Author Archives: Scott Gartlan

2021 Teachers as Scholars: Racial Equity in the Curriculum, Thursday, 20 May

On Thursday, 20 May 2021, thirteen CTI Fellows presented their curriculum units on topics related to racial equity developed in past CTI seminars. Along with these thirteen teachers, Dr. Terza Lima-Neves, political scientist at Johnson C. Smith University, and 2020 Seminar Leader for the CTI Seminar, “Black Girl Magic (Mis)Understood: Representations and Perceptions of Black Women and Girls in the Education System” shared her insights into the transformative experience of leading a CTI Seminar. More than 80 area educators joined the virtual event to hear more about what teachers learned in these seminars, and how they adapted racial equity research into classroom lessons. Read more about the event and find links to the Fellows’ curricula here.

“Black Girl Magic (Mis)Understood” Seminar Fellows and Seminar Leader Terza Lima-Neves meet virtually in October 2020.

Picturing Education in the Lenses of an Anti-Racist Teacher

Amber Geckeler, 3rd Grade, Oakhurst STEAM Academy

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2021 CTI Info and Help Session for Seminar Applicants, Thurs., 25 Feb., 4:30 p.m.

Come on out! Thursday, 25 February 2021, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – the 2021 Teacher Steering Committee and 2021 Seminar Coordinators will host an Info and Help Session for Seminar Applicants on Zoom. All those interested in the 2021 CTI Seminars should plan to attend, including teachers, professors, community members, and education leaders.

Please email CTI Director Dr. Scott Gartlan at scott.gartlan@uncc.edu if you are interested in attending this session. He will send you a Zoom link to the meeting.

Check out the 2021 Seminar Leaders and 2021 Seminar Coordinators (CMS teachers) working together to create an once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for PK-12th grade teachers.

CTI Announces 2021 Seminars

With the new year comes new seminars! In 2021 we will have eight seminars covering a wide range of topics. The names of the Seminars, Leaders, and Coordinators are listed below:

Southern Children’s Literature in the Classroom
Leader: Mark West, Ph.D., English, UNC Charlotte
Coordinator: Shannon McFarland, Language Arts, Alexander Graham Middle

Using Digital Mapping to Study History, Race, and Gentrification
Leader: Brandon Lunsford, University Archives, Johnson C. Smith University
Coordinator: Kimberly Palmer, English, Merancas Middle College High

Addressing Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom
Leader: Zinobia Bennefield, Ph.D., Sociology, UNC Charlotte
Coordinator: Caroline Demmett, Kindergarten, Selwyn Elementary

Embodied Teaching and Learning
Leader: Marissa Nesbit, Ph.D., Dance, UNC Charlotte
Coordinator: Beth Kerr, 1st Grade, Bain Elementary

Climate Refugee Stories
Leader: Tina Shull, Ph.D., History, UNC Charlotte
Coordinator: Angela Walker, English, West Charlotte High

The Philosophical Foundations of Education
Leader: Mark Sanders, Ph.D., Philosophy, UNC Charlotte
Coordinator: Dalton Cooper, Math, West Charlotte High

“Oh My, Aren’t You Wearing Some Nice Plastic!”: The Chemistry and Culture of Black Women’s Hair
Leader: Tracy Brown-Fox, Ph.D., Chemistry, Johnson C. Smith University
Coordinator: Tim Wells, World History, Mallard Creek High

The Essential Peace: Innovating and Integrating Action Peacebuilding in the Classroom
Leader: Patricia Shafer, Senior Fellow for Peace Education, Alliance for Peacebulding
Coordinator: Esther Alcamo, Music, Collingswood Language Academy

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CTI Leaders Celebrate 2020 Fellows at Finale Event

CTI celebrated its 2020 Fellows’ achievements during the Fellows’ Finale Celebration on a Zoom Webinar with live presenters at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on December 10, 2020. 95 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers were recognized as Fellows for successfully completing CTI seminars and designing engaging new curricula for their students.

See their Engaging New Curricula Published on the CTI Website

2020 Presenters at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (From Left to Right): Zachary Stanford, Scott Gartlan, Elizabeth Haynes, Teresa Strohl, Matthew Kelly, Carla Aaron-Lopez, Kimberly Palmer, Adriana Medina, Jasmine Dozier, Megan Koransky

The evening began with a welcome from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston, saying: “I would like to share my most heartfelt congratulations to YOU, our 2020 Charlotte Teachers Institute Fellows. The Charlotte Teachers Institute has proven to be a truly innovative partnership among CMS, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Johnson C. Smith University and it represents the good that can happen when our educators and this community focus on the most important part of quality learning, the teacher. That is what makes CTI unique, that it’s lead by you, the teachers. Your experience, your knowledge, and your passion is what drives this program, and that in turn gets back to our classrooms where children of all ages can benefit.”

The Fellows were also welcomed live in the Webinar by Chief Academic Officer, Brian Kingsley, as well as with videos from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNCC, Nancy Gutierrez, and the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at JCSU, Matt DeForrest.

In an anonymous survey of all 95 Fellows, 99% indicated they had gained knowledge and skills to positively impact their teaching. Fellows’ curriculum units are posted on the CTI website where they can be accessed by other teachers worldwide.

CTI Director Scott Gartlan applauded Fellows at the Finale event saying, “Together, as 95 Fellows, you have taught more than 11,000 PreK-12 students in 52 CMS schools this year. Together, you have taught for an average of 12 years, and plan to teach for an average of 10 more. That means collectively you have taught for 1,145 years, and plan to teach for 900 more. Together, you embody the dedication and commitment to teaching and learning we expect of our students and colleagues.”

The 2020 CTI Fellows represent grade levels preK-12 with 37 Elementary, 18 Middle, and 40 High School teachers. These teachers cover a wide range of subjects from language arts, world history, foreign languages and art, to math, sciences, technology, and more.

Each Fellow who completed all program requirements received three continuing education units and a $1,500 stipend.

CTI presents eight, concurrent seminars each year, running April to December. CTI Fellows have created over 700 curriculum units since the program’s inception in 2009.

See the full list of 2020 CTI Fellows and their seminars.

Fluorescent Tags: “You keep using that phrase. Do you know what it means?”

Kari Rhoades, Science, Mallard Creek High

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Shedding Light on the Standards

Krystal Cartus, Science, Wilson Stem Academy

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The Ultimate Commons: Examining The Connection Between Ways of Life And Waterways

Laura Thrash, Science, Whitewater Middle

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Lead in the Gymnasium Drinking Fountain: Using Water Quality to Practice Hypothesis Testing for AP Statistics

Dalton Cooper, Math, West Charlotte High

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We can all be Scientists: Empowering Individuals with Disabilities to Become Citizen Scientists

Zachary Sanford, Exceptional Children, William A. Hough High

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Statistical guide to preservation of Respiratory health

Mariam Mahgoub, Math, Garinger High

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A Single Drop of Water

Evelyn Metcalf, 2nd Grade, Barringer Academic Center

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Irwin Creek

Jaclyn Peterson, 2nd Grade, David Cox Road Elementary

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The Secrets Beneath Us

Judy Duren, Math, Mallard Creek High

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Why is Protecting Our Water So Important?

Katelyn Gardepe, 4th Grade, Selwyn Elementary

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