2017-18 Fellowships

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership offers a wide variety of immersive summer work experiences for educators. The Program is funded by the generous support of its many corporate education and foundation partners. In most cases, sponsorship determines the school districts in which fellowships are offered.

Some Fellowships are only offered to educators who teach certain grade levels and subject areas. Please read the project descriptions below to determine your eligibility. You must complete and submit an online application to be selected for a fellowship.

Is US Air Pollution Getting Better or Worse?

Work with experts at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) to analyze long-term trends in air pollutants. You will have an opportunity to explore the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) datasets spanning more than fifteen years of data on specific air pollutants. Take this new knowledge and guide students as they use scatterplots, linear regression and a variety of other statistical analysis to ask and answer critical questions, which allow us to understand the air that surrounds us.

Districts: Durham, Chatham, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake
Grades: 6-12
Content: Math, Science
Location: Durham

Develop the State of Ag

Do you have a strong interest in agriculture? This project will select two individuals from the districts mentioned below to work alongside mentors in the county Farm Bureau office and potentially with local agriculture businesses. Additionally, you’ll have an opportunity to observe and participate in cutting-edge research as part of a week-long exploration of an NC State University poultry science lab and Bayer facilities in Research Triangle Park. Housing and travel expenses will be provided for this week-long experience. Through this experience, you’ll discover how and why farmers and researchers utilize technology to meet the agricultural needs of growing populations locally and globally. In the second year of your experience, you will work with Farm Bureau’s state organization to develop resources and strategies that will contribute to a statewide State of Ag program that will seek to increase an awareness of agricultural practices, research and career pathways in students, parents and the community at-large.

Districts: Carteret, Alamance-Burlington, Surry
Grades: 9-12
Content: All
Requirements: 2-year commitment

Wearable Devices & Big Data

THE PROJECT IS CONTINGENT ON GRANT FUNDING. THE ANTICIPATED DATE OF NOTIFICATION IS JANUARY 2017.

You will intern as part of a team at NC State’s ASSIST Center. Under the guidance of Dr. Elena Veety and Dr. Edgar Lobaton, you will use the engineering design process to develop and test wearable devices for health and environmental monitoring applications. This will include learning about sensors, energy harvesters, circuits, and programming as well as understanding the processes of recording and analyzing big data. Additionally, you will partner with IBM to learn concepts which will help you learn what you can do with all the data collected from these devices. IBM will host sessions/provide access to resources which will familiarize you with topics such as design thinking, agile development, cloud computing, Hadoop (big data), predictive analytics, cognitive computing/Watson and more.

Districts: Chapel-Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake
Grades: 6-12
Content: Science, Technology, Engineering
Location: NC State Centennial Campus

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Fueling the Future of Renewable Energy

THE PROJECT IS CONTINGENT ON GRANT FUNDING. THE ANTICIPATED DATE OF NOTIFICATION IS JANUARY 2017.

As a Kenan Fellow at the Future Renewable Electric Energy and Delivery Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at NC State, you will earn about the inner workings of the electric grid, cutting edge technologies that make the electric grid smart, renewable energy technologies including electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar power under the guidance of Dr. Pam Carpenter and Dr. Ewan Pritchard. As part of this program, you will study the implications for industry, society, and individuals of a grid that incorporates new technologies and renewable energy and how this aligns with Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core, and state standards. You will also work with IBM looking at how to analyze the massive amounts of data that come from these technologies (solar, wind, passive solar design, etc.) IBM will host sessions/provide access to resources which will familiarize you with topics such as design thinking, agile development, cloud computing, Hadoop (big data), predictive analytics, cognitive computing/Watson and more.

