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Overall, I think the best education courses I have taken – including my masters classes – have been from the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. I learned practical things that I could put into place the very next day.

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August 2017

Inspired Teaching at Education Teach In at Politics and Prose

What is the biggest challenge facing our education system today? At the Education Teach In at Politics and Prose this August, Executive Director Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld wrestled with this complex and urgent question alongside David Osborne and Dawn Williams, moderated by Valerie Strauss.

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A Thrilling Summer

"As I traveled between Inspired Teaching’s summer programs, I felt energized by the sights and sounds of engaged, enthusiastic learners working together. From our work with in-service to pre-service teachers to young students, relationships are front and center." Executive Director Jane Ehrenfeld reflects on the powerful work of our teachers and programs throughout the summer.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Philippa Palmer

“I used to think that successful classroom management meant that students were quiet, sitting and working. That does not have to be what learning looks like. This professional development challenged what I consider to be typical, good classroom management to describe an environment where groups of kids can be scattered, autonomous, loud, collaborative, and independent.” Read more from Philippa Palmer, a 2017 Teacher Leader and Montgomery County Public School teacher.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Sandra Ponce

"Even when it is hard and frustrating, we encourage our students to work with their hands and innovate. Our class mantra is a call and response: I say, 'If it doesn’t work this time, what do we do?' The students answer: 'We try, try, try.'" Read more from 2016 Fellow Sandra.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Raven Robinson

“Now, the program continues to push my ideals—some have changed, some have been strengthened. We touch on a lot of issues that could be divisive and controversial, so having the space to talk about what we feel and hear from people from different backgrounds lets me learn about my own prejudices and beliefs.” Read more from Inspired Teaching Fellow Raven.

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