CTI Welcomes Outstanding 2020 Fellows

CTI welcomed 104 outstanding and irrepressible Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers to our new cohort of 2020 CTI Fellows this Spring (see the full list of Fellows here). These 104 Fellows represent 55 different CMS schools, average 11.3 years of teaching experience, and teach 12,418 students in grades PreK-12.

Pressing on in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the committed support of CTI’s educational partners and teacher leadership, CTI is using new formats to host our eight seminars. Each seminar group includes one university professor and 13 teachers representing grades PreK-12 who collaborate together long-term, focusing on a particular topic from April through November.

The university faculty serving as this year’s Seminar Leaders include five professors from UNC Charlotte and two from Johnson C. Smith University, with seminars center on these topics:

Illuminate Yourself! The Science of Glow seminar’s Zoom meeting May 14

Due to COVID-19, seminars have been conducted virtually this Spring with Seminar Leaders and Fellows eager to collaborate online and begin their energizing topic explorations and curriculum development together — even after their already full days of adapting to online teaching with their own students. We are inspired by their dedication to teaching, especially as they go above and beyond to design new approaches to support and expand their students’ learning!

The Spring seminar schedule included an orientation meeting, three seminar meetings, campus connection events at both JCSU and UNCC, as well as organizational meetings and informal dinner gatherings — all held virtually. Next up is the Prospectus Writing and Research Zoom Jam on Saturday, May 30, where Fellows can discuss their budding curriculum ideas and get research support from JCSU and UNCC librarians.

Please join us in congratulating and celebrating these exceptional teachers and their exceptional seminar leaders!

Urban Waterways: Problems & Opportunities seminar’s Zoom meeting May 14
African American Poetry and the Idea of Citizenship seminar’s GoogleMeet meeting May 14