What is the most influential school-based variable in student achievement? The teacher. Since 1995, Inspired Teaching has fostered better classroom experiences for kids through innovative teacher training. Its two-year certification program for new teachers, and one-year professional development program for existing teachers, trains them to teach students not what to think but how to think, and ensures that all teachers are effective in the classroom when they take charge. Teachers also combine instruction with emotional support – a key factor in student success. Working with DCPS educators to improve student achievement and create rich academic experiences, Inspired Teaching also developed the first-ever Common Core-aligned "modules" for both science and social studies. Its Real World History builds the skills of a historian and provides internship opportunities at historical sites and museums – connecting learning with our world. Want to see lasting, systemic change in our schools? This is where it begins.
Without changing the timeline, content, impact, or outcomes of its programs, CIT moved quickly to expand offerings to support the growing needs of teachers during this challenging time. #Inspired2Learn and Hooray for Monday resources responded to their needs with easy-to-use lessons, activities, and professional learning tools. These online resources immediately boosted CIT’s capacity to reach more teachers, school leaders, and parents. The number of virtual sessions of the most popular youth program, Speak Truth, increased and lengthened the calendar, resulting in additional sessions for the school year.