Partner Organizations

Teach For America

Teach For America recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in urban and rural communities throughout the United States. The goal of Teach For America is for its corps members to make both a short-term and long-term impact by leading their students to reach their full potential and becoming lifelong leaders for educational equity. Corps members do not have to be certified teachers, although certified teachers may apply.  Corps members receive alternative certification through coursework taken while completing the program. Corps members attend an intensive five-week summer training program to prepare for their commitment.  They then serve for two years and are usually placed in schools with other Teach For America corps members.  For more information, please click here

Project L.I.F.T.

Project Leadership & Investment For Transformation (L.I.F.T.) is a public/private partnership organized as a non-profit organization, operating as one of seven learning communities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  Their work directly impacts nine CMS schools.  They are working to transform the way students who traditionally perform poorly in school are educated by ensuring those students are equipped and ready to enter the 21st century and beyond.  Project L.I.F.T. provides them with a strong educational foundation that includes reading and math and culture using a unique approach to teaching and learning that includes bold, innovative strategies.  For more information, please click here

Participate International Education

Participate International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged Participate’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and teacher exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students can excel in core curriculum as well as develop valuable 21st century skills. Participate provides a pathway for teachers, schools and districts to become globally designated.  For more information, please click here

Educational Partners International (EPI)

EPI is an official US Department of State  J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program sponsor for cultural exchange teachers and is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  EPI teachers are experienced, successful, professionally credentialed educators who have taught for a minimum of three years and qualify for teacher licensure and employment. For more information, please click here

Leaders for Tomorrow

Leaders for Tomorrow is a program designed in partnership with Winthrop University to develop schoolhouse and district staff within CMS into future school leaders. Participants complete a 42-semester hour Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree through a combination of face-to-face and web-based instruction delivered by Winthrop faculty in collaboration with CMS leaders. 

School Executive Leadership Academy (SELA) - Queens University

This 14-month licensure program is a partnership between the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) of the McColl School of Business and the Cato School of Education. Successful SELA participants can earn up to 18 credit hours that may apply toward a Master in School Administration, a Master of Science in Organization Development or a Master of Business Administration degree. Alternatively, they may earn six credit hours toward a Master of Science in Executive Coaching.   For more information on SELA, click here.

The UNC Charlotte and CMS Aspiring High School Principals Program

The UNCC Aspring High School Principals Program is offered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The program offers three strands to prepare individuals at the following levels for the high school principalship: beginning CMS high school principals who already hold the NC school administration license and a master's degree; qualified teachers or those in non-administrative positions who already have a master's degree but need their school administration license; and teachers who need the full Master of School Administration degree. For more information on the UNCC Aspiring High School Principals Program, click here.

Wingate Educational Leadership Programs

Wingate University's Graduate School of Education offers multiple educational leadership programs, including a 37-semester hour Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership program, and a 22-semester hour Add-On Licensure Program for School Administration K-12. The programs focus on the seven NC Standards for School Executives and include standards-based projects and learning opportunities.  For more information on Wingate Educational Leadership programs, click here.