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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 retention of these effective educators. Teachers will share best practices, explore the art and science of teaching, and be encouraged to become educational advocates and community leaders.

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 300 Alumni Teachers who taught over 5000 students

Geographic areas served: K-12 Education

Programs: opportunities to learn, reflect and collaborate with fellow teachers in an enriching and rewarding environment. Teachers from Mecklenburg County schools will share best practices, explore the art and science of teaching, and be encouraged to become leaders who advocate for educational excellence.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TFI is an outstanding nonprofit organization that inspires talented teachers to extend their knowledge, keep abreast with the current research and best practices, develop their leadership skills, and connect with other amazing teachers in the community. What is amazing about TFI is that they truly treat teachers as professionals. This goes a long way with teachers!

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teachingfellowsinstitute Thank you so much for your feedback! We hope to see you at another TFI event soon!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This instute was one of the most positive activities I have experienced as a teacher. I felt genuinely welcomed and supported throughout the 4 days of the instute. I have learned a lot about how our brain learns and have met great teachers in the Charlotte area. If anyone has the oppurtunity to apply, they should do it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Teaching Fellows Institute provided a wonderfully stimulating opportunity to collaborate with other teachers committed to their profession. I left with things I will use immediately, with information that will inform the future, and with relationships that will be a resource for years to come.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

Thanks Topher! Looking forward to seeing you at September's Design Thinking for Educators!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a part of the TFI Class of 2017 has been a great experience. This week has pushed me to push myself personally and professionally to ensure that I'm bringing my best self to my students and that I'm bringing my best self to my career and colleagues. So humbled by the opportunity to learn from such dynamic speakers!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

So glad to hear this! Thank you for being a part of TFI's Class of 2017!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great organization! Very supportive of teachers. I learned a lot of information that I can use in the upcoming school year.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

Thanks so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Teaching Fellows Institute was a breath of fresh air! The time I spent reflecting on my practice, collaborating with like minded colleagues and learning from experts in the field of education was more than I could have imagined. I would love to come again am thankful for being chosen to participate.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

Wonderful to hear! Hope to see you at a TFI event soon!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has helped rejuvenate my spirit. At the Institute, I felt valued and learned a great deal about research based on the brain. Now I can put a name and explain why teaching methods that I have used work! As a result, I have more confidence and my students will benefit! As an educator, I have attended many trainings. So what sets TFI apart? TFI feels like a community in which I will continually be challenged to grow as well as be supported in a fun environment. I will have a partner for life in my journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Teaching Fellows Institute is wonderful. Through the presentations, group discussions, and collaboration with our speakers and educators from all across Charlotte, I am excited to bring the information I learned to my school to help others. The Teaching Fellows Institute helped me learn how to grow as a leader and how to get rid of unintended implications to get results. This organization helped me to help my students get over "road blocks" they set in their minds that cause self doubt. I will now be able to help my students learn more about their brains, the processes it takes and strategies to help them keep ideas long term to become life long learners.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with educators all across Charlotte. Through this experience I have developed a network of resources of my colleges for which I will forever be thankful for.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

So glad to hear you plan on using these strategies in the classroom this year!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a 2017 alum and I have been able to participate in a session led by a nationally known neuroscientist that has been recognized for her work in how neuroscience effects education! This was exciting and beyond useful in my career as a teacher and Dean of Students. I probably would have never been able to participate in such an event for free if I were not apart of the TFI. Also, the institute has made me feel valuable and proud to be apart of a profession that has not had much support lately. The institute has re-energized my love for education!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

Thank you! We are so glad to have you as a TFI Fellow!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This week was a perfect transition back to the school year. The speakers were engaging, the information is easily applicable to the classroom, and the participants were collaborative and excited. I look forward to applying this new knowledge into my classroom.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

TFI is happy to be a part of your new school year transition!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teaching Fellows Institute supports teachers' sense of themselves as professionals. Its top-notch professional develop programs encourage teachers to incorporate up-to-date research on how students learn best into classrooms across the city, and, in the process, gives educators a renewed sense of purpose and significance.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 08/22/2017

Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher, the work that Teaching Fellows Institute does is essential to supporting educators and the profession. The process to become a teaching fellow is rigorous and reflective, the opportunities afforded are focused and supportive and the network engages educators with each other and the community. TFI does amazing work that engages, supports and motivates teachers.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 11/17/2016

Thank you very much for your rating and comment! TFI is honored to have you as one of its Fellows!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my time as a Fellow with TFI several years ago, as I had time and the opportunity to sit with other teachers of all different levels and experiences to work on ideas and think about approaches to teaching in different ways. I have benefited from several events and speakers in the years since I was a Fellow that have enhanced my teaching and my outlook as a teacher.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 11/17/2016

We are so happy to hear that TFI's opportunities have been worthwhile for you! We hope you can attend another event soon!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Teaching Fellows Institute, of which I have been a part since the summer, is a wonderful, supportive organization for teachers which provides amazing professional development opportunities, lecture options and grants for classroom activities. Ms Caldwell's devotion to the organization, and Charlotte teachers, is tireless and highly commendable. I am thrilled to be a part of this organization!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 10/31/2016

Thank you very much for your review and thoughtful comments/feedback! TFI will continue to inspire outstanding educators such as yourself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who was selected as a 2016 fellow. I was very impressed with the program I attended in August 2016. Teaching Fellows Institute is unique in that it provides networking opportunities for teachers from public and private schools in my county. The professional development offerings are outstanding. This organization is a tremendous supporter of teachers.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 10/31/2016

Ted, Thank you so much for your rating and review! We hope to see you at a TFI Alumni event soon!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Teaching Fellows has embraced the needs of local teachers, and it uses all of its resources to enrich our learning and nurture the humans inside. Through a variety of speaking opportunities and professional development experiences, it has been clear that classroom teachers are a major priority.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 10/31/2016

Joann, Thank you for your review! We are so glad that TFI offerings have been valuable to you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended the summer 2014 Teaching Fellows Institute, and it was so restorative and encouraging! The Charlotte area is so lucky to have this nonprofit!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 10/31/2016

Thank you for your review and rating! We hope you can make it to our November and December 2016 events!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TFI provides high quality professional development and networking for teachers.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 10/31/2016

Thank you so very much for your rating and review! I hope you can make it to a TFI Alumni event soon!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience being a Teaching Fellow was nothing short of phenomenal. It was a great honor to be with so many teachers who had attained such a high level of excellence in their field. In addition, the networking opportunities afforded to me by The Teaching Fellows Institute have been a professional resource I have used continuously - by reaching out to fellow attendees for cutting edge curricular ideas or working collaboratively with them on projects.

As a Fellow I have been invited by the TFI to take workshops from worldwide experts in their field or private screenings of movies before they begin trending through the general teaching population. Being a Fellow has made me a better teacher because I’ve been given the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve on rising topics among educators and bring these best practices back to my peers and students for immediate implementation.

It has been a wonderful experience!

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teachingfellowsinstitute 10/31/2016

Kim, Thank you so much for taking time out to rate and review TFI! It is particularly gratifying to hear that you frequently refer back to the knowledge and skills gained from TFI events! See you at a TFI event soon, I hope!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I spent a wonderful week learning at the TFI in the summer of 2013. I have continued to learn and grow through alumni events. This is amazing partnership between public and private educators in Charlotte.

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teachingfellowsinstitute 10/31/2016

Ann, Thank you so very much for your rating and review! It is always a pleasure to see you at TFI events and I hope to see you again soon!