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Inspired Teaching’s Summer 2012 Newsletter
Letter from Aleta Margolis, Executive Director
At Inspired Teaching, we are dedicated to transforming the role of teachers from information providers to Instigators of Thought. We want all students to achieve at high levels in classrooms where they are challenged to ask, investigate, and answer questions instead of being passive recipients of knowledge. This quarterly newsletter will provide you with relevant news, program highlights, and information about our work.
The calendar year may be winding down for most schools, but at Inspired Teaching, it’s cranking up. We’re entering our busiest training season and looking forward to helping teachers build a better school experience for their students in the 2012-13 school year. Be sure to read Inspired Teaching in Action for more details.
We’re also working to meet the June 30 challenge grant goal set by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. More information on this important milestone and the work of the McGowan Charitable Fund is in our Philanthropy Spotlight.
Here’s to a summer of fun exploration, deep learning, and meaningful discovery.
All the best,
Center for Inspired Teaching
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Inspired Teaching has the privilege of working with the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, which was established in 1992 to promote, nurture, and fund promising programs in education, health care and medical research, and community programs.
Thanks in part to support from the McGowan Charitable Fund, Inspired Teaching has been able to place passionate, effective teachers into new schools throughout DCPS, bringing high quality teaching and learning to underserved, high-needs students. Through our professional development and ongoing mentoring and support, these Inspired Teachers have learned how to raise student achievement and create the type of learning opportunities where students thrive.
We are thrilled to be the recipient of a $150,000 challenge grant from the McGowan Charitable Fund. Contributions made to Inspired Teaching by June 30, 2012 from new donors will be matched dollar for dollar; increased gifts from current supporters will also be matched.
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Inspired Teaching in Action
Inspired Teacher Certification Program
Our certification program recruits, selects, prepares, mentors, and certifies highly qualified Inspired Teaching Fellows to teach in DC Public Schools. We received six applications for every available slot in Cohort 4, which will begin in July and will follow a residency model.
Inspired Teaching Institute
Our 17th annual Inspired Teaching Institute will run from July 9-20. This intensive, year-long professional development program challenges middle and high school teachers of all academic subjects to build student achievement and meet standards (including Common Core) in creative and truly effective ways.
Literacy Design Collaborative/Building Literacy in the Social Studies
In partnership with DCPS, Inspired Teaching is providing in-depth training in content area literacy, Common Core State Standards, the Inspired Teaching approach, and the Literacy Design Collaborative framework for DCPS social studies teachers in grades 5-9.
Inspired Teaching Institute for Mathematics Teachers
In partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, Center for Inspired Teaching is providing our transformative model of professional development to Baltimore City’s middle school math teachers. We are helping improve teachers’ attitudes toward math; building teachers’ in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Common Core State Standards in math; strengthening inquiry-based instruction in math; and setting the stage for system-wide improvement in mathematics learning for students at the middle school level.
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Inspired Teaching Demonstration School
In 2011, Inspired Teaching opened a school to showcase our model of teaching and learning. At the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, students learn through an academically challenging, standards-based curriculum that supports and builds their intellect, inquiry skills, imagination, and integrity. The school also serves as a professional learning community where Fellows enrolled in our Inspired Teacher Certification program work alongside Lead Teachers in each classroom.
There is much to celebrate as we close out our first school year. More than 800 families applied for enrollment in the 2012-13 school year; new teachers have been hired; and with the support of Inspired Teaching’s research department, the school is currently compiling and analyzing all of our student achievement data for the year.
We’ll be excited to share results in our September 2012 newsletter.