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
2017 Spring Meeting
2016 Fall Meeting
Follow-up
2016 Gatling
Award Winner
Nominate a Leader
for the Jackson Award
Meet the Board:
Christi Whitworth
Mountains to the Sea
 

There are just a few featured opportunities for professional development across the state this spring and summer!

Prepare for the Solar Eclipse in August 2017

Master of Arts in Education - Science Education via ECU

Experience a Blend of Face-to-Face and Online Education: Courses are primarily taught online; however, there will also be opportunities to meet periodically during the semester at a local school campus to foster communication and community among instructors and cohort members. The perfect blend– convenience of online courses and the support of your peers as your pursue this opportunity together!  Details including cost and courses in the attached flyer.

Nominate a Leader for the Michael C. Jackson Award

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Message from
the President
2017 Spring Meeting
2016 Fall Meeting
Follow-up
2016 Gatling
Award Winner
Nominate a Leader
for the Jackson Award
Meet the Board:
Christi Whitworth
Mountains to the Sea
 

NCSLA Annually gives a Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award to the person who has performed a great service to science education in North Carolina. The Distinguished Service Award was renamed in 2008 in honor of Michael C. Jackson, a founder of NCSLA. The award is sponsored by Fisher Scientific Education and is presented at the Spring Meeting.

To nominate someone, whether a NCSLA member or not, for this award, complete the application form, and submit it no later than March 31. Please consider nominating anyone who has been a tremendous help to your or your area or to science education in North Carolina. We encourage you to keep your nominations confidential. Nominations that are not awarded will be held over for consideration in subsequent years.

Completed nomination packets should include the following:

1. Completed nomination form.

2. Letters of recommendation or support.

3. Short resume' or vita of the nominee. (optional)

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

 

 

 

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.

Follow-Up Fall 2016 Meeting

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Message from
the President
2017 Spring Meeting
2016 Fall Meeting
Follow-up
2016 Gatling
Award Winner
Nominate a Leader
for the Jackson Award
Meet the Board:
Christi Whitworth
Mountains to the Sea
 

The Fall Meeting in Greensboro, NC on October 19th, 2016 was attended by over 100 members, presenters, sponsors, and guests who participated in an afternoon of professional development and an evening of networking and celebrating science education leadership in North Carolina.

The theme of the meeting was “Leading Education in Engineering and Science” and featured a keynote address on Creativity and Innovation by Dr. Britt Magneson, Vice President for Urban and Strategic Sales for the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Rapid Action sessions on Science & Literacy, Maker Faires/Innovation, and Underrepresented Groups in STEM Education, a Showcase of Exemplary Innovative and Literacy Programs in STEM Education, and an evening reception and dinner highlighted by the presentation of the Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina and a presentation by Jose Garcia, STEM Director, Green County Schools.

Members interested in the contact information for any of the presenters at the Showcase, speakers, or facilitators of the Rapid Action sessions may contact Wayne Fisher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Meet the Board - Christi Whitworth

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Message from
the President
2017 Spring Meeting
2016 Fall Meeting
Follow-up
2016 Gatling
Award Winner
Nominate a Leader
for the Jackson Award
Meet the Board:
Christi Whitworth
Mountains to the Sea
 

Christi Whitworth

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Director of Learning Experiences
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)

Christi Whitworth is Director of Learning Experiences at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located in Rosman, North Carolina.  She attended Tennessee Technological University and holds degrees in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction.  She worked with gifted students and science education in Tennessee public schools before moving into informal education in 2005 while living in Texas.  She has worked as a science educator and director at PARI since 2006. 

At PARI, she maintains, manages and creates programming for PARI’s portable planetarium, science education, and outreach programs including homeschool programs, computer science and citizen science programming.  She has successfully managed grants from Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the NSF to provide STEM programming to North Carolina students.  She serves as the collaborative lead for the North Carolina Girls STEM Collaborative in affiliation with the National Girls Collaborative Project.  The collaboratives work to connect programs and resources across the state of North Carolina in the effort to encourage, mentor and promote organizations that serve girls in STEM fields and builds strong connections between the girls and future careers. 

 

2016 Gatling Award Winner - Dr. Pamela Gilchrist

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Message from
the President
2017 Spring Meeting
2016 Fall Meeting
Follow-up
2016 Gatling
Award Winner
Nominate a Leader
for the Jackson Award
Meet the Board:
Christi Whitworth
Mountains to the Sea
 

pamawardThe Herman and Emma Gatling Award goes to an outstanding science education leader in North Carolina. Carolina Biological Supply Company supports this award.

This year, during the fall meeting, NCSLA recognized the achievements of Dr. Pamela Gilchrist.

Nominators described Dr. Gilchrist as a “genuine outstanding leader” who is dedicated, sets goals and achieves them, is organized, communicates well, and is an excellent role model. She was also described “a veteran leader and tireless ambassador for STEM education” and as an “inspiration to many young students and teachers.”

Moreover, Dr. Gilchrist is clearly dedicated to STEM education. She has lead STEM programs that have “impacted over 8,000 students, 150 teachers, 1000 parents, and 50 partnering scientists.” She has developed “over 40 innovative student science and teacher professional development programs” and in doing so, she “has addressed major economic and educational demands” of “African-American, Latino, and female students.” She has also collaborated “with colleagues at The Science House and STEM professionals to secure four external grants for a total of $1.8 million to offer student and teacher programs” for rural and underrepresented populations in North Carolina.

Dr. Gilchrist’s list of achievements continues: She has worked at a 7th grade science teacher. She has published papers. She has developed curriculum models for statewide dissemination. She has also directed Imhotep and the Kyran Anderson Academy, and she served as our very own President of NCSLA during our 25th anniversary year.

Please join NCSLA in congratulating Dr. Gilchrist and recognizing her outstanding achievements.

 

2017 NCSLA Spring Meeting – Summit for Science/STEM Education Leadership

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Message from
the President
2017 Spring Meeting
2016 Fall Meeting
Follow-up
2016 Gatling
Award Winner
Nominate a Leader
for the Jackson Award
Meet the Board:
Christi Whitworth
Mountains to the Sea
 

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.

Register now to join us on April 29th for the Summit for Science/STEM Education in North Carolina.  If you have questions  or would like more information about the agenda, email Wayne Fisher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Leadership Opportunities

NSELA provides many opportunities for members to build leadership skills and take leadership rolls that shape science education. 

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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