Spring is a time for renewal and growth! As a leader in science and STEM education in North Carolina, you are invited to join fellow NCSLA members on April 29th from 12:00 to 4:30 PM for our annual Spring Meeting. Not a member, but interested in attending? No problem! The non-member price to attend includes a one year membership to NCSLA.
The theme of this year’s meeting is “A Summit for Science/STEM Education Leadership in North Carolina”. The program will include a nice lunch, a short business meeting, the presentation of the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award, a keynote “Inspirational” speaker about leadership in science and STEM, a short whole group session on what leadership looks like in science and STEM and what do leaders do, breakout sessions for K-5, 6-12, and University/Informal groups, and a panel presentation to share the discussions in the breakout groups.
The location for the meeting will be the Hunt Library at Centennial Campus at NC State University.
In either case, the purpose of the meeting is to bring science and STEM educators leaders from across the state to network, celebrate, support, lead, and advocate for science/STEM leadership at the school, district, regional, and state levels. This meeting in particular will look at the state of science/STEM leadership in North Carolina, establish a baseline to know what people and organizations are doing to provide leadership opportunities to stakeholders in science/STEM education, and share ideas and strategies to strengthen science/STEM leadership across the state.
A few of the specific questions to be discussed in the breakout groups will be
- What is the role of NCDPI, the Centers for STEM Education, the Science House and other organizations to help develop teachers and others as leaders for science/STEM?
- What does it mean to be a teacher/leader for science/STEM Education in the K-12, informal, advocacy, and pre-service environments?
- What are the obstacles/barriers to sustain successful teacher leader programs, what are some strategies to overcome those obstacles, and what resources are needed – people/policies/programs – to implement successful strategies to impact science/STEM leadership?
- What are some SMART goals for next steps to strengthen the ties between the various organizations in North Carolina that provide science/STEM leadership opportunities for educators?
If you or your organization is involved in teacher leader programs in anyway, or if you are an educator or someone who works with educators to help promote science/STEM activities, we want your voice at the breakout sessions and the meeting.