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CTI Welcomes 104 CMS Teachers as 2017 CTI Fellows

CHARLOTTE – April 2017 – Charlotte Teachers Institute welcomes our new cohort of 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and looks forward to starting this year’s seminars at Fellows Orientation on Thursday, April 20, at Discovery Place. “This year’s CTI Fellows represent the wide range of teachers in CMS, from new to veteran, pre-K to 12th grade, and physics to apparel development,” said CTI Director Scott Gartlan. “We continue to create significant growth opportunities for teacher leaders looking to deepen their knowledge base and impact the lives of their students.”

CTI’s eight concurrent seminars begin in April and run through November. CTI seminars are led by faculty experts in the arts and sciences, including five from UNC Charlotte and three from Davidson College. Seminars meet on those campuses and also at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Levine Museum of the New South in uptown Charlotte.

In each seminar, 13 CMS teachers (CTI Fellows) and a faculty leader work closely together in exploring a topic, long term and in depth, with each teacher creating new curriculum designed for his or her own students as a culminating project. CTI Fellows receive full access to both Davidson College and UNC Charlotte resources, as well as memberships to Discovery Place and the Charlotte Museum of History, and complimentary tickets to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture and the Levine Museum. Upon completion each Fellow is awarded a $1,500 stipend and continuing education credits.

The 2017 Seminars, Leaders, Coordinators and Fellows include:

Using Mathematics to Understand Social Issues

Seminar Leader: Anthony Fernandes, Mathematics and Statistics, UNC Charlotte

Seminar Coordinator: Rima Solh, Math, Southwest Middle School

Jeffrey Barnes, Math, Rocky River HS

Antowanna Carpenter, CTE/Business, Butler HS

Javier Cely, Math, Collinswood Language

Emiko Furuya, Fifth Grade, Waddell Language Academy

Katelyn Gardepe, Fifth Grade            , Selwyn ES

Mary Catherine Grant, Third Grade, McAlpine ES

Camay Hunter, Math, West Charlotte HS

Gwendalyn Iversen, Second Grade, Winding Springs ES

Paige Laurain, Math, West Charlotte HS

Kelly McManus, Math, Martin Luther King, Jr. MS

Vertina Rhim, Math, Whitewater MS

Jimi’ E. Rogers, Kindergarten, Nations Ford ES

Media and Minorities: Unpacking Stereotypes

Seminar Leader: Debra C. Smith, Africana Studies, UNC Charlotte

Seminar Coordinator: Franchone Bey, English, West Charlotte High School

Eli Davis, Special Education, Lincoln Heights Academy

Audrey Dorante, History, East Mecklenburg HS

DeNise Gerst, Science, Barringer Academic Center

Mic Hamrick, Kindergarten, E.E. Waddell Language Academy

Shanique Lee, English, North Mecklenburg HS

Marielle Matheus, Third Grade, Irwin Academic Center

Latonda Mitchell, 2nd Grade, Mountain Island Lake Academy

Chrisana Paul, Literacy, Coulwood STEM Academy

Liza Quinn, Literacy, E.E. Waddell Language Academy

Kim Scouller  Second Grade Barringer Academic Center

Annette Teasdell, English/ History, North Mecklenburg HS

Torie Wheatley, English, North Mecklenburg HS

Chemical Interactions in the Body

Seminar Leader: Erland Stevens, Chemistry, Davidson College

Seminar Coordinator: Kassie Woodard, Chemistry, W.A. Hough High School

Morgan Andrews, Psychology, W.A. Hough HS

Kathleen Butler, Dance, South Charlotte MS

Phil Carver, Science, Coulwood STEM Academy

NaKreshia Cox, Science, Sedgefield MS

Mariella Duarte, ESL, Whitewater MS

Namrata Gupta, Science, Nations Ford ES

Monica High, Science, Hawthorne Academy

Christie Johnson, Science/Social Studies, Northeast MS

Kari Rhoades, Biomedical Sciences, Mallard Creek HS

Nicole Sparrow, English, Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences

Joshua Trujillo, Science, W.A. Hough HS

Erika Williams, Biomedical Science, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

Memorials, Memories, and American Identity  (meets at the Levine Museum of the New South)

