Center for Inspired Teaching

Inspired Teaching transforms the PreK-12 school system by cultivating changemaking educators who authentically engage their students as active learners and empathetic critical thinkers.

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Inspired Teaching partners with the teacher as the leverage point for change in the education system. We invest in preK-12 teachers at all stages of their careers through programs that prepare new teachers, strengthen the practice of in-service teachers, and amplify teachers’ work as changemakers. Through our programs, we ensure that every teacher becomes an Instigator of Thought®.

Instigators of Thought demand more from their students than passive compliance or rote memorization. They recognize the unique, inherent potential in every child, and challenge their students to think critically and creatively, solve complex problems, collaborate, and pursue continual learning and growth. Inspired Teachers create, cultivate, and advocate for engagement-based classrooms so that every child is able to thrive in, and contribute to, our complex and rapidly changing world.

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative member since 2005.

"To be prepared for the complex and rapidly changing world we live in, young people must learn how to think. Effective educators do this by authentically engaging students to be critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, empathetic collaborators, and lifelong learners. This kind of education necessitates the use of arts and humanities, where students are given the opportunity to develop these skills. Inspired Teaching is proud to be a part of the DC Collaborative as we work with like-minded organizations pursuing the same goals for our students."

Fun FactI In 2014, the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers named Center for Inspired Teaching one of the ten Re-imagine Learning Champions in an international competition to identify leaders in the field of Learning Through Play. In 2016, Inspired Teaching earned further recognition for having among the most promising, high-impact, scalable solutions in the field.

Contact the education department: Caitlin Wolf at

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Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY18 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.