What is the most influential school-based variable in student achievement? No question: the teacher. Since 1995, Center for Inspired Teaching has fostered better classroom experiences for kids through innovative teacher training. Its 24-month teacher certification program recruits committed individuals and trains them, through coursework and classroom time, to teach students not what to think but how to think. Teachers also combine instructional support with emotional support – key factors in student success. With a focus on teaching as a career, not a stepping stone, the program ensures that all teachers are comfortable and effective in the classroom before they take charge. Working with all DCPS middle school teachers to improve student achievement and create rich academic experiences in social studies, Inspired Teaching is also working to create the first-ever DCPS social studies curriculum by 2014. This year its Demonstration School served 210 children in pre-K to 4, and hosted education professionals from across the US and around the world. Do you want to see lasting, systemic change in our schools? This is where it begins.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: We work closely with teachers in schools throughout DC, and we work in very close concert with with Capital City PCS Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS


  • Number of children you prepare for success in school annually:  
    Through our transformative teacher training programs, we ensure that over 1,000 public and charter school students throughout Washington, DC are in classrooms where they can realize their full potential as critical thinkers and learners.

Awards & Recognition

2001: Founder and Executive Director, Aleta Margolis is recognized as a leading social entrepreneur by Ashoka. This recognition comes as the organization continues to work to transform education by dramatically improving the way teachers teach.

2009: Recent changes in DC law allow nonprofits to apply for the authority to credential new public school teachers. Inspired Teaching is the only local nonprofit to be given credentialing authority (Teach For America and The New Teacher Project are also approved.

2009: The Inspired Teacher Certification Program is the first local teacher preparation program that is supported by AmeriCorps* State Professional Corps Program administered by Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism.

2011: The Inspired Teaching Demonstration School opens in August 2011. Deeply grounded in the philosophy of Inspired Teaching, this school is a place where children's imagination, intellect, inquiry, and integrity are encouraged and developed.

2012: We welcome the first group of Fellows (in the Inspired Teacher Certification Program) who experience a residency-based approach to teaching. Fellows spend this residency year in the classroom of a lead teacher, learning what high-quality teaching looks like from the first day of school through the last.

2013: Four Inspired Teaching Institute alumni are selected as recipients of the 2013 David Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective teachers. Several Teacher Leaders with our BLISS program are tapped for instructional leadership roles in the K-12 profession. Center for Inspired Teaching's Common Core-aligned curriculum for DC middle school social studies teachers is piloted in classrooms throughout DC, giving students the opportunity to dive deep into the study of early pioneer life in America, the modern urbanization of China, and the U.S. Civil War.

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