Racial Equity

Charlotte Teachers Institute is committed to racial equity. Through its mission to strengthen teaching and learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, CTI is focused on racial equity in three primary ways: (1) offering content-rich, effective professional development seminars for teachers led by university professors, (2) supporting classroom teachers throughout the process to write and teach original curricula for their students, and (3) developing opportunities for teachers to pursue meaningful, race-based activities.  


To date, CTI seminars have served 700 PK-12 teachers who have written 1,040 curriculum units and taught 137,000 students.  Many of those teachers have studied and written original work related to racial equity.  In 2021, the tradition continues with four seminars focused on racial equity topics: Southern Children’s Literature in the Classroom, Digital Mapping and Community Engagement to Study History and Gentrification, Addressing Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom, Climate Refugee Stories, and The Science and Culture of Black Women’s Hair.

From 2017-2021, CTI offered 18 seminars for teachers in all subjects and grades PK-12th grade that addressed racial equity.  Click link for more.


In recent CTI seminars, classroom teachers wrote 30 original curriculum units based on racial equity topics and CMS classroom standards for nearly 5,000 PK-12th grade students. Click link for more.


Since 2017, CTI has hosted teacher workshops, trips, and events to enrich and enable a deeper understanding of racial equity and its impact for CMS teachers and their students. Click link for more.