Seminar Leader:  Emily Makas, Architectural and Urban History, UNC Charlotte

Seminar Coordinator: Wendy Potter, Apparel Production, Butler High School

Nicole Boyd, Fifth Grade, Dilworth ES

Rhonda Doe, Kindergarten, Barringer Academic Center

Yasmin Forbes, African American Studies, West Mecklenburg HS

Tracy Kennedy, Fourth Grade/Japanese, E.E. Waddell Language Academy

Deanna Kurtz, Civics/Economics, South Mecklenburg HS

Megan McGee, Language Arts, McClintock MS

Ted Miracle, Fourth Grade, Endhaven ES

Alicia Olmeda, ESL , Coulwood STEM Academy

Beth Owens, Visual Art, Reedy Creek ES

Jaclyn Peterson, Fifth Grade, David Cox Road ES

Lecia Shockley, Third Grade, Selwyn ES

Don Winborne, Physical Education , Elon Park ES

Doing Science: Hands-On Learning in the Laboratory

Seminar Leader: Susan Trammell, Physics and Optical Science, UNC Charlotte

Seminar Coordinator: Amy Thomas, First Grade, Reedy Creek Elementary School

Scott Balay, Science, E.E. Waddell Language Academy

Geneva Bell, Science, Druid Hills Academy

Tracie Cooper, Science, Hidden Valley ES

Valerie Darmstaedter, Kindergarten, Dilworth ES

Michelle Faggert, Science, Martin Luther King, Jr. MS

Katrina Gordon, Second Grade, Selwyn ES

Ryan Neesam, K-5 Science, Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis

Curtis Overton, Technology/Design, West Mecklenburg HS

Zachary Sanford, Science, W.A. Hough HS

Meg Shuman, Fourth Grade, Barringer Academic Center

Jessica Silva, Science Lab, Rama Road ES

Victoria Woods, Science, Independence HS

Cultivating Visual Literacy

Seminar Leader: Maggie McCarthy, German Studies and Film, Davidson College

Seminar Coordinator: Deena Aglialoro, Language Arts, Ranson Middle School

Janae Aiken, English , East Mecklenburg HS

Kate Allen, Visual Art, W.A. Hough HS

Lora Davis, French, South Mecklenburg HS

Jacci Fizet, Pre-Kindergarten, David Cox Road ES

Michele Lemere, English, Garinger HS

Kim Mayes, Science, Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Erin Murray, Kindergarten, Barringer Academic Center

Justin Pierce, Visual Art, W.A. Hough HS

Alejandro Rangel, Spanish, Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis

Emily Woods, Fourth Grade, Barringer Academic Center

Amanda Soesbee, English, North Mecklenburg HS

Jessica Young, Second Grade, Davidson ES

The Rise (and Fall) of Democracies around the World

Seminar Leader: Shelley Rigger, Political Science, Davidson College

Seminar Coordinator: Amy Strong Pasko, World History, North Mecklenburg High School

Brad Baker , U.S. History, W.A. Hough HS

Raymond Beamon, World History, West Mecklenburg HS

Arianna Bonner, Social Studies, Martin Luther King, Jr. MS

Mayra Garcia, Spanish, W.A. Hough HS

Bassam Halaweh, Arabic, Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis

Cheryl Hanly, Language Arts, McClintock MS

Ron King, History, West Charlotte HS

Lisa Modrow, Social Studies, Bailey MS

Christa Rawald, Social Studies, Ranson MS

Michael Richards, World History, Bailey MS

Lynn Roach, Economics, Harding University HS

Roshan Varghese, History, Butler HS

From Self to Students: Canvassing Art to Explore Identity  (meets at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art)

Seminar Leaders: Adriana L. Medina, Reading and Elementary Education, UNC Charlotte, and Christopher Lawing, Vice President, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Seminar Coordinator: Amethyst Klein, STEAM, University Park Creative Arts School

Carla Aaron-Lopez, Visual Art, Whitewater MS

Liz Allard, Science, Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Emily Burrell, Math, Piedmont Open IB MS

Nicholas Gattis, Band, Carmel MS

Mary Draper Hager, Second Grade, Selwyn ES

Natalie Jones, Visual Art, West Charlotte HS

Jaianna McCants, Visual Art, North Mecklenburg HS

Marjorie O’Shea, Visual Art, W.A. Hough HS

Mindy Passe, Fifth Grade, Barringer Academic Center

Laura Steffy, Visual Art, North Mecklenburg HS

Andy Wertz, English/Film, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

Amy Whealdon, Visual Art, Reid Park ES

Thanks to PwC for Empowering Teachers!

PwC_logo_smallCharlotte Teachers Institute is grateful to PwC for their participation in CTI’s 2016 Fellows Orientation and their generous contribution of $5,000 to support this year’s CTI Fellows. PwC Carolinas Marketing and Community Relations Leader Carrie Reeder provided an enthusiastic welcome during our Orientation event April 21 at Discovery Place and shared PwC’s goals for advancing financial literacy and partnering with teachers to bridge the financial literacy gap and increase economic mobility in our community.

