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 period begins Dec. 1, 2018.

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
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
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
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
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.

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
Grades: K-12
Content: Science, Math, STEM, CTE

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

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, Orange, Person, Wake
Grades: K-12
Content: Math, Science, Statistics, Computer Technology, STEM