Eligibility Criteria

The CTI Admissions Committee, made up of CTI teacher leaders, reviews each application with these eligibility criteria in mind:

  1. Applicant must teach students full-time in a CMS school.
  2. Applicant must intend to continue teaching in CMS.
  3. 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.
  4. Applicant must teach courses that relate closely to the seminar topic.
  5. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to write a meaningful and coherent Curriculum Unit.
  6. Applicant’s proposed Curriculum Unit must align with district standards and school plans so it may be taught in a sustained way.
  7. Application requires approval by the applicant’s school principal.
  8. 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.