CMS and UNCC win national award for Charlotte Teachers Institute
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) were honored with the Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Impact Award for their partnership, along with Davidson College, on the Charlotte Teachers Institute. The award was announced Nov. 1 at the Council of the Great City Schools conference in Albuquerque, N.M. It is given by the Council of the Great City Colleges of Education, a CGCS affiliate group of deans working with urban school leaders. The award, named for the council’s director of special projects and staff liaison with colleges of education, recognizes an outstanding partnership between a university and an urban school district that has had a significant, positive impact on student learning.

The Charlotte Teachers Institute, the first such initiative in North Carolina, is modeled on the Yale National Initiative. It offers seminars and professional development to teachers who can learn new content, work collaboratively with other teachers and develop new curricula. More than 260 CMS teachers have participated in CTI seminars thus far, with 104 enrolled in eight multi-disciplinary seminars that are in session now. The institute, which is taught by CMS teachers, is housed at UNCC and supported by private philanthropy—including the Belk Foundation, which announced a $50,000 donation to CTI in September. The Schwartz award also includes a $2,000 scholarship for a CMS senior who will attend UNCC to pursue a career in education.

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