The Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development: Teaching Students to Think Outside the Book

By Valerie B. Schild and Gail Holmes.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development is an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University. This highly acclaimed program offers competitive research fellowships to outstanding K-12 public school teachers in North Carolina, USA. The program, established in 2000, is an initiative that supports outstanding K-12 public school teachers to equip students to meet the challenges of a knowledge-based, highly technical, global economy.

This article provides readers with an overview of the Kenan Fellows Program and highlights how one Kenan Fellow, Ms. Gail Holmes developed an effective lesson on the Cherokee Native American’s Trail of Tears using an inquiry methodology and a wide variety of technology tools.

Keywords: Interactive and Collaborative Learning, Use of Cutting-Edge Technologies in the Classroom, Formal Learning, Teaching in the Digital Era

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.201-208. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 729.582KB).

Dr. Valerie B. Schild

Director Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development, Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Valerie B. Brown-Schild, Ph.D., is the Director of the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development, affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University. The Kenan Fellows Program is an innovative model to promote teacher leadership, address teacher retention and advance K-12 science, technology and mathematics education. Public school teachers selected as Kenan Fellows participate in the prestigious fellowship while remaining active in the classroom. Dr. Brown-Schild brings many years of experience leading innovative models to promote teacher effectiveness and leadership, school reform, community-based advocacy, and curriculum and instruction initiatives. In previous leadership roles with Topics Education, RTI International and Wake Education Partnership, she has proven her ability to evaluate and implement educational reform programs with a specific emphasis on teacher professionalism and effective teaching, as well as strategies to assist a broad range of community groups addressing the needs of all students. The winner of numerous awards and recognition for her leadership role in the education field, Dr. Brown-Schild has demonstrated success as the author or co-author of comprehensive publications, compiling and analyzing original data and reviewing existing literature. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC- Chapel Hill. An adjunct professor in the College of Education at N.C. State University and a former elementary teacher and literacy specialist, Dr. Brown-Schild also possesses the practical and relevant background to lead efforts in teacher professional development.

Gail Holmes

North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA


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