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I now view teaching as an ongoing process of reflection, practice, and improvement. It’s about finding the best way to help each child make discoveries.
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Instigator of Thought – January 2016
Letter from Aleta Margolis, Executive Director
Happy New Year! On the first of the year, I was meeting one of my own New Year’s resolutions and taking a 2-hour hot yoga class – when our teacher told us about an important companion to our yearly resolutions: an intention.
Setting an intention means defining the purpose that drives all of your resolutions. It means determining, over the long term, to strengthen who you are and who you want to be at your core. It does not start and end in a single year.
Every day, Inspired Teachers set and work towards ambitious and important resolutions in their classroom, all towards the intention of being an ever-more effective Inspired Teacher. [Read the full piece here.]
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Calling all Instigators of Thought! To celebrate 20 years of Inspired Teaching, we’ve launched a social media campaign featuring our Inspired Teachers’ great work. This January, teachers are posting photos showing evidence of INTEGRITY in their classrooms. We have received some wonderful examples, including the one below:
Click here to donate and support our work with teachers like Stephen.
In February, take a photo showing evidence of MUTUAL RESPECT in your classroom. Post your image to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook* with the hashtag #20YrsInspired. Every week, we’ll share top posts on our social media channels!
Each month we also feature conversations with Inspired Teachers from all programs. Showcased this month is Nicole McGill, 2015 SCALE Teacher Leader. Nicole wrote a blog about how she transformed her classroom experience through changing her seventh grade Life Science course to “Medical School.” In addition to being a Teacher Leader, Nicole is also a theater director and playwright, and her new play Life After Death: Stories of those who Survived Grief creates a safe space for people to share things that matter, but aren’t often talked about. Read more about the play, and her path to creating it, in her blog post Happy-Sad New Year.
*Please carefully follow your school’s social media policies. Protecting students’ privacy is critically important. If you would like to share an image but keep your social media profile private, please post directly to the Inspired Teaching Facebook page.
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PREPARE new teachers for successful and sustainable careers:
The Fellows Advisory Board held the first bi-annual General Assembly Meeting on January 11th. Fellows from all cohorts were in attendance to learn about FAB’s new initiatives.
The Professional Development Committee is sharing PD opportunities across the city, as well as hosting several events of their own, including an upcoming mindfulness seminar, and a night at the Phillips Collection. The Professional Development Committee will also support new Fellows as they navigate the waters of becoming Inspired Teachers while balancing pressures of a demanding job, school, or district.
The Social Committee is hosting an Inspired Teacher Recruitment Happy Hour on Friday, January 29th- all are welcome to come learn more about our programs, and to meet Inspired Teachers. Click here to RSVP. FAB also plans to host a number of events to connect Inspired Teachers across all programs and years, including community service events, sports games, and other social outings.
The application for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program is now open!
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SHIFT the practice of inservice teachers:
– After successfully providing inservice teacher training in partnership with DC Public Schools, Inspired Teaching is expanding its professional development opportunities to charter schools! Through Inspired Teaching’s yearlong BLISS: Building Literacy in the Social Studies and SCALE: Science Curriculum Advancement through Literacy Enhancement programs, aspiring Teacher Leaders will strengthen their own inquiry-based, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) standards-aligned practice and will learn to provide professional development to their colleagues and coaching to their peers. If you’re a school leader interested in this opportunity for your school, click here for more information.
– The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will hold the annual Teaching & Learning Conference on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. Inspired Teaching has been offered a special package for a limited number of Inspired Teachers to attend. Please contact Caitlin Wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested.
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MODEL Inspired Teaching in action:
“Recognizing the reality of racism in America is jarring. Coates’ argument that racial justice can never exist is not one I have frequently heard, and it changed my entire thought process on racial and class relations in the country.” -Real World History student
Real World History hosted the second annual interschool seminar on January 14 at Cardozo Education Campus. Students from 14 different schools engaged in Paideia seminars in which they discussed three different works by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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COMMUNICATE, leverage, and elevate:
Thank you for helping make our 2015 End of Year fundraising campaign a success! Individual donors play a key role in sustaining Center for Inspired Teaching. Thanks to you, more students than ever before are experiencing Inspired Teachers.
Click here to donate and contribute to our efforts at Inspired Teaching.
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VISIT Inspired Teaching in action:
Learn more about upcoming program visits and RSVP here.