2019-20 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 application deadline is Jan. 21, 2019 for all but the Western NC STEMwork fellowships. Feb. 4 is the deadline to apply for the WesternNC projects.

Want to learn more? Watch our 2019-20 Application Information Session here.

Building Community with the Holt Brothers

Holt Brothers Construction builds with teamwork, discipline, focus, and determination. These are the values that co-founders Torry and Terrence Holt learned during their legendary football careers at NC State and in the NFL. The educator chosen for this fellowship will experience how deeply ingrained those qualities are in every aspect of their company, and look for ways to bring those work-based skills back to their classroom. We are looking for someone who engages students and staff, and creates curriculum that embody the Holt Brother’s mantra: “With youthful energy, we bring integrity, passion and innovation to each of our projects.”

Districts: Wake County, Durham County, Orange County, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Granville County, Vance County, Franklin County, Johnston County, Harnett County, Lee County, Chatham County
Location: Raleigh
Grades: 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.

Districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Location: Mecklenburg County
Grades: K-12
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.

Districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Location: Mecklenburg County
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

WNC STEMwork Project

As a Kenan Fellow with the WNC STEMwork project, you will be one of a six-member team of teacher leaders selected from the region to advance K-12 STEM workforce education. You will make connections between your classroom and authentic STEM practices in the workplace as you participate in a three-week internship with a local business or industry. Over the course of the Fellowship, you will work with other team members to develop a deeper understanding of the industries located throughout Western North Carolina, their workforce needs, and how K-12 educators can make relevant connections for their students. Through the professional development sessions, you will gain expertise in developing and conducting Project Based Learning units that can bridge STEM in school with STEM at work.

In the summer following your Fellowship year (summer of 2020), you will become trained as a facilitator for the STEMwork Professional Development Institute (PDI). This is a blended learning program designed by the KFP to scale workforce education across a region. It will be offered in areas of the state that have locally trained facilitators. An additional stipend is awarded for this added segment to the Fellowship.

Please note that the locations of the internship sites will be within commuting distance of the selected Fellows.

Districts: Asheville City, Buncombe, Cherokee, Cherokee Central, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Public Charters located in any of the identified counties
Grades: K-12
Content: All

Paying it Forward with Financial Literacy

Partner with industry experts dedicated to financial literacy at Fidelity Investments to explore how you can best implement strategies to engage your school’s community and join their mission to help people live the lives they want.  Learn about the many ways that Fidelity connects with STEM across North Carolina by working on one of three options available:  Help Fidelity and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) to market the Navigator Online Platform that connects students, educators, employers, and job seekers to work-based learning opportunities to build employability and technical skills.  Create a professional development workshop to help teachers and staff in your community and beyond achieve their personal finance goals.  Or you can work with the Customer Contact Center at Fidelity and use your expertise as an educator to assist with the training of Fidelity staff incorporating their world-class design thinking approach.

Districts: Chapel-Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Person, Wake
Location: UNC-Chapel Hill
Grades: K-12
Content: All areas

Assembly Required

Discover the new face of manufacturing at Mertek Solutions. Throughout this fellowship, you will have an opportunity to explore how robotic automation is revolutionizing the manufacturing process. By project’s end, you will be able to demonstrate the engineering, physics and mathematical principles used to design and build machines used in streamlining the manufacturing process. You will share that experience via a dynamic and engaging curriculum that reflects the insights gained and processes observed in your internship.

So, prepare to assemble a working knowledge of machine automation and efficient manufacturing practices while developing a curriculum to better prepare local students for the future workforce.

Districts: Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Wake
Location: Sanford
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

Supercomputing & Learning

We are at a moment in history where technology, globalization, and our economy is changing so fast. Those changes offer enormous opportunities but are disruptive and unsettling. Big data, analytics, and technology allow us to tackle big problems in new ways. As we think about how we can 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 NC State’s Dr. Yannis Viniotis and IBM’s Dr. Anand Singh while using IBM’s Watson to explore databases with content connected to rare diseases. The goal is for a doctor to be able to enter symptoms and access enough data to identify rare diseases.

**The project is contingent on funding. The anticipated date of notification is February 2019.

Districts: Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Vance, Wake
Location: Raleigh
Grades: K-12
Content: All areas

Phail Wynn Kenan Fellowship: STEM Connections

Make 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 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 based on the location of the selected Kenan Fellow.

