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.



Blended Learning Built on Teacher Expertise.” Modern Classrooms Project Executive Director Kareem Farah explains how Modern Classrooms empower teachers to reach all students with blended, self-paced, mastery-based practices.

“Answers to Your Blended Learning Questions.” Kareem Farah and Robert Barnett answer some of the most common questions that educators ask about Modern Classrooms.

“A 5 Step Guide to Making Your Own Instructional Videos.” Kareem Farah and Robert Barnett explain how teachers can make excellent instructional videos of their own — and illustrate their points with videos from current Modern Classroom Fellows!

How Edtech Can Expand What Teachers Do.” Kareem Farah and Thomas Arnett (of the Clayton Christensen Institute) describe the various ways in which classroom technology can empower teachers and their students.

60-Second Strategy: Do Now Sheets.” Modern Classroom Fellow Kate Gaskill explains how a quick check-in with each of her students at the start of class helps both she and her students make the most of class time.

“Getting Rid of the Lecture Bottleneck.” Kareem Farah 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.


“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.


"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.


“2017 DCPS Excellence in Classroom Innovation, Kareem Farah.” The DC Public Education Fund awards Executive Kareem Farah a prestigious Standing Ovation Award for his innovative work as a math teacher in DC Public Schools


“A ‘Modern’ Classroom Model, Designed by Teachers, Helps Students Stay Engaged and Connected.” Thomas Arnett of the Christensen Institute interviews Modern Classrooms Project co-founders Kareem and Rob to learn how blended, self-paced, mastery-based approaches transform student learning in the classroom.


“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.


“The 3 Biggest Challenges of Blended Learning — and How to Overcome Them.” Transforming the student learning experience through technology isn’t easy, but it can have huge benefits for teachers and students alike. Kareem Farah and Robert Barnett explain how to overcome the biggest challenges that new Modern Classroom educators may face.

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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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“An Operating System for the Modern Classroom.” The elements of blended, self-paced, mastery-based learning are already in place in many schools. Robert Barnett explains how the Modern Classroom Model brings them together, in a cohesive model that truly works.

“The New ‘I Do, You Do, We Do:’ Balancing Several Modes of Instruction in a Single Classroom.” Robert Barnett explains how the Modern Classrooms model facilitates teacher-led instruction, collaborative work, and individual study — sometimes all at the same time in the same room!

“Faster, Stronger, Higher: Better Student Relationships by Design.” Modern Classroom Fellow Lee James describes how implementing blended instruction in his classroom helped him to build better relationships with his students, starting on Day One.

“A Teacher-Driven PD Model That Works: Lessons from a Year of Innovation and Hard Work.” The Modern Classrooms Project co-founders Kareem Farah and Robert Barnett share what they’ve learned from a year of training, supporting, and learning alongside their Modern Classroom Fellows.

“Collaboration that Counts.” Robert Barnett examines the factors that make collaboration meaningful in the classroom setting, and provides suggestions for educators who want their students working and learning together.

“A Lawyer Walks into a Classroom.” Robert Barnett explains how his time at Harvard Law School made him a better teacher — and how any educator can better serve their students and their schools by “thinking like a lawyer.”

“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.

“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.


"Where can DCPS go from here?" In the wake of turmoil regarding graduation rates in Washington, DC, Modern Classrooms Project co-founder Robert Barnett charts a course forward for one of the United States' most prominent urban school districts.


"Teacher Sounds the Alarm on Graduation Gap." Modern Classrooms Project co-founder Robert Barnett describes a troubling trend in American education and explains why mastery-based education is essential to reversing it.


“A D.C. Teacher's Bold Vision to Improve Scandalously Poor Student Performance.” Modern Classrooms Project co-founder Robert Barnett explains why so many students are struggling to learn, and how mastery-based education can provide the solution.