The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin, USA. Our goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. The Foundation will award 100 Wisconsin teachers with $3,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient's school will receive a matching $3,000 grant. Recipients' professional accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring.

Nomination Process

To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, teachers must be nominated by parents, teachers, students, community members, or school district administrators. Because the purpose of this program is to recognize the contributions of Wisconsin classroom teachers, those staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are ineligible. Nominees must have daily face-to-face contact with students. Classroom teachers in Pre-K through Grade 12 who plan to continue teaching in their current capacity for at least one year are eligible for nomination. Teachers in special services, such as reading resource teachers, speech therapists, guidance counselors, and instructional media personnel, gifted and talented teachers, instructional resource or interventionist, school psychologist, school nurse or school social worker are also eligible. Previous Kohl Fellowship recipients are ineligible. Completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Department of Public Instruction no later than September 22, 2017.

Blank nomination forms are mailed to all Wisconsin schools each September.

Nominated teachers will be sent a Kohl Teacher Fellowship application form in October. Teachers who choose to apply must follow all instructions listed on the application form. Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

1.personal educational philosophy
2.demonstrated ability to inspire students'
love of learning
3.creation of innovative projects or programs
4.commitment to community
5.unrealized goals for their classroom or
professional development
6.positive qualities they see in education, and
changes they would like to see made to
strengthen and improve teaching


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