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May 10th, 2018 by Amneris Solano
RALEIGH, N.C., (May 10, 2018) – Thanks to a six-figure charitable grant from GSK, five Triangle area educators will receive specialized teacher leadership training to drive innovations in STEM education and help students embrace work-based applications in math and science. The teachers, known as GSK Kenan STEM Fellows, are part of the 2018-19 cohort of Kenan Fellows.
Kenan Fellows are outstanding public school teachers selected through a competitive process to participate in a prestigious one-year fellowship while remaining active in the classroom. During the year, Kenan Fellows collaborate with industry experts to develop curriculum and teaching resources that bring workforce preparedness and cutting-edge research into the hands of students.
“Teachers have an incredible influence on developing the students of today who will become the workforce of tomorrow. We all rely on great teachers in classrooms across the state to inspire North Carolina students to love and study math and science and ultimately, pursue careers in important STEM-related fields. GSK is delighted to support this great program,” said Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager, US Community Partnerships, GSK.
Starting in June, the teachers will engage in three-week internships in Triangle area businesses to make “real-world” connections to their instruction. They will immerse themselves in the following Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields: environmental science, engineering, high-tech and biomanufacturing and chemical research and development. Pairing educators with researchers and industry experts for a summer internship empowers the teachers to deepen their content knowledge, embrace new technology and more effectively prepare students to build career-ready skills.
“Thanks to the continued level of support from industry leaders such as GSK, we are able to build powerful partnerships between the business, research and education communities in order to spark student interest and excitement in STEM,” said Elaine Franklin, director of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership.
About GSK: A science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. For further information, please visit www.gsk.com.