Aleta Margolis

Founded Center for Inspired Teaching in 1995 as a one-person, volunteer organization and oversaw Inspired Teaching's growth into a $2.5 million organization building a better school experience for children by transforming the role of the teacher from information provider to Instigator of Thought.

She is committed, as former public school teacher, to continued classroom instruction by facilitating programs and training pre-service and experienced teachers, parents, administrators, and education activists. She has established Inspired Teaching's expertise on integrating inquiry-based teaching methods with the Common Core State Standards and developed an Instructional Model, based in the Common Core States Standards and deeper learning, that establishes Inspired Teaching's student goals.

Currently, she is overseeing development of Inspired Teaching's blended learning model as organization scales to reach even more teachers and school districts

She created a formal partnership with Washington, DC Public School System to train middle school social studies teachers to design and implement a district-wide social studies curriculum that integrates the Common Core State Standards for literacy and created formal partnership with Baltimore City Public School System to train middle school math teachers to integrate inquiry-based teaching methods with the Common Core State Standards, as well.

She developed the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, a 24-month program that certifies highly-qualified individuals as new public school teachers in the District of Columbia and is a founding board member of the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, a public charter school with a diverse group of students from all District of Columbia wards

Additionally, Aleta leads all development and fundraising efforts; among other funders, won continuing, multi-year support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IBM, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

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