Districts: Edgecombe, Halifax, Martin, Nash, Roanoke Rapids, Weldon City
Grades: K-12
Content: All

Using Statistics to Solve Authentic Problems

Work with experts at SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute) to learn about forensic statistics and/or data used in risk analysis investigation cases. You will have an opportunity to explore authentic data sets connected to research or legal cases of interest to you and your students while addressing content standards. Take this new knowledge and guide students as they use scatterplots, linear regression and a variety of other statistical analyses to ask and answer authentic critical questions on your selected topic.

Districts: Durham, Chatham, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Wake
Location: Durham
Grades: 6-12
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: Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Vance, Wake
Location: Cary
Grades: K-8
Content: All areas

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 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 as you spend 4 weeks working on a small project to be utilized by Ply Gem and transfer your entire experience to a dynamic and engaging curriculum.

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

Using ‘METRIC’ to Improve STEM Education

Working with Professor David Muddiman and the Molecular Education, Technology, and Research Innovation Center (METRIC) team at NC State University, you will learn about innovative applications of mass spectrometry which have proven invaluable in the research of human health as well as non-human biological systems.

You will be a member of one of the collaborative METRIC research teams and have the opportunity to learn and participate in the research gaining overall general knowledge and understanding of the use of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry (the art and science of weighing molecules) to answer a specific research question (over 10 to chose from including AD, ALS, environmental samples, cancer, and many many more).

Equipped with new knowledge and access to experts in the field, you will develop lessons that integrate your experience with this innovative and exciting research while maintaining alignment with your content standards. This multidisciplinary experience will allow you to return to the classroom equipped to inspire the next generation of researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related fields.

Districts: Orange, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham, Chatham, Wake, Lee, Harnett, Johnson, Franklin
Location: Raleigh
Grades: 9-12
Content: Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, STEM, Engineering, Computer Science

‘Pork Proud’ STEM Classwork

Partner with industry experts from NC Farm Bureau Federation, Wayne County Farm Bureau, and the NC Pork Council to engage in real-world experiences related to the pork industry and its ‘We Care’ initiative [ncpork.org] in North Carolina.  Use your experiences to create the content for a North Carolina-specific Pork Ag Mag which can be digitally dispersed, printed, and distributed, using the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Ag Mags and Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Mags as models.   The NC Pork Ag Mag will provide facts and activities allowing the reader to develop an understanding of NC’s amazing pork industry as one of the top 5 pork producing states in the nation. This newly developed STEM-supported teaching tool will be a valuable resource for teachers, students, and parents. This experience will immerse you into all aspects of the pork industry while creating a new Pork Ag magazine designed to raise ‘pork proud‘ citizens in North Carolina.

Districts: Wayne
Location: Wayne County
Grades: 4-8
Content: All

Using Magnetism to Decipher Structures of Proteins in Biological Membranes

Working with Dr. Alex Nevzorov and his research team at NC State University, you will learn about current developments and technologies in the area of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy applied to proteins reconstituted in native-like lipid membranes.  As part of this collaborative research team, you will gain overall general knowledge and witness its use to prepare protein samples and determine and visualize structures of membrane proteins from magnetic-resonance spectra.  Equipped with new knowledge and access to experts in the field, you will develop lessons that integrate your experience with this innovative and exciting research while maintaining alignment with your content standards. This multidisciplinary experience will allow you to return to the classroom equipped to inspire the next generation of researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related fields.

Districts: Orange, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham, Chatham, Wake, Lee, Harnett, Johnson, Franklin
Location: Raleigh
Grades: 9-12
Content: Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, STEM, Engineering, Computer Science

Diversity in Leadership

Explore racial and ethnic diversity in teacher leadership as you participate in a 3-week internship with a university expert working in this field.  Build on work begun last year by implementing and testing new practices within the Kenan Fellows Program.  Share these outcomes with other teacher leadership organizations as you design and disseminate a process to increase diversity in teacher leadership. Educators representing minority populations are encouraged to apply.

Districts: Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Vance, Wake
Grades: K-12
Content: All

Union Power Cooperative: EmPOWERing Partnerships

Get energized by working alongside mentors and industry experts at Union Power Cooperative.  Explore the history of the electric cooperative model and learn how Union Power 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: Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union
Location: Union County Electric Service Area (primarily Monroe)
Grades: K-12
Content: Science, Math, STEM, CTE

The Magnificent Cell – Star of the Show

Join Dr. Paul Maddox and his team of researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill 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: Alamance, Chapel-Hill/Carrboro, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Lee, Orange, Person, Wake
Location: Chapel Hill
Grades: K-12
Content: Math, Science, Statistics, Computer Technology, STEM

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

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