Read more about PwC’s commitment to Empowering Teachers to Set Up Students for Financial Success.

CTI Open House – Thursday, Feb. 25

TRANSFORM your Teaching!

Learn all about CTI’s 2016 Seminars and how you can become a CTI Fellow at the CTI Open House on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th St., Uptown Charlotte).  Meet the 2016 Seminar Leaders from Davidson College and UNC Charlotte and hear from our Teacher Leaders (all CMS teachers) about how CTI can help transform your teaching.

CTI seminars are open to teachers from all grade levels and subject areas who teach full-time in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

Reasons to become a CTI Fellow:

  • Enrich your content knowledge in subjects you teach
  • Collaborate with professors from Davidson College and UNC Charlotte and fellow CMS teachers
  • Create new curriculum you design to meet your own students’ needs
  • Grow professionally, intellectually, personally
  • Experience meaningful PD to advance your teacher portfolio
  • Earn a $1,500 stipend and 3 CEU credits
  • Get inspired and inspire others!

Come to the Open House and hear more from our CTI Teacher Leaders about what CTI can do for you and your teaching. If possible, please REGISTER by Monday, Feb. 22 to attend the Open House.

Questions? Email info@charlotteteachers.org or call 704-687-0047.

CTI Celebrates 2015 Fellows and Their New Curricula

See their Engaging New Curricula Published on the CTI Website

Charlotte Teachers Institute recently recognized more than 80 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers as CTI Fellows for successfully completing CTI seminars and designing engaging new curricula for their students. CTI also announced publication of these CTI Fellows’ curriculum units on the CTI website where they are available for use by teachers worldwide.

CTI seminars are led by Davidson College and UNC Charlotte professors in the arts and sciences who challenge teachers to deepen their content knowledge and think in interdisciplinary ways. CTI Fellows in turn share their creative learning with their students and other teachers,

The 2015 CTI Fellows represent grade levels preK-12, and a wide range of subjects from language arts, world history, foreign languages and art, to math, sciences, technology, and more.

“Together, these teachers spent nearly 3,000 hours over seven months attending CTI seminars at Davidson College and UNC Charlotte,” said CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan. “In addition, they read and researched extensively, and wrote original curriculum units designed for their own students. They plan to share their new curricula with nearly 500 other CMS teachers, and almost 7,500 CMS students will learn from the units our Fellows created this year.”

Each CTI Fellow received three continuing education units and a stipend for seminar completion. CTI celebrated these teachers’ achievements at its Fellows’ Finale Celebration at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in December.

CTI presents eight, concurrent seminars each year, running April to December. CTI Fellows have created over 500 curriculum units created by CTI Fellows since 2009.

See the full list of 2015 CTI Fellows and their seminars.

2016 CTI Seminars Announced

Seminars poster 2016

 

 

Teachers As Scholars: The Global Energy Challenge Thursday, Feb. 4 at Discovery Place

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers will share bright new ideas for teaching and learning about energy, at a CTI event for the public on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte.

REGISTER HERE

This “Teachers As Scholars” program features CMS teachers who collaborated on the topic “The Global Energy Challenge,” and highlights innovative curricula they developed during a long-term CTI seminar. CTI Seminar Leader Durwin Striplin, professor of chemistry at Davidson College, will also share his energy expertise at the free Feb. 4 event.

Sponsored by Duke Energy, the program begins with a reception and viewing of the CTI-generated, energy-related curricula from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations and a panel discussion with Striplin and CTI Fellows until 8 p.m. Space is limited, so registration is recommended.

Featured topics and teachers include:

  • The Global Energy Challenge – Striplin
  • Energy Explorations – Lisa Lewis, First Grade, Mountain Island Lake Academy
  • Efficiency and Availability: Designing an Energy Self-Sufficient Community – Kory Trosclair, Science, Bailey Middle School
  • Creative Verve: The Merging of Metaphor and the Scientific Mind – Gloria Brinkman, Art, North Mecklenburg High School
  • A Good Planet is Hard to Find: Climate Change, Energy and Global Sustainability – Jeanne Cooper, Earth and Environmental Science, Mallard Creek High School

The event is an outgrowth of an intensive, seven-month-long CTI seminar Striplin led for CMS teachers in grades K-12, where they explored various forms of energy, the history and science behind its conservation, as well as what new technologies can address the global energy crisis. CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan said, “We are so proud to showcase teacher-written curricula focused on energy sciences for K-12 students.  These CTI Fellows are on the front lines inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

Thirteen sets of extensive, energy-related curriculum units for grades K-12 were developed by teachers in Striplin’s seminar and designed specifically for their own students. All 13 are published on the CTI website, along with 500 other teacher-created curricula from CTI.  Currently CTI is offering another eight seminars for 2016.

