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Taylor Receives Governor's Volunteer Service Award

Bruce Taylor, an associate professor in the College of Education Department of Reading and Elementary Education, is among the 2016 recipients of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. This honor, created in 1979, recognizes individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

Taylor was nominated by the United Way of Central Carolinas for his work with the United Way’s Project 1,000 effort.

According to the United Way, Taylor has displayed an "overwhelming commitment to helping the youth of our community achieve their reading goals. He has personally mentored and tutored many students from basic reading skills to helping with specific areas of need. He also provides volunteer literacy training for community volunteers that are interested in tutoring students through Project 1,000. With the help of Dr. Taylor’s expertise, we have been able to train over 540 literacy tutor volunteers with at-risk students in our area since the beginning of the initiative in 20012. Dr. Taylor is leading the way by example and also providing the resources for others to get involved."

Charlotte Teachers Institute Welcomes 104 Fellows

The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) welcomed 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers as CTI Fellows in its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars for 2016.

"This year’s CTI Fellows represent a wide range of teachers in CMS, from new to veteran, pre-K to 12th grade and physics to digital art and language arts," said CTI Director Scott Gartlan. "We create important growth opportunities for CMS teacher-leaders looking to deepen their knowledge base and impact the lives of their students."

In each seminar, 13 CMS teachers (CTI Fellows) and a professor work closely on an in-depth study of a topic, with each teacher creating a new curriculum designed for his or her own students. CTI Fellows receive full access to both Davidson College and UNC Charlotte resources, as well as family memberships to Discovery Place. Upon completion, each fellow is awarded a $1,500 stipend and continuing education credits.