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 opens on Dec. 1, 2017

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 area of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explore climate change data and create resources that can be used in both a formal and informal education setting. You will have an opportunity to explore years of data, analyze trends and integrate authentic data into your classroom instruction as you guide students to ask questions and seek answers.

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