Educational Institutions

Center for Inspired Teaching

  • Washington, DC
  • www.inspiredteaching.org

Mission Statement

Center for Inspired Teaching is building a better school experience for children through innovative teacher training.

Main Programs

  1. Inspired Teaching Institute
  2. Inspired Teacher Certification Program
  3. Building Literacy in the Social Studies (BLISS)
  4. Inspired Teaching Institute for Mathematics Teachers
  5. Inspired Teaching Demonstration School
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Greater Washington DC area
Baltimore, MD

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer

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Aleta Margolis

Keywords

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education, reform, teachers, teacher training, student achievement, entrepreneur, center for inspired teaching, student engagement

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Also Known As

Inspired Teaching

EIN

52-1944180

 Number

2634135474

Physical Address

1436 U Street NW Suite 400

Washington, DC 20009

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The primary school-based factor that determines children's academic success is the effectiveness of their teachers. Research shows that an improvement in students’ academic achievement and social skills development is linked to the nature and quality of teacher-student interactions. Center for Inspired Teaching is providing evidence-based teacher training, and we use the University of Virginia’s Classroom Assessment and Scoring System (CLASS™), a 1-7 scale, to measure what matters most: instruction that has direct positive impact on student achievement.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Inspired Teaching Institute

This intensive, year-long professional development program challenges teachers (preK-12) of all academic subjects to build student achievement and meet standards in creative and truly effective ways. The course rejuvenates teachers while strengthening their abilities to meet the challenges of teaching. During the course, teachers are engaged in a 100% participatory process. Teachers are active and on their feet as they delve into a rigorous examination of the teaching-learning process. They emerge with new and more effective strategies for reaching every student. Teachers learn strategies for motivating students and engaging them in thoughtful analysis of academic material -ensuring that meaningful learning takes place. Program results show an increase in student participation, interest, and critical and analytical thinking.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$186,100.00

Program 2

Inspired Teacher Certification Program

Alternative certification course for DC teachers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$802,546.00

Program 3

Building Literacy in the Social Studies (BLISS)

The
BLISS program is a three-year partnership between Center for Inspired Teaching
and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) middle and high schools.
Through this partnership, all DCPS middle school social studies teachers will
receive training in content area literacy, Common Core standards, and the
Inspired Teaching approach, and a select group of teachers will receive
in-depth training and become Teacher Leaders who will train and support their
colleagues to develop, teach, and improve upon a series of modules in school
years 2011-12 and 2012-13 that will become a yearlong course for each middle
school social studies content area (Geography, Ancient World History, and Early
American History) in the 2013-14 school year.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$226,761.00

Program 4

Inspired Teaching Institute for Mathematics Teachers

The
Inspired Teaching Institute for Mathematics Teachers is a partnership between
Center for Inspired Teaching and Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPSS) to build
the capacity of Baltimore teachers and improve instruction in middle school
mathematics and student learning. At the request of BCPSS, Inspired Teaching is
training all middle school math teachers over school years 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Through this program, teachers work to build in-depth knowledge and
understanding of mathematics, particularly as it relates to the newly-adopted
Common Core State Standards; strengthen inquiry-based instruction in
mathematics; and set the stage for system-wide impact on math learning for
middle school students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$664,800.00

Program 5

Inspired Teaching Demonstration School

In 2011, we launched the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School in the District of Columbia to implement a rigorous inquiry-based curriculum. The school, a separate 501(c)(3) organization with its own leadership structure, serves as an exemplar site for Inspired Teaching’s innovative Instructional Model. The Demonstration School currently serves 208 students, preschool through 4th grade, from all wards of the District of Columbia.

In its first two years of operation, the Demonstration School has hosted education professionals from across the US and countries worldwide as well as District of Columbia officials, media representatives, members of the philanthropic community, and myriad others interested in seeing Inspired Teaching’s model in action.

