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Learning to Respond to Uncertainty

"So rather than focus on the uncertainty itself, shouldn’t we be focusing on how to effectively teach kids how to approach uncertainty, manage it, and even turn it into opportunity?" Executive Director Jane Ehrenfeld talks about teachers and students as changemakers.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Lisa Brosnan

"Becoming an Inspired Teacher has shaped the way I see children and how much they are capable of doing. Their thoughts are valid and meaningful and can contribute powerfully to the classroom." Read more from Lisa Brosnan, a 2014 Inspired Teaching Fellow and kindergarten teacher in DC Public Schools.

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Inspired Teaching Near and Far

"How can one organization be both deeply place-based and also have far reaching aspirations for its message and vision? This is a question we’ve been grappling with at Inspired Teaching, especially since engaging in a comprehensive strategic planning process last year." Executive Director Jane Ehrenfeld describes how we continue to deepen our impact in the DC region while extending our work across the country.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Jan Schuettpelz

"It is surreal to me that I got Teacher of the Year this year... This is my fourth year in DC. For my first two years, I was at the lowest point of my career. I attribute turning that around to Center for Inspired Teaching. I want to make my classroom the most joyful place. Inspired Teaching helped me do that." Read more from Ms. Jan Schuettpelz, a 2015 Inspired Teacher Leader, science teacher at Alice Deal Middle School, and 2016 DCPS Teacher of the Year.

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Partner Feature – DC Public Schools

Center for Inspired Teaching has been based in Washington, DC, since its founding in 1995, and we have been proud to work with teachers, administrators, and leaders from DC Public Schools for over twenty years. Most recently, Inspired Teaching and DCPS ran a formal partnership to develop Teacher Leaders who could lead their peers across the district in implementing rigorous, inquiry-based, standards-aligned instruction.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Jessie Curry

"Now as an Inspired Teacher, I work with kids who come from a lot of different backgrounds, with different needs. It’s just as important for all of my kids to have someone who is pushing them to be their best self as it would be for someone who is coming from a very affluent background, who doesn’t have the same kinds of needs." Read more from Ms. Jessie Curry, a 2012 Inspired Teaching Fellow, teacher at Capital City Public Charter School, and Vice President of the Fellows Advisory Board.

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Growing & Thriving in a Changing DC

Executive Director Jane Ehrenfeld talks about Inspired Teaching's unwavering commitment to the students and teachers of Washington, DC; our plans to serve the surrounding region; and our intent to ensure engagement-based education is the norm for every child.

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An Appreciation of Oran Sandel

"Oran’s influence and his voice not only fueled the creative process among the teachers he taught, it also enabled teachers to see the creative genius in their students." Founder and President Aleta Margolis writes an appreciation of Oran Sandel, a luminary who brought his joyful creativity and theater expertise to Inspired Teaching’s foundational years.

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Partner Feature – Capital City Public Charter School

Inspired Teaching Fellows enter the profession through a two-year, residency-based program, spending a year learning from lead teachers in aligned partner schools before they take over classrooms of their own. Capital City Public Charter School was Inspired Teaching’s first residency partner site. We’re proud to count Capital City as one of our longest and closest partners.

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Learning through Discovery: From an Inspired Student to an Intern at Inspired Teaching

Teaching and Learning Intern Tess Gann describes her journey of learning through discovery, first as a student with an inspired teacher and now as an intern supporting teachers as they enter the profession through the Inspired Teacher Certification Program: "As I work with Inspired Teaching Fellows and hear stories from their classrooms, I am reminded of the joy of learning like a biologist, an architect, an engineer."

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