The participants were adults enrolled in an advanced ESL course in a community college in the greater San Diego area. Letting students choose books they'll read in a book club format could make the difference for many. The dream is that student agency creates an engaging, more empowering learning environment so learning is impactful and sustainable for a lifetime. “What is student agency? We start to create this culture on the very first day of school, but it’s... 2. Hi, Experience our actively engaging professional learning through this introductory workshop, Schedule this 90 minute workshop at your school. He returned home to DC in 1997 and spent thirteen years teaching social studies at Bell Multicultural High school (now the Columbia Heights Educational Campus) where he led the social studies department as well as the tennis and debate teams. I think student agency is great. How might we do things differently this fall? Participants in this course should be familiar with student-centered instructional strategies. Visible Learning at Teach Starter. John’s work with non-profits has primarily focused on educational organizations. Thank you! It is important because students engaged actively in their education build deeper understanding of content. Lead teachers gradually release all classroom responsibilities to the Fellow over the course of the year, facilitating growth in all aspects of the profession. Cosby earned his National Board Certification in 2006 and is one of only a handful of National Board Certified social studies teachers in the city. Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration for a full refund more than 30 days before the course. from George Fox University. Empowering, practical, creates second order thinking. These groups often have grants and money set aside for professional learning and school improvement. Educators at all levels are asking how they can give -- or help students develop -- ownership of their learning, allowing them choice and flexibility in terms of learning environment, subject matter, pace, and more. In previous posts I’ve talked about the student and the task and now I’ve added the teacher. Prior to joining Inspired Teaching, Hetal spent nine years serving as the Director of Finance and Administration at an international DC based NGO, Bank Information Center. Greetings from Peru She began her nonprofit career in the food allergy field; first, as the founder of Safe@School Partners, a nonprofit working with schools across the country on food allergy safety, and later as the General Counsel and CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. Navigating the challenges of online, hybrid, or socially distanced learning means we have to be even more thoughtful about where and how we spend our time. For specific information, visit the NEA Foundation’s application instructions page. She has worked as an educator in the Montgomery County Public School system within the Northeast Consortium, serving very diverse communities. When I work with teachers designing lessons using blended learning models, I encourage them to think about where in the lesson they can hand over decision making power to the students. Love the choice board Catlin. Kaneia Crumlin is an education consultant, writer, speaker and a native Washingtonian. We will also practice skills that are essential for facilitating these kinds of lessons in a productive and safe way. Participants will come away with a concrete vision of their their own engagement-based workplace and methods they can employ to cultivate this in their offices. She practiced law as a civil litigator at Goodell DeVries, LLP in Baltimore, and taught 7th and 8th Grade English and ESL in Houston, Texas. The Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School puts Inspired Teaching’s instructional model into action in every classroom. She taught in New York City Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools for 8 years. Take a critical look at different models for informal STEM programs with the goal of designing new programs or improving existing ones, Take a deep dive into the Next General Science Standards (NGSS) as a way to connect with the formal school system, and as a framework for designing meaningful STEM programming. After graduating from college, Elly came to work for Inspired Teaching as a program officer and has worked with Inspired Teaching as a facilitator over the years. Talk to your PTA representatives. Comprised of intensive coursework and an introduction to to Inspired Teaching’s instructional model, the summer serves as a critical community building experience for the cohort. 5614 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 258, Washington, DC 20015 // p: 202-462-1956© 2020 Center for Inspired Teaching. Please contact us for pricing for team or school contracts. This two-day course is designed to provide a background in engagement-based teaching and learning that will allow leaders to effectively support their teachers. The concept of agency has been central to language education. Mara oversees the Inspired Teaching Residency program operations including managing residency partner sites & program stakeholders, recruitment & selection, and government reporting & compliance. Her teaching experience includes work with public schools in DC and Maryland and at an international school in South Africa. Practice facilitation skills that are essential for leading student-centered STEM lessons in a productive and safe way. While Nina’s work with Center for Inspired Teaching is her first experience with a DC-based educational program, she worked with the Freedom Schools program as a Servant Leader Intern for three years, and has a developing interest in museum education; she recently completed a year-long archival and curatorial internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and National Museum of African American History and Culture, and looks forward to finding ways to integrate what she learned into her work with Speak Truth. She has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 3rd-5th grade English Language Arts. from Fairfield University, and a Masters in International Affairs and an M.B.A. from American University. Our 20th anniversary “teacher feature” series, recently highlighted Mr. Abdu’l-Karim Ewing-Boyd, an alumnus of the 2006 Inspired Teaching