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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK ‒ GSK Kenan STEM Fellow Thom Tomlinson, Jr. stood before a group of GSK’s employees Thursday, March 23, 2017 and thanked them for providing him with the opportunity to grow as an educator. GSK, a global leader … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University is partnering with the USDA, N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Bayer’s crop science division; and the Carteret, Alamance and Surry County Farm Bureaus … Continue reading

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is excited to present the second edition of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL). The journal is now accepting submissions for its third issue. The peer-reviewed publication features original work on educational … Continue reading

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership has plans to announce its 2017-18 cohort on National Teacher Day, May 9, 2017. While the general application period has ended, we are awaiting notification of funding for specific projects, and recruiting will … Continue reading

Applications for 2017-18 Kenan fellowships will be accepted through Jan. 16, 2017. These fellowships address the critical need to develop and empower high-quality teachers, who, in turn, make learning more authentic for students. The fellowship begins with a summer internship … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C., (Oct. 10, 2016) – The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is pleased to announce it has received a $108,000 charitable grant from GSK to support six 2016–17 Kenan Fellows from the Wake County Public School System who … Continue reading

By Maria Salciccioli and Jessica Mislevy, SRI Education Recently, expert practitioners in the field of STEM education — including Dr. Elaine Franklin, director, of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership — collaborated with researchers from SRI Education and Policy Studies Associates … Continue reading

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is committed to developing relevant materials for K–12 teachers state and nationwide. We recognize that curriculum development is complicated and that designing good materials takes time. Thus, we provide Fellows with the training and expertise to create … Continue reading

Kenan Fellow Justin Osterstrom has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Osterstrom’s 2011 Kenan fellowship was sponsored by GSK.  He is the third Kenan Fellow to have received this honor. Osterstrom, who teaches sixth-grade science … Continue reading

A few weeks ago, during my second period planning block, I encountered three high school students who were taking an online calculus class in the library which doubles as a copy room (our small campus means almost all rooms do … Continue reading

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is excited to announce the release of the second edition of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL) on Jan. 31, 2017. Submissions to January issue are currently being peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board which is made … Continue reading

RALEIGH –The 2015-16 cohort of Students Discover Kenan Fellows led a professional development institute on citizen science for middle school teachers on June 23-24, 2016. Forty educators attended the “Students Discover: Citizen Science Summer Teacher Institute” conducted over two days at the … Continue reading

WILLIAMSTON – Sixty ninth graders from Riverside High School showcased their research skills to teachers, community members and their peers during an Energy Expo on May 10, 2016. The expo was the brainchild of 2015-16 Kenan Fellow Leigh Ann Hudson … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C., (June 3, 2016) – The Kenan Fellows Program for Leadership and Curriculum Development is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the Biogen Foundation. With this grant, Biogen Foundation will be the Lead Champion of … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C., (May 27, 2016) – Ply Gem Holdings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of building products in North America, has again committed to championing Teacher Leaders in STEM education with its support of a 2016-17 Kenan Fellow. This is the … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C. ─ NC State’s Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development has been awarded a STEMmy for its efforts in making STEM education relevant and engaging for all students. The program recieved a “Golden Gear” award for Higher … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C., (May 13, 2016) – The New Hanover County Farm Bureau is helping to advance STEM education and teacher leadership in Eastern North Carolina by supporting a 2016-17 Kenan Fellow. The Farm Bureau has selected Stephanie Titzel, an eighth … Continue reading

WADESBORO, N.C., (May 6, 2016) – Pee Dee Electric has named Justin Jones, a science teacher at Ansonville Elementary School, as a 2016-17 Kenan Fellow. His fellowship is made possible through a partnership between Pee Dee Electric, North Carolina’s Electric … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C. – On National Teacher Day, the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development is pleased to announce its 2016–17 fellowship awards for K–12 educators. Forty-one teachers from across North Carolina have been selected from a pool of … Continue reading

More than 75 students from Triangle area schools competed in the 2016 One Health Challenge at N.C. State University on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Students were tasked with designing a wearable device to monitor a health condition for either humans … Continue reading

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK ─ Bayer, the No. 1 global producer of cotton and canola seeds, hosted 110 fifth graders from Person County Schools on April 8, 2016 at its Crop Science headquarters in Research Triangle Park (RTP). The students toured … Continue reading

