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June 3rd, 2016 by Amneris Solano
RALEIGH, N.C., (June 3, 2016) – The Kenan Fellows Program for Leadership and Curriculum Development is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the Biogen Foundation. With this grant, Biogen Foundation will be the Lead Champion of the program’s Professional Advancement Institutes that focus on project-based learning, digital learning and leadership development for the 2016-2017 cohort of 41 new Kenan Fellows. The funds will also be used for the creation of the Biogen Foundation Teacher Leader Cluster in Greene County.
“The Biogen Foundation works to serve students – especially those who are underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields – and to provide teacher professional development programming for those frontline mentors who students see every day,” said Chris Barr, executive director of the Biogen Foundation. “It is crucial that we invest in STEM education to ensure we have the future innovators and entrepreneurs needed to tackle the challenging issues of tomorrow. Our students are our future and our teachers shape that future.”
The Teacher Leader Cluster will address the need to develop and empower high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educators, who, in turn, make learning more authentic and relevant for students. Four Greene County mathematics teachers have been selected to participate in the cluster. The teachers will collaborate with each other and district leaders to develop instructional resources that better align classroom content with workforce skills in order to strengthen the school system’s STEM pipeline. The teachers will also be working on vertically aligning the district’s K-8 math curricula.
“One Kenan Fellow in a district is a catalyst for change, imagine what will be accomplished with a cluster of Fellows from the same district partnering together as a Leadership Team in STEM,” said Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program. “We have the opportunity to see the impact of the Kenan Fellows Program grow exponentially because of the Biogen Foundation’s continued support of teachers and students. They are true champions of STEM education.”
The K-12 STEM educators selected for this initiative are:
The mission of the Biogen Foundation is to provide access to science education and essential human services to children and their families in the communities in which Biogen operates. The Foundation is committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting effective science education initiatives, and strengthening efforts to make science education and science careers accessible to diverse populations. Biogen Foundation works to inspire the next generation of science leaders who will make our world better. Additional information about the Biogen Foundation can be found at www.biogen.com/foundation.