CTI Leaders Celebrate 2020 Fellows at Finale Event

CTI celebrated its 2020 Fellows’ achievements during the Fellows’ Finale Celebration on a Zoom Webinar with live presenters at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on December 10, 2020. 95 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers were recognized as Fellows for successfully completing CTI seminars and designing engaging new curricula for their students.

See their Engaging New Curricula Published on the CTI Website

2020 Presenters at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (From Left to Right): Zachary Stanford, Scott Gartlan, Elizabeth Haynes, Teresa Strohl, Matthew Kelly, Carla Aaron-Lopez, Kimberly Palmer, Adriana Medina, Jasmine Dozier, Megan Koransky

The evening began with a welcome from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston, saying: “I would like to share my most heartfelt congratulations to YOU, our 2020 Charlotte Teachers Institute Fellows. The Charlotte Teachers Institute has proven to be a truly innovative partnership among CMS, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Johnson C. Smith University and it represents the good that can happen when our educators and this community focus on the most important part of quality learning, the teacher. That is what makes CTI unique, that it’s lead by you, the teachers. Your experience, your knowledge, and your passion is what drives this program, and that in turn gets back to our classrooms where children of all ages can benefit.”

The Fellows were also welcomed live in the Webinar by Chief Academic Officer, Brian Kingsley, as well as with videos from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNCC, Nancy Gutierrez, and the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at JCSU, Matt DeForrest.

In an anonymous survey of all 95 Fellows, 99% indicated they had gained knowledge and skills to positively impact their teaching. Fellows’ curriculum units are posted on the CTI website where they can be accessed by other teachers worldwide.

CTI Director Scott Gartlan applauded Fellows at the Finale event saying, “Together, as 95 Fellows, you have taught more than 11,000 PreK-12 students in 52 CMS schools this year. Together, you have taught for an average of 12 years, and plan to teach for an average of 10 more. That means collectively you have taught for 1,145 years, and plan to teach for 900 more. Together, you embody the dedication and commitment to teaching and learning we expect of our students and colleagues.”

The 2020 CTI Fellows represent grade levels preK-12 with 37 Elementary, 18 Middle, and 40 High School teachers. These teachers cover a wide range of subjects from language arts, world history, foreign languages and art, to math, sciences, technology, and more.

Each Fellow who completed all program requirements received three continuing education units and a $1,500 stipend.

CTI presents eight, concurrent seminars each year, running April to December. CTI Fellows have created over 700 curriculum units since the program’s inception in 2009.

See the full list of 2020 CTI Fellows and their seminars.