Community Action Teams

Teachers prepare students for the workforce and help them become engaged citizens, and North Carolina needs highly effective educators to secure its future competitiveness. This is why IEI is announcing up to $17,500 for Community Action Teams that develop the best plans to train, retain, and support world-class teachers in our state's classrooms.

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Community action teams

Teachers prepare students for the workforce and help them become engaged citizens, and North Carolina needs highly effective educators to secure its future competitiveness. This is why IEI is announcing up to $17,500 for Community Action Teams that develop the best plans to train, retain, and support world-class teachers in their community’s classrooms.  

In February 2014, more than 1,300 people gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center and another 1,200 tuned in online to discuss how we can support world-class teachers in North Carolina. In the six weeks following the discussion, many participated in IEI’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC-Ed), World Class Teaching, to learn more and see what they could do in their communities about this issue. Now that this online course is over, it is time for North Carolina to act.

 Thanks to the Belk Foundation, the Institute for Emerging Issues launched a Community Action Plan Grant Competition, where winning team(s) had the opportunity to win up to $17,500 to implement their plan, a plan for how to train, retain, and support world-class teachers in their community.


APPLICANTS

Head over to the Emerging Issues Commons to see all of the great applicants and how they plan to train, retain, and support world-class teachers in their North Carolina community.

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The Challenge

How can we train, retain, and support world-class teachers in North Carolina’s local communities?

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A good teacher can be the difference 

between a child graduating from high school or dropping out, understanding content or memorizing information, and growing up to earn a decent salary o

r not. Good teachers shape students for life outside the classroom, making them well-rounded citizens with a capacity–and often a desire–for lifelong learning. Without highly effective educators, North Carolina’s students will be ill-prepared for meaningful, well-paying careers, and North Carolina runs the risk of operating without a globally competitive workforce.

The IEI Community Action Plan grant process was designed to stimulate community level action that supports the development of a world-class teaching workforce.