Aleta Margolis


  • Common Core
  • Leadership and governance
  • Professional development
  • School climate and safety
  • Student-centered education
  • Workplace issues

Aleta Margolis founded Center for Inspired Teaching in 1995 to build a better school experience for students by shifting the role of the teacher from information provider to Instigator of Thought. Margolis is a former professor of education at American University, specializing in authentic assessment and science and math education. In her time as a public school teacher, Margolis taught elementary and middle school and designed alternative educational programs for court-referred high school students. In 2011, Margolis helped launch the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School to serve as a demonstration site for Inspired Teaching’s instructional model. Margolis and Inspired Teaching are shifting teacher practice through multi-year partnerships with school districts in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere to train teachers to implement inquiry-based instruction and create standards-aligned curricula. In 2001, Margolis was awarded a fellowship from Ashoka in recognition of Inspired Teaching’s innovative work. Margolis received her bachelor’s degree at Brown University and her master’s in education and social policy at Northwestern University.