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Population(s) Served

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Inspired Teaching works to transform the role of the teacher from information provider to Instigator of Thought. All of Inspired Teaching’s programs are focused on the goal of achieving positive, measurable outcomes that demonstrate long term improvements in teacher effectiveness, leading to deeper learning and increased achievement among all students. We are committed to the following results:
    • Students achieve at high levels as a result of instruction that becomes challenging, engaging, and student-centered.
    • School builds students’ social-emotional skills and empathy.
    • Teachers redefine their role to recognize they are the key difference-maker in the classroom.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Center for Inspired Teaching’s instructional model is rooted in the belief that every student can achieve at high levels, and that all children possess the ability to think critically, learn and understand information, and solve complex problems – and that students should spend their time in school engaged primarily in these kinds of activities. It is the teacher’s responsibility to find or create a way to reach every student. The role of the teacher is to facilitate a process of inquiry that enables students to develop a deep understanding of the world around them. Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity (the 4 I’s) should guide classrooms where teachers and students are intellectually, emotionally, and physically engaged. In order to ensure that students excel in the 4 I’s, school must include five core elements: mutual respect; student as expert; purpose, persistence, and action; joy; and wide-ranging evidence of learning. Our transformative professional development prepares teachers for the realities of the urban classroom, models excellent teaching and learning and practice, and shifts educators’ perspectives as they acquire the mindsets and practices of effective teachers. Rather than delivering professional development to teachers, we work with teachers to help them think differently about their practice and grow as professionals, equipping them to effectively foster student learning.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In order to ensure that the ongoing impact of Inspired Teaching’s work with teachers, schools, and districts is maximized, we must build on our reputation as an expert in the field to influence the policies and practices that affect what happens in the classroom. In order to elevate the work of Inspired Teaching and Inspired Teachers, we must engage with district leaders and other organizations on specific issues affecting teaching and learning; create resources such as white papers that outline our approach and tools that build on our bank of research; and engage the education policy sector with the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School and district-based exemplar sites to showcase our innovative approach to effective teaching and learning and to creating professional learning communities among networks of Inspired Teachers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Center for Inspired Teaching is providing evidence-based teacher training, and we use the University of Virginia’s Classroom Assessment and Scoring System (CLASS™), a 1-7 scale, to measure student-teacher interactions linked to student achievement. Using the CLASS, we measure the level of instructional support and emotional support students receive from Inspired Teachers.

    We also administer a Locus of Control survey to our teachers to indicate the extent to which teachers see themselves as the primary school-based influence in student achievement. In addition, we administer ongoing feedback surveys to constantly improve our programs to serve the needs of our teacher participants. Each of our programs has specific indicators to that work to measure growth as laid out in the program goals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Center for Inspired Teaching is providing evidence-based teacher training, and we use the University of Virginia’s Classroom Assessment and Scoring System (CLASS™), a 1-7 scale, to measure what matters most: instruction that has direct positive impact on student achievement. Most Pre-K to 5th grade students are in classrooms where they receive very low levels of instructional support. In contrast, however, students in Inspired Teachers' classrooms receive high levels of instructional support.

    Inspired Teaching engages in comprehensive survey collection from participants to inform program development and refine best practices in our work. In program year 2011-12, 100% of participants would recommend the program to other teachers, 98% say the course is better than other professional development they’ve experienced, and 98% report that their participation in the program has positively impacted their classroom practice.
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Greater Washington DC area
Baltimore, MD

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Financials

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CENTER FOR INSPIRED TEACHING
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Operations

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Center for Inspired Teaching

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Principal Officer

Aleta Margolis

BIO

Aleta Margolis, Founder and Executive Director of Center for Inspired Teaching, is a former professor of education at American University, specializing in authentic assessment, science and math education, and curriculum reform. As a public school teacher, Aleta taught in both elementary and middle schools and designed and ran alternative educational programs for court-referred high school students. In 2001, Aleta was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in recognition of Inspired Teaching's work training teachers to transform the way schoolchildren are taught. Ashoka recognizes and supports social entrepreneurs worldwide who have created innovative programs with the potential to make large scale change in society. Aleta received her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her M.S. in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Shelley N. Fidler

Van Ness Feldman Attorneys at Law

Term: Apr 2012 -

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