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2012 cohort fellows

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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A Supportive Community of Educators

Executive Director Jane Ehrenfeld describes what it means to be part of the Inspired Family: "It wasn’t until I found my way to Center for Inspired Teaching that I realized how lucky I was to have moved here. If I had ended up living and working anywhere else in the country, I may not have joined a strong, supportive network of teachers who, like me, were dedicated to improving outcomes for children through a joyful and rigorous school experience."

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A Better World through Our Young People

Executive Director Jane Ehrenfeld explains the need for our work in the context of the 2016 presidential election: "In the face of these urgent challenges, what is Inspired Teaching doing? Our answer: it starts in school. For a better world, we must ensure our young people build their capacity as problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and empathetic changemakers."

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The Research Supporting Our Engagement-Based Practice

"Twenty-first century skills -- which enable individuals to independently analyze and apply information, not merely parrot it back at the right time -- are exactly the types of skills that engagement-based education values and builds in students." - Inspired Teaching's Director of Research and Evaluation, Robyn Sperling, on our upcoming white paper about the need for engagement-based education.

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Partner Feature – Catholic University of America

Center for Inspired Teaching and the Catholic University of America are working closely with teachers in high-needs schools to improve STEM education across DC through the federally funded Mathematics and Science Partnership program.

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Teacher Feature – Mr. Milton (Mickey) Bryant

"Inspired Teaching is focused on the whole child. That connected with me because as a kid, I needed someone to connect with me on a social-emotional level. Other kids need that as well. That’s really the foundation for all success in the classroom: really building strong relationships with the kids, making them feel welcomed and respected." Read more from Mr. Milton (Mickey) Bryant, a 2011 Inspired Teaching Fellow and a teacher and instructional coach at Ketcham Elementary School.

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