Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Charlotte Teachers Institute has received a $50,000 gift from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the institute’s work in strengthening teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

“We are thrilled to receive this confident and sustained support from such a well respected member of our community as the Wells Fargo Foundation,” said Scott Gartlan, CTI executive director. “Our work is focused on making connections between public school teachers and university professors to meet the needs of students in the classroom. This gift will allow us to continue this work.”

An innovative partnership among the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Davidson College and CMS, Charlotte Teachers Institute brings together faculty, staff and other resources to engage teachers in academic seminars. The Wells Fargo Foundation presented its gift to the UNC Charlotte Foundation on behalf of CTI.

“The Wells Fargo Foundation continues to be impressed with the professional development Charlotte Teachers Institute offers our local teachers,” said Jay Everette, community affairs manager at Wells Fargo. “Many participants say that this program helps them teach with more impact and passion. We also like the fact that curriculum created by these educators through their experience with Charlotte Teachers Institute is shared nationally with other educators via Yale University.”

Currently, 102 CMS teachers in grades K-12 are enrolled in eight, multidisciplinary seminars that continue until December.