Making Learning Joyfully Rigorous for Students

by Center for Inspired Teaching
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To successfully navigate 21st century life, young people need to be creative problem solvers and critical thinkers as well as academic scholars. But low-income students in the U.S. are more likely than affluent students to be in classrooms that prioritize rote learning. Inspired Teaching changes that. We teach teachers in Washington DC's public schools how to cultivate students' critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills while also helping students master content.


The teacher is the single most important in-school factor influencing student academic growth. But great teachers are not born-- they are made. Center for Inspired Teaching helps develop great teachers by providing intensive, sustained, and personalized teacher training to hundreds of K-12 public school teachers in Washington DC and beyond. We help create a particular brand of great teacher-- a teacher who is equipped to develop young people's innate problem solving and critical thinking skills.


The job of building young minds is a sophisticated and complex enterprise. In a recent article in Slate, an aerospace engineer-turned-classroom teacher wrote that teaching in the K-12 classroom is harder than rocket science. Center for Inspired Teaching, a nonprofit comprised almost entirely of former teachers, helps teachers be stronger instructional leaders in their classrooms by providing them intensive, continuous, and personalized teacher training sessions so as to create lasting change.

Long-Term Impact

By equipping hundreds of K-12 public school teachers with the pedagogy, mindset and tools necessary to cultivate students as critical thinkers and problem solvers, as well as academic scholars, Inspired Teaching benefits the educational lives of thousands of low-income children. Inspired Teaching works in public school districts that are high-poverty, including the DC Public Schools, where 76% of students are eligible for government-subsidized meal programs at school.

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
Project Leader:
Aleta Margolis
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States
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