George Lucas Educational Foundation

Kareem Farah

High School Math Teacher

Kareem Farah is a probability/statistics and IB mathematics teacher at Eastern High School in Washington, DC. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and later received a master’s degree in secondary education at Johns Hopkins University. He started working with Eastern High School in 2016. Prior to this, Farah was a high school math teacher and grade level chair at Kamaile Academy Public Charter School in Waianae, Hawaii.

Farah was awarded the 2018 DC Public Schools Award for Classroom Innovation. Instead of using the lecture model, Farah teaches mathematics through a blended model where students access the content through his self-made videos. The cornerstone of his classroom is the ability for students to work through the content at their own pace and Farah’s ability to employ mastery-based grading to evaluate student learning.

In an effort to scale his classroom model, Farah launched a nonprofit, The Modern Classrooms Project. As the executive director of The Modern Classrooms Project, Farah trains and supports a yearly fellowship of teachers who seek to develop blended, self-paced, mastery-based classrooms of their own.

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