Fellow Experience

Through a 24-month residency program, each Inspired Teaching Fellow is prepared for a successful and sustainable career as a teacher and changemaker in Washington, DC while earning a DC teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

The Inspired Teacher Certification Program is rooted in the belief that teachers, as Instigators of Thought®, can be changemakers in their classrooms, schools, and society as a whole. Becoming a part of Inspired Teaching means joining a movement to change the way children are educated. Inspired Teaching believes that teachers will ultimately change schools in our country to ensure that all children reach their full potential.

Through a year-long residency, Fellows learn the skills and dispositions of an Inspired Teacher under the guidance of a lead teacher, arming Fellows with the knowledge and experience necessary for a smooth transition into their teaching career. In their second year, as teachers of record in District of Columbia public schools, Fellows continue to receive intensive classroom mentoring. Fellows pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching at Trinity Washington University during both years of the program.

The Inspired Teaching model for teacher preparation ensures that teachers are well-prepared for sustainable and effective careers as urban teachers. A 2013 Fellow reports, “as a new teacher this year, I can proudly say that I am not survival teaching. Though I have innumerable areas where I would like to grow as a teacher, I believe I am serving my students daily as an Inspired Teacher.” Inspired Teaching Fellows significantly outscore peers on nationally normed assessments, and 94% of school leaders report that their Fellows meet or exceed their expectations for first year teachers.

Teacher Feature: Beth, 2013 Inspired Teaching Fellow



“Part of our job as teachers is to prepare students to be capable human beings in our communities and in the future workforce.

For a student, being able to trust that your teacher believes in you and wants you to grow makes you try harder.

I want to create a mutually beneficial system where we all look out for one another. That works in life, and it works in a classroom.”


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