Summer Institute and Externships

Fellows from the Class of 2011 attended a week-long session at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, located in Cullowhee. The Fellows worked on curriculum projects and discussed interesting topics such as ethics in science. They also found some time to relax by going white-water rafting on the Nantahala River.

The first week of Summer Institute for the Class of 2012 was held in Raleigh. These dedicated teachers shared their externship experiences and engaged in professional learning that will positively impact their students’ achievement.

Ant portrait

One highlight of the Summer Institute was a visit to Dr. Rob Dunn’s research lab. Dr. Dunn’s research includes the study of the behavior of ants. Kenan Fellows learned first hand how to incorporate discovery and research into impactful lessons for students.

For the next five weeks, 2012 Fellows worked with their mentors in university and industry labs, gathering information about new research processes and procedures. These research activities will be adapted and incorporated into their projects, resulting in curriculum that will be shared by the Fellows in their schools, districts and across the nation.

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