Meaningful, Measurable Learning
Students of all ages learn best when they are fully engaged with complex, interesting problems.
Extensive research and review of in-depth studies in the field propel Inspired Teaching to transform the school experience. Our program evaluation and research are driven by a our commitment to preparing students and teachers to thrive. Inspired Teaching conducts research through classroom observation, surveys, interviews, and external review.
Since its founding in 1995, Inspired Teaching has worked with more than 15,000 teachers to build their practice in engagement-based teaching. These teachers have reached hundreds of thousands of students in and surrounding Washington, DC.
Through our professional learning programs, we’re seeing positive changes in teachers’ beliefs, classroom practices, professional leadership, and sense of agency. Through our Residency program, we’re preparing a talented and diverse group of teacher candidates for long-lasting, successful careers in DC schools. And last year alone, our Youth programs engaged more than 330 students in public, public charter, and private schools in DC; more than 75% of whom attended schools with a FARMS rate of 50% or more.
Learn more about our track record of success:
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Inspired Teaching Research Briefs
Closing the Engagement Gap: A Social Justice Imperative
This white paper both affirms the benefits of engagement-based education, and confirms the reality of the current “engagement gap” in this country.
Radically Reimagined Relationships: The Foundation of Engagement
Inspiring Improvement: A tookit for evaluating and growing professional learning programs that promote engagement-based pedagogy
This toolkit contains resources for organizations who wish to undertake evaluation of their teacher training and professional development programs that promote teacher leadership, cultivate teachers as changemakers, and actively encourage engaging, student-centered instruction.
The critical need for replacing compliance-based teaching with engagement-based teaching
This white paper promotes the urgent need to adopt engagement-based education in all of our nation’s schools. Most education organizations and education policymakers advocate for the need to raise “student achievement,” but too narrowly define this goal to mean only raising standardized test scores, a goal that is primarily achieved using methods that promote student compliance. Students need to be engaged for lasting, meaningful learning to occur.
Inquiry-based teaching invites students to explore academic content by posing, investigating, and answering questions. This approach puts students’ questions at the center of the curriculum.
Relationship-based discipline is a student-centered approach to classroom management that relies on strong, mutually respectful, personal relationships to engage cooperation in the classroom.
Investing in Teachers Through Mentoring
Teacher mentoring is an individualized form of professional development that involves a holistic approach to personal improvement. Mentoring is a key aspect of Inspired Teaching’s programs that ensures teachers are able to operationalize best practices.