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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.

— Stacey L. Collins, Manager of Client and Community Relations, PNC
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The State of Education: Inspired Teaching’s Remarks at the American News Women’s Club

"When teachers challenge students to figure out information for themselves (whether solving math problems or discerning real news from fake), students become actively engaged in school, their natural curiosity and sense of wonder are sparked, and they are set up for success, not only in school but in their communities and careers." Read more from Founder and President Aleta Margolis' remarks at the American News Women's Club.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Chapman

"The students create and vote on the classroom rules. And I ask them 'how does that make you feel' and I constantly make sure they are given the tools to solve their own problems. I emphasize the importance of confidence, honesty, and integrity." Read more Inspired Teaching Fellow Richelle ('15).

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Odom

"The classroom should sound like students having dialogue around the topic of study and the teacher facilitating and pushing their thinking. It should feel like productive struggle on the part of the student, struggle and success, while the teacher provides feedback in the moment." Read more from Inspired Teacher Leader Patricia Odom ('14) and her experience beginning the school year as an Assistant Principal.

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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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Partner Feature – President Lincoln’s Cottage

Real World History students participate in a semester long internship at a variety of historic sites in Washington, DC. In addition to serving as a partner for our internships, this year President Lincoln’s Cottage also hosted our Changemakers in Action event.

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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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