat with Cheyenne Dickson about sharing the MCP model with stakeholders, including both communicating with students and families as well as explaining our teaching model to colleagues and administrators.

  • Episode 51: Innovators in Education #3: James Francis, CEO of Screencastify

    August 22nd, 2021  |  42 mins 20 secs
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    For the third installment in our Innovators in Education series, Kareem is joined by James Francis, CEO of Screencastify, to discuss Screencastify's growth in the education space and its responsive approach to its growing user base of educators.

  • Episode 50: Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Learning

    August 15th, 2021  |  47 mins 48 secs

    In this episode of the Modern Classrooms Project Podcast, Kate is joined by Demi Lager to discuss the versatility of the instructional model for in-person and distance learning.

  • Episode 49: Q&A From the Community #8

    August 8th, 2021  |  51 mins 42 secs

    Toni Rose and Zach field more of your questions on topics relating to rolling out the model at the beginning of the year, meaningful mastery checks on topics learned by rote, and using rubrics.

  • Episode 48: Building Equitable Classrooms

    August 1st, 2021  |  49 mins 1 sec

    Kareem is joined by Toni Rose Deanon, who will be joining the podcast as a cohost! They discuss the importance of building equitable classrooms, what it means to teach equitably, and how the model facilities and reinforces equitable teaching practices.

  • Episode 47: Lesson Classifications in a Modern Classrooms

    July 25th, 2021  |  44 mins 41 secs

    Zach is joined by Monte Woodard and Sarah Moon to discuss their approaches to lesson classifications (must-do, should-do, and aspire-to-do lessons) and how the different types of lessons facilitate self-pacing, access to content, and mastery-based grading.

  • Episode 46: Classroom Design

    July 18th, 2021  |  57 mins 17 secs

    In this episode, Kate is joined by Debbie Menard to explore classroom set-up and systems that can help facilitate blended, self-paced, mastery-based learning.

  • Episode 45: The Mentor Experience

    July 11th, 2021  |  46 mins 25 secs

    This week, Kareem chats with Zach and Monte Woodard about their experience as Modern Classrooms Mentors, diving into some of the most common feedback they give to mentees working through the MCP Mentorship Program.

  • Episode 44: Q&A from the Community #7

    July 4th, 2021  |  50 mins 56 secs

    In our 7th Q&A episode, Kareem and Zach field more questions from the MCP community on practice activities vs. mastery checks, creating instructional videos, and beginning-of-class routines.

  • Episode 43: Motivation in a Modern Classroom

    June 27th, 2021  |  48 mins 24 secs

    This week, Kareem is joined by Garner Andrews to discuss motivation in a Modern Classroom, with topics ranging from self-determination theory to more practical approaches to leveraging the MCP model to inspire students to strive for success

  • Episode 42: The Student Experience in a Modern Classroom

    June 20th, 2021  |  40 mins 43 secs

    This week, Kareem is joined by one of his former students, Jayme Mims, to talk about the Modern Classrooms model from the student's perspective, how it facilitates learning and responsibility in school, and how it prepares students for success in college and beyond.

  • [From the Archive] Episode 23: Managing Grading in a Modern Classroom

    June 15th, 2021  |  52 mins 22 secs

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