Making Learning Joyfully Rigorous for Students

by Center for Inspired Teaching


Center for Inspired Teaching works with hundreds of teachers in the public and public charter schools. We train teachers to create classrooms that engage students in lessons grounded in real-world issues. We have a commitment to working in schools with high-poverty rates. We re-level the playing field by equipping students, through excellent instruction, with critical thinking and problem-solving skills in addition to mastery of key content and concepts.
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Low-income students in the US are more likely than their affluent peers to experience a public education that emphasizes reciting, memorizing and repeating back answers. However, these are outdated skills in our globalized, knowledge economy. The skills most needed now are critical thinking and problem solving. That's where Inspired Teaching comes in. We train teachers to cultivate these skills in young people in urban public schools.


Teachers who have been trained by our programs report that their students are now asking more questions, diving into the material with more depth and zest, and taking charge of their own learning. For example, 100% of teachers in our recent social studies training program report that as a result of our program their students engage in critical thinking more often and 90% of teachers report that their students' literacy skills advanced.

Long-Term Impact

Inspired Teaching's programs are designed to ensure long term impact. Our teacher training programs help transform classroom teachers into Teacher Leaders - Teacher Leaders who will model best practices to their colleagues for years to come. Sixty percent of the teachers who graduate from our Inspired Teaching Certification Program go on to assume leadership positions in their schools.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Teachers as Changemakers - an Ashoka video

Organization Information

Center for Inspired Teaching

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Aleta Margolis
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States
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