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Bring Learning to Life: Lessons from Career and Technical Education

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

A dark skinned girl faces the camera. Her classmates sit behind her in the classroom.

Presented by Evin Jarrett, Building Trades Instructor, Philadelphia School District (PA); Betsy Beers, High School CTE Teacher, Fort Wayne Community Schools (IN); and Cindy Haley, CTE Teacher, McLain High School for Science & Technology (OK)
Moderated by Toni Rose Deanon (she/they), Community Engagement Manager, The Modern Classrooms Project

Sponsored by The Modern Classrooms Project

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Authentic, real-world learning can be difficult to achieve in any classroom. Throw in learner variability and personalization for 30+ students at a time, and the task can seem nearly impossible.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators prepare students for high-demand, skilled jobs in industries such as healthcare, technology, and construction. Every day, CTE educators work to bring learning to life for their students. The lessons they have learned along the way can benefit all educators who are looking to make their classrooms spaces of more authentic learning.

In this edWebinar, we bring together CTE educators who have re-imagined their classroom instruction to be more student-centered, self-paced, and mastery-based to share their best practices for bringing learning to life.

Whether you are a teacher looking to change up your instructional strategies or a school leader who believes in the power of student-centered learning, this edWebinar gives you strategies and resources that can support all students.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

 Evin JarettAbout the Presenters

Mr. Jarrett (The Dope Teacher) currently teaches Middle School CTE. He has been on his Modern Classrooms Project journey for 4 years now and has fully implemented it for 3 years. His students are excelling in his classroom now and he’s never going back.



Betsy BeersBetsy Beers is an innovative high school CTE teacher at a large urban school in northern Indiana. She’s been married for 20 years and has three teenagers at home. Betsy began her professional career as an athletic trainer at a high school, where she fell in love with working with teenagers. She then switched gears to operate a daycare and preschool, where she fell in love with teaching. Eventually she combined the two careers and now teaches high schoolers how to work with children. Betsy is an avid Christmas tree decorator, loves serving in her church as an elder, and enjoys exploring and spending time outside.


Cindy HaleyCindy Haley is a CTE Teacher at McLain High School for Science & Technology in Tulsa, OK. This is her sixth school year teaching at McLain in the Tulsa Public Schools district, and she teaches Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design and Digital Editing & Production Photography, as well as Yearbook. Cindy is implementing Modern Classroom for her Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design classes this year, with intentions of expanding to include her Digital Editing & Production Photography classes next school year. In addition to teaching her classes, Cindy is the CTE Department Chair, is a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, and is the school’s Site Tech Coordinator.


Toni Rose DeanonAbout the Moderator

Toni Rose Deanon (she/they) is a former English and ESL educator with 10-year experience teaching in Atlanta, Baltimore City, and DC. They were also an instructional coach in Redmond and currently facilitate professional development for educators all over the world. They will forever identify as an educator and a lifetime learner. Toni Rose strives to be the educator that they never had growing up, so they focus on anti-bias, anti-racist work and want to create a brave space for everyone around them. As a queer Filipinx, they understand just how important it is to be represented, be valued, and belong. She especially loves being a thought partner for and celebrating educators.


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Modern Classrooms ProjectThe Modern Classrooms Project empowers educators to implement a self-paced, mastery-based instructional model that leverages technology to foster human connection, authentic learning, and social-emotional growth.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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