Teaching Fellows

Summer Enrichment

Teaching Fellows are required to participate in a number of experiences designed to enhance their campus programs and give insights into the challenges facing them when they enter the classroom.

Lack of full participation in enrichment programs may result in loss of funds or dismissal from the Teaching Fellows Program (policy #30 in Policy Manual). Please be mindful that all summer enrichment programs must be completed prior to graduation (even if you are graduating in less than four (4) years).

The Discovery Trip follows the freshman year for Fellows. This seven-day bus trip in May offers a firsthand look at the state from an economic, educational, and cultural point of view. The Fellows see every possible aspect of the state, including industry, farms, high-tech businesses, corporations, schools and the arts. The Teaching Fellows see the various effects this rich diversity has on our schools. For more information, please contact Melissa Rains at mrains@ncforum.org.

Junior Enrichment is a summer program for rising juniors. Each Fellow chooses from a list of approximately 30 options, including a four day Outward Bound course, a mountain relaxation excursion, environmental education, various workshops, and numerous opportunities for travel abroad, including credit for study. For more information, please contact Melissa Rains at mrains@ncforum.org.

Junior Conference is a conference for rising juniors which takes place in late July. At this conference, you will have an opportunity to experience discussions and activities that will increase your knowledge and awareness about, and increase your sensitivity toward, social and cultural diversity. The conference also provides opportunities for networking (NCCAT alumni, speakers), bonding (with your colleagues from across the state), and accountability to the State of North Carolina (General Assembly, the funders and the NC Teaching Fellows Commission. For more information, please contact Melissa Rains at mrains@ncforum.org.

Senior Orientation Week requires each Teaching Fellow to spend one week in a school system, either during spring break of their junior year or summer break prior to their senior year.  The experience is designed to give students an introduction to the school community and an understanding of the overall operation of a school district through interaction with a wide range of personnel. Teaching Fellows are often offered paid internships following Orientation Week. For more information, please contact Melissa Rains at mrains@ncforum.org.

Senior Conference is a professional conference for rising seniors which takes place in late July. At this conference, you will gather information on educational issues, cutting edge techniques, and "words of wisdom" which will aid in your transition into your teaching career. Outstanding teachers identified by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) and Teaching Fellows graduates serve as facilitators working with small groups of Fellows to discuss concerns related to the real world of teaching. For more information, please contact Melissa Rains at mrains@ncforum.org.