The following four projects are examples of the kinds of impactful innovations that ITI has helped make possible.
Gate City Writes
Gate City Writes (GCW) facilitates opportunities for teachers to write and teach writing alongside K-12 students in the form of professional development. In addition, GCW supports young writers as they draft and publish a text using digital media during a summer camp. Each year, the camp serves 80 young writers in grades 3-12. The goal of GCW is to connect research in writing education to classroom practice by engaging K-12 educators and students with university faculty in a collaborative writing community. GCW creates a structured space for teachers to learn and enact necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the teaching of writing within their school communities. Research done with the young writers and teachers enhances understandings about how to better foster successful writing practices in the 21st century.
The STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative
The STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (TLC) is a community of teachers, teacher candidates, university faculty, administrators, local business leaders, and community stakeholders that supports, celebrates, and sustains teachers’ efforts to include enriching, rigorous, equitable, and responsive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction in high-needs elementary schools in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad. Through an annual reception and summit, week-long STEM TLC Summer Institutes, and year-long virtual professional supports such as webinars and coaching, the STEM TLC supports teachers’ empowerment in making important instructional changes, taking instructional risks, and reconnecting with the vision that brought them to teaching. As of January 2017, Dr. Heidi Carlone, Dr. Jennifer Mangrum and a team of energized UNCG students have conducted Summer Institutes with approximately 60 classroom teachers in high-needs schools in Guilford County and reached an estimated 1,500 students who are typically underrepresented in STEM.
Approved Clinical Supervisor Online Training
UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development developed a 45-hour continuing education training to provide practicing counselors with all the required knowledge components needed to apply for the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential available from the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), a corporate affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors. This project was a collaborative venture among five faculty members in the Department, the Division of Continual Learning (who worked with the faculty to develop a state of the art online training), and SERVE Inc. (who administers the course, provides students with support, and oversees finances). The ACS has proven to be the most successful online training that SERVE Inc. has administered with over 500 individuals from around the U.S. and abroad completing the training to date.
See the Triumph
See the Triumph is a social media campaign with a goal of ending the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence. As of November 22, 2016, See the Triumph’s international social media audience included 3,140 Facebook members, 294 Twitter followers, and 964 Pinterest followers, and the See the Triumph web-site has had over 70,000 unique visitors in the past year. See the Triumph builds on research with hundreds of survivors and shares and connects with others through inspirational stories of surviving domestic violence, offering a positive, more triumphant vision of what it means to be a survivor of intimate partner violence. Dr. Christine Murray of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Dr. Allison Crowe of East Carolina University co-founded See the Triumph after conducting research studies with survivors of past abusive intimate relationships. Recently, the See the Triumph International Ambassadors Program launched to internationally extend the mission of (a) removing the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence and (b) supporting survivors of intimate partner violence.