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Summer Resources 2023

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REST, RELAX, RESETREST, RELAX, RESETWhile many teachers will not be in the classroomduring the summer months, that doesn't meanyou don't carry the classroom with you all yearround!Whether your summer plans include a beach,books, gardening, or a whole lot of nothingmuch, I encourage you to find ways over thenext few weeks to take advantage of this"break" so you can expand your sense ofpossibility for next school year.Keep a journal and write down something you'recurious about every day, or make plans withteacher friends to share lessons learned.Luxuriate in the extra time to really ponder thequestions you encountered when the hectic daysof the school year sidelined them.I also hope you will findinspiration in this Guide! We'vecollected a few of our favoriteresources, all of which lendthemselves to exploring atyour own speed, to help youkeep your curiosity fresh whileschool is out.Have a joyful summer!- Aleta MargolisFounder and President

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SUMMER SUPPORTSUMMER SUPPORTProfessional development – in the summer? You maybe thinking, “No, thank you!” But just as weencourage our students to keep learning over thesemonths we, too, can reap the benefits of keeping ourown learning fresh. Inspired Teaching offers professional learningprogramming that is not only effective butrejuvenating. Join us in July for our InspiredTeaching Institutes, improvisation-based PD that willhave you laughing and learning in equal measure!Planning with the End in MindPlanning with the End in MindWednesday, July 12Wednesday, July 12What do we want our students to learn next year?How will we know if that learning has been accomplished? In this imaginative and engaging Institute, participants will begin with the end in mind, crafting exciting culminating projects and demonstrations of learning and then working backward to build out the instruction plans that can lead to such a conclusion. Register

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GO-TO GUIDESGO-TO GUIDESAfter every Inspired Teaching Institute, we compileall the strategies, exercises, and tools needed toimplement the Institute’s focus in your classrooms.Institute participants experience these concepts first-hand, and now they are available online foreveryone! If you’re unable to attend an Institute orwant to discover resources from past sessions, youcan check out a few below.

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JOYFUL LEARNINGJOYFUL LEARNINGOur Inspired2Learn collection was created as aresource for teachers to use during the upheaval ofthe pandemic. It has since evolved into an ever-growing library featuring dozens of activitiesdesigned for easy implementation. Flexiblydesigned, Inspired2Learn activities also adapt to fitmyriad time frames, grade levels, and subject areas. The award-winning Instigator of Thought Challengeis a collection of activities you can use to furtherprofessional learning and growth, at your ownpace. Challenges are searchable by theme and range from 5-minute “Snap Inspirations” to activities designed for implementation during a full class period or longer.Click to discover a few Inspired2Learn activities!Click to try a few Challenges!

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WEEKLY REFRESHWEEKLY REFRESHWith interviews and insights from educators andother experts, useful activities and tools sent to yourinbox, and a new podcast episode every Sundayafternoon, Hooray For Monday is a can’t-missresource for building excitement and enthusiasm forthe week ahead – even when school’s out!Subscribe and check out some recent issues below!Hooray For Monday isa weekly podcast, too!

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BEACH READSBEACH READSLooking for additions to your summer reading list?Check out the suggestions below from InspiredTeaching staff! From curiosity about contract law toan immersive world where silver is magic, you’ll findrecommendations for an array of genres.Aleta MargolisJenna FournelMichelle WelkChristine SheridanJaqueta AbbeyCosby HuntBrady MaidenMaria SalciccioliRun Towardsthe DangerDemonCopperheadBlackBroadway inWashington,DCYou Will FindYour PeopleParable of the Sower& The Defining DecadeBabel, or theNecessity ofViolence: An ArcaneHistoryThe BanditQueensContract Law

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Download the Teacher Guideand bring Speak Truth to yourschool in '23-24!We're also hosting end-of-the-year virtual SpeakTruth sessions on the future of school for studentsacross the country (and around the world!). DC-areastudents receive two hours of community service forattending one of our upcoming online events -- held 7- 8:30p ET -- on Thursdays June 8 and June 15. FOR STUDENTSFOR STUDENTSTell the DC high school students inyour life about Inspired Teaching'sunique student programming!Applications for Real World History'23-24 are currently open -- andspace is limited. Where else canyoung people learn about history byspeaking with those who lived it, andexperience the field first-handthrough powerful activities andimmersive internships?

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DC THINGS TO DODC THINGS TO DOWith free museums, an abundance of parks, andenough national history to keep you busy formonths, Washington, DC has no shortage of thingsto do this summer!In addition to the Smithsonian, the National Mall,and the Capitol, there are many localorganizations offering opportunities to learn andhave fun in the city in the coming weeks. Check outa few of our favorites below!With 26 locations around DC,you'll be able to find an event --from art exhibits to book clubs --wherever you are!Great food and an array ofentertainment options! Head to oneof Busboys & Poets' many locationsfor a book reading, open mic, artexhibits, and more!Find events hosted by DCAESJ &relevant to their mission, plusconnect with like-minded educators!

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Jenna@InspiredTeaching.orgKEEP IN TOUCHKEEP IN TOUCHWant to bring Inspired Teachingprograms to your school? ContactDirector of Teaching & LearningJenna Fournel:SubscribeReceive expert insights andactionable advice, as well as thelatest news and events from InspiredTeaching, direct to your inbox.Follow us!