Eligibility Criteria

  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.

When writing the Curriculum Unit essay on the application, the following are considered by the reviewers:

• The curriculum unit essay is well written.
• The curriculum unit essay is directly related 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.


  • Dr. Elijah R. Swift, Jr.
    October 1, 2012 - 8:06 pm | Permalink


    My name is Elijah Swift, a new teacher to CMS. I am interested in finding out more about the CTI program and the possibility of becoming a fellow/ particiant.


  • Libby Young
    October 4, 2012 - 7:50 am | Permalink

    How can I find out if my schools are CTI schools? I teach ESL at Lebanon Rd.(home school) and Clear Creek.

  • MaryAnn Sullivan
    February 7, 2013 - 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Is this opportunity open to Media Specialists? I am also certified 6-12 Social Studies.

  • Gayle Gabriel
    March 8, 2013 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Is this opportunity open to Talent Development teachers? I work with the regular classroom teachers on many grade levels.

  • March 12, 2013 - 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Is this open to Technology/Computer Teachers? I do see all of our students each week. Thanks.

  • Elizabeth Haviland
    March 9, 2014 - 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I am a Literacy Coach at Lebanon Road Elementary School. I am very interested in this opportunity but read that to be eligible you have to be a class room teacher. Is there any flexibility with this requirement? I work exclusively with our fifth grade teachers and students and know that this experience would greatly benefit them. Please let me know if I am eligible to apply. Thank you. Elizabeth Haviland

    • Robin Mara
      March 11, 2014 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your interest in CTI, Elizabeth. CTI follows the Yale National Initiative’s Teacher Institute model — offering seminars for educators who teach students directly, full-time. We greatly appreciate the work of literacy coaches and understand the impact you make with teachers and students as well. With only 104 openings each year, we focus on providing our innovative PD to full-time teachers. Please do encourage the teachers you coach to apply, and support your team in being involved in CTI. We would love to talk with you about our program anytime. You can reach us by phone at 704-687-0047.

  • Jimi Rogers
    August 10, 2014 - 7:16 am | Permalink

    IS there any flexibility on the participating schools requirement? I have heard wonderful things about this opportunity and would love to participate for 2015.

    • Robin Mara
      August 18, 2014 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jimi,
      The CTI Steering Committee reviews CTI’s list of participating schools and considers new requests from CMS schools each Fall. If you would like to request that your CMS school be a CTI participating school, please confer with your principal and also contact CTI Director Scott Gartlan at scott.gartlan@uncc.edu, or call Scott at 704-687-0078. We look forward to hearing from you!

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