Inspired Teaching Institute
Summary: Inspired Teaching Institute designs and runs professional development sessions that model engaging 21st century teaching practice to classroom teachers. Through the promotion of innovative pedagogy, the program aims to cultivate lifelong skills in students such as critical thinking and creative problem solving. --- Inspired Teaching works to inject creative learning directly into the school day so that children are experiencing from 8am to 3pm the learning that helps them become creators, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders. They engage preK-12 teachers as critical allies in this movement because teachers are the ones who design the classroom learning environment. The program has been partnering with teachers for nearly 2...
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Description of Scale and Reach
In 1996, the program's founder, a "science-teacher-turned-social-entrepreneur", conducted the first Inspired Teaching Training Institute for a dozen public school teachers in Washington, DC at a local theater. Over the course of this two-week training session, she and her co-instructor revised the activities and growth lessons, guided by their expertise in authentic assessments, inquiry-based instruction, improvisational acting, and other teaching pedagogies building on the idea that education is an active enterprise where teachers instigate thought in learners. Since that first series of Inspired Teaching workshops in 1996, Center for Inspired Teaching (Inspired Teaching) has expanded into a teacher training enterprise that currently manages multiple school district contracts which collectively impact the educational lives of thousands of school children, and which involve the training of hundreds of public and public charter school teachers. Inspired Teaching's revenue stream has also diversified: the program is managing several federal, state, and local government contracts, and it receives direct funding support from dozens of corporate partners, foundations, and individual donors. ‚ÄÇ‚ÄÇ
United States of America