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September 2015

Instigator of Thought – September 2015

Letter from Aleta Margolis, Executive Director

This month, students and teachers across the country went back to school, looking toward a year of building new relationships, new skills, and new knowledge.

The first day of school is an experience nearly all of us can recall, one that evokes an array of memories and emotions. I remember well my own first day of school. On September 4, 1973, I not only became a first grader, I also became a big sister. My first grade teacher, Ms. Brown, invited all of us to tell how we were feeling on this first day of school. I said ‘important’ and told my teacher and my friends about my big plans for my baby brother.

Quite a few years later, I experienced a first day of school from a different vantage point, as a student-teacher in a first grade class outside of Chicago. [Read the full piece here.]

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CELEBRATE #20YrsInspired: 

Calling all Instigators of Thought! To celebrate 20 years of Inspired Teachers, we’re launching a social media campaign featuring your great work. Over the next nine months, we’ll ask you to show how you build the 4 I’s in every student — Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity — by bringing the 5 Core Elements into your classroom.

This October, take a photo showing evidence of INTELLECT 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!

Beginning this month, we will be featuring interviews with Inspired Teachers from all programs. Showcased this month are 2014 Inspired Teaching Fellows Vilona Nicks and Liane Alves.

inspired-teaching-photo-campaign*Please carefully follow your school’s social media policies. Protecting student privacy is critically important.

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PREPARE new teachers for successful and sustainable careers

– On September 15, Inspired Teaching’s Jessica Hiltabidel (center, above) and 2015 Inspired Teaching Fellows Richelle Chapman (left) and Allie Morris (right) visited the The White House to attend the  Young Women Empowering Communities: Champions of Change Conference.

– On August 6, 2013 Inspired Teaching Fellows Brittney Henderson and Beth Carmichael joined PNC and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts for an evening discussing early childhood education and strategies for “Integrating Arts in Pre-K Education.”

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SHIFT the practice of inservice teachers

At recent professional development days for DC Public Schools (DCPS) teachers, Inspired Teacher Leaders in BLISS: Building Literacy in the Social Studies and SCALE: Science Curriculum Advancement through Literacy Enhancement introduced their colleagues to Cornerstone lessons, created by the Teacher Leaders, which will be taught in every DCPS school this year.

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MODEL Inspired Teaching in action

migration-series-moma3– Real World History began its second school year on September 1. Thirty students from schools across the District are taking part in this engaging history course, which combines academic classwork with relevant internships and brings history alive for high school students. See below in the “Visit” section for an opportunity to visit a Real World History class.

– On August 26, the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School began its fifth year, teaching students from throughout Washington, DC through the Inspired Teaching model and philosophy. See below in the “Visit” section for opportunities to tour the Inspired Teaching School.

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COMMUNICATE, leverage, and elevate: 

– On September 11, the Entertainment Industry Foundation launched a new national education initiative, Think It Up, with a live, special broadcast on all four major US networks. Inspired Teaching was invited to attend the telecast in Los Angeles with our partner Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Inspired Teaching also contributed free resources for use by teachers across the country.

– On September 16, Inspired Teaching Founder and Executive Director Aleta Margolis addressed the Washington, DC Rotary Club about Inspired Teaching’s philosophy, accomplishments, and plans for the future. Beginning with a simple question, “what is the purpose of school?” Aleta explained Inspired Teaching’s belief that school should teach students to be changemakers, leaving behind the traditional reliance on rote learning and quiet compliance so that children learn to become inquisitive problem solvers and active, engaged citizens in our rapidly changing world.

– Center for Inspired Teaching is pleased to feature board member Katherine Wolfe. Katherine is Assistant VP and Relationship Manager within the PNC Bank’s Trade Finance Group based in Washington, DC. She is responsible for managing existing and new relationships within the working capital guarantee portfolio, which had loans totaling $459 million in exposure as of fiscal year end 2014. Katherine holds a BS in Finance from Wake Forest University and is a CFA Charterholder.

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VISIT Inspired Teaching in action: 

We invite teachers, aspiring teachers, school administrators, funders, partners, and all members of the community to come see Inspired Teaching in action!

Learn more about upcoming program visits and RSVP here.

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