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Instigator of Thought – August 2015
Letter from Aleta Margolis, Executive Director
In summer 1995, I gathered a group of educators, business leaders, and friends – the future board members of Center for Inspired Teaching – around my kitchen table and presented them with a radical proposition: partner with teachers to change the way they do their jobs. Challenge them to stop ‘delivering information’ to students and start teaching students how to think independently. Challenge teachers to build students’ innate love of learning, to fuel their creativity instead of diminishing it, to make school good for kids.
This is no small ask, but as Inspired Teaching has grown from focusing on teachers to schools to districts, Inspired Teaching’s philosophy of teaching and learning has remained the same. [Read the full piece here.]
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Join Inspired Teaching as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary!
Throughout school year 2015-16, we’ll be posting articles and photos from our archives, sharing classroom stories from Inspired Teachers around the United States and the world, and inviting you to special events and to see our work in action.
Inspired Teaching kicked off our 20th Anniversary festivities last evening, bringing together Inspired Teachers from all programs for a special back-to-school event at Nationals Park. New teachers now entering the classroom had the opportunity to meet veteran educators, including Benita Nelson-Tutt, a 1999 Inspired Teaching Institute alum. Thank you to the PNC Foundation and the Nationals for making this special event possible.
Stay connected to news, updates, and invitations to 20th Anniversary events by following #20YrsInspired! Celebrate Inspired Teaching’s present and future, and learn more about our past by visiting our 20th Anniversary page and interactive timeline.
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PREPARE new teachers for successful and sustainable careers:
The 2014 Inspired Teaching Fellows and their students welcomed parents, families, and members of the community to a summer “Celebration of Learning.” Students displayed and explained projects they completed over the 2015 summer school session at Capital City Public Charter School, which this year focused on an exploration of STEM concepts. Students shared a wide variety of independent work ranging from Rube Goldberg Machines to student-designed and created mini-golf courses.
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SHIFT the practice of inservice teachers:
On August 5 and 6, principals from across DC joined Inspired Teaching and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for a citywide STEM Leadership Academy. Leaders from 30 schools attended the Academy to connect with their peers and learn the skills and information needed to support implementation of inquiry-based, standards-aligned STEM instruction.
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MODEL Inspired Teaching in action:
On August 20th, Inspired Teaching’s Real World History students, brought together from public high schools across DC, had an early start to the 2015-16 school year as they traveled together with Inspired Teaching staff to visit the Museum of Modern Art and see “One-Way Ticket,” an exhibit featuring artist Jacob Lawrence’s complete Migration Series.
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COMMUNICATE, leverage, and elevate:
Inspired Teaching is proud to partner with the Toyota USA Foundation through SCALE: Science Curriculum Advancement through Literacy Enhancement. With Toyota’s support, Inspired Teaching is committed to expand SCALE to school districts outside DC.
BLISS: Building Literacy in the Social Studies and SCALE introduced their DCPS colleagues to Cornerstone lessons, written by the Teacher Leaders, which will be taught in every DCPS school this school year. The creation and implementation of these inquiry-based, standards-aligned lessons is a key component of DCPS’ new Cornerstones initiative.
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VISIT Inspired Teaching in action:
As we celebrate throughout school year 2015-16, stay tuned for updates, news, and invitations to 20th Anniversary events! We’ll also be sharing our upcoming calendar for fall visits to all Inspired Teaching programs, as well as the Demonstration School.