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 41: Q&A from the Community #6

    June 6th, 2021  |  46 mins 29 secs

    In our 6th Q&A Episode, Kareem and Zach answer questions about starting out with implementation, addressing pushback from parents, addressing academic dishonesty, and starting PLCs with other teachers implementing the model.

  • Episode 40: Lessons Learned from Year One

    May 30th, 2021  |  51 mins 19 secs

    This week, Kareem chats with MCP implementors and mentors Amanda Arbuckle and Noah Beigelmacher about the lessons they've learned in their first year teaching with the model.

  • Episode 39: Returning to In-Person Learning - Two Teachers' Experiences

    May 23rd, 2021  |  47 mins 43 secs
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    Zach is joined by a DC International School colleague, Alexa Arboleda, to talk about their recent return to in-person learning, some of the challenges it has presented and some of the benefits they've found to being back in the building with students.

  • Episode 38: Innovators in Education pt. 2 - Quim Sabria of Edpuzzle

    May 16th, 2021  |  52 mins 55 secs
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    For the second episode in our Innovators in Education series, Kareem is joined by Quim Sabria, cofounder and CEO of Edpuzzle, to discuss their approaches to educational change and share thoughts about the future of instruction.

  • Episode 37: English Language Arts in a Modern Classroom

    May 9th, 2021  |  49 mins 17 secs

    This week, we're joined by Jackie Durr, Alayne Milton, and Alicia Cordero to talk about how they implement blended learning, self-pacing, and mastery-based assessment in their ELA modern classrooms.

  • Episode 36: Q&A From the Community #5

    May 2nd, 2021  |  41 mins 58 secs

    Kareem and Zach field questions from listeners on handling ungraded assignments, structures for supporting kids outside the classroom, and potential red flags that may indicate the need to refine one’s implementation of the model, among other topics.

  • Episode 35: Coaching Teachers in Modern Classrooms

    April 25th, 2021  |  45 mins 40 secs

    In this episode, we hear from Lisa Doty and Jamie Forshey, two educators who coach and support teachers in their school districts who are implementing the Modern Classroom instructional model.

  • 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.