The founders and Fellows of the Modern Classrooms Project are educational thought leaders who actively advocate for others to adopt their blended, self-paced, mastery-based practices.  Their work has been featured in the publications and programs listed below.



"Cool Schools: Getting Students Excited about Math."  Local CBS affiliate WUSA-9 profiles Executive Director Kareem Farah and the work he has done to transform his students' learning experiences.


“A Bike Map for Education’s Future.” Modern Classrooms Project co-founder Robert Barnett lays out his vision for the future of education, and explains how The Modern Classrooms Project is leading the movement towards better learning experiences for all.


“Getting Rid of the Lecture Bottleneck.” Modern Classrooms Project co-founder Kareem describes how replacing lectures with teacher-created videos leads to data-driven, student-centered classrooms in which students develop mastery as well as essential skills.


“With New Nonprofit, DC Teacher Seeks to Modernize Classroom Instruction to Help Students of All Backgrounds Learn.” The DC Line speaks with Kareem Farah and his former students to explain how The Modern Classrooms Project’s work makes an impact.

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“The Many-Teacher Classroom.” Robert Barnett explains how Modern Classrooms empower every individual in the classroom to become a teacher — and why that may be essential for helping every student learn.

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“Ask Sarah Live! with Kareem Farah.” Executive Director Kareem Farah discusses the importance of student data collection with former National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling.

“Building Modern Classrooms that Meet the Needs of All Learners.” Kareem Farah discusses his experiences transforming his traditional classroom to a Modern Classroom.

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“Designing Rich (Math) Projects That Inspire.” Robert Barnett describes the rich math projects he uses to get students engaged in meaningful learning, and provides some general tips for educators who are interested in trying project-based learning for themselves.

“Where Can Tech Outdo a Teacher?” Robert Barnett examines how classroom technology has made him a more effective educator — and why technology may never be able to replace the human element which a caring teacher provides.

“Beyond Classroom Management.” Robert Barnett explains why the best classroom-management tool is a well-planned course of study — and how Modern Classrooms practices help teachers run effective and efficient learning environments.

Three Essential Ingredients for a Student-Centered Classroom.” Robert Barnett describes the three essential elements of any student-centered learning experience: something worth doing, well-chosen resources, and a system for tracking mastery.

Students are People Too.” Robert Barnett explains why all students — especially those from vulnerable populations — should be treated as individuals in the classroom setting.

“Making Math Meaningful: A Just-in-Time, Problem-Based Approach.” Robert Barnett explains how meaningful math assignments lead students to authentic mastery of content and skills.

“How Tech in the Classroom Can Enhance Human Interaction.” Some people think that technology in the classroom replaces interpersonal interactions between students and teachers. Robert Barnett explains how technology actually improves them.

"A New Paradigm for PD: The Modern Classrooms Project."  The Modern Classrooms Project co-founders Kareem Farah and Robert Barnett explain how a blended, self-paced, mastery-based approach to learning can revolutionize teacher professional development.

"How Self-Pacing Improves Students' Academic Achievement and Self-Confidence."  Kareem Farah shows why self-paced structures are essential to Modern Classrooms.

"Self-Pacing: The Key to Differentiating Effectively for All Learners."  Kareem Farah and Robert Barnett explain why self-paced classrooms can effectively serve students at all levels of ability.

"Building a Culture of Revision, Reassessment and Reflection in Pursuit of Mastery."   Kareem Farah explains why these "3 R's" are so essential to authentic student learning and understanding.

"Achieving Authentic Learning Through a Major Classroom Culture Shift."  Executive Director Kareem Farah describes how blended, self-paced, mastery-based learning work in his class.