Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) has announced that four Davidson faculty will join faculty from UNC Charlotte to teach the latest session of its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers.
Raghuram Ramanujan, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, is leading a seminar entitled "Artificial Intelligence." Durwin Striplin, professor of chemistry, is leading "The Global Energy Challenge." Associate Professor of English Maria Fackler is leading "The Art of Fiction: Close Analysis, Style and the Novel." Associate Professor of Philosophy Meghan Griffith is leading "Human Agency." The sessions led by Striplin and Ramanujan are meeting at Discovery Place, while the other two are taking place on the Davidson campus.
Thirteen Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers will participate in each of the eight seminars. This session of CTI classes began with an orientation in April, and will continue to meet in their seminar groups through November.
Through the CTI seminars, CMS teachers learn new content, work collaboratively with other teachers, and develop new curricula for their students. Davidson and UNC Charlotte faculty members serve as leaders in the institute and choose seminar topics they deem most important and engaging for CMS teachers and their students. To date, more than 350 CMS teachers have participated in CTI seminars, teaching more than 70,000 students.
CTI was founded in 2009 based on an educational enrichment program developed by Yale University and New Haven public schools in 1978. Through the program, faculty members and CMS teachers at all grade levels come together for seven months of intensive study of a wide variety of subjects. Ann Clark '80, deputy superintendent in CMS, promoted the concept and helped establish it locally. Molly Shaw '02 was CTI's inaugural director.
CTI and its partners were recognized by the Council of Great City Schools with its 2013 Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award.