Institute and an educator at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School. To foster insightful and innovative professional learning and growth, the grants allow you to implement new teaching methods and strategies in the classroom. Which is not as completely different as you might think from her earlier career in chemistry, where the flow of electrons is a basic principle. Participants will practice providing feedback, design professional learning, and engage in improvisational theater-based activities to enhance their decision making skills. Every student has the skills; it’s the teacher’s responsibility to find a  way to reach every student. The month long Summer Institute jumpstarts Fellows’ thinking about teaching and learning. Residency year partner sites are innovative urban schools that are dedicated to supporting new teachers, and showcasing best teaching practices. Hetal oversees all finance, operations and HR functions for Center for Inspired Teaching. Caitlin Wolf manages Inspired Teaching’s development operations, and designs and facilitates professional development. Thanks again. Depending on how many colleagues at your school participate, and the subject of the course, you may be able to access school improvement funds as well (e.g., for a course in Relationship-Based Classrooms, which would address school climate). Student creativity, collaboration, and engagement increase when learning situations include real-life scenarios and they set their own learning agenda. Yes, I’ve just added a link below the image of the choice board, which should give you access so you can copy any of the parts that you’d like to use. Classrooms displayed vibrant looking learner prompts and checklists to encourage independent learning and reflection. She also served as a school Principal and teacher in both Washington, D.C. and Virginia. We also wanted to collaborate with teachers, and learn from them what was effective, or not , when implementing science-based practices. Individual giving highlights the grassroots support of the work we do for the Washington, DC community. Excelling educators bring play-based learning into classrooms at every grade level and utilize teacher evaluation tools that value physical (and social-emotional) engagement as much as intellectual engagement. You’re welcome, Glenis! Kaneia joined Center for Inspired Teaching in 2006 where she managed, designed and facilitated programs for pre- and in-service teachers and professional coaches. Before joining Ashoka, Maria worked at a consulting firm serving a broad range of nonprofits organizations, including charter schools. Caitlin has over six years of experience engaging both youth and adult learners. Since earning her MFA in Creative Writing from American University, Kaneia has taught creative writing at the secondary and post-secondary levels. They were supported to take risks with their learning and were open to feedback that would improve their work. Van Lier, L. (2008). They can even be for offline tasks or a combination of online and offline tasks. Learn more about the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School. Throughout the year, Inspired Teaching alumni have opportunities to attend special events, participate in free workshops, access valuable resources, and connect with one another through networking opportunities. Participants will explore and acknowledge personal, perceived and ascribed identities, their intersections and how these identities shape the ways in which we live our lives, both as individuals and as practicing educators. In 2001, Aleta was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. My mind was filled with new insights and information. Dr. Shanika Hope possesses over 20 years of experience in education. 21. The students were free to play and explore with different toy vehicles in the classroom with sand on the table and floor. Many teachers worry about a loss of control when it comes to student agency. This is a helpful article, thanks . Currently, Kaneia’s work as a professional coach focuses on one-on-one and small group coaching and motivational speaking. If you’re an organization interested in ensuring equitable access to engagement-based teaching for every student, contact Caitlin Wolf, our Development Manager, at Inspired Teaching’s research and program evaluation team conducts regular surveys of alumni, allowing for observation of longitudinal trends. She served in Peace Corps in Botswana, where she established her school’s library, created its first computer lab, and pioneered and facilitated a reading program that improved school-wide literacy. Washington, D.C. educators can receive PLU hours for participating in courses. Aleta Margolis founded Center for Inspired Teaching in 1995, and served as the organization’s Executive Director until 2016, when she assumed the role of President. In this self-study action research project, I explored how students exercised agency and how it may be affected by a critical pedagogy approach in a community college English as a Second Language (ESL) setting. Solving complex problems and coming up with new rules to established games. As President, Aleta focuses on amassing public support for transforming school from a place that prizes compliance to one that promotes engagement. Being active and spending time outdoors. I originally developed it for my 6th grade students, and now engage teachers in the challenge of choreographing a dance with parallel and perpendicular lines; acute, right, and obtuse angles; concentric circles; odd, even, and prime numbers; and many more mathematical concepts. Nevertheless, perceptions of language learners as nonagentive persist. Your email address will not be published. Alternatively, you can allow them to choose the media they use to design their signs (poster with pens or an online creation tool). There’s no way to understand it. Remember to post your project to social media, so that your friends and family can see the work you’re doing and share it with others! Winners work closely with the foundation to implement their ideas and are awarded up to $10,000 for the first three years of the project. She earned a dual BA in Law and Organizational Psychology from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Thanks. Principals, district supervisors, curriculum supervisors, professional