The purpose of the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship program is to recognize and support 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. Annually, the Foundation awards one hundred Wisconsin teachers with $1,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient's school receives a matching $1,000 grant. Recipients' professional accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring. Wisconsin's religious and independent schools receive a proportionate number of the total fellowships awarded each year.
To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, a teacher must be nominated by a:
• community member, or
• school administrator
Classroom teachers in Pre-K through grade 12 who plan to continue teaching in their current capacity for at least the following year are eligible for nomination.
Special services teachers are also eligible to be nominated for a fellowship. Nominees in this category must have daily face-to-face contact with students. Teachers eligible for recognition in special services include: special education teachers, gifted and talented teachers (or other exceptional needs), reading resource teachers, speech therapists, guidance counselors, and instructional media personnel.
Because the purpose of this program is to recognize the contributions of classroom teachers, those staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are ineligible. Previous fellowship recipients are ineligible.
Nomination forms must be submitted to the central education office for the diocese/jurisdiction with which the teacher's school is affiliated on or before September 28, 2012.
For a detailed description of the application process, please click on the Application page.