January 2013

Insights from the Classroom

The Inspired Teaching School's teachers developed an interesting professional development response to the need for educators to feel empathy from others. The staff meets on a regular basis, and they open their meetings with a sharing circle: sitting in a circle, they take turns sharing how their weeks are going. This builds personal relationships and helps teachers recognize that their colleagues care about how everyone is feeling.

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Hunt Testifies on DC Graduation Requirements

We need to create more opportunities for students to make good educational decisions up front before they are left with only bad choices later.

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Inspired Teachers Honored at Kennedy Center

Inspired Teacher Valyncia Hawkins, who was one of seven Excellence In Teaching Award recipients, attended Inspired Teaching’s flagship training as well as served as an Inspired Teaching mentor and Teacher Leader.

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Inspired Teacher Certification Program – Apply Now!

Be an educational changemaker. The Inspired Teacher Certification Program is accepting applications for our 2013 cohort.

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Psst, Ed Reform: You Forgot the Key Ingredient!

When it comes to education reform, I’m always baffled as to why teacher training is not considered the critical ingredient. Whether it’s ensuring students meet higher standards and expectations, decreasing our nation’s dropout rate, or graduating more students who are college and career ready, the effectiveness of teachers should be our No. 1 education reform focus.

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Community Learning: Anything but Mundane

Although these trips may seem mundane, the learning that has taken place in our own neighborhood has been anything but. My students now have library cards, have tasted spaghetti squash, and can demonstrate the roles necessary for an operational restaurant in a dramatic play setting. Along the way we encountered patient city bus drivers, kind neighbors, and lots of community members who were excited to teach.

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