Belk Foundation awards grant to teachers program

The Belk Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Charlotte Teachers Institute, which provides seminars and advanced training for Charlotte-Mecklenburg School teachers.

It marks the fifth straight year that the Belk Foundation, the Charlotte-based philanthropic arm of the Belk department store chain, has provided funding for the Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI), a joint initiative of UNC Charlotte, Davidson College and CMS.

More than 300 CMS teachers have participated in CTI seminars, including 104 educators involved in eight ongoing programs that continue until December. The seminars meet weekly for a period of up to eight months.

The current programs meet at the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Discovery Place, Davidson College and UNCC.

“Retaining excellent educators in North Carolina is a top priority for the Belk Foundation,” said Katie Morris, board chair of the foundation. “We hear from teachers that being a part of a supportive professional community keeps them energized and moving forward.”