“We are a nation descended from immigrants and revolutionists”

Alexandra Kennedy Edwards, Social Studies, Bailey Middle School

Final Unit (pdf)   Implementing Teaching Standards (pdf)

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The Legacies of the League of Nations

Annie Calloway, Literacy, Olde Providence Elementary School

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Math in the Gym?

Benjamin Lewis, K-5, Physical Education, Barnette Elementary School

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CTI’s Exploding Canons: NUEVOlution Event Oct. 27 Focuses on Latinos in the New South

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Charlotte Teachers Institute to Explore Latinos in the New South

Levine Museum of the New South joins CTI to present Exploding Canons Speakers Program

Charlotte – Oct. 7, 2015 – The southeastern U.S. is now the nation’s fastest growing Latino region, with many historians calling this cultural shift the South’s biggest post-Civil Rights story. To better understand this powerful transformation, Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) joins Levine Museum of the New South in exploring the impacts of Latinos on the New South and of the New South on Latinos, in CTI’s Exploding Canons interdisciplinary speakers program.

The event will be from 5:15 – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Levine Museum, 200 E. 7th St., Charlotte.

“Levine Museum is delighted to partner with Charlotte Teachers Institute to explore the growth and influence of Latinos in Charlotte and across the South,” said Emily Zimmern, President, Levine Museum of the New South.  “We deeply value CTI’s engagement with teachers, professors, students, community members and business leaders around questions of identity and change among Latinos.  What a great way to encourage our community to think differently about who we are.”

CTI’s Exploding Canons: ¡NUEVOlution! is centered on the Museum’s new, groundbreaking exhibition: ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, opening Sept. 27.

“This new Exploding Canons event supports the Levine’s goal of bringing together diverse groups to promote deeper understanding and community building,” said CTI Director Scott Gartlan. Gartlan said Exploding Canons talks aim to challenge participants to think differently about a selected topic, and consider multiple perspectives. CTI’s ¡NUEVOlution! speakers panel, representing Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte and Levine Museum, will frame the story of Latino impact using a variety of liberal arts lenses and lived experiences.

The Oct. 27 program is open to the public without charge and includes admission to the Levine’s ¡NUEVOlution! exhibition. REGISTER HERE.

Featured topics and speakers include:

  • Charlotte: America’s New Immigrant Gateway Model – Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost and Professor of Geography, UNC Charlotte
  • Cultural Geographies, Gender, and Chicana Memory: Amalia Mesa-Bains – Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Professor of Hispanic Studies/Latin American Studies, Davidson College
  • De Aquí y de Allá: Creando Identidad en el Nuevo Sur – Oliver Merino, Latino New South Coordinator, Levine Museum of the New South
  • Latina Finds Inspiration In The Queen City: Race, Language, and Cultural Literacy – Kurma Murrain, English as Second Language Teacher, West Charlotte High School
  • The Train Has Left the Station: You’d Better Climb on Board – Gregory Weeks, Chair and Professor of Political Science, UNC Charlotte

Local organizations representing the Latino community will host information booths about their programs and services during the opening reception at 5:15 p.m., and speaker presentations follow at 6:30 p.m. Nancy Gutierrez, Dean of UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, will moderate the speakers panel and follow-up discussion. Afterward, the museum galleries will reopen until 9:00 pm.

CTI’s Exploding Canons: !NUEVOlution! program is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council and Levine Museum of the New South. The opening reception is hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and WDAV Public Radio is a media partner.

About the Charlotte Teachers Institute

The Charlotte Teachers Institute is an educational partnership among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that works to improve teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools. CTI cultivates content-knowledge, creativity, leadership skills and collaboration within and among Charlotte’s public school teachers. Programs include long-term seminars and special events for teachers, as well as community presentations.

CTI’s flagship speakers series Exploding Canons draws on the strengths of CTI’s partners to offer collaborative educational opportunities for teachers and the general public that highlight university and college faculty, explore diverse topics in an interdisciplinary manner, and encourage community conversation.

Currently, 96 CMS teachers in grades preK-12 are enrolled in eight, multidisciplinary seminars that began in the spring and continue until December, where teachers are creating new curriculum units for their students. These curriculum units generate learning beyond each teacher’s classroom, as the final units are shared with teachers’ school colleagues and are also published on the CTI website, providing access to teachers worldwide.

