2018-19 Fellowships

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership offers a wide variety of immersive summer work experiences that are supported by 80 hours of professional development. The Program is funded by the generous support of its many corporate education and foundation partners.

Public and charter school K-12 teachers are eligible to apply. The Fellowship projects are restricted to the school districts or the counties in which they are initially offered. The Fellowship requires a year commitment. In some instances, Kenan Fellows will be expected to remain in the projects’ school districts during their Fellowship year. Interviews are conducted in March — if an applicant plans to switch schools in the upcoming summer (even within the same district), please inform your interview team.

Some Fellowships are only offered to educators who teach specific grade levels and content 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.

The 2018-19 application period ends Jan. 22, 2018.

The relationship among extreme weather, air pollution and human mortality

Work with experts at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) to analyze data on daily mortality, weather and air pollution. You will have an opportunity to explore data collected from the state of California, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spanning more than a dozen years. 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 together allow us to understand the contrasting effects of both extreme weather and air pollution on human health.

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

Jones-Onslow EMC: Powering People and Communities

Get energized by working alongside mentors and industry experts at Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation. Explore the history of the electric cooperative model and learn how JOEMC 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: Jones, Onslow
Grades: K-12
Content: Science, Math, STEM, CTE
Location: Jacksonville and across JOEMC service territory

Building Community Through Cyber and Fiber

Learn about the innovative 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 and maker space with other educators.  You will also become familiar with programs like Google for Education, incorporating skills and tools into the classroom.  Equipped with new knowledge from your experience, you will lead innovation within the school system beginning in the classroom and spreading throughout the entire system as you develop, implement and disseminate new co-curricular resources across the district.  Establish strong community partnerships for you and your students as you work together to prepare the future workforce.

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools – Kennedy Middle, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM Academy, McClintock Middle, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas
Location: Mecklenburg County

Central Electric: Providing Energy Through Synergy

Get energized by working alongside mentors and industry experts at Central Electric Membership Corporation. Explore the history of the electric cooperative model and learn how Central 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: Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Randolph
Grades: K-12
Content: Science, Math, STEM, CTE
Location: Central Electric service territory

Accelerating STEM Learning

Do your students love anything that goes fast? Join the Charlotte Motor Speedway team to learn about careers, the skills required for success in the racing industry and participate in STEM camps at the speedway. Using knowledge gained during this experience create authentic lessons that demonstrate how and why STEM is critical to success in the racing industry. Head back to school equipped to lead innovation beginning in the classroom and spreading throughout the entire system as you develop, implement and disseminate new co-curricular resources across the district.  Establish strong community partnerships for you and your students as you work together to prepare the future workforce.

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools – Kennedy Middle, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM Academy, McClintock Middle, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

Building Better with STEM

Immerse yourself in an innovative, collaborative manufacturing environment at Caterpillar. Learn about the many facets of Caterpillar from their apprenticeship programs to their world-class Clayton Machine Development Center where teams design, build and test new machines. Discover the wide range of STEM careers and skills required for success in this company. Integrate your newly acquired knowledge into your daily instruction and inspire students to change the world.

Districts: Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Wake
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

STEM Connections

Begin making connections between your classroom and authentic STEM practices in the workplace as you participate in a three-week internship with a local business. Throughout your fellowship, you will integrate your internship experience into dynamic and engaging curriculum tailored to your specific interests and classroom needs. More broadly, you will make students aware of the importance of collaboration, communication and critical-thinking by exposing them to the STEM skills necessary to work in both 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, both locally and state-wide.

The mentoring organization for this fellowship will be determined based on the location of the selected Kenan Fellow.

Districts: Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Pitt, Wayne, Wilson
Grades: K-12
Content: All areas

Fun STEM Learning

Plan memorable lessons for your students after your summer experience behind the scenes at Carowinds. Experience the vast array of careers and learn about authentic STEM skills required to support the business of providing world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and more to millions of visitors each year. Equipped with new knowledge from your experience, you will lead innovation within the school system beginning in the classroom and spreading throughout the entire system as you develop, implement and disseminate new co-curricular resources across the district. Establish strong community partnerships for you and your students as you work together to prepare the future workforce.

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools – Kennedy Middle, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM Academy, McClintock Middle, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

The Magnificent Cell – Star of the Show

Join Dr. Paul Maddox and his team as they study cell division by making movies of the process and then measuring the size, speed, packing and shape of cellular features. Learn high-resolution microscopy and quantitative image analysis while expanding your understanding of cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and developmental biology. Integrate your experiences into your instruction to help your students untangle the mysteries of cell division.

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

Filling Students with STEM Knowledge

Experience the collaborative process used by Groninger to design and build customized machines for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and consumer health industries. You will become familiar with their apprenticeship program as well as the skills needed to contribute in this innovative, service oriented environment. Equipped with new knowledge from your experience, you will lead innovation within the school system beginning in the classroom and spreading throughout the entire system as you develop, implement and disseminate new co-curricular resources across the district. Establish strong community partnerships for you and your students as you work together to prepare the future workforce.

