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Kenan Fellows Program Applications Open

kenanThe Kenan Fellows Program is recruiting outstanding K-12 educators for its 2016-17 fellowship year. The program connects teachers with leading researchers and industry experts to promote curricular design linking classwork to “real” work. Kenan Fellows receive at least three weeks of immersive guidance with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, 80 hours of professional development that builds leadership capacity, and a $5,000 award.
The fellowship runs from May 2016 to April 2017. Educators remain in the classroom while completing fellowship requirements. The internship and the majority of the professional development takes place in the summer leaving teachers to resume their regular classroom duties in the fall.
Using the experience and training provided by the program, educators develop and implement one-of-a-kind educational curricula and programs which are shared with colleagues and used in classrooms, school systems and communities across North Carolina and beyond.
Online applications for 2016-17 fellowships are open until Monday, January 18, 2016 A list of 2016-17 fellowship projects can be found here.
The 2016–17 Kenan Fellows will be named in early May 2016. So far, more than 350 teachers statewide have gone through the program which has been recognized as a national model for teacher leadership.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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