Our Mission and Model

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. 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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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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Creating Beauty: K12 Changemaker Education Forum

Inspired Teaching is featured in this piece describing the innovations and work presented at the K-12 Changemaker Education Forum, part of the 2016 Ashoka U Exchange in Miami, Florida. David Castro, Founder and President of i-LEAD, published this piece on Medium.

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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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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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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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