Teaching in Charlotte
Our Students and Schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is the second largest school district in the state of North Carolina, with nearly 141,200 students, 9,000 teachers, and a total budget of over one billion dollars. As of October 2012, there are 159 schools in the district, including four alternative schools and five pre-kindergarten centers. CMS is also one of the largest employers in Mecklenburg County.
Student diversity in CMS reflects that of the county as a whole, with 42 percent African American students; 33 percent Caucasian students; 18 percent Latino students; 5 percent Asian students; and 3 percent American Indian/multiracial students.
Prepare all Students for Success
As CMS focuses on increasing graduation rates in Charlotte, outstanding new teachers are needed to increase achievement with high-need students and hard-to-staff subject areas. These reform efforts have begun to pay off in Charlotte: CMS won the Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2011. The Broad Prize is an annual award recognizing large, urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while narrowing achievement gaps between income and ethnic groups.
But the job is not yet done. Although it is shrinking, a gap in achievement still exists between poor and minority students and their higher income peers. CMS needs teachers like you who will hold their students to the highest of standards and work relentlessly to help them achieve. Make history for our students and become a teacher in Charlotte.
Working to Raise Achievement
TEACH Charlotte teachers will work in high-need schools throughout the county, where the need for highly qualified teachers is critical. The first year for any new teacher is challenging, and you should anticipate an intense effort, especially at the beginning of the year.
A full teaching day in CMS is about seven hours, from start to finish. An example of a typical schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, but teachers should anticipate additional hours of work during the week. Beyond the formal school day, teachers should expect to spend time out
of class preparing lessons, holding after-school meetings, grading student work, and communicating with
parents and guardians.
Additionally, teachers will be enrolled in TNTP Academy, a program designed around the research-based curriculum, Teaching for Results, as they pursue their North Carolina teaching license. TEACH Charlotte participants will be observed and supported by program staff throughout the year.
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