Center for Inspired Teaching (Washington, DC)



  • Name:Ms. Aleta Margolis
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Address:1436 U Street NW, Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20009
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:202-462-1956
  • Main fax:202-462-1905

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  • Mission:
  • Inspired Teaching’s goal is to change the school experience for all students so that schools make the most of children’s innate desire to learn.

    Eleven students drop out of Washington, DC school each day, putting the city’s graduation rate 10% below the national average and 47th in the nation. The failure to provide students with a high-quality education comes at a great cost to society: students who drop out of high school are more likely than their peers to live in poverty, spend time in prison, be on death row, and become single parents. The current academic achievement gaps are costing the U.S. $3 billion to $5 billion in GDP per day, which is the “equivalent of a permanent national recession.”

    Educational research has caught up with what we have always known: a great teacher makes a critical difference. The primary reason students drop out of high school is because classes are not interesting; 7 out of 10 leave because they were not challenged or inspired to work hard, and 4 out of 5 wanted better teachers. Within this context, Center for Inspired Teaching exists to ensure schools make the most of children’s innate desire to learn by investing in DC public school teachers, from recruitment to retirement. Inspired Teachers are instigators of thought equipped to provide children with an excellent education that improves student learning and achievement. Since 1995, Inspired Teaching’s research-based programs have transformed thousands of educators in Washington, DC, who have in turn inspired thousands of students to learn how to think, not just what to think.

    Inspired Teaching has reached over 1,000 teachers through its three current programs:

    * Inspired Teaching Institute & Mentoring. As Inspired Teaching’s flagship program, the Inspired Teaching Institute rejuvenates veteran teachers and supports new teachers over the course of an entire year by strengthening their abilities to meet the challenges of teaching. This program also pairs graduates of the Inspired Teaching Institute with a Mentor Teacher to implement dynamic teaching strategies.

    * Inspired School Partnership Program. School partnerships provide training and support to all staff members of partner schools, including individual teacher support through mentoring, collaborative lesson studies, coaching, retreats, and coursework.

    * Inspired Teacher Certification Program. Recent changes in DC teacher certification regulations have allowed nonprofits to apply for the authority to credential teachers. Inspired Teaching was the only local nonprofit to be granted credentialing authority this past year and launched the Inspired Teacher Certification Program.

  • History:
  • Since 1995, Center for Inspired Teaching has been building and supporting a critical mass of Inspired Teachers who are highly effective practitioners as well as change-makers. Through Inspired Teaching’s transformative programs, teachers learn how to create and implement dynamic and effective instructional strategies that reach all students. Inspired Teaching engages teachers in a deep analysis of their instructional strategies and provides training in the foundational skills of teaching and learning. Teachers are given practical, thoughtful, and highly effective instructional strategies to engage students in meaningful, intellectually challenging academic work.

    As a result, teachers emerge as agents of change equipped to cultivate classrooms where children’s curiosity, imagination, and energy are valued and treated as assets. In these settings, students make important decisions, seek information, experiment, and learn from mistakes as they engage in intellectually stimulating academic work—in short, in Inspired Classrooms, students from the city’s most underprivileged schools are fully able to develop their capabilities.

    The thousands of educators who have enrolled in Inspired Teaching’s programs have inspired thousands of students in Washington, DC to learn how to think, not just what to think. As a recent participant described, Inspired Teaching “made me realize that the revolution in education is closer than I realized.”

  • Year established:1995
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:10
  • Staff size:14

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Bill Andresen
    Susie Berenson
    Leslie Hill
    Aleta Margolis
    Ilene Weinreich
    Jon Zeitler

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Aleta Margolis, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Alayna Buckner Grants & Donor Relations Advisor
    Jenna Fournel, Director of Communications and Advocacy Programs
    Monisha Karnani, Manager of Teaching & Learning
    Kate Keplinger, Deputy Director
    Pax Linda Linson, Teacher Education Specialist
    Kaneia Mayo, Manager of Teaching & Learning
    Dr. Julie Sweetland, Director of Teaching & Learning and Research
    Tatyana Varshavsky, Strategic Planning Coordinator
    Dr. Sabrina L. Wesley-Nero, Manager of Research and Program Quality
    Deborah Dantzler Williams, Teacher Education Specialist
    Laurie Wingate, Senior Strategic Advisor of Development & Strategy


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:52-1944180

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:521944180
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ALETA MARGOLIS
  • Organization Address:1436 U ST NW STE 400
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20009-3987
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1996
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 429
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Other inner city or community benefit activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:B82
  • Asset Amount:$1,282,143
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,775,600
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,752,396
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 10:06:00 pm

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