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Sponsor: Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology & Science

Program: Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership

Founded in 2000, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership addresses the critical need for high-quality professional development for educators and is the largest (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM-focused teacher leadership program in North Carolina.

Approximately 25-50 outstanding K-12 teachers from across the state are selected annually. The program requires a one-year commitment that is designed to allow teachers to maintain their current school system duties. Key components are a three-week summer internship with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, and 80 hours of professional development that builds leadership capacity and promotes curricular design bridging STEM at work with STEM at school.

Thank you for agreeing to provide a recommendation on behalf of Sample Applicant's application to the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. All accompanying evaluations are confidential. Applicants will not see any comments disclosed within the support forms. We appreciate and respect your honesty when providing this information.

The Kenan Fellows Program is an innovative model to promote teacher leadership and advance K-12 education. Applicants who receive fellowships must commit to 80 hours of professional development, a 3 week summer research/industry internship experience, and the development and dissemination of a curriculum, professional development or community engagement product. It is our expectation that principals and superintendents will utilize Kenan Fellows to support school and district initiatives.

Applicant Information
Is this teacher having a positive impact on student growth?

Name:Sample Applicant
Reference Information
Please share your overall recommendation for this applicant on a scale of 1-5. Five means you give your highest recommendation and 1 means you are unable to recommend this applicant.

Please provide a letter of recommendation for the applicant with explanations to support your overall recommendation and upload it here. Please respond to the following 4 questions in your letter of recommendation.

  1. Please share examples that illustrate the candidate's innovative/effective instructional practices.
  2. Please use examples to describe the candidate's leadership skills or potential.
  3. Please comment on the candidates demonstrated success in improving student achievement.
  4. Please share any additional information you believe is relevant to the selection of this candidate as a Kenan Fellow.
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