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May 2016

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Confronting Savage Inequalities with Joy

"When students learn in this way, they build the skills and dispositions they need to be thriving and productive citizens in our complex and rapidly changing world. When teachers teach in this way, we bring about what Jonathan Kozol calls 'a badly needed rebirth of jubilant vitality, healthy spontaneity, and sheer humanity back into our nation’s public schools.'" Read more from Inspired Teaching's Aleta Margolis about the difficult - and necessary - work putting authentic, student-centered engagement at the heart of instruction.

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Being the Change, thanks to Center for Inspired Teaching

"At last month’s Chocolate Inspiration gala, I had the opportunity to share with some attendees how my life has become so much more exciting since becoming a changemaker. I told them, as one example, about the informal mentorship program for new social studies teachers in the District that I started after realizing that many new teachers were leaving due to lack of support from their colleagues." Read more from 2014 BLISS Teacher Leader Jennifer Brown about what it means to her to be a changemaker.

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Research, planning, and changemaking

Early childhood teacher and 2015 Inspired Teaching Fellow Alexandra Morris writes about the process of conducting and presenting her independent research at the Social Justice Research Forum, hosted by the School of Education at Trinity Washington University

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Jonathan Kozol and Inspired Teachers discuss testing, empathy, and diversity in schools

On April 21, author and activist Jonathan Kozol toured the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School. After visiting several classrooms, Mr. Kozol sat down for an open discussion with the school’s teaching and administrative staff. Read more for excerpts from this conversation.

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