CTI is made possible by a joint commitment of resources from all three Institute partners and through the generosity of private funding institutions such as Wells Fargo, the Belk Foundation, Duke Energy, and the Charlotte Hornets Foundation. The Institute is housed at UNC Charlotte within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

For more information, contact CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan, 704-687-0078, info@charlotteteachers.org.

Our Community: Charlotte — History Channels Who We Are Today!

Rosa Bockian, Third Grade, Collinswood Language Academy

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CTI Welcomes 2015 Cohort of 104 CMS Teachers

Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) welcomed its new cohort of 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers into its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars for 2015. “This year’s CTI Fellows represent the wide range of teachers in CMS, from new to veteran, kindergarten to 12th grade, and physics to interior design,” said CTI Director Scott Gartlan. “We continue to create significant growth opportunities for teacher leaders looking to deepen their knowledge base and impact the lives of their students.”

CTI’s eight concurrent seminars began with an orientation at Discovery Place in April and will run through November. CTI seminars are led by faculty experts in the arts and sciences, including four from Davidson College and four from UNC Charlotte. Seminars meet on those campuses and also at the Discovery Place Education Studio.

In each seminar, 13 CMS teachers (CTI Fellows) and a faculty leader work closely together in exploring a topic, long term and in depth, with each teacher creating new curriculum designed for his or her own students as a culminating project. CTI Fellows receive full access to both Davidson College and UNC Charlotte resources, as well as family memberships to Discovery Place. Upon completion each Fellow is awarded a $1,500 stipend and continuing education credits.

The 2015 CTI seminars and seminar leaders include:

About Charlotte Teachers Institute

Through seminars led by UNC Charlotte and Davidson College faculty, CMS teachers learn new content, work collaboratively with other teachers, and develop new curricula for their students. Teachers serve as leaders in the institute and choose seminar topics they deem most important and engaging for current CMS teachers and their students. To date, more than 300 CMS teachers have participated in 44 CTI seminars, reaching more than 62,600 students.

In addition to its eight intensive annual seminars, CTI presents special events open to all teachers including “Evening for Educators” and “Teachers as Scholars” where CTI Fellows share the new curriculum they have developed in their seminars. CTI also offers community programs open to the public such as the popular “Exploding Canons” cultural collaboration series. In 2013 CTI and its partners were recognized by the Council of Great City Schools with the Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award.

CTI programs are made possible by a joint commitment of resources from CMS, Davidson College and UNC Charlotte and through the generosity of private funding institutions such as the Wells Fargo Foundation, The Belk Foundation, The Duke Energy Foundation, Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation, the Charlotte Hornets Foundation and Lowe’s Home Improvement. The institute is housed at UNC Charlotte within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The full list of 2015 CTI Fellows by seminar includes:

Exercise and the Brain

  • Cassandra Black, First Grade, Ashley Park PreK-8
  • Jeanne Cooper, Science, Mallard Creek HS
  • Tracie Cooper, Fourth Grade, Hidden Valley ES
  • DeNise Gerst, Science, Barringer Academic Center
  • David Hartzell, Literacy, Shamrock Gardens ES
  • Deb Jung, Media Skills, Winding Springs Elementary
  • Amethyst Klein, Science, Winterfield ES
  • Aaron Kollar, Math, Piedmont Open IB MS
  • Benji Lewis, Fifth Grade, Grand Oak ES
  • Molly McCarthy, Language Arts, Piedmont Open IB MS
  • Lauren McNeil, Special Education, Lebanon Road ES
  • Ted Miracle, Fifth Grade, Grand Oak ES
  • Leslie Paytes, Math, Crestdale MS

What Makes a Nation?

  • Jennifer Anderson, Language Arts, James Martin MS
  • Brad Baker, History, W.A. Hough HS
  • Annie Calloway, Literacy, Olde Providence ES
  • Calen Clifton, Social Studies, Martin Luther King, Jr. MS
  • Alexandra Edwards, Social Studies, Bailey MS
  • Michele Lemere, English, Garinger HS
  • Lisa Modrow, Social Studies, Bailey MS
  • Rob Pinkston, Interior Design, W.A. Hough HS
  • Bridget Robinson, History, W.A. Hough HS
  • Heather Simpson, Grades 1-3, Chantilly Montessori
  • Mark Surratt, Fourth Grade, Providence Spring ES
  • Alan Vitale, History, East Mecklenburg HS
  • Katie Willett, English, Independence HS

