Professional development is delivered in a series of residential institutes. Attendance at all institutes is a program requirement. These institutes are designed to facilitate collaboration among the cohort. All of the professional development provided by the Kenan Fellows Program is included as part of the fellowship award.
The content of each institute is designed by Kenan Fellows Program staff, along with faculty of Kenan Fellows alumni. Sessions offered during the institutes is dependent upon trends in education. Recent institutes have focused on: nurturing a culture of positivity in the classroom and school community, Project Based Learning, and Social Emotional Learning strategies and tech tools to enhance the teaching practice.