What is the amount of the fellowship?
The Herb Kohl Fellowship is a one time only $6,000 award to the selected educator, and the educator's school also receives $6,000. One hundred fellowships are awarded annually.
Who is eligible?
Pre-K through Grade 12 Wisconsin teachers must first be nominated by a parent, teacher, student, community member or administrator before they can apply. Because the purpose of this program is to recognize the contribution of Wisconsin classroom teachers, those staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are ineligible. Previous Kohl Fellowship recipients are ineligible. Potential candidates should intend to continue teaching in their current capacity for at least the year following receipt of the Kohl Fellowship. See the page entitled "Accept a Nomination" for a detailed list of evaluation criteria. Teachers who were previously nominated and applied, but did not receive a Fellowship, are eligible to reapply if nominated.
How can I nominate a teacher?
Use the online nomination form that appears on this website. See the page entitled "Nominate a Teacher".
After an educator is nominated, what is the next step?
Nominated educators are notified by email of their nomination. If they choose to apply, they will be evaluated on their ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Applications must be typed. See the page entitled "Accept a Nomination" for a detailed list of evaluation criteria. Also read the sample Scoring Form. Previous Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply, however educators who have been nominated in the past but not selected as a Fellowship recipient may re-apply if re-nominated.
What is the application deadline?
For public school teachers the deadline for submitting a completed application is Tuesday, November 5, 2019. For religious and independent school applicants, completed Kohl Teacher Fellowship applications have to be submitted on or before Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Completed applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.
What is the selection process?
Public school applicants are screened at either the teacher's Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) or for teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), through the MPS District office. Religious and independent school applicants are screened by the diocese or jurisdiction with which the school is affiliated. Regional selection committees will select 200 finalists, whose applications will be reviewed and scored by a statewide selection committee in late January or early February. See the page entitled "Nomination and Selection Process" for more information.
How will an applicant be notified if he or she has been chosen to receive a Kohl Fellowship?
Each Fellowship recipient will be contacted by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in early March. The Fellowship grants are sent to the Fellowship recipient and the recipient's school in late June.
Are there restrictions on how the Fellowship may be used?
There are no restrictions on how a Fellow may use his or her $6,000 award. The Kohl Foundation suggests that the Fellowship recipient's school use its $6,000 matching grant for innovation in education.