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The work that Center for Inspired Teaching does is so important. I have seen the educators in action and felt the positive energy they bring to their classrooms. To raise the bar on quality, we need engaged, highly educated teachers who, like those selected for Inspired Teaching’s program, want to make a difference in a child’s life.
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Aleta founded Center for Inspired Teaching in 1995 to build a better school experience for students by shifting the role of the teacher from information provider to Instigator of Thought®. An Instigator of Thought teaches students how to think, not what to think; engages students in serious play; and designs classrooms so students are engaged intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Aleta served as Inspired Teaching’s Executive Director from 1995 until 2016, when she moved into the role of President. As President, Aleta focuses on shifting mindsets about teaching and learning, with the goal of amassing public support for a radical change in the norm: transforming school from a place that prizes compliance to one that promotes engagement among all students.
Aleta has been featured at national and international conferences and has been published in numerous publications.
Aleta is a former professor of education at American University, specializing in authentic assessment, science and math education, and curriculum reform. In her time as a public school teacher, Aleta taught both elementary and middle school and designed and ran alternative educational programs for court-referred high school students.
In 2011, Aleta helped launch the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School to serve as a demonstration site for Inspired Teaching’s instructional model. The Demonstration School also serves as a partner site for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, a 24-month, state accredited residency program that selects, prepares, supports, and certifies exceptional individuals for long term teaching careers in the District of Columbia.
All of Inspired Teaching’s work, including school and district-wide partnerships, shift teacher practice and support Inspired Teachers to act as changemakers in the classroom and beyond. In 2001, Aleta was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in recognition of Inspired Teaching’s innovative work. Aleta received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Brown University and her MS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.
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