ALBERSTON ─ Eighth grade students in Joy James’ math classroom at B.F. Grady Elementary School in Duplin County Schools are learning much more than how to chart data. The students are getting a lesson in community health thanks to curriculum … Continue reading

The Kenan Fellows Program is excited to announce the development of an online Directory for educators in our Network. As a member of the Kenan Fellows Network, Fellows from all cohorts will have the opportunity to create and maintain a … Continue reading

I have always been a reflective teacher with a focus on challenging students to think outside the box and develop critical thinking skills. The Kenan Fellows Program has brought these qualities out even more as I am finding that I … Continue reading

CHINA ─ 2015-16 Kenan Fellow Evelyn Baldwin, a science teacher at Wake STEM Early College High School, spent a week teaching at the Suzhou North America High School in Suzhou, China. Her visit is part of the two-year $1.5 million … Continue reading

I began this school year feeling more prepared and inspired than ever, a feeling which I owe to my experience as a 2015-16 Kenan Fellow. Over the course of a summer, I connected with outstanding educators across the state, learned … Continue reading

GREENSBORO ─ A group of sixth-grade students from Exploris Middle School became the instructors during a session at the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in October. The five students led the 90-minute professional development workshop along with … Continue reading

The theme for my classroom this school year is Underwood Laboratories (UL). It is always important for me to make the room look exciting, bright, cheerful and safe. As the students entered the classroom on the first day of school, … Continue reading

SNOW HILL, N.C. ─ Students in Jennifer Walmsley’s STEM lab at Greene County Middle School learn by doing. They use computer programs to create drawings etched by a Z-Mill. They rely on reasoning skills to maneuver a robotic arm and … Continue reading

FAYETTEVILLE — The Kenan Fellows Program held its first Professional Advancement Symposium on July 30-31, 2015 at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville. The two-day event was attended by more than 75 educators from across the Sandhills and Cape Fear regions. … Continue reading

BEULAVILLE – When I learned I was going to be interning at the National Spinning Company, I thought about the ways I was going to bring what I learned back to my classroom. A few days into the internship, I … Continue reading

This year, I traded in my teacher summer vacation for a trip into the world of agricultural education. For five weeks, I interned at Bayer CropScience as a 2015-16 Kenan Fellow. From the beginning of my internship, I found numerous … Continue reading

TARBORO ─ Riverside High School science teacher Leigh Ann Hudson often tells her students, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This summer, Hudson lived her life at the end of her comfort zone as an intern with … Continue reading

Kenan Fellow Jeff Milbourne has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for grades seven through 12. Milbourne is one of two North Carolina teachers to receive the honor. In all, 108 teachers in the … Continue reading

CULLOWHEE ─ The 2015-16 cohort of Kenan Fellows completed their first Professional Advancement Institute on June 22-26 at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Western North Carolina. Forty-two K-12 teachers from more than a dozen school districts … Continue reading

Kenan Fellows won in nearly every category of this year’s North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (NC SMT) Awards. Each year, the NC SMT Center recognizes individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) … Continue reading

Three out of the six recipients of this year’s Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers are Kenan Fellows. The award recognizes teachers who have “demonstrated solid knowledge of science and/or mathematics content and have outstanding performance … Continue reading

In December, I implemented my Kenan Fellows lesson “How STEM Changed Evolution Today?” with my eighth grade science students at Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill. Before starting the lesson, I introduced the students to Dr. Fred Gould’s research on … Continue reading

RAEFORD ─ Kenan Fellows Aticila Mormando and Gabrielle Patrick helped launch the first STEM Academy for Hoke County Schools. The academy kicked off on Oct. 25 and runs every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for five weeks. Each … Continue reading

REASEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — 2013-14 Kenan Fellow Erin Lawrence, a science teacher at Wake Forest Middle School, spoke during a celebration of Biogen Idec’s newest Community Lab on Tuesday, Oct. 10. After a standing ovation, Ms. Lawrence shared her experience … Continue reading

I had the incredible pleasure of interning at the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and partnering with Lenovo for my Kenan fellowship.  In my time at Novant Health, I met with several department heads, as well as administrative leaders to … Continue reading

As an elementary school teacher, I realize how important physics really is and how much I really do love learning how things work. I constantly encourage my students to ask questions and figure out the why and how of things. This … Continue reading

