Opportunity for K-12 teachers: Paid industry-based professional development

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University is accepting applications for its industry-based teacher professional development program.

Our program invests in the professionalism of teachers, enabling them to serve as bridges between schools and the workforce. Through immersive experiences and leadership training, Kenan Fellows gain the skills and confidence to foster mutually beneficial relationships with industry professionals. Our professional development consistently ranks among the best in North Carolina.

Who can apply?

  • We welcome all North Carolina K-12 public school and charter school educators from all disciplines. Apply before or on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, for priority consideration.
  • We seek community-minded educators who aspire to drive innovations in their schools and districts.

What will I do?

  • Partner with a mentor from a local industry or higher education institution who will provide firsthand insights into the workforce.
  • Spend three weeks immersed in your mentor organization’s culture, shadowing employees, touring their facilities, and exploring career pathways available for students.
  • Translate these immersion experiences into resources and programs for your school community, and in some instances, for your mentor organization.

What are the benefits?

  • In addition to the industry immersion experience, you will participate in 80 hours of professional development that provides encouragement and fosters an environment of growth. 
  • Alumni and Kenan Fellows Program staff members share resources and offer guidance and support.
  • Membership in a dynamic network of growth-minded educators driven by a passion for advancing education and enriching student experiences.
  • Earn a $5,000 stipend.

General Application Option

New this year, applicants will be able to complete a general application if a fellowship project is not available in their county or district. Those applicants will be considered for a fellowship should a fellowship opportunity arise in their area. General applications will be saved for two years, and the applicant will be considered for any opportunity that becomes available within their district or county.