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Teaching Fellows Institute Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: The purpose of the Teaching Fellows Institute is to recognize and honor the Charlotte area’s outstanding teachers and to provide opportunities that further develop their leadership and professional expertise in order to promote the engaged retention of these effective educators.

Results: Over 90% of TFI Fellows have remained in education and earned many local, state and national awards!

Target demographics: retain outstanding educators in education

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 Alumni Teachers who taught over 8000 students

Geographic areas served: K-12 Education

Programs: opportunities to learn, reflect and collaborate with fellow teachers in an enriching and rewarding environment.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Derren N Alissa B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI surpasses what a great nonprofit organization should look like. I became a part of TFI (Teaching Fellows Institute) in 2009. They've been a phenomenal resource for my career in education. This nonprofit has provided a variety of opportunities for educators, from professional development to social activities in the community. TFI has provided venues where I've been able to form meaningful bonds with many fellow educators across the city. When I became extremely I'll from Lupus, TFI spearheaded an effort to support and encourage me with cards and meals. They also assisted monetarily towards my hospital/medical bills. In addition to that huge support, they became involved with raising money for our local Lupus organization by forming a team to Walk for Lupus! TFI has consistently given this same kind of motivation and encouragement to so many educators over the years. They truly deserve to be recognized for their work!

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teachingfellowsinstitute Thank you so much! We are excited to have you as aTFI Fellow!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is really focused on growing and empowering teachers to bring their best selves to the classroom. I am so appreciative of TFI (especially during the challenging pandemic school year) and the four day symposium, at the beginning of the upcoming school, year has really helped me feel prepared as we enter school post pandemic. I could not do what I do as a teacher with them!

Katharina S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to be a fellow in the class of 2020/2021. It was a wonderful 4 day experience. It was absolutely lovely to be treated so kindly and to feel so appreciated. The content was very practical, relevant, and useful. The presenters were innovative, energetic, informative, and engaging. I learned so much from them. I am able to see the direct benefit both for use in my personal life and in my classroom/teaching. I would highly recommend this program to other educators. The biggest benefit to becoming a Teaching Fellow is making the connections with other educations from outside my school, my discipline, my school district, and my grade level. Collaborating with other teachers and building a sense of community with the other Fellows was awesome and eye-opening. I look forward to being involved in future events as an alumni.

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Rating: 5

Teaching Fellows Institute has organized some great sessions for teachers to attend via Zoom. I have enjoyed learning more about resilience and mindfulness and what that looks like for teachers in their personal lives as well as how to apply that within the classroom setting. It has been an eyeopening experience. I was able to immediately take what I learned and apply it into actual practice. I look forward to more sessions in the future. I really appreciate how Teaching Fellows Institute is keeping abreast with latest research and bringing knowledgeable speakers and researchers in those fields to us through the sessions.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/10/2020

Thank you for being a part of TFI!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly appreciate being nominated for such an excellent program! This is a great way to collaborate with fellow educators in the area beyond my school and subject area. I'm excited to take my experience with me into my own classroom and continue to collaborate with other Fellows.

Jill F.3

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Rating: 5

TFI provides excellent professional development training for local area teachers in Charlotte. Having the opportunity to work with outstanding educators outside of your own school from all different grade levels provides a unique and valuable experience. They go above and beyond to make educators feel supported and valued while honoring the desire to continuously learn and grow in our craft.

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Rating: 5

Excellent learning experience and great way to network with local professionals to expand on your development.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI is an amazing experience; it provides relevant professional development for teachers in the area. I came away with many great ideas I will implement in my classroom immediately.

Janet D.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent professional development sessions and opportunity for collaboration with fellow educators.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI continues to offer me amazing opportunities for professional development that help me grow as an educator and support the students and families that I work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My time with TFI was a well-spent week, full of encouragement, laughter, learning, and community. Not only were we challenged as teachers, each of us were valued as individuals. I feel much more prepared for the year ahead and being a teacher in the future. TFI is doing incredible things for the teaching community in Charlotte and it has been an honor to be a part of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed this time with these wonderful educators. There are so may take-aways from the week.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was an amazing experience. Very well organized events. As difficult as this year has been, this program continued to impress with speakers and opportunities to learn with other educators.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience is being accepted as a member of a group that is very supportive to teachers who feed us with information that helps us grow, build relationships, share information, being valued and appreciated for what we do as professonals. I am grateful to be a member of this community

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new member of TFI, I attended the symposium on August 2-5, 2021. We learned a lot of meaningful information that I can take and implement immediately in my classroom! It's definitely been an amazing experience and I am so glad to be a part of this group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been absolutely amazing experience. I have gained so much knowledge of techniques and strategies I need to incorporate in my class to have a more efficient and effective classroom. I have incorporated them in my class and have seen the difference in my students.

