Past Programs

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership leverages its network of nearly 600 alumni by scaling K-12 educational innovation statewide through various programs and professional learning events. Led by members of the alumni network of Kenan Fellows, regional professional development symposiums, workshops, and seminars have been held across the state to help educators improve their practice, expand their networks, and maximize their toolkits.

KFP-EPA Durham Community Cohort

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership along with the EPA and Durham Public Schools designed a cross-curricular professional development series on food and the environment in North Carolina. The program gave educators in Durham Public Schools a statewide perspective of environmental and agricultural issues while examining and deepening their understanding of these same issues in Durham.

Sessions addressed timely topics like food deserts and environmental justice and ways to develop eco-solutions for these issues in urban and rural communities. This professional development program was made possible by a grant from the Merck Foundation.

Regional Symposiums

Eastern NC Symposium

A one-day seminar in Greenville focused on sessions that included science literacy, technology integration, and teacher leadership.

  • 98 Attendees
  • 14 School Districts
  • 87% of attendees surveyed said they would recommend the symposium to a colleague
Sandhills Area Symposium

A two-day seminar in Fayetteville focused on interdisciplinary approaches to STEM education and strategies for early-career success.

  • 122 Attendees including staff & presenters
  • 12 School Districts
  • 4.5 out of 5 average rating for sessions

Western NC Citizen Science Seminar

The Science House and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership collaborated to bring North Carolina teachers a day of exploration and experience that allowed them to integrate Citizen Science into their curriculum. The Citizen Science activities, lessons, and resources introduced in this one-day workshop complied with state standards. The seminar allowed teachers to collect and analyze data and contribute to a larger scientific research project.

The workshop provided educators with the resources and materials that inspired and prepared them to bring the wonders of Citizen Science to students.

Education Policy Summit

Along with the Public School Forum of North Carolina Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN) and the Lee County Schools Beginning Teachers, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership delivered the two-day Education Policy Summit in Raleigh in 2018.

During the summit, educators from the Kenan Fellows alumni network, BTLN, and Lee County Beginning Teachers learned how to effectively communicate and build relationships with policymakers, navigate complex state and local education issues, and advocate for policies that support teacher leadership and benefit students. 

The summit provided K-12 teachers with an opportunity to learn how tostrategically frame education issues and gain a deeper understanding of the complexity and importance of including teacher voice in policy discussions.