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The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership offers a wide variety of immersive summer work experiences that are supported by two residential professional learning institutes. 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 of 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.
Partner with American Zinc Products, whose focus is to maximize the recovery and reuse of steel byproducts, turning them into valuable materials that help fuel the economy. Learn about how AZP creates a sustainable future through a commitment to safety and the environment in the communities they serve so that all can find success together.
Districts: Rutherford, Cleveland, Polk
Location: Mooresboro, NC
Content: STEM, Engineering, Chemistry, CTE, Mathematics
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
Content: Math, Science, Statistics, Computer Technology, STEM
Partner with industry experts at Cornerstone Building Brands to build your understanding of the innovative ways high-tech manufacturers are developing more energy-efficient and low-maintenance products for 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 3 weeks working on a small project to be utilized by Cornerstone Building Brands and transfer your entire experience to a dynamic and engaging curriculum.
Districts: Gaston, Union, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Location: Gaffney, S.C.
Partner with industry experts from NC Farm Bureau Federation, the Chowan County Farm Bureau, and local peanut growers to learn all about the peanut industry in North Carolina. Use your experiences to create the content for a North Carolina specific Peanut Ag Mag which can be digitally dispersed, printed, and distributed, using the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Ag Mags (agfoundation.org) [agfoundation.org], North Carolina Pork Ag Mag, and North Carolina Sweet Potato Ag Mag as models. The Peanut Ag Mag will provide facts and activities allowing the reader to develop an understanding of NC’s amazing Peanut industry as one of the top 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 Peanut industry designed to raise awareness in one of North Carolina’s top agricultural commodities.
Districts: Chowan County only
Location: Edenton, NC
*These fellowships are dependent upon receipt of an NSF ITEST grant. Notification from NSF is expected in early 2021
The Kenan Fellows Program has partnered with UNC Pembroke and the COMPASS Scholarship Program on a project proposed to the National Science Foundation’s ITEST program. The project, designed to build students’ career interests in STEM, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), will empower 15 educators to design and facilitate culturally relevant project-based learning (PBL) experiences focused on the intersection of agriculture, applied technologies, and food insecurity. The educators selected for this opportunity will work with local and regional organizations to gather resources that provide STEM and ICT career pathways to students and connect the diverse cultures found in the Sandhills region of N.C. with agricultural partners in the area. The goal of this grant is to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of partnerships between educators, agricultural research, tribal organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. All 6th-12th grade are welcome to apply, with priority given to Science and ICT focused educators.
Districts: Bladen, Columbus, Hoke, Robeson, Scotland Counties
Location: Sandhills region
Grades: 6-12 only
Content: All, with priority given to Science and ICT
Thanks to generous support from our community partner Biogen, the Kenan Fellows Program is providing 5 fellowship opportunities for CTE educators in DPS that focus on workforce development and career pathways in the Biotechnology field. The 5 chosen educators will intern with one of three local partners in the biotech field including Biogen, Novozymes, and NC Central’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE). This Teacher Leadership Cluster will meet regularly and lead DPS in the creation of products that assist with vertically aligning all of the skills and resources required for creating a successful student talent pipeline to the numerous careers available in the biotech industry.
Districts: Durham Public Schools
Location: Durham and surrounding areas
Content: CTE only