MODEL: Demonstration School & Real World History

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Formal Learning in Museums and Historic Sites

Cosby Hunt, Inspired Teaching’s Senior Teaching & Learning Officer, writes about the inspiration and origin of Real World History as an opportunity for students to “‘get their hands dirty’ with history.” A former student, her internship advisor and her parent all illustrate how over the semester the class saw “history as a story unfolding, with characters they could relate to.”

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Watch: Real World History student gives speech on Black masculinity

This winter, Real World History student Maya Branch gave a speech as part of the Project Soapbox competition, making a case for fighting Black hyper-masculinity. In this 2-minute speech, Maya demonstrates her ability to connect history to the issues that matter to her today, along with a mastery of the skills of historians such as critical thinking and persuasive communication.

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Meet a Game-Changer in Every State

Center for Inspired Teaching and the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School are highlighted as "game-changers" in this piece, published in Medium and addressed to Facebook founder and billionaire philanthropist Mark Zuckerberg. An innovative organization led by an Ashoka Fellow is identified in each state.

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OECD visits Inspired Teaching as part of international study

A team from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) visited the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School to learn about the residency-based Inspired Teacher Certification Program. Inspired Teaching was one of a select few sites in the United States, as the OECD investigates effective, innovative teacher preparation worldwide.

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Delegation of the best principals in Brazil visit Inspired Teaching

“I have read how to teach children how to think, not what to think, and now I see it here. I would like to know whether this can happen in Brazil, too.” A delegation comprising the most outstanding principal in each state of Brazil visited the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School.

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Partner Feature – National Museum of American History

Inspired Teaching is proud to collaborate with the National Museum of American History, an internship site for our Real World History program. The goal of the museum is to help people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future.

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Many Admirers… But Still a Widow: Reflections on Britannia Peter Kennon’s Widowhood

As part of her internship at historic Tudor Place, Real World History student Nora Pehrson did independent research and wrote a blog post and essay about Britannia Peter Kennon who owned and lived at Tudor Place from 1854-1911. Read more from Nora about her research into how "widowhood might have represented a challenge to the cult of domesticity."

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Partner Feature – Ford’s Theatre

Inspired Teaching is proud to have partnered with Ford’s Theatre. In school year 2015-16, Ford’s Theatre served as an internship site for high school students enrolled in Inspired Teaching's Real World History course.

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Real World History students win first and second place at the DC History Day competition

This March, at DC's National History Day competition, two Real World History students won first place in the group exhibit category for their display about the Great Migration. Two other Real World History students won second place in the group performance category for their piece about the 1968-69 Modern Strivers.

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From Real World History to the Real World

"Everyone’s voice mattered. This facilitation not only allowed me to share some of my thoughts, but also allowed me to learn from my peers. My mind was filled with new insights and information. This was the kind of mind I would need to succeed in college." Read more from Zawadi Carroll, a Real World History student in 2014-15, who returned to the course this January to lead an interschool seminar for current Real World History students.

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