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Cato College of Education

At the Cato College of Education, we are committed to preparing teachers, counselors, and school leaders who will provide all youth with access to the highest quality education possible and to meet the needs of all students, regardless of their backgrounds. A quality education is a fundamental right of all people. 

Join our tireless efforts to move that right from an idea to a reality. 

Up for the Challenge? 

Support the Cato College of Education to take advantage of these challenges!

  • YOU DID IT! 49 educators have unlocked Penny's $250 prize. Let's do it again! 49 more Cato gifts before #NinerNationGives is up will unlock another $250 from Penny! Give now!

It takes a Nation to support Cato College of Education

Cato College of Education Fund

The Cato College of Education Fund provides resources necessary to support the mission and vision of college. This fund ensures Education students have access to a degree in education, that they learn from the best faculty, and that they have the hands-on experiences that truly prepares them for the classrooms, schools, and communities of today and the future.

Niner University Elementary

Niner University Elementary (NUE) is a public school created and led by education experts at UNC Charlotte. The school helps young students discover the joy of learning, and foster the growth of empathy and responsibility through knowledge. NUE is located in west Charlotte in the Reid Park neighborhood, and supports students from high needs, lower-performing schools. Help us provide quality instruction, facilities and student experience to our young learners.

Cato Teaching Discovery Mural

The Cato Teaching Discovery Mural is located at the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte in honor of teachers, counselors, and school leaders everywhere. Contributions of any amount help maintain and improve the mural and support the Cato College of Education's mission to prepare highly effective and ethical professionals whose work positively impacts the people and organizations they serve. The mural is designed to be a destination for classrooms and general public visitors, and provides an innovative, unique teaching tool for students of all ages.

Teaching Fellows Fund

The Charlotte Teaching Fellows Program recruits and supports future Special Education and STEM teachers to serve as top quality educators upon graduation. Your support for the Teaching Fellows Fund provides teacher education candidates with opportunities for diverse, cultural, travel, and experiential experiences beyond the college classroom and their clinical placements. Established through a generous gift, the fund helps grow the next generation of teachers.

Chancellor Gaber's Student Giving Challenge
THANK YOU, NINER STUDENT BODY! 900 gifts from Charlotte students have unlocked Chancellor Gaber's generous gift in support of areas of greatest need on our campus. It Takes a Nation to build a better Charlotte!
900 / 900 Gifts
'Beat Last Year' Leaderboard
The top three areas who have the largest percentage increase of from last year will receive bonus money! The academic school, college, department or program with the largest improvement will receive $3,000. The area with the second largest improvement will receive $2,000 and the third largest improvement will receive $1,000.
Rank Prize Department % +/- Goal
1 $3,000 Student Affairs +111.30% 991
goal: 469
2 $2,000 The Graduate School +91.89% 71
goal: 37
3 $1,000 Honors College +67.65% 57
goal: 34
4 Cato College of Education +30.72% 200
goal: 153
5 Alumni Engagement +21.18% 246
goal: 203
Provost Bertone's Faculty & Staff Challenge
THANK YOU to all Faculty and Staff that have made a #NinerNationGives gift, 500 of Charlotte's very own have unlocked Provost Bertone's $1,000 reward for the Faculty Development Fund!
500 / 500 Donors
Ambassador POWER HOUR Gift Challenge
Shout out to alumnus Zacch Estrada-Petersen '05 for being the #NNG ambassador to secure the most gifts during our power hour! You've unlocked Gene '73 and Vickie's '72, '81 bonus $1,000 for the fund of your choice. Thank you!
#NinerNationGives MAP Challenge
WE DID IT! It took a Nation and the #NinerNationGives map challenge has officially unlocked, securing the $500 reward from Jolly/Kennedy crew and Outsiders Co. Thank you Niners!
Cato College "Educator Alumni" Challenge
Thank you, Education alumni! 49 gifts have unlocked Penny's $250 reward!
49 / 49 Gifts
North Carolina Teaching Fellows Challenge
It Takes a Nation! 49 gifts in support of the NC Teaching Fellows have unlocked Dr. Misty Hathcock's reward of $1,049 for the fund. Thank you, Niners!
49 / 49 Gifts
Greek Chapter Leaderboard
Hey UNC Charlotte Greeks! Let's see which Greek Organization can get the most donations during the 49 hours of #NinerNationGives!
Greek Organization
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Kappa Delta 118
2 Alpha Chi Omega 95
3 Phi Delta Theta 75
4 Kappa Alpha Theta 74
5 Delta Sigma Phi 64
6 Kappa Alpha Order 40
7 Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority 24
8 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 21
9 Pi Kappa Phi 18
10 Kappa Alpha Psi 18
11 Lambda Chi Alpha 14
12 Alpha Epsilon Pi 14
13 Chi Omega 11
14 Alpha Delta Pi 9
15 Chi Phi 8
Congratulations! The area with the most unique gifts in the last 49 minutes of #NinerNationGives was the Atkins Library, unlocking Gene '73 and Vickie '72, '81 Johnson's final $4,900 prize. Thank you all who supported!
2:1 Student Match Challenge
Hey Niner Students! Alumni couple Gene '73 and Vickie '71, '82 Johnson are challenging the Nation to DOUBLE their impact by matching all student gifts 2:1 during #NinerNationGives! That means for every $10 gift from a student, Gene will give $20!
$6,447 MATCHED
Instagram: "Tap In" to the Challenge
Thank you for "tapping in" to the challenge on Instagram and sharing your Niner Pride! Amy Jolly Kennedy's '10 $490 bonus has been unlocked thanks to the many Niners that spread the word about #NinerNationGives through their favorite Charlotte memories.
Ambassador POWER HOUR Dollar Challenge
Shout out to alumnus John Iafrate, A.K.A. "Frate," '02 for being the #NNG ambassador to secure the most dollars during the power hour! You've unlocked Gene '73 and Vickie's '72, '81 $1,000 bonus gift to the fund of your choice. Thank you!
Dean Butler's NUE Challenge
Thank you for supporting Niner University Elementary, Niners! 49 gifts for Charlotte's own elementary school at Amay James have unlocked Dean Butler's generous $1,049 reward.
49 / 49 Gifts
DAY 2: Cato College of Education Challenge
You did it, Cato College of Education! 50 gifts on day 2 of #NinerNationGives have unlocked the Kendall family's $500 reward for the school. Thank you!
50 / 50 Gifts
Battle of the Units!
Support the UNC Charlotte unit you love the most to move them up the leader board. A gift of any size will increase their ranking!
Rank Department Gifts
1 Charlotte 49ers Athletics 1,117
2 Student Affairs 991
3 William States Lee College of Engineering 526
4 Belk College of Business 245
5 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 240
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