CTI Mission

The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) is an initiative to strengthen teaching and learning in local public schools. Led by classroom teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and professors at UNC Charlotte and Davidson College, CTI is founded on four pillars of strong professional development: content knowledge, creativity, leadership and collaboration.

Since its inception in 2009 as an educational partnership with CMS, Davidson College and UNC Charlotte, CTI has . . .

  • Conducted 52 long-term Seminars led by 41 Davidson College and UNC Charlotte professors for more than 350 CMS teachers, totaling over 15,000 hours of professional development.
  • Guided CTI Fellows in creating more than 500 original Curriculum Units designed for their own students, available to educators worldwide.
  • Presented 20 public events (including CTI’s Exploding Canons speakers series) at educational and cultural venues in the community, for over 3,000 people, half of whom are CMS teachers.

Charlotte Teachers Institute earned the Council of Great City Schools Urban Impact Award (2013) for partnership and impact on student learning. CTI continues to maximize its strong educational and community alliances to provide engaging, effective, teacher-led, professional development for CMS educators to advance student growth.