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Inspired Teaching did a great job getting me to think creatively about how I teach – loosening my preconceived thoughts just enough to embrace some new approaches.
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Instigator of Thought – June 2016
Letter from Aleta Margolis, Executive Director
What will it take to make Inspired Teaching the norm? Inspired Teachers are Instigators of Thought who build the 4 I’s – Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity – in all of their students. Inspired Teachers believe in the potential of all children to think critically, solve problems, and become creative, thriving citizens who contribute positively to our rapidly changing world. They unlock this potential through engagement-based teaching, fueling students’ innate desire to learn. All too often, these wonderful teachers are also exceptional – rare bursts of color in a black-and-white world. [Read the full piece here.]
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On June 7th, Inspired Teachers and Inspired students presented action research, shared their experiences interning at DC historic sites, and facilitated inquiry-based activities at Inspired Teaching’s interactive end-of-year celebration: Changemakers in Action: A Showcase of Work from Inspired Teachers and Inspired Students. Click on the link to see photos and more information about the evening!
This June, teachers are posting photos showing Wide-Ranging Evidence of Learning in their classrooms. We have received some wonderful examples, including the one to the left.
Throughout school year 2015-16, we’ve featured Inspired Teachers from all programs, as they shared the joys and challenges they’ve experienced as educators. Here are their stories.
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PREPARE new teachers for successful and sustainable careers:
– Congratulations to the 2014 cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows who graduated with their Masters of Arts in Teaching this May. After two years of hard work and dedication, these Fellows will begin next school year as DC educators, contributing to the Inspired Teaching community by creating positive classroom climates based on joyful, inquiry-based instruction. We look forward to seeing these changemakers in action in the coming years.
– Inspired Teaching’s Senior Manager of Teaching and Learning, Jessica Hiltabidel, recently spoke to CCTV-America about the global use of technology in the classroom. She discussed the importance of using technology as an innovative tool to build connections, not to create isolation or “do the thinking” for students.
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SHIFT the practice of inservice teachers:
– Are you a charter school teacher or school leader interested in strengthening your school’s ability to provide inquiry-based, standards-aligned education to your students? If so, now’s the time to sign up for our BLISS: Building Literacy in the Social Studies and SCALE: Science Curriculum Advancement through Literacy Enhancement program! Click here for more information.
– “Let’s make it 50 inches!’ one excited little girl exclaimed as she worked with her team to build a tower out of notecards and tape. It was especially heartwarming to see the level of enthusiasm for engineering among the students in this classroom, all of whom come from groups that are currently underrepresented in the field. Experiences like this class are expected to change those statistics in the future.”
Read more from Inspired Teaching’s Dave Yarmchuk about his visit to SCALE Teacher Leader Dionne Hammiel’s classroom, where students begin honing engineering skills at 5-years-old.
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MODEL Inspired Teaching in action:
– Two Real World History students used their theatrical skills and knowledge of local history during a performance at National History Day on June 14th. The two students began their work on the Freedom Annex – an alternative school started by Eastern High School students in the 1960s – back in February and placed second in the “group performance” category at the city-wide competition. This week, they gave their final performance at the national level, competing with students from around the United States, as well as a few foreign countries. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication!
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COMMUNICATE, leverage, and elevate:
– With the aim of expanding Inspired Teaching’s reach and impact, the Board of Center for Inspired Teaching is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld as Executive Director, effective July 1, 2016. Click here to read more about this transition.
– Inspired Teaching is proud to have partnered with Ford’s Theatre. In school year 2015-16, Ford’s Theatre served as an internship site for high school students enrolled in Real World History.
As a historical site, working theatre, and museum, Ford’s Theatre is an ideal location for an internship, as students have the opportunity to explore sharing history with the public on a variety of levels.
– New opportunity: Inspired Teaching is seeking a creative self-starter and highly motivated individual to serve as a Special Assistant to the Executive Director. Apply today!
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VISIT Inspired Teaching in action:
We invite teachers, aspiring teachers, school and district leaders, philanthropists, partners, and all members of the community to come see Inspired Teaching in action!
Learn more about upcoming program visits and RSVP here.