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The Inspired Teaching philosophy is most alive in teachers’ classrooms and we look forward to any opportunity to shine a light on what exceptional teaching can and should be.  

Teachers to Biden: What we want from your administration

The Washington Post, February 3, 2021
“Our recommendations are informed by practice and pedagogy. We speak from the lived experience of teachers and students here in D.C. and nationwide, and decades of experience in working to ensure that all students have access to an empowering education.” – Jenna Fournel, Cosby Hunt, Aleta Margolis
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How to talk, and listen, to your students during times of crisis

ASCD Inservice, January 8, 2021
“These are scary times, and discussing scary things is hard to do—especially with students. But talking about, and learning about things that matter is what students want, need, and deserve to do in school. The purpose of school is to teach young people how to participate in, and one day lead, our democracy. And that goal is more important now than it has ever been.” – Aleta Margolis
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Lessons from an Insurrection: A Day After D.C. Rampage, How 15 Educators From Across U.S. Helped Students Make Sense of the Chaos

The 74 Million, January 7, 2021
“In [A.P. U.S. History], I think I’m just going to open up the floor to students sharing what they’re thinking and wondering. I may do free write with sentence starters like: ‘I saw… I heard… I’m feeling… I wonder about …’” – Cosby Hunt
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SPECIAL REPORT: Discussing Sedition in the Classroom, Should We?

BAM! Radio January 2021
While teachers and students were shocked and confused over the attack on the United States Capitol, we asked eight educators to share their thoughts on the academic dilemma created by this historic moment in American history. Are any of us really ready to discuss sedition in the classroom? Should we just leave it to social studies and civic teachers?
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Turn & Talk / Cosby Hunt on Helping Students Speak Truth

ASCD Educational Leadership, April 2020
Cosby Hunt explains Speak Truth, a monthly after-school seminar at which dozens of high school students from around the District of Columbia—representing a mix of public, charter, and private schools—gather to discuss pressing social issues.
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Tips For Educators On Teaching Politics Without Partisanship

WAMU 88.5, December 7, 2017
As the political climate intensifies across the country, politics are finding their way into classrooms across the Washington region. A report released by UCLA this year says that teacher concerns about student stress and well-being are rising alongside classroom polarization and incivility. Kojo Nnamdi talks with Cosby Hunt, Clint Smith, and Eric DeKenipp about how schools can proactively address politics within the classroom without imposing ideology.

Educator: Schools shouldn’t merely allow students to protest. They should support them.

Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2017
“When we lead students in courageous conversations and consider social justice issues in the classroom, we teach students how to lead courageous conversations of their own.” – Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld
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Mom: My daughter’s kindergarten teachers asked me what motivates her. I find that troubling.

The Washington Post, September 14, 2017
“School must be more than comfortable and exciting; it must be engaging. Rewards and consequences demand little from our children. We can buy children’s obedience (or the perception of their obedience) most of the time with prizes — especially when the children are young. But easily purchased obedience has little, if any, relation to authentic engagement, and so when we expect little, we get little in return.” – Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld
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The National Writing Project, Educator Innovator, May 22, 2017
In these videos commissioned by the National Writing Project (NWP), LRNG awardee Cosby Hunt and his students are featured as part of a unique after-school elective called Real World History. Through a partnership with DC Public Schools, Real World History gives students the chance to explore the past by interning at museums, libraries, and historical sites across Washington, D.C.
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What a classroom engaged in real learning looks like

The Washington Post, April 9, 2015
“The next time you have the opportunity to visit a classroom, take a moment to observe closely. Do you see compliance or true engagement? Are students pulling facts out of a book or are they building independent problem-solving skills and meaningful connections?” – Aleta Margolis
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Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

The Washington Post, January 19, 2015
“We’ve come a long way in our understanding of the development of young minds. Yet despite research proving the lasting benefits of serious play, too many of our classrooms remain still, silent places, lacking any element of physical movement.” – Aleta Margolis
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“In A.P. U.S. History, I think I’m just going to open up the floor to students sharing what they’re thinking and wondering. I may do free write with sentence starters like: ‘I saw… I heard… I’m feeling… I wonder about …’”

— Cosby Hunt, The 74 Million, January 7, 2021