Hopefully, everyone made it home safely following our three-day professional learning session in Raleigh. You were fed a great deal of information and we hope you all found it informative and useful.
We won’t meet again as a group until October. But we won’t be strangers! We will stay connected via our blogs, the monthly newsletters and Craig and Lisa (as always) will be working with you individually.
As I mentioned in my rapid-fire presentation, please feel free to contact me for your communications needs. I am here to support you in that capacity.
To get us started, I have made a short video presentation with five ideas for sharing your success stories. There is nothing revolutionary here. The purpose is to get you all thinking about the significance of sharing your hard work.
If you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (919) 518-5118.
To watch the video, follow this link.
On Wednesday morning, Lisa has allotted me 10 minutes to discuss how we share your success stories and how you all can serve as your own cheerleaders in your communities. The work you do with the Kenan Fellows Program is extraordinary and you deserve recognition.
I greatly appreciate those of you who have been filling out the Impact Sheet and emailing me with news of grant awards, legislative recognition and other accolades. I try to celebrate you with updates on our social media sites and in some cases stories on our website.
Coming soon will be a series of stories from the externship site visits that I have been able to attend with Craig and Lisa. I wish I could visit all of you because you all have so many great stories to tell.
The few stories that will make it on our website are by no means all inclusive. So please keep the great news coming!
This week, I tagged along with Craig Tucker (thank you, Craig) on several site visits that took us from Chapel Hill to Duplin County. We talked to Fellows and their Mentors about their progress in the program and Craig picked their brains about curriculum ideas.
Without a doubt this has been a highlight of my time with the Kenan Fellows Program. Getting to meet many of you in person and seeing first-hand how this program is exposing you to new experiences and sparking your imagination affirms our mission.
A common thread we have witnessed is that some of you have self doubts. You might ask yourself: “Am I doing what I am supposed to?” or “Am I am doing this right?”
That is the beauty of this program. By taking you out of your comfort zone, we are asking you to trust your instincts.
If you are growing, learning, asking questions, opening yourself to new experiences, new ways of thinking and thinking of ways to facilitate a better learning environment for your students, the answer is yes! You are doing it right.
As many of you know, Kenan Fellows Program staff members are hitting the road this summer visiting as many of our Fellows and mentors at externship sites as possible.
Our main goal is to support you in this unique endeavor. But it is also a chance for us get pictures and collect information for stories for our website to help us promote your achievements and the benefits we hope you are obtaining from participating in this program.
Before anything goes on our website, I will send you the pictures and stories for you to proof. It is important that we represent you and the Kenan Fellows Program in the best light. So please submit any edits or corrections to the stories.
Until now, our summer research projects have been an aspect of our program that we have not shown much of to the public. It is a shame because connecting teachers with the real world is at the heart of what we do.
It is an aspect that sets the Kenan Fellows Program apart from the rest. And one that should be celebrated and highlighted as much as possible.
We appreciate your support during this time and welcome any suggestions.
I hope to see many of you on our travels!