January 2015

What makes a good teacher?

Inspired Teaching's Aleta Margolis explores what makes a good teacher and how good teaching can be measured.

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“Not Any Old Regular Kindergarteners”

Inspired Teaching's Jessica Hiltabidel writes about a recent visit to the classroom of a 2013 Inspired Teaching Fellow where she was able to see a wonderful example of “Student as Expert” in action.

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Partner Feature: Educator Innovator, powered by the National Writing Project

Educator Innovator is a community of passionate professionals who are re-imagining learning, in schools and out, bringing together educators, partner organizations, and supporters interested in providing connected learning opportunities to young people and their mentors.

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Real World History and Maret students organize discussion of Selma

Following their seminar discussion of reparations, Real World History students and students from the Maret School organized an interschool viewing and discussion of the movie Selma.

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Inspired Teaching students explore “Everyday DC” through photography

On January 22, fifth and sixth grade students from the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School presented an exhibit of original photography they created as part of the Pulitzer Center workshop "Everyday Africa-Everyday DC."

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Aleta Margolis speaks on Microsoft panel discussing “Investing in STEM through Early Learning and the Arts”

Aleta Margolis spoke on a panel that convened experts on STEM education, the arts, and effective early learning programs.

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2014 Inspired Teaching Fellows join Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

On January 19, the 2014 cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows joined We Feed Our People and hundreds of thousands of people across the country for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

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Stephen Lazar – teacher & Inspired Teaching Institute alum – testifies before Senate on “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability”

On January 21, Stephen Lazar, a teacher and Inspired Teaching Institute alum, testified before the Senate that imposing annual high-stakes tests does not lead to meaningful improvements to our education system.

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Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

In this piece, originally published in the Washington Post, Inspired Teaching's Aleta Margolis shares how physical movement can and should be a part of the learning process, not just a break from it.

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Bringing history alive

Inspired Teaching's Cosby Hunt writes about a recent interschool seminar discussion between Real World History and Maret School students on the issues of reparations and social justice.

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