The Origins of Human Language

  • KaraAnne Boneillo, Fourth Grade, Reedy Creek ES
  • Melinda Clunn, Language Arts, McClintock MS
  • Adriana Hart, Kindergarten, Collinswood Language Academy
  • Allen Jacobi, Language Arts, Northwest School of the Arts
  • Matt Kelly, Spanish, Independence HS
  • Melanie Kirschner, First Grade, Albemarle Road ES
  • Tabitha Miller, Kindergarten, Collinswood Language Academy
  • Sedana Noble, First Grade, Reedy Creek ES
  • Nicole Nesbitt, Science, Albemarle Road MS
  • Margaux Saenz, Fourth Grade, Oaklawn Language Academy
  • Seon Sloley-Posey, Fourth Grade, Barringer Academic Center
  • Rochelle Stanley, English, Garinger HS
  • Elizabeth Young, English as a Second Language, Lebanon Road ES

Fundamentals of Mathematics: Problem Solving and Process Standards

  • Lisa Ashworth, Fifth Grade, Barringer Academic Center
  • Michael Butler, Fifth Grade, Elon Park ES
  • Dennis Fox, Math/Science, Turning Point Academy
  • Gilberto Franco, Math, Collinswood Language Academy
  • Miesha Gadsden, Second Grade, J.H. Gunn ES
  • Katelyn Gardepe, Fifth Grade, David Cox Road ES
  • Connie George, Math, Quail Hollow MS
  • Kimberly Lipscomb, Fourth Grade, Highland Creek ES
  • Mindy Passe, Fifth Grade, Barringer Academic Center
  • Joanne Rowe, Math, Northwest School of the Arts
  • Stephen Salisbury, Kindergarten, Crown Point ES
  • Meg Shuman, Fourth Grade, Barringer Academic Center
  • Rima Solh, Math, Eastway MS

Peace Education: Psychological Factors that Endorse War

  • Heather Almaraz, Fifth Grade, Lebanon Road ES
  • Angela Bates, History, CATO Middle College HS
  • Gloria Brinkman, Visual Art, North Mecklenburg HS
  • Albertia Burgess, English, West Charlotte HS
  • Melanie Greely, Grades 4-6, Chantilly Montessori
  • Cheryl Hanley, Language Arts, McClintock MS
  • Sarah Korenyik, Language Arts, Northwest School of the Arts
  • Jennifer Ladanyi, Language Arts, Bailey MS
  • Michael Richards, Social Studies, Bailey MS
  • Megan Shellenberger, English, W.A. Hough HS
  • Roshan Varghese, History, Butler HS
  • Deborah Watson, Visual Art, Hopewell HS
  • Christopher Williams, English, East Mecklenburg HS

Integrating Concepts in Life Sciences

  • Chrystal Cavanagh, Science, Morehead STEM Academy
  • Alicia Gaj, Science, McClintock MS
  • Rochelle Gray, Biology, Mallard Creek HS
  • Tavia Highsmith, Language Arts, Albemarle Road MS
  • Julie McConnell, Biology, W.A. Hough HS
  • Adora Reid, Science, James Martin MS
  • Ericka Riddle, Biology, East Mecklenburg HS
  • Julie Ruziska Tiddy, Science, Carmel MS
  • Deb Semmler, Physics, East Mecklenburg HS
  • Sandie Spraggins, Technology, Irwin Academic Center
  • Kimberly Terrell, Fifth Grade, Steele Creek ES
  • Jennifer Thompson, Science, James Martin MS
  • Connie Wood, Biology, East Mecklenburg HS

Africa: Moving Beyond Popular Culture

  • Lara Britain, Social Studies, James Martin MS
  • Justine Busto, English as a Second Language, East Mecklenburg HS
  • Nikki Dingle, Science, Coulwood MS
  • Ian Joyce, Social Studies, Eastway MS
  • Beth Lasure, Visual Art, Mallard Creek HS
  • Ebone’ Lockett, English, West Mecklenburg HS
  • Wendy Potter, Family/Consumer Science, David Butler HS
  • Pam Shembo, Fifth Grade, Waddell Language Academy
  • Jackie Smith, Science, W.A. Hough HS
  • Merrie Smith, Third Grade, Shamrock Gardens ES
  • Darrmetacia Winston, Family/Consumer Science, Olympic HS School
  • Lana Withrow, Music, Barringer Academic Center
  • Sade Wright, Third Grade, Barringer Academic Center

