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You Too Can Differentiate by Creating Blended, Mastery-based Classrooms NOW!

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 120A

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Modern Classrooms Project; FCPS, VA
I am a middle school Language Arts teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. This is my 18th year as an educator in a public school setting. I am passionate about meeting my students where they are, building strong relationships, and advocating for equity in education.
Mayfair School
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The Field School
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Session description

Learn how educators are using the Modern Classrooms Project instructional model to realize the potential of available technology and curriculum. From blended instruction to self-paced structures and mastery-based grading, these combined strategies can be implemented in all learning environments to provide equitable and personalized experiences for every student.

Purpose & objective

As an organization founded and led by educators, the Modern Classrooms Project aims to empower teachers to become leaders in schools across the globe. The mission of our panel discussion is to inspire colleagues to better meet their own students’ needs via the use of a research-backed instructional model. Participants will leave the session with information regarding why and how they can begin their own journey into creating differentiated and personalized learning experiences in their classrooms.

We will also share a series of videos that demonstrates student success as well as the links to a comprehensive library of exemplar units of study, webinars, podcasts and collaborative spaces in which teachers can share ideas, ask questions, etc. about how to successfully implement our strategies into their learning environments.

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Since our presentation would be a panel discussion, we will first share our personal experiences related to how and why the Modern Classrooms Project instructional model has positively impacted our respective learning environments. Once this has been achieved, we will shift to a Q&A type session so that attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss how they can begin transforming teaching and learning in their classrooms.

We also plan to use digital tools such as Mentimeter to engage our audience throughout the panel discussion.

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Supporting research


"Blended Learning Built on Teacher Expertise” (Edutopia). CEO Kareem Farah explains how Modern Classrooms empower teachers to reach all students with blended, self-paced, mastery-based practices.

“A Better Way to Do Online Learning” (The Boston Globe). Thomas Arnett of the Christensen Institute explains how MCP’s student-centered approach can help teachers and students adapt to challenges they face, both during and after the pandemic.

“Leading with Intention: Innovation and Insight” (Getting Smart). Concord Community Schools Superintendent Becky Hutchinson explains how Modern Classroom PD helped her district move forward with innovation in the midst of COVID-19.

"Why Middle Schoolers Thrive in a Self-Paced Classroom" (EdSurge). Modern Classroom Mentors Demi Lager and Emily Culp explain why our model is ideally suited to the academic and social-emotional needs of their sixth-grade students.

“The Modern Classrooms Project: A Teacher-Driven PD Model That Works” (Education Week). Co-founders Kareem Farah and Robert Barnett reflect on what they’ve learned since launching the Modern Classrooms Project.


Making Self-Paced Learning Work for Younger Kids - YouTube
Fostering Inclusion With a Student-Designed Sensory Path - YouTube

Using Blended Learning to Teach Cursive - YouTube

60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me - YouTube

60-Second Strategy: Peer Review - YouTube

60-Second Strategy: Math Partners - You Tube


The Modern Classrooms Project contracted with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Research and Reform in Education to perform comprehensive independent analyses of this survey data. Please access their full reports and findings using the links below:

2018-2019 Report:

2019-2020 Report:

2020-2021 Report:

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Session specifications

Personalized learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Accounts are not necessary; however, accessing the following web sites could be helpful as they will be mentioned in terms of discussing various digital tools that can be instrumental in delivering Modern Classrooms approach to a personalized learning experience for students:

Explain Everything:

Subject area:
Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
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