Charlotte Teachers Institute Welcomes 104 Fellows

Friday, May 6, 2016

CHARLOTTE - May 6, 2016 - The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) welcomed 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers as CTI Fellows in its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars for 2016.

“This year’s CTI Fellows represent a wide range of teachers in CMS, from new to veteran, pre-K to 12th grade and physics to digital art and language arts,” said CTI Director Scott Gartlan. “We create important growth opportunities for CMS teacher-leaders looking to deepen their knowledge base and impact the lives of their students.”

CTI’s eight concurrent seminars began on April 21 with an orientation at Discovery Place and will run through November. CTI seminars are led by faculty experts in the arts, sciences and education, including three from Davidson College and five from UNC Charlotte.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC sponsored the CTI Fellows Orientation at Discovery Place.

“We are thrilled to support CTI Fellows in this high-quality teacher professional development program,” said PwC Carolinas Marketing and Community Relations Leader Carrie Reeder. “At PwC, we are focused on building literacy skills among CMS students, particularly financial literacy. Kicking off the CTI Fellows program in April, which is Financial Literacy Month, is a great way to celebrate the value teachers add to classrooms every day.”

In each seminar, 13 CMS teachers (CTI Fellows) and a professor work closely on an in-depth study of a topic, 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 family memberships to Discovery Place. Upon completion, each fellow is awarded a $1,500 stipend and continuing education credits.

The 2016 CTI seminars and seminar leaders are:

Literacy and Literacies in the 21st Century – Kyra Kietrys, Hispanic studies, Davidson College

How Science is Done: A Behind the Scenes Look at Scientific Research – Susan Trammell, physics and optical science, UNC Charlotte

The Many Faces of Capitalism around the Globe: Past and Present – Jurgen Buchenau, history, UNC Charlotte

Writing with Power: No Fear Here – Brenda Flanagan, English, Davidson College

FUNdamental Ideas in Math for Grades Pre-K-12 – Harold Reiter, mathematics and statistics, UNC Charlotte

It’s a Small World! Exploring Science at the Tiniest Scale – Marcus Jones, chemistry, UNC Charlotte

Tracing the Legacy of Hispanic Cultures: 1492 to Today – Angie Willis, Hispanic studies, Davidson College

Exploring Memoir: From Picture Book to Digital Story – Brian Kissel, reading and elementary education, UNC Charlotte

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 350 CMS teachers have participated in 52 CTI seminars, reaching more than 76,600 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 new curricula they 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 private funding from institutions such as Wells Fargo, the Belk Foundation, Duke Energy, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC and the N.C. Humanities Council. The institute is housed at UNC Charlotte within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

For information, visit the CTI website at View the full list of 2016 CTI Fellows by seminar.


For more information, contact CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan, 704-687-0078,

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools media contact: Renee McCoy, 980-343-0954,

Davidson College media contact: Jay Pfeifer, 704-894-2920,

UNC Charlotte media contact: Buffie Stephens, 704-687-5830,


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