Districts: Chapel-Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake
Grades: 6-12
Content: Science, Technology, Engineering
Location: NC State Centennial Campus

Students work with Arduino components in a speical class at the Hunt Library. Photo by Marc Hall

Building Community Through Cyber and Fiber

Learn about the cutting-edge role Google Fiber plays in the digital infrastructure locally and statewide, and gain a working understanding of career paths in next generation telecommunications. You will be encouraged to participate in Create Your World events and to share information about learning to code opportunities with other educators. You will also become familiar with programs like Google for Education; incorporating skills and tools into the classroom and incorporating them into the community engagement event you develop during your fellowship. Armed with your new knowledge, you will be prepared to share the exciting work of Google and Google Fiber with both students, other educators and the local community.

Districts: Chapel Hill/Carrboro Public Schools, Durham Public Schools, Wake
Grades: K-12
Content: All areas
Location: Durham

2013-10-02-Lawrence3Partnering to Enable Innovative STEM Teaching

THE PROJECT IS CONTINGENT ON GRANT FUNDING. THE ANTICIPATED DATE OF NOTIFICATION IS MARCH 2017.

You will participate in a three-week internship in a local business learning about the selected industry sector and making connections to your daily instruction. You may find yourself immersed in one of the following internship opportunities: coding for kids; climate science research; engineering; or biotech manufacturing. Throughout your fellowship, you will integrate your internship experience into engaging curriculum tailored to your interests and classroom needs. More broadly, you will make students aware of the importance of collaboration, communication and critical-thinking. In doing so, you’ll be exposing students to the STEM skills necessary to work in a thriving industry and a 21st century team-based work environment. The insight you gain throughout the fellowship will position you as a resource and leader to your students and other educators locally and statewide. Projects include the following:

Formulating a Love of STEM Education
Partner with the Chemical Research team at LORD Corporation responsible for the development of novel technologies that directly impact new and existing products/platforms. The experience will allow the Fellow to engage in hands-on research alongside a mentor with a focus on increasing exposure to educational and career possibilities in the STEM field. In addition to direct contributions to active LORD R&D projects, a successful candidate will be able to translate his/her experience with the team to the classroom with problem-based learning and the engineering design process to create engaging hands-on student projects. LORD’s R&D projects could include learning about conductive polymeric materials and/or the chemical and physical mechanisms of adhesion.

Games, Supercomputing & Learning

We are at a moment in history where technology, globalization, and our economy is changing so fast. Those changes offer us enormous opportunities but are disruptive and unsettling. Big data, analytics, technology allow us to tackle big problems in new ways. As we think about how we best prepare our students for the new workplace, we must consider methods in which we can engage students, enable teachers and harness a new culture of empowerment within schools. Partner with Phaedra Boinodiris, the Global Lead for Games/Gamification at IBM and a Cognitive Designer to learn how you can harness Play, Cognitive Computing, and INTRApreneurship to Out-Think Old School and change the classroom culture.

Districts: Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Orange, Wake
Grades: K-12
Content: All areas

america-219896_640Western North Carolina STEM Master Teaching Fellows Project

THE PROJECT IS CONTINGENT ON GRANT FUNDING. THE ANTICIPATED DATE OF NOTIFICATION IS MARCH 2017.

This collaborative, multi-year project is led by the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership in partnership with Western Carolina University, and the Western Region Education Services Alliance. STEM Master Teaching Fellows will take on a leadership role within the school or district to help raise student interest in STEM and awareness of STEM careers and career pathways; enhance the education of pre-service STEM teachers; and advance understanding of the professional growth trajectories of STEM Teacher Leaders. The STEM Master Teaching Fellows must have a master’s degree and commit to continue serving as a teacher in their school for five years. The Fellows will be selected on the basis of professional and academic achievement, STEM content knowledge and demonstrated success in improving student achievement in STEM subjects.

