Teacher Feature

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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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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Building Engineers

"How early do young engineers begin honing their design skills?" Inspired Teaching's David Yarmchuk explores this topic, using one SCALE Teacher Leader's kindergarten classroom as an example.

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Being the Change, thanks to Center for Inspired Teaching

"At last month’s Chocolate Inspiration gala, I had the opportunity to share with some attendees how my life has become so much more exciting since becoming a changemaker. I told them, as one example, about the informal mentorship program for new social studies teachers in the District that I started after realizing that many new teachers were leaving due to lack of support from their colleagues." Read more from 2014 BLISS Teacher Leader Jennifer Brown about what it means to her to be a changemaker.

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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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Jonathan Kozol and Inspired Teachers discuss testing, empathy, and diversity in schools

On April 21, author and activist Jonathan Kozol toured the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School. After visiting several classrooms, Mr. Kozol sat down for an open discussion with the school’s teaching and administrative staff. Read more for excerpts from this conversation.

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Exploring growth mindset for students and teachers

"Why do some of my students seem to develop resilience in the face of obstacles while other students seem to develop learned helplessness and low self-esteem instead? These students are potentially sitting in the same classroom and getting the same kinds of support, so what’s the deal? How do we teachers help all students become resilient and self-confident both in our classrooms and out in the world?" Read more from Inspired Teaching Institute alum Katherine Douglas Kindle.

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Teacher Feature – Ms. Benita Nelson-Tutt

"Kids are inquisitive. They want to know. As teachers, it’s our job to guide them through their journey. The harder we push them within a positive, supportive environment, the harder students try." Read more from Ms. Benita Nelson-Tutt. Now retired, Ms. Nelson-Tutt attended the very first Inspired Teaching Institute in 1996 and spent more than 30 years teaching in DC Public Schools.

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Teacher Feature – Mr. Abdu’l-Karim Ewing-Boyd

"As a teacher, it’s important to engage all your students because you’re responsible for the class and for each student individually. That’s what you’re there for. Your role is to inspire students to find ways to achieve their own fulfillment and to recognize where they are in the sweep of humanity and human history." Read more from Mr. Abdu’l-Karim Ewing-Boyd, an alum of the 2006 Inspired Teaching Institute and the IB Coordinator at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.

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Teacher Feature – Mr. Oscar Ramirez

"As a teacher, sometimes it’s difficult to consider the heavy responsibility you carry on your shoulders. Being a teacher isn’t just about teaching content – you’re also helping to form character and helping young people find themselves as individuals. What works for one student won’t necessarily work for everyone." Read more from Mr. Oscar Ramirez, an alum of the 2003 Inspired Teaching Institute and a master educator with DC Public Schools.

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