I learned so many great things during my internship at the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center at NC A&T State University. Everything from learning about lab procedures, lab safety, to best practices in education, technology, and grant writing are all areas … Continue reading

My experience as a Kenan Fellow has been an unexpected adventure.  Since becoming an educator, I have not gone through any other professional development program that has served as both an inspiration and motivation. This summer I interned at the … Continue reading

The professional development I received through the Kenan Fellows Program along with my internship at the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center made for an unforgettable summer. My internship at the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) in Fayetteville … Continue reading

DURHAM ─ STEM for Kids, Gilero Biomedical and Kenan Fellow Justin Osterstrom developed a camp for fourth through eighth grade students on Aug. 4 and 7, 2014 at the Gilero Biomedical facility in Durham. Working in small teams, the campers … Continue reading

North Carolina Now, a program by UNC-TV, has highlighted the Kenan Fellows Program in its Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 edition. The news story features interviews with 2014-15 Kenan Fellow Christopher England and his mentor Arlan Peters at Novoyzmes. England’s Fellowship … Continue reading

Interning at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville offered me numerous opportunities to learn and grow as an educator. During my time at the garden, I planned lessons, wrote a grant and helped facilitate camps and field trips for … Continue reading

For seven years, I have taught Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Science at Johnston County Middle College High School.  This will be my 20th year teaching. I have taught in Ohio and Indiana, taught for public schools, taught for private … Continue reading

DOBSON ─ Jamie Mosley, a teacher at J. Sam Gentry Middle School, has spent five weeks of her summer shadowing electric linemen and learning from electric utility experts at Surry-Yadkin EMC, the Touchstone Energy cooperative based in Dobson. Mosley took … Continue reading

Kenan Fellows from across North Carolina are partnering with the Your Wildlife team to bring citizen science to the classroom. What is citizen science? It’s the idea that anyone can collect data for scientific study and that scientists and the public … Continue reading

Connecting Elementary Science to Bio-Pharmaceutical Research As one of eight elementary curriculum resource teachers in Franklin County, I am part of the elementary district science team. Being part of this team means that I am always on the lookout for … Continue reading

HILLSBOROUGH ─ After school three days a week, Jeff Faulkner’s classroom at CW Stanford Middle School becomes a place of pure exploration. Instruction takes a back seat to autonomy and creativity as the middle grade students are encouraged to “figure … Continue reading

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Kenan Fellows Program and its partners are pleased to announce its 2014-15 fellowship awards during Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9. See a complete list of Fellows, their projects and their mentors here. Fifty-one public school teachers … Continue reading

Kenan Fellow Jeff Milbourne has been selected for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. Mr. Milbourne is one of 14 new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators from across the United States to be awarded the competitive … Continue reading

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK ─ Biogen Idec, the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company, opened its Research Triangle Park campus to 115 sixth graders from Wake Forest Middle School on March 5, 2014. The students toured the company’s quality control lab, manufacturing … Continue reading

This summer, Kathleen Boice, a teacher at Troutman Middle School in Iredell County, experienced the telecommunications industry first-hand by spending five weeks observing and learning from engineers at CommScope, one of the world’s premier network infrastructure providers. Boice was given … Continue reading

Raleigh ─ Two prominent North Carolina leaders lauded the Kenan Fellows Program as a national model for teacher leadership training and retention during the 2013 Fall Professional Advancement Institute Oct. 17-18 at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NC … Continue reading

Thirteen Kenan Fellows shared innovative classroom resources and best practices with teachers from across the state during the 2013 Bridging the Gap Conference Oct. 14-15 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Organized by the NC Association for Biomedical Research, Bridging … Continue reading

2013-14 Kenan Fellow Mendy Marcin, a social studies teacher at James Kenan High School, found innovative ways to connect her experience of working at the Duplin Winery this summer with her students. Her mentor is Morgan Jackson, the general manager … Continue reading

RALEIGH — LaTanya Pattillo is the second Kenan Fellow to be featured in a segment of the online “Educator Voices” video series by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). In the video, Ms. Pattillo discusses the impact of North … Continue reading

As an English teacher, my goals include teaching students techniques for reading comprehension, tools for engaging in deep discussion, and methods of clear writing. In our ninth grade curriculum, we also work with students on the college and career aspects. … Continue reading