Zach, middle-school music teacher
The Modern Classrooms Project
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Why did you create this innovation?
The one-size-fits all model fails to meet many students' needs. We've replaced it with a research-backed instructional model that helps teachers leverage technology to foster human connection, authentic learning, and social-emotional growth.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The Modern Classrooms Project has developed a scalable, research-based instructional model built on three core principles:
1) Blended Instruction: Students access content through high-quality video lessons, which we train their teachers to create.
2)Self-Paced Structure: Students learn at their own pace within each unit of study.
3) Mastery-Based Grading: Students progress from lesson to lesson only when they have demonstrated true mastery of course material.
We offer a free online course as well as an intensive Virtual Mentoring Program, and partner with schools and districts to empower teachers worldwide. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University surveyed teachers and students using our practices and found "overwhelming positive support" for our model. Now more than ever, students need education that meets their needs, and we are leading that effort!
How has it been spreading?
We launched by training 8 teachers in the Washington, DC area in 2018. Over the past year, we have enrolled over 25,000 educators from 140+ countries in our free online course, and directly empowered nearly 1,000 educators through our innovative Virtual Mentorship Program. Our movement continues to grow by the day as educators worldwide seek ways to respond to students' unique needs.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Explore our comprehensive free course, at learn.modernclassrooms.org ! We're a nonprofit and we give all of our materials away for free. If you're interested in more, visit our website and contact us to see how we can support.