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Charlotte Teachers Institute

Raised toward our $3,500 Goal
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Project ended on December 11, at 11:59 PM EST
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3rd Grade Students at Devonshire Receive Books about Underrepresented Scientists as part of CTI's Crowdfunding Project

April 05, 2018

Dr. Ted Miracle, science teacher at Devonshire Elementary, wrote an original curriculum unit as part of CTI's "Memorials, Memories, and American Identity" seminar to inspire his 3rd grade students to see themselves in their books.  These books were made possible by your generous contributions to CTI through our crowdfunding project.   Thank you for your dedication to quality teachers, innovative curricula, and amazing students in CMS.  Read more about Dr. Miracle's magical moments to memorialize great scientists.  

CTI Exceeded Crowdfunding Goal!

December 12, 2017

CTI's Crowdfunding Campaign to fund CTI Fellows' curriculum unit implementation was a success, exceeding its goal and raising $3,622!  Thank you for your support of this critical initiative.  We will be sure keep you updated this spring as Fellows start implementing their new curricula for CMS students.  


Please enjoy a few pictures from our 2017 Fellows' Finale Celebration this past Thursday at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Wells Fargo Auditorium.  93 K-12 teachers completed CTI seminars from 44 different CMS schools.  We are so proud of the Fellows' accomplishments and look forward to hearing about the inspiring stories of student growth this spring.  

Thank you!

November 20, 2017

Thank you for your contribution to our first-ever crowdfunding project.  We raised over $3,300 to support CTI Fellows' (CMS teachers) implementation of original curricula in the spring of 2018.  We expect that this support will impact 15 Fellows who teach nearly 2,000 CMS students in grades PreK through 12th grade.  We will be sure to share updates of the exciting and engaging experiences our Fellows and their students have in store in 2018.  Thanks again for supporting CTI Fellows and giving our children in Charlotte the chance they deserve to have quality teachers in their classrooms.  

UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Wins Award for Research on CTI Program

November 10, 2017

Geraldine Abinader, a senior mathematics major at UNC Charlotte, won first place for "Student Learning + Retention = Student Learning:  A Production Evaluation Case Study among CTI Fellows." 


Check out project abstract.  


Check out project poster presentation.  


Check out video (linked) with UNC Charlotte mathematician, two CTI Fellows and their student about how CTI seminars challenge them to become better educators and students.  

CTI Fellows and UNC Charlotte Graduate Students Rock 8th Grade Science at James Martin Middle School

November 01, 2017

Two CTI Fellows and 8th grade science teachers, Geneva Bell ("Doing Science:  Hands-on Learning in the Laboratory") and Phil Carver ("Chemical Interactions in the Body") invited UNC Charlotte Ph.D. students in Chemistry to co-present research at James Martin Middle School.  On October 10th, Ms. Bell and Mr. Carver hosted parents and students at Curriculum Night where they presented alongside graduate students and Dr. Tom Schmedake (Chemistry, UNC Charlotte).  The next day on October 11th, Nanoscale Science Ph.D. student Margaret Kocherga and Dr. Schmedake came back to James Martin to facilitate hands-on learning and interactive science demonstrations for hundreds of 8th grade students.  Dr. Schmedake also talked about STEM careers and pathways to study science in college.  

Images from CTI's Evening for Educators event on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Discovery Place Education Studio

October 24, 2017

Eduardo Haynes, professor at Johnson C. Smith University, talks with two CTI Steering Committee members -- Connie Wood, biology teacher at East Mecklenburg High School, and Matt Kelly, Spanish teacher at Independence High School -- about Mr. Kelly's CTI curriculum examining how to use artists' representations from different regions and periods as a way to teach both basic vocabulary and elevate students' understanding of Hispanic cultures.  


Tyler Grodensky, senior at Myers Park High School, described the findings from his forensic science research project on decomposition and life cycle development to Alan Rauch, professor of English at UNC Charlotte.  


Phil Carver, 8th grade science teachers at James Martin Middle School, is showing guests the process of sublimation by putting dry ice in a liquid solution.  Mr. Carver worked in a UNC Charlotte science lab this summer as part of CTI's Summer Research Experience for Teachers program.  

CTI Fellow in the Classroom

October 10, 2017

Watch video for an example of CTI Fellow and Science Teacher Julie Ruziska Tiddy implementing unit on energy sciences.  

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