Kohl Teacher Fellowship

Kohl Teacher Fellowship Program Guidelines

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 $6,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient’s school receives a matching $6,000 grant. Recipients’ professional accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring.

To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, a teacher must be nominated by a:

•   parent
•   teacher
•   student
•   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. Some examples of 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 programs purpose is to recognize the contributions of classroom teachers, staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are not eligible. Previous fellowship recipients are ineligible.

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time Monday, October 8, 2018.

Once nominated, a teacher will receive an email notification of his or her nomination, and a link to begin the application process. The deadline for submitting a completed application for 2019 is Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time.

To nominate an elementary teacher, high school teacher or preschool/child care teacher (associated with an elementary school), use the Kohl Teacher Fellowship nomination form.

To nominate an principal/administrator (preschool, elementary or high school), use the Kohl Outstanding Wisconsin Leadership Award

To nominate a preschool teacher or administrator/director in a freestanding preschool, click here to use the Educator of the Year nomination form.