05/12/08 — Local teachers receive Kenan accolade

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Local teachers receive Kenan accolade

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 12, 2008 1:45 PM

Two teachers at Wayne County Public Schools' newest sites have been chosen to be part of the first expansion class in the Kenan Fellows Pro-gram for Curriculum and Leader ship Development at N.C. State University.

Amanda Warren, an engineering and science teacher at Wayne School of Engineering, and Susan Randolph, a science teacher at Wayne Early-/Middle College High School will be part of the two-year fellowship in partnership with the New Schools Project to develop curricula for use in classrooms across the state.

The Kenan Fellows Program is an innovative model to promote teacherleadership, address teacher retention and advance K-12 science, technology and mathematics education.

Ms. Randolph's project is entitled "Applied Aquatic Ecology" and Ms. Warren's project is "Applied Aquatic Ecology: Life in the Neuse."

As part of the Class of 2010, the teachers will collaborate with the N.C. Department of Public Instr-uction in the development and distribution of curricular resources statewide, work closely with a mentor in developing their projects, participate in research to develop inquiry-guided instr-uction to be used in the classroom, talk with state leaders at events that encourage professional development, train to be a teacher leader and present findings at state and national conferences.

Schools superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor applauded Ms. Warren and Ms. Randolph for earning the fellowship.

"We are excited that Wayne County Public Schools' teachers can help work with the state to help advance the areas of math, science and technology in our schools," he said. "Ms. Warren and Ms. Randolph will not only be able to integrate the knowledge and strategies developed through this fellowship in their own classrooms, but they will also be a valuable staff development resource for our teachers across the district."