LMC Fellows Program

Every summer, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes invites selected Fellows to Fort Scott, Kansas, to deepen their understanding of Unsung Heroes and project-based learning. The Fellowship unites top educators for a prestigious, merit-based professional development opportunity with high standards of excellence, output and benefits. Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change.

The LMC Fellowship provides educators an opportunity to reflect, reenergize and strategize. Fellows receive personal attention from our dedicated team of educational experts, as well as time for networking and collaborating with their exemplary peers. The program strengthens the ability of educators to facilitate student ownership over projects and develop skills among their students in critical thinking, research, analysis and application. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who change the world.

Goals and Objectives

  • Develop Unsung Heroes projects that can be sustained and life-changing
  • Create a passion for learning among students
  • Teach a unique and exciting discovery process rooted in project-based learning and the use of primary and secondary research
  • Generate a creative, innovative and collaborative network of premier educators from across the U.S. and the world

Professional Development

LMC Fellows gain robust professional development that can transform their classrooms and receive ongoing educational support in project-based learning, project development, primary and secondary research and much more. Further, Fellows join an elite network of premier educators from across the world focused on enhancing student learning experiences. In addition to a stipend, LMC Fellows receive:

  • One-on-one time with an award-winning educator, LMC Executive Director Norm Conard, to discuss classroom objectives, project development, core curriculum and standards
  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with top educators from around the world to enhance student learning experiences
  • Tools to draw out the highest potential from students
  • Theoretical and practical insights into the application of Unsung Heroes projects
  • Strategies and goals for project development in various modes, including documentary, performance, exhibit and website
  • Project development resources, including lesson guides and evaluation rubrics

Basis for Selection

The merit-based Fellowship is awarded annually in the spring to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching understanding and respect through project-based learning. There is no formal application process and fellowships are not awarded solely on the basis of academic or achievement records. Our basis for selection includes:

  • Exceptional educational talent as evident by effective instructional practices
  • Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom
  • Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues, communities and beyond
  • Active in the classroom
  • Potential for 10-20 more years in education
  • Commitment to the development of an Unsung Heroes project
  • Enthusiasm for sharing the mission of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
  • National or international recognition

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