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Inspired Teaching helps you to see your own strengths and know how to use them. If you do that, you’re able to help the children.

— Judy Holton
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Social Studies Educators

A yearlong, customizable training initiative, the Inspired Teaching Institute for Social Studies Educators – also known as BLISS: Building Literacy in the Social Studies – provides educators the training and support they need to continue building students’ independent thinking and analysis skills, equipping students to be thoughtful learners and engaged citizens.

This program began as a partnership with DC Public Schools as Teacher Leaders drafted social studies lessons aligned to the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards. These model lessons, co-authored by Teacher Leaders and Inspired Teaching, were shared with DCPS teachers district-wide. The Institute will include DC Public Charter Schools starting school year 2016-17.

bliss-institute-kathy-swan2014 Inspired Teaching Teacher Leaders, shown here with DCPS’ Scott Abbott, Inspired Teaching staff, and C3 Framework co-author, Kathy Swan (giving a thumbs-up in the middle).

The Institute is a yearlong professional development program. During the opening Summer Intensive, Inspired Teacher Leaders receive intensive professional development from Inspired Teaching staff. During the school year, Teacher Leaders receive regular mentoring from Inspired Teaching staff and also meet monthly together as a cohort as they continue learning to incorporate Inspired Teaching’s inquiry-based, student-centered approach.

Elevating teacher voice and teacher leadership are key components of this program. The Institute fosters the ability of Teachers Leaders to facilitate professional development and share their expertise with their colleagues, creating a  strong professional learning community to sustain lasting change and innovation.

Teacher Leaders create sculptures with their bodies to represent different components of Inspired Teaching’s Instructional Model.

The program builds on the success of Inspired Teaching and DCPS’ previous three-year partnership, which focused on middle school educators.

Learn more about the Institute from Inspired Teacher Leaders:

Building a movement with BLISS. Adam Evans writes about his experience presenting at a regional conference and why he’s proud to be part of a movement to build a better school experience for students.

Reflection on my visit to the Ivory Tower. Jennifer Brown writes about her experience at the US Department of Education discussing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and sharing her own views as an educator.

“Tea with Teachers” at the US Department of Education. Stephanie Bunton writes about a conversation she and other teachers joined at the US Department of Education to discuss the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Building Strong Classrooms with BLISS. Rhonda Humphries, an Assistant Principal at Anacostia High School and an Inspired Teaching Teacher Leader, shares how the program helped her create an engaging and rigorous classroom learning environment for students.

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