Districts: Asheville City, Buncombe, Cherokee, Cherokee Central, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania
Grades: K-12
Requirements: 5-year commitment; Must have a master’s degree

res-electricity-003Four County Electric: Providing Energy Through Synergy

Get energized by working alongside mentors and industry experts at Four County Electric Membership Corporation. Explore the history of the electric cooperative model and learn how Four County Electric is working toward a more comprehensive energy plan. You will have an opportunity to explore the various co-op business operations and work alongside those who build and support the infrastructure. Use your experience to create electrifying lessons that will help students not only understand where electricity comes from and how it is produced, but also increase their awareness of the various career pathways in the energy field.

Districts: Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson
Grades: K-12
Content: Science, Math, STEM, CTE
Location: Four County Electric Service Area

Cells and More Cells

laboratory-829371_640Partner with Dr. Amy Maddox and her team of researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill to gain a deeper understanding of cell division. Learn about high-resolution microscopy and various analysis techniques as you observe cell division in a laboratory model animal (the tiny nematode C. elegans) and measure aspects of the process including size, speed, packing and the shape and texture of cellular features. Use this experience to inform your instruction as you make the everyday, critical and rarely thought about process of cell division relevant, understandable and accessible for students

Districts: Alamance, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Wake
Grades: K-12
Content: Math, Science, Statistics, Computer Technology, STEM
Location: UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill

Let’s Talk About Fish

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Roger Winstead/NCSU

Interning with NC State’s Dr. Reade Roberts and his team, you will learn about genetics, model systems and research collaboration. You will work with cichlids to determine the unique genetics behind sex determination and evolution in these species. Armed with new knowledge and access to experts in the field, you will develop education modules that integrate your experience with this innovative and exciting research while maintaining alignment with content standards.

Districts: Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake
Grades: 6-12
Content: Biology, Science
Location: NC State University, Raleigh

stem-cell-163711_640The How and Why of Stem Cell Research

Join Drs. Balaji Rao and Stefano Menegatti’s and their research teams as they strive to understand and control molecular decisions of stem cells. In addition to learning about the research, you will explore this field of science from a historical, legal and public media perspective. Throughout the school year and as a co-facilitator of a local summer camp, you will use this experience to expose students to a balanced perspective of all aspect of relevant STEM research.

Districts: Durham, Chatham, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake
Grades: 6-12
Content: All
Location: NC State University, Raleigh

Sorghum in a Wake County field.

NCSU Photo

A Growing Field

Do you have a strong interest in agriculture? Working alongside mentors at the Wilson County Farm Bureau and local agriculture businesses, you’ll discover how and why today’s farmer utilizes technology to meet the agricultural needs of growing populations locally and globally. You will then translate your experience into an engaging and dynamic curriculum that aims to provide students with a variety of career options and an authentic understanding of the evolving agriculture industry in the local area as well as the state.

Districts: Wilson County Schools
Grades: 6-12
Content: All
Location: Wilson County

PlyGemSpurring Innovation in Product Creation

Partner with industry experts at Ply Gem to build your understanding of the innovative ways high-tech manufacturers are developing more energy-efficient and low-maintenance homes. Explore the entire process from research and development to production, and the technology behind these processes.  Experience the integration of science and business in this industry. After which, you will transfer your experience to dynamic and engaging curriculum.

Districts: Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Cleveland, Columbus, Durham, Gaston, Lee, Orange, Rutherford, Wake
Grades: K-12
Content: STEM coordinator, science coordinator, math, science, chemistry, biology, technology, engineering, business, marketing
Location: Fair Bluff or Cary, NC or Gaffney, SC

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NC State photo

Cultivate the Next Generation of Informed Citizens

Working alongside mentors at the Surry County Farm Bureau and local agriculture businesses, you’ll discover how and why today’s farmer utilizes technology to meet the agricultural needs of growing populations locally and globally. You will then translate your experience into an engaging and dynamic curriculum that aims to provide students with a more direct and authentic understanding of our state’s evolving agriculture industry, including future careers.

Districts: Surry County Schools, Mt. Airy City Schools and Elkin City Schools
Grades: K-8
Content: All
Location: Surry County