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Kennedy Middle, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM Academy, McClintock Middle, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, and Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology)
Grade: K-8
Content: All areas

Engaging Energetically With Students

Partner with energy experts at Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub to gain a real-world perspective of lean manufacturing as it applies to the production of gas turbines, steam turbines and generators. Experience the vast array of career opportunities available in this industry sector and learn about the authentic STEM skills required to succeed in these fields. Equipped with new knowledge from your experience, you will lead innovation within the school system beginning in the classroom and spreading throughout the entire system as you develop, implement and disseminate new co-curricular resources across the district. Establish strong community partnerships for you and your students as you work together to prepare the future workforce.

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Kennedy Middle, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM Academy, McClintock Middle, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, and Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology)
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

Providing Students with the STEM Advantage

At Hyde Park Partners, you will experience authentic STEM practices in this multifaceted global business. Experience a variety of business endeavors ranging from distribution and internet global sales to renewable energy and even retail marketing. Equipped with new knowledge from your experience, you will lead innovation within the school system beginning in the classroom and spreading throughout the entire system as you develop, implement and disseminate new co-curricular resources across the district. Establish strong community partnerships for you and your students as you work together to prepare the future workforce.

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Kennedy Middle, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM Academy, McClintock Middle, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, and Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology)
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

Driving Students Toward Increased STEM Knowledge

Engage with Bosch Rexroth, the leading automation solution provider and manufacturing company, to learn cutting-edge technologies, such as automated conveyor systems, single axis motion systems, and multi axis robotics systems, critical to the automotive, medical, aerospace, and electronics industry. Experience the vast array of career opportunities available in this industry sector and learn about authentic STEM skills required to succeed in these fields. Equipped with new knowledge from your experience, you will lead innovation within the school system beginning in the classroom and spreading throughout the entire system as you develop, implement and disseminate new co-curricular resources across the district. Establish strong community partnerships for you and your students as you work together to prepare the future workforce.

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Kennedy Middle, John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM Academy, McClintock Middle, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, and Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology)
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

Novozymes Enzymes: From Discovery to Commercialization

Join Novozymes staff and create cutting-edge curriculum materials featuring hands-on exercises that enable students to understand the scientific processes and the skills needed to bring innovative enzyme products to the market. Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation. You will work with a wide variety of Novozyme team members, affectionately known as “Zymers”, to learn about industrial biotechnology, enzyme development and commercialization, and careers in this field. Novozymes’ natural solutions enhance and promote everything from removing trans-fats in food, to advancing biofuels to power the world tomorrow. Using your new knowledge, you will develop curriculum materials for use by teachers and Novozymes’ employees. Be the catalyst of increased student knowledge and understanding of the rapid pace and science involved in bringing new enzyme products from discovery to commercialization.

Districts/Counties: Franklin, Granville, Nash, Vance
Location: Franklinton, NC
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

Sparking Student Curiosity

Partner with the STEM Outreach Program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to learn about cutting-edge research at EPA’s Research Triangle Park campus and how this research can be translated into resources that can be used in both formal and informal education settings. You will be exposed to multiple research topic areas including air and water quality, health and environmental effects, and homeland security. You will have the opportunity to select the topic area(s) of greatest interest to you to explore in greater detail and collaborate with the researchers and STEM Outreach Program to translate this research into a format that can be used in your classroom instruction.

Districts/Counties: Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Vance, Wake
Grades: K-8
Content: All

Formulating a Love of STEM Education

Partner with one of the Chemical Research & Development teams at LORD Corporation in Cary, NC. These teams are responsible for the development of new chemical adhesives for customers around the globe in markets such as automotive, electronics, industrial, or aerospace. The experience will allow the Fellow to engage in hands-on laboratory research alongside a mentor and see the 4C skills and a variety of STEM skills in action. 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 heat conduction, magnetism, chemistry, physics, mechanical bond strengths, or polymer material science.

Districts/Counties: Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Vance, Wake
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

Cells and More Cells

Partner with Dr. Amy Maddox and her team of scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill to understand how cells undergo the step-by-step process of division. You will be introduced to 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/Counties: Alamance, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham,
Granville, Orange, Person, Wake
Grades: K-12
Content: Math, Science, Statistics, Computer Technology, STEM

Spurring Innovation in Product Creation

Partner with industry experts at Ply Gem to build your understanding of the innovative ways high-tech manufacturers are developing 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 as you spend four weeks working on a small project to be utilized by Ply Gem and transfer your entire experience to dynamic and engaging curriculum.

Districts/Counties: 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

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 career.

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

Develop the State of Ag

Do you have a strong interest in agriculture? Work alongside mentors in the Alamance County Farm Bureau office and with local agriculture businesses. 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/Counties: Alamance-Burlington Schools
Grades: K-12
Content: All
Requirements: 2-year commitment