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Inspired Teaching has reinforced my beliefs about teaching and learning in the most essential ways by giving me the opportunity to explore them, question them and build on them based on the interaction with the beliefs of others.
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Instigator of Thought – November 2015
Letter from Aleta Margolis, Executive Director
Each day, Inspired Teaching expands its reach. We just opened the application for the eighth cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows, whom we prepare for successful and sustainable careers as inquiry-based teachers in DC. Also this month, we trained over a hundred teachers, instructional coaches, and district leaders from a dozen districts across Maryland in inquiry-based techniques – with a special focus on infusing inquiry into the study of environmental literacy. Next week, I’ll take our message to Istanbul, where I will train teachers in all of Turkey’s Ashoka Changemaker Schools and, at the international Changemaker Education Summit, offer education leaders the tools to shift the norm towards inquiry-based education.
I’m proud that we’re spreading Inspired Teaching to broader and more varied audiences. This is part of the critical work of changing expectations about what students should experience in school. Every child should have the opportunity to learn by engaging with compelling questions, testing out responses, and pursuing deeper understanding. [Read the full piece here.]
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Calling all Instigators of Thought! To celebrate 20 years of Inspired Teachers, we’re launching a social media campaign featuring Inspired Teachers’ great work. Through June 2016, we’ll be asking teachers to show how you build students’ 4 I’s — Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity — by bringing the 5 Core Elements into your classroom.
This November, teachers are posting photos showing evidence of INQUIRY in their classrooms. We have received some wonderful examples, including the one below:
In December, take a photo showing evidence of IMAGINATION 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 will also be featuring interviews with Inspired Teachers from all programs. Showcased this month are Peter Leesam, an alumnus from the 2005 Inspired Teaching Institute, and Beth Carmichael, a 2013 Inspired Teaching Fellow.
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PREPARE new teachers for successful and sustainable careers:
The application for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program is now open!
Through our two-year residency program, Inspired Teaching Fellows will:
- Receive a DC teaching license in early childhood, elementary, or inclusive elementary education.
- Experience a residency year that seamlessly connects theory and practice by training in classrooms of lead teachers.
- Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity Washington University through a customized program of graduate coursework.
- Receive intensive classroom mentoring: constructive feedback, instructional coaching, and personal support.
- Serve as an AmeriCorps member, joining a national network of individuals committed to public service, and earn a financial education award.
- Join a network of educational changemakers, and influence the education landscape both inside and outside of the classroom.
Share the news, and apply now to join the 2016 cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows!
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SHIFT the practice of inservice teachers:
– On November 3rd and 4th, Center for Inspired Teaching partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to teach teachers and district leaders at the Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership’s fall workshop. Over one hundred teachers, instructional coaches, and district leaders came from twelve districts across the state to take part in the event, held at the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, MD.
– On November 5th, the DC STEM Network hosted its inaugural STEM Summit. Open to educators, administrators, and policymakers for STEM instruction throughout the DC-region, the Summit was a full day of engaging sessions and presentations. Inspired Teaching helped lead this important conversation, building upon Inspired Teaching’s work with Teacher Leaders in SCALE: Science Curriculum Advancement through Literacy Enhancement.
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MODEL Inspired Teaching in action:
– In this piece, Inspired Teaching intern Bria Stephens writes about her first visit to the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School and reflects on how the teaching and learning she saw compared to her own experiences.
– On November 10th, Real World History students had an opportunity to effect change in their schools when they met with the High School Credit Flexibility Task Force to share their thoughts about possible changes to credit recognition in DC Public Schools.
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COMMUNICATE, leverage, and elevate:
– Inspired Teaching’s Cosby Hunt led the effort to bring the powerful transmedia project Question Bridge: Black Males to the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. On November 12th, the museum asked Cosby to lead a public conversation with the project’s creator, Chris Johnson. Real World History students attended the event and also met with an artist to explore ways to express their thoughts through movement, generating ideas for potential National History Day projects involving performance.
– Inspired Teaching congratulates our partner, the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR), for receiving a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to become one of five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers across the United States. The Inspired Teacher Certification Program joined NCTR’s national network of residency programs in 2015 and will be one of NCTR’s Transformation Center providers. Learn more here.
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VISIT Inspired Teaching in action:
Learn more about upcoming program visits and RSVP here.