PREPARE: Inspired Teacher Certification Program

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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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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Answering The Call of Champions: From U.S. Army Officer to Early Childhood Teacher

"Those with equal rank or higher remember him by his nickname 'Baby Captain.' Others earlier in his career remember him as Second Lieutenant McInnis, and still to so many four and five year olds living in both New Orleans and Washington D.C., Daris McInnis is no doubt their champion." Cultivate Excellence profiles 2014 Inspired Teaching Fellow Daris McInnis.

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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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An urban school serving needy kids posted big test gains. How did they do it?

2011 Inspired Teaching Fellow Milton Bryant was featured in a piece published in the Washington Post about the successes of Ketcham Elementary School. The school, where 100% of students qualify for free and reduced-price meals, recently posted major gains on standardized tests aligned with the Common Core.

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Unpacking Privilege with Teachers Entering the Profession

When was the last time someone asked you how you are privileged? Teaching and Learning Intern Tess Gann describes one of the ways that the Inspired Teacher Certification Program guides teachers entering the profession to address issues of equity in education.

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Research, planning, and changemaking

Early childhood teacher and 2015 Inspired Teaching Fellow Alexandra Morris writes about the process of conducting and presenting her independent research at the Social Justice Research Forum, hosted by the School of Education at Trinity Washington University

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Inspired Teaching presents at Ashoka U Exchange

This February at the Ashoka U Exchange, Mara Duquette, Inspired Teaching’s Manager of Teacher Certification, and Athena Kopsidas, 1st grade Master Teacher at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, joined an innovative and diverse group of educators on the opening Changemaker Panel to discuss how they are preparing teachers to succeed in today's rapidly changing education system, where empathy and changemaking are increasingly necessary skills for youth to achieve their fullest potential.

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The Lead Teacher Effect: Reaching Beyond Their Own Classrooms

Inspired Teaching lead teachers play an integral role in preparing Inspired Teaching Fellows to become changemakers. These leads influence not only their own students, but also the students their Fellows go on to teach. Inspired Teaching explores how that impact can be represented and measured.

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