Kim Moreau D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love meeting with this group. We learn new ideas and support each other.
Thanks for all you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became a Teaching Fellow in 2005. This nonprofit has been on the cutting edge in providing Fellows with opportunities to learn current trends in education via professional development, to fellowship with other fellows in-person and remotely, and to receive technology or other resources to support how students learn. I am interested in becoming more active as a Teaching Fellow by serving as a board member so I can expand my level of influence.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TFI has helped me to grow personally and professionally in my teaching career. My leadership skills and student engagement have increased through the cutting-edge Professional Development that TFI offers. I have met new people and collaborated with them through my TFI Alumni journey. TFI has been an amazing outlet and opportunity for me. TFI inspires me to renew my love for education and youth on an ongoing basis.

Elena H.2

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Rating: 5

I joined TFI in 2018 and have been beyond pleased with my experiences thus far! TFI has allowed me to meet teachers across the Charlotte area, gain knowledge and ideas from other professionals, and take part in incredible professional development. TFI events are always well-organized, informative, and engaging. I am so grateful for the extra support I receive through this program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI is committed to the cause of celebrating and equipping teachers for the cause of students. I am forever grateful for my connection with this amazing organization.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/10/2020

Thank you! Professionals such as yourself make TFI better every day!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 20-year veteran teacher and the Teaching Fellows Institute has been the biggest way I stay up to date on educational practices and thought. I feel encouraged and inspired as I sit with other educators from Charlotte to exchange ideas, learn from the best, and share in our common passion of serving today's kids. i am a better teacher leader because of the Teaching Fellows Institute.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/10/2020

Thank you so much! We are honored to have you as aTFI Fellow!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TFI 2020 Parent Talk -Raising Resilient Kids (and Adults!) with Dr. Linda Hoopes was excellent with specific suggestions and strategies for encouraging resiliency.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/10/2020

Support from community members such as you and your family make the good work of TFI possible! Thank you!

1 Kevin P.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Teaching Fellows Institute is one of the most unique and excellent non-profits that supports quality teaching and learning in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. It offers things that no other teaching program does and is truly unique in its field.

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Rating: 5

Really love this non-profit. It treats educators in Charlotte the way they ought to be treated. There is no professional development available in the City quite like Teaching Fellows Institute! It really is very unique and a great organization here in the City!

1 LaShanda Wardlow F.

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Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for 15 delightful years and have enjoyed every unforgettable event I’ve attended. Teaching Fellows Institute continues to celebrate excellent teachers across the city by providing opportunities for academic, personal, emotional, and social growth. To say I love this group is an understatement!

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Rating: 5

Best professional organization that I have been a part of as an educator! It has opened doors and opportunities to extend my learning and professional network!

1 Gail M.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teaching Fellows Institute values teachers and their profession. The programming it provides seeks to increase the depth of teachers knowledge. This in turn leads to teachers being able to provide best practices for their students and also share these best practices with other colleagues. Being part of TFI means networking with other individuals who are dedicated to their craft and seek to increase their potential to impact students.

1 Linda H.14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the Teaching Fellows Institute and executive director Barbara Caldwell for nearly three years, delivering in-person and online workshops for several cohorts of outstanding teachers in Mecklenburg County schools. In addition to being a well-run organization, operating efficiently and professionally to deliver on their mission, TFI has built a strong set of resources that they freely share with their alumni and the larger community on their YouTube channel :http://bit.ly/TFIYouTubeChannel. Their model of spreading educational excellence by working with teachers to explore ideas and create connections is powerful and effective.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Regularly provides me with cutting edge information about how to make a difference in the lives of my students and in my own professional and personal practice. So thankful for this organization's heart and support for educators across the public and private school landscape of our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Barbara Caldwell, TFI's Director does an outstanding job providing Fellows with exposure to cutting edge research and resources. The sessions we attend - face-face or virtual are always beneficial to me as a person and as an educator. I was able to convince a co-worker to apply to the Teaching Fellows Institute last year. We will be able to work together to help grow the organization within our school.

Barbara seems to always stay one step ahead of my school district in terms of providing PD offerings that are relevant to current topics in education that are happening "right now".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Teaching Fellows Institute has helped me to become a better teacher in a short time. I listened to a speaker discuss resiliency, a very pertinent topic at this time, and it helped me to better prepare myself for the school year. With my colleagues we discussed how to cope with unwanted change and that has proved to be a beneficial conversation. I look forward to learning even more from this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I was excited to be chosen to be apart of the Teaching Fellows Institute. Although the time was short and only two days, I still felt worthy and heard throughout the days. To me that's what matters and the workshop allows for that to be felt.

