- History & Future
- Our Mission and Model
- Our Team & Opportunities
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The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation selected Inspired Teaching as a grantee because of its innovative approach to training educators.
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History & Future
Inspired Teaching shifts the role of the teacher through transformative teacher training. Our organization’s goal is to make engagement-based education the norm for all students.
Current Inspired Teaching initiatives include in-depth, innovative training for new and inservice teachers and programs to demonstrate the 4 I’s – Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity – in action in Washington, DC.
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Since our founding in 1995, Inspired Teaching has been building and supporting a critical mass of Inspired Teachers who are highly effective practitioners and changemakers. We train educators at all stages of their careers, providing a unique professional development model that improves teachers’ ability to raise student achievement and enable students to achieve their full potential.
In the summer of 1996, Inspired Teaching’s Founder and Executive Director, Aleta Margolis, brought together twelve teachers for the first Inspired Teaching Institute. She was motivated by her experience as a classroom teacher and the belief that all students have the ability to think critically and understand complex information. This program laid the foundation for all Inspired Teaching programs, which now train hundreds of preK-12 teachers every year, improving education for tens of thousands of children in high needs communities.
“As a classroom teacher myself – first teaching high school students in the juvenile justice system, then middle school, then third grade – I had seen the amazing changes that happened when students were asked to think for themselves instead of sitting passively while their teacher ‘delivered’ instruction. I suspected all students could learn to read, write, compute, and thrive if their teachers built their imaginations along with their intellects. I knew teachers were the key to building a better school experience for students. So I started Center for Inspired Teaching to invest in teachers and help them re-think the way they do their jobs.” – Aleta Margolis
Through the Inspired Teacher Certification Program to train aspiring teachers, partnerships for standards-aligned, inquiry-based trainings for inservice teachers, and the citywide Real World History course, Inspired Teaching is building a better school experience for students.