Spring Membership Meeting

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Make plan to join us in Raleigh on Saturday, April 28 for our Spring Membership Meeting

Join NCSLA

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Join today!  NCSLA is seeking new members interested in

Run for Office

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NCSLA is looking for new leaders to serve on the leadership team.  Offices up for election include President-Elect and Directors-at-Large.  The deadline for nominations is January 15.  Submit your nomination today!

Recognize a Leader

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Nominations are being sought for the Jackson Distinguished Service Award.  The award recognizes  outstanding leadership and service to science education at the district, regional, state levels and beyond. Submit a nomination.

Mountains to the Sea

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Message from
the President
NCSLA Fall Meeting
and PD
Fellows on the Move
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Moore and Alston-Socha
Mountains to the Sea
NCSLA Announcements
 

STEM West

STEM West of Western NC will be holding its fall meeting October 5th at Newton Conover Middle School from 10:00-12:00. The public is welcome, especially those interested in STEM Education. Attendees come from business, government, informal and formal education, and interested citizens. STEM West advocates and supports the alignment of educational and occupational objectives through the regional workforce and community partnerships.

STEM West is also hosting its inaugural EdCamp STEM West at Grandview Middle School in Hickory from 8:00-1:00 on January 21st, 2017. This is the first STEM EdCamp in NC.

 

Nuclear Science Week at UNCW

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) and the Watson College of Education will be partnering with the Wilmington Area Local Section of the American Nuclear Society (Wilmington ANS) along with the local chapters of NAYGN to host the 2016 National Nuclear Science Week in Wilmington, NC. “Nuclear Science Week (NSW) is a unique outreach opportunity that grants teachers, student and citizens direct access to nuclear technologies and energy experts.”

On Saturday, October 22nd from 9AM – 12Noon on the Campus of UNCW, area teachers “are invited to learn about nuclear detection and other experiments that they can run in their own classroom. Those teachers completing the workshop will be given a refurbished detector they can take back to their classroom, as well as an activity booklet for lesson planning.” For more information and registration for the event, please refer to the webpage: http://www.nuclearscienceweek.org/.

NCSLA Announcements

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Message from
the President
NCSLA Fall Meeting
and PD
Fellows on the Move
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Moore and Alston-Socha
Mountains to the Sea
NCSLA Announcements
 

Seeking NCSLA Leaders of the Future

The NCSLA Nominations Committee is looking for nominations and recommendations to fill elected board positions for the upcoming year. The following elected positions will be on the spring ballot: president-elect and 2 district-at-large members. If you are interested in or know a candidate that is ready to make a difference in science education complete the online nominations form.

Not ready for an elected board position but want to get involved?  Complete the online application for a board committee.

Contact Dr. Teresa H. Cowan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for any other questions.

 

 

NCSTA Workshop:The Key to Conquering Literacy

October 20-21
Koury Convention Center-Greensboro, NC

Join us to participate in classroom activities and demonstrations designed to improve the literacy skills of students in grades K-5. Some of the best educators in the state will be sharing classroom ideas and activities that have worked.

Download a flier with more details.  Visit the NCSTA web site to register for this great opportunity.

Fellows on the Move

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Message from
the President
NCSLA Fall Meeting
and PD
Fellows on the Move
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Moore and Alston-Socha
Mountains to the Sea
NCSLA Announcements
 

Over the Summer break, our Fellows have been active. Here is a glimpse of some of the great things our NCSLA Fellows have been doing.

Megan Ennes won a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. She traveled to Finland to learn more about their educational system. She has led multiple teacher workshops.

 

Joann Blumenfeld led her high school students to MIT Invent Team Finals through her project Catalyst: Creating Opportunities in STEM. They are the only team from North Carolina. She attended the U Penn University as a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar.

 

Lindsay Knippenberg was named the NC Outstanding Earth Science Teacher and the Southeast Outstanding Earth Science Teacher. She is a national finalist.

 

Kerrie Seberg was featured in a new blog called Social Good Charlotte for the work she is doing in science with Project LIFT.

 

Dr. Mildred Bankhead-Smith worked with elementary and middle school teachers at UNC-Pembroke designing science kits.

 

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our Fellows, and we are looking forward to hearing more from such a talented group.

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Meet the Board - Shawn Moore and Willow Alston-Socha

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Message from
the President
NCSLA Fall Meeting
and PD
Fellows on the Move
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Moore and Alston-Socha
Mountains to the Sea
NCSLA Announcements
 

Willow Alston-Socha

willowWillow Alston-Socha is the K-5 Science Specialist for Durham Public Schools. She previously served as an Instructional Coach for NC New Schools, focusing on improving student learning in rural comprehensive high schools. From 2012 to 2015, she served as the STEM Master Teacher for the Mebane Foundation STEM Infusion Grant project with Moore County Schools.  Mrs. Alston-Socha has 13 years experience in education and previously taught Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Earth Science at Hoke County High School. 

In 2011, Willow was awarded the Kenan Fellowship for Curriculum and Leadership Development, where she worked with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on professional development pertaining to the Common Core State Standards and New Essential Standards. In 2013, Mrs. Alston-Socha  completed an internship with the  North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. During this internship, she trained as a Seize the Data Literacy Specialist and created a 4-unit Professional Development course for NCDPI. In 2014, Willow was chosen for the North Carolina Governor's Teacher Network where she created a professional development module from the research she conducted on the impact of technology integration on learning. From 2014-2016, Willow was a North Carolina Science Leadership (NCSLA) Fellow, and now serves as the chair of the Advocacy Committee. 