Supernatural Figures in Theatre, Film and the Brain

  • Tabitha Albury, English, North Mecklenburg HS
  • Christine Beau-Antoine, Language Arts, Lincoln Heights Academy
  • Angela Boyce-Thornton, Kindergarten, Ashley Park Pre K-8
  • Mawuena Dabla, French, Harding University HS
  • Jennifer Dalesandro, Third Grade, Bain ES
  • Nikki Guevara, First Grade, Bain ES
  • Kristen Karazsia, English, West Mecklenburg HS
  • Stephanie Misko, English, W.A. Hough HS
  • Silvia Monsalve-Velazquez, First Grade, Oaklawn Language Academy
  • Noelle Peerey, Visual Art, Hopewell HS
  • Kelley Shelley, Visual Art, Butler HS
  • Teresa Strohl, Visual Art, Barringer Academic Center
  • Amy Thomas, First Grade, Reedy Creek ES

 

CTI Announces 2015 Local Seminars for CMS Teachers

2015 CTI Seminar Leaders are looking forward to the year ahead in CTI. Pictured (left to right) are: Mark Pizzato, Rick Gay, Barbara Lom, Chris Paradise, Malcolm Campbell, Ron Lunsford, Shelley Rigger, Harold Reiter and Beth Whitaker.
2015 CTI Seminar Leaders are looking forward to the year ahead in CTI. Pictured (left to right) are: Mark Pizzato, Rick Gay, Barbara Lom, Chris Paradise, Malcolm Campbell, Ron Lunsford, Shelley Rigger, Harold Reiter and Beth Whitaker.

Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) has announced eight new intensive 2015 local seminars featuring a wide variety of content areas for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers at all grade levels (preK-12). Interested CMS teachers can meet the seminar leaders and learn about seminar topics and the application process at the CTI Local Open House on Thursday, Feb. 26, 5:30-7:30 pm, at UNC Charlotte Center City in uptown Charlotte. The application deadline is Mar. 18. Online applications will open in mid-February.

CTI’s 2015 seminars include these intriguing topics led by faculty from Davidson College and UNC Charlotte:

Full-time CMS teachers are eligible to apply to become CTI Fellows who collaborate with higher education faculty in these long term seminars to develop innovative curriculum for CTI Fellows’ own students. Seminars begin in April and continue through November, including a summer reading and research period. CTI Fellows receive a $1500 stipend and three continuing education credits for their curriculum development work.

CTI is an educational partnership of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Davidson College and UNC Charlotte, designed to strengthen teaching in CMS by cultivating content knowledge, creativity, leadership skills and collaboration among local public school teachers.

For more information, contact CTI at info@charlotteteachers.org.

CTI Lauded by Educational and Cultural Leaders

CTI was honored to be lauded by two outstanding Charlotte educational and cultural leaders at CTI’s Fellows’ Finale celebration December 11 at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. For the text of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Acting Superintendent Ann Clark and Bechtler Museum President and CEO John Boyer please read on …

CMS Acting Superintendent Ann Clark:

