FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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Forty-two public school teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as 2015-16 Kenan Fellows. Their names were announced during a special event celebrating educators at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in Raleigh where there are three Kenan Fellows. Gov. Pat McCrory proclaimed this week (May 4-8, 2015) as Teacher Appreciation Week in North Carolina. He presented the proclamation to Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program on Tuesday, May 5, Teacher Appreciation Day.
“We need to build upon the model the Kenan Fellows Program provides in order to engage many more teachers in opportunities that strengthen their impact.” Governor Pat McCrory said. “We have thousands of excellent teachers leading classrooms across North Carolina today, and by supporting and rewarding our educators, we can entice the best and brightest North Carolina has to offer to enter the great and noble profession of teaching.”
Beginning in June, the new Kenan Fellows will spend five weeks of their summer learning and gaining experience from local experts in nanotechnology, financial education, renewable energy, genetics research, energy, and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
“Because of our collaborative partnerships, with K-12 teachers, STEM professionals, philanthropic organizations, universities, museums, businesses, and industries all across the state, the Kenan Fellows Program is realizing its vision to drive innovations in STEM education and inspire future generations of great inventors, leaders, and thinkers,” Franklin said.
Established in 2000 as an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at N.C. State University, a core goal of the Kenan Fellows Program is to develop outstanding teacher leaders who serve as advocates for excellence in education. The year-long fellowship begins with the summer internship and culminates with the development and implementation of effective educational curricula and programs designed by Kenan Fellows. These resources and programs are shared with other educators and used in classrooms, school systems and communities across the state and beyond.
Educators selected for fellowships demonstrate proven leadership or leadership potential and are awarded a $6,000 stipend that includes travel expenses. Kenan Fellows also receive 80 hours of professional development divided into three professional advancement institutes that focus on leadership skills, community engagement, proven instructional strategies, and education policy. The Biogen Foundation is the premier sponsor of the institutes.
A multi-year Math/Science Partnership grant from the National Science Foundation is giving teachers in Alamance, Buncombe, Durham, Duplin, Pender, Pitt, and Wake counties the opportunity to work with scientists to co-create lessons that involve students in “citizen science.” The initiative, known as Students Discover, is in its second year and is led by Rob Dunn, associate professor of Biology at N.C. State. Twelve Fellows are also being supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Teachers Program. Those Fellows will learn from researchers working at N.C. State’s ASSIST Center, as they develop nanodevices and sensors.
Other program supporters are the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, GlaxoSmithKline, the Goodnight Educational Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Merck Foundation, Dr. Brian Strahl of UNC Chapel-Hill, Dr. Fred Gould of N.C. State University, the FREEDM Systems Center, N.C. A&T University, Ply Gem, UL LLC, Underwood Elementary School, SAMSI, NISS, Coastal Federal Credit Union, Bayer CropScience, Richmond Community Foundation, Cotton Incorporated, Duplin County Schools, Wells Fargo Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.
The Duke Energy Foundation is supporting two teachers who have yet to be selected. Their names will be announced at a later date bringing this year’s number of Kenan Fellows to 42 educators.
See below for a list of 2015-16 Kenan Fellows, their school districts, fellowship projects, mentors and supporters.