CHARLOTTE, N.C. - May 9, 2017 - Charlotte Teachers Institute welcomed its new cohort of 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers into its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars for 2017.
“This year’s CTI Fellows represent a wide range of CMS teachers, from pre-kindergarten to high school, they teach courses from physics to French and literacy to special education,” 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 Science in April and will 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.
In each seminar, 13 CMS teachers (CTI Fellows) and a faculty leader work closely together in exploring a topic in depth, with each teacher creating a new curriculum designed for his or her own students. 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. Each Fellow is awarded a $1,500 stipend and continuing education credits upon completion of the seminar.
The 2017 Charlotte Teachers Institute seminars and seminar leaders include:
- Using Mathematics to Understand Social Issues, Anthony Fernandes, Mathematics and Statistics, UNC Charlotte
- Media and Minorities: Unpacking Stereotypes, Debra Smith, Africana Studies, UNC Charlotte
- Chemical Interactions in the Body, Erland Stevens, Chemistry, Davidson College
- Memorials, Memories and American Identity, Emily Makas, Architectural and Urban History, UNC Charlotte
- Doing Science: Hands-On Learning in the Laboratory, Susan Trammell, Physics and Optical Science, UNC Charlotte
- Cultivating Visual Literacy, Maggie McCarthy, German Studies and Film and Media Studies, Davidson College
- The Rise (and Fall) of Democracies around the World, Shelley Rigger, Political Science, Davidson College
- From Self to Students: Canvassing Art to Explore Identity, Adriana L. Medina, Reading and Elementary Education, UNC Charlotte, and Christopher Lawing, Vice President, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
The full list of CTI Fellows is on the Charlotte Teachers Institute website.