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STEM SENC Partners with Kenan Fellows to Provide STEM Teacher Fellowship

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

The Watson College is pleased to announce that STEM SENC is partnering with The Kenan Fellows Program to support a 2021-2022 teacher fellowship designed to help align educational and occupational objectives through regional workforce and community partnerships. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is sponsoring the project.

The STEM SENC Diversity and Equity Asset Mapping Project seeks to gather information on organizations, industry partners, and resources that can be utilized to improve pathways and access to educators with a focus on creating a more diverse representation in the STEM SENC service area. 

The fellowship, open to K-12 educators in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties, will be awarded in spring 2021.

The chosen educator will receive 80 hours of professional development, complete a 3-week summer internship with STEM SENC in summer 2021 focusing on asset mapping, and create a product to help STEM SENC move this important work forward. Additional opportunities may be available to work on a digital library of STEM related content with a focus on NC origins.

“We are very excited about the Kenan Fellows partnership,” said Heddy Clark, director of UNCW’s STEM Learning Cooperative and executive director of STEM SENC. “We appreciate Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s generous support and look forward to working with the Kenan Fellows to offer an educator in our region a unique opportunity that will advance STEM SENC’s mission to provide aspirational STEM learning opportunities for all learners and those who support them.”

The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is offered through NC State University and is the largest STEM-focused teacher leadership program in North Carolina. Founded in 2000, the program provides educators with relevant real-world professional learning and leadership development through innovative collaboration with partners committed to 21st-century education and workforce preparation. Approximately 25-50 outstanding K–12 teachers from across the state are selected annually for the year-long program.

STEM SENC was formed in 2018 to provide access to STEM learning opportunities for students throughout Southeastern North Carolina. The regional effort brings together individuals, organizations, schools, institutions, and businesses from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland to support STEM learning. 

For more information about STEM SENC and the opportunities it provides, visit the STEM SENC website