Community Partners

International House

International House was established in 1981. Our mission is to promote international understanding and help immigrants integrate fully into our community. International House's Education Department coordinates Rising Readers, a 6-week summer program that serves between 300-400 young English Language Learners (ELLs) at high-need schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) district. The Education Scholar will work closely with International House's Director of Education to oversee program preparation and day-to-day operations of the program. This person and their assistants will manage and implement the Rising Reader's program. 

Scholar: Sijie (Bess) Li '19; Supervisor: Stephanie Galeotti, Ed.D., director of education

McClintock Partners in Education

Our summer programs are designed to eliminate summer learning loss. We provide camp opportunities for over 350 students. We operate two 2-week science camps for 200 students which supports the school's STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art & Math) focus. Rising sixth grade students participate in Sixth Grade Science Sleuths using Camp Invention and Discovery Education modules. Rising seventh and eighth grade students participate in the Summer Science Experience rotating 3 of 5 modules: Wet n' Wild (outdoors, nature, & ecology), Shark Tank (product idea, design, production, marketing), McClintock Makerspace, X-Plane Fly to Learn, and Ten80 - The Science of Auto Racing. Each Friday is filled with off-site field trips to explore related careers and further education.

The Education Scholar will work with McClintock's Professional Development and Literacy Coordinators to prepare curricula and supplies for teachers leading each session of camp, shadow during session 1 and assist in delivery of a selected module in session 2, help coordinate details of field trips with partners, gather data on attendance pre and post testing, and visual documentation for evaluations, and help plan and implement Parent Celebration Sessions near the end of each session of camp. 

Scholar: Morgan Oesterich '21; Supervisor: Amy Daniels; director of outreach at Christ Lutheran Church

Read Charlotte

Read Charlotte is a community initiative that invites families, educators and community partners to improve children's literacy from birth to third grade with a goal of doubling reading proficiency from 39% to 80%. Reading proficiency at third grade is a critical predictor of school, career and life success. Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

We act as a community broker to incubate evidence-based practices, apply implementations science and identify systems owners for long-term implementation. We coordinate, integrate, and align people, resources, and data to improve children's literacy, striving to help the entire system excel at teaching children to read and scaling what works across the county. The scholar will have the opportunity to own a project for the duration of the summer fellowship. 

Scholar: Kenzie Bell '20; Supervisor: Gina Esquivel; community impact manager

A Child's Place

A Child's Place works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, we began implementation of our new strategic plan, ACP 2.0: Transformation & Sustainability. This plan is moving A Child's Place in a new direction. A direction that is largely focused on strengthening program impact and standardization, as well as serving more children in Charlotte. The groundbreaking aspect of this new plan will allow us to expand our services beyond the school day and the school building. While we will continue to provide school-based services, they will be complimented by additional community-based services as well. While this is new and exciting, we are creating processes and building infrastructure that will support this plan. The Education Scholar will work alongside programming leadership to create and align performance evaluations to our agency's outcomes, establish standard operating procedures and develop training protocols for our new case management model and data system. The fellow will interact with other non-profit leaders in the community, participate in data systems demonstrations and attend all staff meetings. 

Scholar: Will Stifel '20; Supervisor: Erin Morris; program manager

Project L.I.F.T.

Project L.I.F.T. stands for Project Leadership & Investment For Transformation. Our goal is to change the way traditionally under-served students are educated, supported and empowered to realize their full potential.

Since 2011, we have operated as a unique public-private partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and Charlotte's philanthropic community. Project L.I.F.T. operates as one of nine learning communities within CMS, impacting West Charlotte High School and eight elementary and middle schools in its feeder pattern. The Education Scholar will be a key player in community outreach this summer as Project L.I.F.T. transforms its space to be more accessible to public and nonprofit partners.

Scholar: Ethan Landen '21; Supervisor: Jarrod Jones, community coordinator

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool prepares Spanish-speaking children for success in school and life by providing superior dual-language early childhood education. The preschool supports students' families with parenting, life skills and English-language classes, enabling them to sustain and nurture their children's educational and emotional development. The Education Scholar will be particularly immersed in the implementation and evaluation of a recently approved new classroom called the Dual Language Innovation Classroom where 3-year-old English-speaking children and their families learn alongside ours. 

Scholar: Tanya Nair '19; Supervisor: Alyssa Sharpe, senior program director