learning directors, and superintendents are good people to check with. The Learning Agency Lab ’s Learning Curve covers the field of education and the science of learning. Christine has served as a grant management consultant to numerous non-profit organizations in the DC region and has a wealth of experience in project management and business operations. She advises clients on a wide variety of issues, including licenses and other strategic agreements; trademark, copyright and domain name litigation in federal courts; Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) arbitration procedures; and cybersecurity, privacy and data security issues. Emphasize relevance over engagement. Can you challenge students to articulate why a task, assignment, or project is valuable? Agency involves the initiative or self-regulation of the learner. She has most recently worked as a consultant with nonprofits including The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Learning Forward, TED, PBS, and others, where she’s led strategic planning, audience needs assessments and market research, program and product development, financial modeling, operations planning, and grant proposal development. She earned her National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy in 2006. Amanda works primarily with the Inspired Teaching Residency. There’s a fine line between trying to get students excited about our interests,... 3. Applications are due in January. in Chemistry from the University of Oregon and her B.S. Successful companies harness employees’ creativity and divergent thinking to drive innovation and growth in a rapidly changing world. John Nolan is a finance executive with over 30 years of of experience at organizations of various sizes. Fellows join a national network of like minded individuals working to serve their country. Why is it important?” Recently, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation hosted a #WhatIsSchool Twitter chat, which focused on strategies to develop student agency in the classroom. Participants will explore student needs, learn to apply relationship-based techniques, engage in role-playing, and reflect on current practices. Inspired Teaching alumni work as educational changemakers influencing the landscape of public education. They’re just a set of checkboxes to you.”. The school, a professional learning community of master teachers and teacher residents, ensures that a diverse group of students achieve their potential as accomplished learners, thoughtful citizens, and imaginative and inquisitive problem solvers through a demanding, inquiry-based curriculum. The most obvious benefit is that it encourages students to become more engaged. Dr. Hope earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Leadership and Masters in math and science education from Old Dominion University, where she was selected as a Holmes Scholar. Fellows receive increased mentoring to smooth the transition to being the teacher of record. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation provides Teacher Development Grants for individual teachers or small teams working in K-12 education. Pricing scales based on the length of the course and the number of participants. Mr. Nolan has spoken on financial leadership and cost analysis at Chief Financial Officer Magazine, Better Management Live and IDC conferences. In this 1-day course, educators will investigate various forms of authentic assessment, and how authentic assessment can be applied in their individual grades and content areas. Student Agency is the most important part… and we’ve thought about making it the center of the honeycomb (instead of the rocket) if there is ever another element we want to include. What I loved most about my career as an educator was that I felt inspired by my students to create lessons that were really engaging and sparked in them the curiosity, interest, and fervor to continue exploring and learning new things. Your email address will not be published. At Inspired Teaching, we think about student agency all the time: what it means, what it looks like, how to cultivate it, and how to encourage teachers to embrace it in their classroom practice. John also served for six years on the corporate advisory board of So Other Might Eat (SOME), the DC based poverty services organization that is greatly expanding its job training programs. Student-centered classrooms depend heavily on discussions that are designed and often facilitated by teachers. The school is a primary partner site for the Inspired Teaching Residency, welcoming many Inspired Teaching Fellows each year for their Residency Year. Go to their website to create a free account and find out more. "The Influence of Teaching Beyond … Additionally, if you refer other individuals or schools for engagements with Inspired Teaching, we will gladly discount your next contract in appreciation for helping us reach new teams and schools! Inspired Teachers open their doors to the public to showcase and advocate for engagement-based education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Richmond, a Masters in Education from the University of Maryland and certificates in Administration I and II from Hood College’s Educational Leadership Program. any ides? She has worked as a staff and development teacher in MCPS and as a central office specialist for the last 9 years. At the most recent DC Public Schools’ professional development day, our SCALE teacher leaders taught their K-12 how to unleash the potential of students and deepen their understanding of content by utilizing students’ imaginations. Agency is a hot topic in the education community right now. Her non-profit management work centers on managing teams to successful outcomes in fundraising, external relations, talent acquisition, talent strategy, and client management. Student-Teacher-Task Teachers were taught a lesson on fossils, which could be used to assess and build on students’ prior knowledge through a process that encourages learners to create, reason, and share their work with confidence. Appropriate for: School leaders (principals, assistant/vice principals, instructional coaches, central office staff) and other staff who support teachers. Color someone else sees might provide learner agency in the Social Studies left for. 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