Inspired Teacher Certification Program

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 it will be teachers who ultimately change schools in our country so that they can achieve the promise of ensuring all children reach their full potential.

The Inspired Teaching model for teacher preparation ensures that teachers are well-prepared for effective careers as teachers in urban-environments. Through a year-long residency, Fellows learn the skills and dispositions of an Inspired Teacher under the guidance of a lead teacher, arming them 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. During both years of the program, Fellows are enrolled as full-time graduate students at Trinity Washington University, completing coursework that results in a Master of Arts in Teaching. For a detailed job description, click here.

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On the first day of training, Fellows reflect on why they joined the teaching profession.

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The cohort model encourages peer collaboration where Fellows learn from instructors and each other.

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The cohort model encourages peer collaboration where Fellows learn from instructors and each other.

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Our instruction of new teachers relies heavily on physical engagement, modeling kinesthetic pedagogy.

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Small groups of Fellows investigate the benefits of different methods of constructivist learning.

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Fellows learn about and discuss philosophies and theories for how children learn.

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Fellows integrate technology into their study of mnemonic devices and brain-based learning.

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Fellows integrate technology into their study of mnemonic devices and brain-based learning.

Inspired Teacher Certification Program

Through puzzles, Fellows interact with Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development.

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Fellows learn about the unique stages of the children they are preparing to teach.

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Visual representations of elementary-aged students are created to reenforce the unique characteristics of each age group.

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The intended and unintended messages that students receive through store-bought posters are examined.

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Childhood games, like musical chairs, are reenvisioned to emphasize cooperation over competition.

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Supported by sidecoaching, Fellows develop the skill of giving directions effectively and concisely.

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Fellows create visual representations of operations with fractions, constructing their understanding of commonly used mathematical formulas.

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Inspired Teaching Fellows use water shapes to deepen their understanding of volume relationships.

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By making cereal jewelry, Fellows plan early childhood math lessons on patterns.

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Through experimentation and exploration of many materials, Fellows explore the concept of motion.

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Iterative improvements to paper airplanes introduces the Wonder-Experiment-Learn cycle.

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Fellows support one another's professional growth through careful critique and constructive feedback.

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Fellows support one another's professional growth through careful critique and constructive feedback.

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Each day, participants take time to reflect on their learnings and experiences.

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The 2012 Cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows.

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The 2012 Cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows.

On the first day of training, Fellows reflect on why they joined the teaching profession.The cohort model encourages peer collaboration where Fellows learn from instructors and each other.The cohort model encourages peer collaboration where Fellows learn from instructors and each other.Our instruction of new teachers relies heavily on physical engagement, modeling kinesthetic pedagogy.Small groups of Fellows investigate the benefits of different methods of constructivist learning.Fellows learn about and discuss philosophies and theories for how children learn.Fellows integrate technology into their study of mnemonic devices and brain-based learning.Fellows integrate technology into their study of mnemonic devices and brain-based learning.Through puzzles, Fellows interact with Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development.Fellows learn about the unique stages of the children they are preparing to teach.Visual representations of elementary-aged students are created to reenforce the unique characteristics of each age group.The intended and unintended messages that students receive through store-bought posters are examined.Childhood games, like musical chairs, are reenvisioned to emphasize cooperation over competition.Supported by sidecoaching, Fellows develop the skill of giving directions effectively and concisely.Fellows create visual representations of operations with fractions, constructing their understanding of commonly used mathematical formulas.Inspired Teaching Fellows use water shapes to deepen their understanding of volume relationships.By making cereal jewelry, Fellows plan early childhood math lessons on patterns.Through experimentation and exploration of many materials, Fellows explore the concept of motion.Iterative improvements to paper airplanes introduces the Wonder-Experiment-Learn cycle.Fellows support one another's professional growth through careful critique and constructive feedback.Fellows support one another's professional growth through careful critique and constructive feedback.Each day, participants take time to reflect on their learnings and experiences.The 2012 Cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows.The 2012 Cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows.

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