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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

It is because of TFI that I am still in education and now leading a turn around school. I became a fellow 11 years ago, right at the time I had decided it would be my last year in education. The experience changed my path, and now I am leading adults and children. TFI is doing great things for our unsung Heroes, our educators.

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teachingfellowsinstitute Thank you so much for your review! It is great to know that TFI has been valuable to you over the course of 11 years! See you at an event soon, we hope!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great support and professional development for teachers!

Kristen Bersticker F.

Client Served

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great experience with fellow teachers from multiple types of schools in various areas of Charlotte. Many times the PD was information I had heard before, although this wasn't the case for all. The experience would have been better if we had all the same experience or could have been separated by knowledge to avoid hearing information we already knew.

Amanda Joy T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am an orchestra director in Charlotte and was nominated by another music teacher at my school. I was so happy to meet new teachers from the Charlotte area; from charter, independent and public schools. The bonds and the information that was shared during the 4 days was really great and eye-opening. Opening my mind to growth mindset was really great and the ideas learned will help in my classroom in future years. I am so glad that I had this opportunity and am looking forward to relaying the information to my teacher colleagues at both of my schools this year!

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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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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 08/24/2017

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

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!