Mrs. Alston Socha has a MEd. in Curriculum and Methods from Concordia University and is currently working on a second Master's degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 

Shawn Moore

shawnShawn Moore received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Carolina University in 2001, where he participated in research at the Brody School of Medicine, working in Pediatric Infectious Disease. In 2004 Shawn received his Master of Science degree in Cellular Biology from East Carolina University, where he focused on Immunology.

From 2004 until 2013, Shawn was a Biology Faculty Member at Craven Community College, where he taught courses in General Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Environmental Biology, and Microbiology. He also advised health professions students, represented faculty regarding policy issues, and was Faculty Association President.

In August of 2013, Shawn became the Assistant Director of the Center for STEM Education and in September of 2015 became the Acting Director, where he supports the STEM enterprise by participating on grant writing teams, being the Greenville Regional Director for Science Olympiad, as well as the Director for Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics at East Carolina University.

Shawn is completing his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Leadership at ECU, where his research interest deals with organizational response to participation and underrepresentation in STEM fields of study.

 

Nominations Sought for the 2016 Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina

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Message from
the President
NCSLA Fall Meeting
and PD
Fellows on the Move
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Moore and Alston-Socha
Mountains to the Sea
NCSLA Announcements
 

The NCSLA Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina goes to the person who has exemplified the high standards the late Herman Gatling of Durham County set in his job and in his life. This award recognizes the recipient for her/his many contributions as an outstanding science education leader in the state of North Carolina. It is presented at the fall membership meeting held prior to the NCSTA Professional Development Institute. Herman was given the first award posthumously in 1989; his wife, Emma, accepted the award on behalf of the family. This annual award is jointly sponsored by NCSLA and the Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Nominations are now being sought for this prestigious award. All nominees should exemplify the descriptors of this award described above and on the NCSLA website. They must also be current members of NCSLA. The award will be presented at our fall meeting.

The Nomination Form and supporting Letters of Recommendation should be submitted electronically no later than October 1, 2016. Information and nomination forms are available online.

For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NCSLA Awards Committee Chair.

Past recipients of this award:

  • Herman Gatling (1989)
  • Chuck Vizzini (1990)
  • Mack Baker (1991)
  • Mike Jackson (1992)
  • Ernest Bibby (1993)
  • Stan Hill (1994)
  • Rachel Clark (1995)
  • Garrett Tomlinson (1996)
  • Fred Beyer (1997)
  • John Packenham (1998)
  • Pat Shane (1999)
  • Norman Anderson (2000)
  • Jake Brown (2001)
  • Peggy Holliday (2002)
  • Jack Wheatley (2003)
  • Karen Dawkins (2004)
  • Joyce Hilliard-Clark (2005)
  • Jason Painter (2006)
  • Fran Nolan (2007)
  • Carr Thompson (2008)
  • Darlene Ryan (2009)
  • Judy Benton Day(2010)
  • Rick Wilkerson (2011)
  • Sam Houston(2012)
  • Lisa Grable (2013)
  • Alisa Wickliff (2014)
  • Tammy Lee (2015)

 

NCSLA Fall Membership Meeting and Professional Development Institute 2016

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Message from
the President
NCSLA Fall Meeting
and PD
Fellows on the Move
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Moore and Alston-Socha
Mountains to the Sea
NCSLA Announcements
 

Do you aspire to be a leader in STEM education at the classroom, school, district, state, or even national level? Are you interested in learning about the latest trends in STEM education that impact teacher practice and increase student achievement?

If so, you are invited to join us at the North Carolina Science Leadership Association’s Fall Membership meeting in Greensboro, NC on October 19th, 2016. The theme of the meeting is “Leading Education in Engineering and Science” and will feature a program to ignite your imagination and creativity as a STEM education leader.  Pre-register through October 12.

The program starts with a keynote address by Dr. Britt Magneson, Vice President for Urban and Strategic Sales for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Britt has spent most of her professional career in public education, going from classroom teacher to assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Her particular interest, passion, and expertise is providing opportunities for all students to experience high quality programming focused on creativity and innovative practices.

Following Dr. Magneson’s talk, assisted by Alaina Rutledge, Magneson will lead a hands-on problem-solving activity to illustrate how the Camp Invention and Invention Project programs incorporate innovation and creativity into problem solving activities. Ms Rutledge has developed educational programs for the National Inventors Hall of Fame for over 10 years. Her current research projects seek to couple attitudes in science and growth in creativity in an effort to understand the long term impact of invention education.

After a short business meeting, all participants will have a chance to select two Rapid Action sessions to attend. What’s a Rapid Action session? There will be three concurrent, 45-minute sessions where participants will work together to

  1. discuss a Problem Statement,
  2. propose activities to address the problem, and
  3. develop outcomes and deliverables to take next-step actions.

IMG 2098Each session will tackle one of three STEM education related problems:

  1. Integrating Science Content with Literacy,
  2. Maker Faires and Innovation, and
  3. Underrepresented Groups in STEM Education.

The afternoon portion of the Fall Meeting and Professional Development session concludes with a Showcase of Exemplary Innovation and Literacy Programs in STEM Education. Presenters will have one-half of a table to share information about curriculum, programs, products, or ideas that they have successfully used to engage students in learning about science in innovative and creative ways.   Submit a proposal for the Showcase Session.

After the Showcase, relax and network with your colleagues during the evening reception and dinner, highlighted by the presentation of the Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina. Nominations for this award are due by October 15.


 

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Leadership Opportunities

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Resources

NCSLA recruits and supports the development of, emerging science education leaders.  Use the following resources in the development of your own leadership skills.

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