CTI offers eight content-rich seminars annually for CMS teachers, led by expert faculty members from UNC Charlotte and Davidson College. CMS teachers (CTI Fellows) determine seminar topics and also collaborate with professors to develop the seminar curriculum. CTI promotes a collegial atmosphere in which teachers and faculty become professional resources for each other. While each seminar focuses on a specific subject, many seminars incorporate interdisciplinary ideas. Some seminar topics may also involve exploring the cultural and institutional riches of the Charlotte region.
Seminars begin with preliminary meetings in the Spring, followed by independent reading and study during the Summer, and then meet weekly for two hours over the course of the Fall semester. The Institute supports its teacher Fellows throughout the process with an orientation, curriculum writing workshops, and individual conferences with seminar leaders. Teachers participating in CTI seminars have access to UNC Charlotte and Davidson campuses and their facilities, including libraries and museums.
As a culmination to their seminar work, each CTI Fellow creates an original curriculum unit to apply what was learned during the seminar to her or his own classroom. Fellows share their units with other teachers in their schools, and all units are published on the CTI and Yale National Initiative websites. This collection of curriculum units created by CTI Fellows constitutes an online archive that has become a valuable resource for Fellows, their teacher colleagues and teachers around the world with internet access.
- 2013 Seminars
- Charlotte as a New South City: Using the Collections at the Levine Museum of the New South
- The Nature of Energy: How We Use and Store It to Power Our Everyday Lives
- Math and Sports
- Imagining Modern Bodies: Disability and Art at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
- Grammar for the Real World
- Human Social Groups
- Chemical Magic
- Urban Encounters: Hispanic and African American Literature
- 2012 Seminars
- African American Literature of the Civil Rights Movement
- All Immigration is Local: Exploring the New Geography of Immigration
- American Political Parties: Their Failures and Their Futures
- Entertaining with Math
- Environmental Science and Climate Change
- Reading African American Lives
- Reading Media Imagery: Critical Thinking and Literacy
- The Science of NASCAR
- 2011 Seminars
- 2010 Seminars
- 2009 Seminars