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The Freedom to Teach  

Jun 15, 2022 | General

At Green Inspiration Academy (GIA) we understand that you have a choice as to where to enroll your students in the Greater Cleveland Area, and that choice determines the learning journey success of your student(s). We believe that happy teachers provide motivated teaching. That’s why our staff is happy, caring and dedicated to motivating our students for an unmatched education. Here are some ways we believe GIA empowers our teachers and supports the high quality education you desire for your student(s).

Picking up the Pace

GIA is a free public school for K-8 learners in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, serving the Greater Cleveland Area. We go above and beyond teaching to the standards in the classroom – supporting excellence in education, whatever it takes to move forward and look to a brighter day. 

“Many Teachers  are in school districts that constantly feed instruction from the top down,” said April, “Where the teachers at Green Inspiration Academy have a lot of freedom to design their own curriculum. A curriculum is more than a set of books. Our teachers don’t necessarily have all the same workbooks or the same text books. They have the freedom to explore what works for their students. We trust and inspire our staff to deliver a quality education.” 

At GIA, this freedom also empowers teachers to support individual students – and individual student’s learning needs – striving to bring out the best in every child, every day. 

Keeping our classroom sizes small allows our teachers to have positive impacts on our students. GIA also invests in current tools and technology to boost the teachers’ efficacy. This is key to modern teachers’ motivation and engagement as well.

“Another way GIA supports quality teaching is by staying consistent with updates in technology  so that staff has access to a variety of online curricular tools,” said April.

As we mentioned in a prior blog post, digital materials and online tools keep us in step and cost less than buying volumes of the hard bound materials that quickly become outdated after purchase. 

Support and Respect For the Teaching Profession

Yes, our teachers are intelligent, great at their jobs, and we strive to support them. While state report card grades are important, the stability and wellness of our teaching staff is equally as important and necessary for student success. 

It turns out for any career in any field, happiness and engagement is paramount. According to this study written up in the Harvard Business Review, people in any career need vision, meaning, purpose, and great relationships to be fully engaged and happy at work. 

And according to this study called Does Motivation Matter?, “…students’ performance was positively related to the teachers’ subject-specific enthusiasm.” 

The more equipped our teachers are, the better the students perform. At GIA, we want to be sure our teachers feel supported by us in their career on multiple levels so they can exercise their enthusiasm and continue to positively influence our K-8 public school students. 

One of the things that the long-standing teachers appreciate at Green Inspiration Academy,” said April Hart, Executive Director, “is the autonomy they have and the trust that we put into them to operate their own classrooms without someone constantly coming in trying to tell them how to teach children. They have masters degrees, they regularly participate in professional development. They know what they are doing and we allow them the freedom to do that.”

We love our teachers at GIA. They are part of the family, along with the students and their families. Together we stand tall as one of Ohio’s Top Performing Elementary Schools. 

“A lot of staff collaboration ,” April said about the GIA team, “…and making sure that we get out of the building and celebrate as a team.”

Together we are looking towards a bright future, with much to celebrate, as a GIA family. Are you just as motivated as we are? Join us! Onward. Upward. Inspired!

About Green Inspiration Academy (GIA)

Green Inspiration Academy is a free public charter school for grades K–8 located in Warrensville Heights, serving the Greater Cleveland area. Our school uplifts the educational experience with a focus on mental and emotional health, unmatched education, and strong parent-teacher-student relationships, every single day. Onward. Upward. Inspired! Join us at Green Inspiration Academy!