Primary Grant Focus

Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) aims to accelerate mastery of academic content and instructional approaches aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) among teachers in North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, and Colorado. As part of this effort, CTQ has strengthened the communication and outreach skills of a cadre of teacher leaders to facilitate professional learning opportunities for colleagues and to advocate in their communities for broader implementation of CCSS-aligned instruction and assessment.

Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success

CTQ’s grant focuses on teachers in North Carolina—specifically, building the capacity of a cohort of 20 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from middle and high schools in three North Carolina districts to lead the implementation of the CCSS in literacy and mathematics in their districts. CTQ trained this cohort to become teacher leaders and experts on CCSS-aligned, teacher-developed modules from the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Math Design Collaborative (MDC). Within their districts, teacher leaders share CCSS-aligned modules based on LDC and MDC templates, recruit teachers to professional learning activities, and provide colleagues with in-person learning opportunities for making the instructional shifts. CTQ compensates teachers, or “teacherpreneurs,” who divide their time teaching in the classroom and doing CTQ work, such as supporting the 20 NBCTs.

CTQ supports a virtual professional learning community, the CTQ Collaboratory, where 2,000 teachers in North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, and beyond engage in dialogue and teacher-designed learning opportunities led by two teacher experts to facilitate professional learning experiences for peer-to-peer learning via the Collaboratory. Teachers participate in virtual community activities, such as webinars, workshops, or online discussions.

As an integral part of this effort, CTQ readied and mobilized teachers as advocates for CCSS. Collaboratory teacher members are encouraged to become active advocates for CCSS and are supported with coaching and skills to write articles, blogs, Tweets, and op-eds, as well as to speak to business leaders, policymakers, and parents.

General Information

Center for Teaching Quality
605 West Main St., Suite 207, Carrboro, NC 27510
Contact Person: Jennifer Barnett, Teacher Leader in Residence
Phone: (919) 913-3000
Term of Grant: July 2013 – June 2015
Grantee Initiative: Expert Teacher Leadership for the Common Core
Region: North Carolina (current), Florida, Kentucky and Colorado (future)
Subject Area: Literacy and Mathematics
Education Levels: K-12