The CTI Admissions Committee, made up of CTI teacher leaders, reviews each application with these eligibility criteria in mind:
- Applicant must teach students full-time in a CMS school.
- Applicant must intend to continue teaching in CMS.
- Applicants must commit to full participation as defined by the requirements in the Application, including attendance at all seminars and completion of the Curriculum Unit.
- Applicant must teach courses that relate closely to the seminar topic.
- Applicant must demonstrate the ability to write a meaningful and coherent Curriculum Unit.
- Applicant’s proposed Curriculum Unit must align with district standards and school plans so it may be taught in a sustained way.
- Application requires approval by the applicant’s school principal.
- Application must be submitted on time.
Criteria considered in reviewing application essays include:
- The curriculum unit essay is well written.
- The curriculum unit essay relates directly to the courses the applicant teaches.
- The curriculum unit essay relates to the seminar as described by the seminar leader.
- The curriculum unit essay demonstrates a clear plan to develop a curriculum unit.
- The curriculum unit essay demonstrates creativity and originality.
Other considerations in selecting CTI Fellows include:
- Our focus on Classroom Teachers — teachers who spend most of their day teaching students.
- Our focus on teachers of core subjects (English, Social Studies, Math, Sciences, Languages, the Arts).
- Our goal of crafting a cohesive and diverse Fellows cohort, as well as diversity of schools, grade levels, subject areas and experience represented within each seminar group.
- CTI seeks teachers who demonstrate professionalism and a willingness to participate as leader in developing and sustaining CTI.