“It was almost 10 years ago when a letter came from Yale about this extraordinary opportunity for teachers to actually lead and own the professional development for their district, and I thought immediately of Jeff. And Beth was an amazing teacher that I’ve actually had the privilege of watching teach. (Jeff Joyce and Beth Lasure are founding teacher leaders in CTI.) I asked if they would be willing to go spend a couple of weeks at Yale in the summer? And that’s how CTI got started. What I continue to say to anybody that ever asks me about CTI, is it is the most extraordinary opportunity for teachers to be in charge – which is what it should be. Teachers should be in charge. And so it has been fun for me to watch.… people that were really a part of the birth of this amazing teacher empowerment and leadership opportunity who are now leading (CTI), how are part of the Yale planning team. It’s been equally thrilling to see our partners with Davidson College and UNC Charlotte come together and I’m hoping we will continue to expand that network so we can offer more and more seminars and really open this up to touch more teachers which is really what I want to challenge those of you in the audience tonight with. We need to continue to make sure more teachers in CMS get this experience. We can’t send everyone to Yale but we certainly can create opportunities here in Mecklenburg County for more teachers to have the experience you’ve just had over the last semester. And so I really want to push you. We’re going to be opening up CTI I hope to even more schools or all schools. I’ve really pushed the teacher advisory team to realize that we really need every school and teachers within the district to see that this is a possibility for them. I was talking to one of the amazing teachers right before we walked in about how we create more teacher leadership opportunities within CMS. CTI is absolutely the beacon opportunity for teachers. But we need you to help us think about other ways beyond CTI that we can create those teacher leadership roles so that teachers in this district and coming into this district see ways that they can lead and remain in the classroom. Or lead and stay in the schoolhouse to share their magic with other teachers. And so I really want to push you to think about how that’s possible, but more importantly to think about who you can tap on the shoulder, help with an application this spring, to allow more teachers that have never had this experience to have it. I think it is the deepest, richest, most profound professional development that I’m aware of in the country. I would say that with great confidence to Jeff Joyce and Beth Lasure. That’s not possible without teacher leaders, without seminar leaders, without our higher ed partners, without Scott Gartlan, and amazing corporate partners that sponsor us, and people like John Boyer that see the possibilities of a humanities rich experience. What Jeff and Beth taught me is that, particularly for our secondary teachers but I would argue for pre-K all the way through twelfth grade, is our teachers are hungry for content. You’ve got the strategies. You’ve got the tools in most cases. But what you are really hungry for is going really, really deep in the content. I think we’ve delivered on that. But you’ve got to keep helping us make this program better, and helping it reach more teachers, because I believe, we have 9,000 teachers – it would certainly be my hope that anybody among those 9,000 that wanted the opportunity and was willing to put in the effort that you have – this is not easy professional development – I think you would all nod your heads and agree. This is a very different kind of professional development experience. At the end of the line you look back on it and it is worth it. But this is not a professional development experience for everyone, and I’m clear about that. But I know each one of you knows a teacher that’s ready for this opportunity so let’s make sure next time we convene in a year that we see new faces. And that many of you are now leading, or helping facilitate, or moving into the advisory role. There are opportunities for those here to continue to grow as well, and of course to continue to have seminar opportunities. This is too amazing an experience to be restricted to a small group of teachers. So help us build that network and help pass the baton on to others and look for ways that you can lead more deeply with CTI. And I will continue to be your number one champion. And I really want to salute John (Boyer) in particular. I feel like we all just got a mini amazing lecture in the few minutes he was here at the podium in terms of really saluting teachers, which is what I want to do as well. I never want to miss an opportunity to say thank you for the work you do. It is a privilege to lead and serve with you, and I welcome your ideas about how we can grow CTI larger while protecting the incredible quality and the richness of what you do. So thanks to Scott for his leadership. Thanks to all of you at a busy time of year for making this commitment to come here and celebrate. One of the things that really thrills me as I look around this room is the number of principals that are here supporting their teachers. That wasn’t the case 10 years ago. And so I give our teachers credit for helping their principals understand what an important experience this is. And so it is exciting for me to see the principals that are here to support their teachers tonight. So thank you.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art President and CEO John Boyer:

“This program is one of our most favorite of all the different things we do at the Museum. One of the main reasons is because it was our first. We started our public outreach within the school system in the fall of 09 and we didn’t open to the public until Jan of 2010. CTI was woven early on into the fabric of the institution, the way we think about ourselves and the role we can play in the community. We have so much to learn from you, and that’s another reason why we do this.” Boyer lauded the interdiscliplinary aspect of CTI. “What’s so beautiful about teaching, is that you have them (students) for this brief window and yet it can make all the difference… The general public needs to have a much higher level of engagement and respect for the important work that you do.” Quoting Epictetus: “Only the educated are free.” “….The work you do is so fundamental to all of our freedom – as a city, as a county, as a nation, as citizens. All of that is predicated on what you do. So thank you. We look forward to working with you in the future as many years as you do what you do. We want to be there to support you any way we can.”

98 CTI Fellows Honored at 2014 Fellows’ Finale Celebration

Congratulations to CTI’s 2014 CTI Fellows! We were thrilled to honor 98 CMS teachers for their outstanding work in 2014 CTI seminars at CTI’s Fellows’ Finale celebration Dec. 11 at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

This year’s CTI Fellows include 35 elementary, 27 middle and 36 high school teachers, representing 45 CMS schools and a wide range of content areas from science, math and technology to history, social studies, English, languages, music, art and more. For fun facts, consider this: together they have taught for 986 years and plan on teaching 1,532 more; together they will teach 15,144 students during the next 12 months.

CTI Fellows were saluted by Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Director John Boyer and CMS Acting Superintendent Ann Clark during the festivities. Clark heralded CTI as “absolutely the beacon opportunity for teachers.” The texts of their comments are available on the CTI website.

New curriculum units created by CTI Fellows will be posted on the CTI website in February.

This was CTI’s sixth annual cohort of CTI Fellows. To date CTI has offered a total of 44 long-term professional development seminars for 313 CMS teachers, with 40 CTI National Fellows also participating in seminars at Yale University.