Some call it a reading movement. We call it an absolute necessity.
More than half of all 3rd graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are not reading at grade level and they come from every single school, neighborhood and income level in this county. If kids can’t read, they lose confidence, fail in school and struggle in life – all at a cost our community and their families can’t afford. One of our supporters and funders, The Belk Foundation, launched the community-wide initiative, Read Charlotte, in 2015 to address the issue.
Read Charlotte – a collaborative, community-wide movement--aims to double the percentage of 3rd grade students reading at grade level from 40% now to 80% in 2025 – by starting at birth, working together and investing only in programs that work.
Read Charlotte believes we have to do better and in a different way than has ever been done before – with everyone playing a role.
Our future depends on it. We agree.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force
Together, we can broaden access to economic opportunity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
The Opportunity Task Force is composed of a diverse group of twenty-one community volunteers who will convene for initial orientation in May 2015 and conclude their work in late 2016 with actionable recommendations. People in the community will participate in the work of creating opportunity recommendations throughout the timeline - sign up for the OTF mailing list to stay up to date on how to get involved!
This call to action follows a Harvard University and University of California-Berkeley study on upward mobility for children living in large metropolitan areas which revealed that the Charlotte area ranked 50th out of the 50 largest US cities (and 97th in the 100 largest US cities).
- South End
New York has SoHo, and Charlotte has NoDa (for North Davidson Street). This former mill-community-turned-arts-district screams bohemian chic. Just north of Center City, NoDa is home to a funky collection of galleries, performance venues and dining hot spots.
This 1920s revitalized streetcar suburb is one of Charlotte’s most ethnically and socially-diverse neighborhoods and the epitome of cool city living.
This newly-developed area near Uptown hums with shopping, dining and a stunning, brand-new Greenway.
Built as Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb, Dilworth is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bungalow-style homes and stately oak trees line residential streets, while a diverse mix of shops and restaurants compete for attention along East Boulevard, the main thoroughfare.
Dilworth’s neighbor, South End, is just a light rail stop away from Center City. It pairs an exciting mix of restaurants, antique shops and retail stores with a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll also find live music, monthly gallery crawl events and festivals like South End Soul (a five-day celebration of design, art and innovation).
In the 1960s, advocates for higher education believed this area’s rolling farm fields were the perfect place to build a university. Today, the University area bustles with attractions, shopping, dining spots and outdoor activities.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Middle School English
- Middle School Math
- Middle School Social Studies
- Middle School Science
- High School English
- High School Math
- High School Science
- High School Social Studies
Teach For America corps members are considered Lateral Entry teachers in the state of North Carolina, and will be issued a provisional license. All Lateral Entry teachers must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum 2.5 GPA and a passing score on the PRAXIS II test. Elementary teachers must have a passing score on the Pearson Test. Teach For America corps members will have two options for full teaching certification:
- A Teach For America three-year licensure program that requires committing to a third year of teaching, or
- Enrolling in a teacher education program at our university partner, UNC-Charlotte, and working towards full licensure
If they choose, corps members can obtain a master's degree during their two-year commitment in Charlotte. UNC-Charlotte offers a master's of art in teaching (M.A.T.) degree program exclusively for Teach For America corps members. Corps members can also choose to enroll in the graduate certification/licensure program, which is completed in one year. An initial application fee of approximately $60 (subject to change at the discretion of UNCC) is required. More information about these options will be provided to corps members upon acceptance.