1 Wendy S.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI, and specifically Barbara, have worked hard during this pandemic to support teachers and help us learn more about resiliency in this difficult time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an educational consultant for early childhood education. I combine research from brain-based learning with child development knowns, with a focus on the 0-5-year-olds. For three years I have attended the summer seminars provided by Teaching Fellows Institute. The speakers have combined important research with pragmatic applications for the classroom. The follow-up to requests for resources, following the seminars, has been timely and generous! I am so grateful for this important resource in our community and look forward to each year's event! Thank you for your care in the professional development of educators.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TFI is a wonderful organization that supports teachers by offering professional development opportunities and professional networking opportunities that support and strengthen r educators. I am so grateful to a part of this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Teaching Fellows Institute takes the time to honor teachers both in their profession, and as human beings.Yes, TFI engages and inspires fellows as professionals with symposia focused on the art and science of pedagogy. But the extra perks - like having programs and resources focused on mindfulness, stress reduction, healthy living and simply having a good time together with tickets to professional sports games - honors teachers as the people we are, first and foremost!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Teaching Fellows Institute is committed to the ongoing education of teachers; however, they are equally committed to making those teachers feel appreciated and valued. This is a phenomenal organization, and I am forever grateful to be a part of it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI provided me inspiration and allowed for introspection, all while making me feel valued and apply. I am so deeply grateful for this opportunity.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you Rachel! We appreciate your positive engagement with TFI!

Rochelle B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization consistently provides engaging learning experiences to support their fellows and the students they serve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a Teaching Fellow since the Institute began in 2005. Over the years, I have been able to participate in research-based learning opportunities that provided me with instructional and digital strategies that I implemented with a high rate of success in my classroom.

The PD offerings are always relevant and they support components of the Teacher Evaluation rubric and New Teacher support systems. Other benefits include access to online resources and the opportunity to receive software from training settings that makes the learning experience more valuable when I am able to continue practicing a concept for mastery. Through TFI, I am acquiring 21st century skills that will help me extend learning beyond the classroom for the scholars I teach.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Ms. Peterson, Thank you so much for being an outstanding TFI Fellow since 2005! We are thrilled to have you as a Fellow!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was chosen to attend a 4 day seminar with this institute, it was an amazing experience for me as a teacher. There were many insightful thoughts that were shared among the visiting teachers. This is by far one of best professional developments that I have ever been a part of while in the teaching field. The need for more teachers to visit is necessary because the field need this breathe of fresh air to help them stand strong for their schools in Charlotte.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you Shawn! We are so happy to have you as a member of the Class of 2019!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization, very enriching and educational! I feel so grateful to be a part of it.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being a valuable part of TFI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 35 years of teaching, I don’t know that I have ever had a better professional and personal development experience as I had this week with 30 new teaching friends in the TFI Class of 2019. In addition to participating in high level presentations, we were respected and fêted and fed like royalty. Bring on the new school year!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you Kiki for being a wonderful part of TFI!

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Rating: 5

This is a great organization! It gives exceptional teachers in the area to meet, network and collborate on ideas for their classrooms and students.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being a valuable part of TFI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Teaching Fellows Institute has done an amazing job in their quest to reward and empower teachers that are making a difference in the lives of their students. The speakers and presenters bring effective, interesting, thought-provoking and reflective professional development to encourage teachers to continue their journey and be confident in their skills. Teachers are much needed, and this program will help children have experiences with wonderful educators!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you Jillian! We are so happy to have you as a part of TFI!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Teacher Fellow Institute provided one of the most meaningful personal and professional development.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being a valuable part of TFI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI has truly transformed me as a person and an educator and I am so thankful for it!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Ms. Gustaitis, Thank you so much for the comment! We look forward to seeing you at a TFI event soon!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Many times teachers lack respect and are not treated as professionals. This institute made us feel greatly appreciated and reminded us how important self-care is.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Katie, Thank you so much for the comment! We are so happy to have you as a part of TFI!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience working with the Teaching Fellows Institute. As a teacher I felt supported, appreciated and gained a wealth of knowledge learning from and talking with fellow teachers.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Rachel! Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being an awesome part of TFI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been an awesome self reflection experience. I have enjoyed getting to know other teachers in the county and have found many resources to use at my school and in my classroom. Thank TFI for including me in your program. I am excited about a new year and using what I learned at the Institute and from fellow teachers in my classroom this year!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you Susan! We are thrilled to have you as a TFI Fellow!

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Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization that truly honors and supports teachers the way they deserve!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Anna! Thank you for being an active TFI Fellow!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI has been incredible for personal growth and developing skills for the classroom. What’s even better about TFI is the way I am treated like a professional in all aspects, which is not the norm in the world of education.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

So very happy to hear this! Thank you for Posting and being a part of TFI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Teaching Fellows Institute was such a wonderful experience! I am leaving this week's experience motivated, inspired, honor, and excited! I cannot wait to continue to interact with the community I have built this week with my fellow educators. I have been given a priceless gem that I will be forever thankful for.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being a valuable part of TFI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The experience provided by TFI will be something I am definitely going to be taking back to my classroom. I feel energized and motivated by both the content and by the connections I have made with K-12 teachers in both public and private schools in Mecklenburg County. I feel lucky to have been chosen to participate!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you Tracy for being a great part of TFI!

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Rating: 5

TFI has been such an incredible experience! This year has not only helped me to become more reflective about my profession, but as an individual. This has been an incredibly invaluable experience.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you for the great feedback! We greatly appreciate it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher who is benefitting from the collaboration and insight gleaned at TFI.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being a valuable part of TFI!

1 John F.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program transcends professional development! It is by far the best experience I have ever had getting together with a group of life long learners to discuss our passions and purpose in what we do!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

John, Thank you so much for your comment! We look forward to seeing you at a TFI event soon!

1 James E ONeal J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This experience is like none other! When you first walk unto the premises you are greeted with smiles and a spirit that says that this is about to be one of the most beneficial four days of your life. It has honestly been just that. From the inner searching to the outer display of affection through food, massage, and even car detailing. This experience is informative and it's also a way for us to connect with other people within our discipline who we would have never met. I love the idea of bringing public and private schools together. I so appreciate all those who donate to this experience because it truly is life-changing!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

James, than you so much for the feedback! We are so happy to have you as a TFI Fellow!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that supports professionalism in teaching by encouraging and supporting the teachers that make a difference.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Ms. Lucero! Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being an awesome part of TFI!

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Rating: 5

Excellent Professional Development that includes networking, best practices and a plethora of new ideas.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being invited to facilitate workshops for the Teaching Fellows Institute twice in recent years and have been impressed by the organization's dedication to providing high-quality professional learning opportunities for its members. The Executive Director, Barbara Caldwell is passionate about ensuring that learning opportunities provide actionable strategies and resources that are evidence-based, relevant to participants needs, and responsive to feedback from participants in real-time throughout the workshop. As someone who cares deeply about addressing equity issues in education, I have also appreciated the fearlessness of the organization and the participating teachers in facing into the discomfort of exploring and addressing these challenging topics.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Thank you for the comment! Our Fellows are engaged and oinspired by your content and presentations!

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Rating: 5

Great support and professional development for teachers!

1 Kristen Bersticker F.

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Rating: 5

This was an amazing week of collaboration and reflection. It was wonderful to be able to share ideas with passionate professionals from different grade levels and schools. There was valuable time for reflecting on and exploring our roles as leaders in our buildings. I appreciated the research and information about learning mindsets to push our classroom practice. Thank you very much for this fantastic opportunity!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 09/27/2019

Kristen, Thank you so much for the comment! We greatly appreciate you being a wonderful part of TFI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Teaching Fellows Institute was a very inspiring and refreshing week! It renewed my passion and love for teaching!

1 Dawn Hall D.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This was an extremely enlightening experience. Being able to collaborate with other educators, from both the private and public sectors, proved so beneficial. We shared ideas and created Growth Mindset lessons to start and use throughout the year.

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Rating: 5

This is one of the BEST professional development opportunities available for teachers in the Charlotte area! So much learning and collaborating!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Professional Development that I have received through the Teaching Fellowship Institute has been PHENOMENAL! The topics have been relevant. The opportunities to collaborate with other seasoned teachers have been inspiring and thought provoking. The TFI staff, speakers, and White Manor staff went the extra mile to show how much they valued us as professionals. The speakers intentionally planned engaging presentations designed to propel us to the next level. This has been the BEST Professional Development that I have ever received in my 19 years in the field of education!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful that the Teaching Fellows Institute exists. I was so encouraged this week as an educator. I love that I was able to connect with teachers from all across the city in both the public and private sector. Not only was I empowered as an educator through great training sessions but I have established friendships that will last way beyond this week.