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.

Apply to be a Science Leadership Fellow!

NCSLA is now accepting applications for the 2018-2020 cohort of Science Leadership Fellows

To apply download the application form (docx).  Be sure to read the instructions completely before beginning.

All applications and letters of support must be submitted by December 10, 2017.

If you have any questions, contact Michelle Ellis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What it means to be a Science Leadership Fellow

In February 2012 the new cohort of Science Leadership Fellows (SLF) met at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence (CCEE) in Chapel Hill to facilitate professional development in fostering effective change in educational policy and identifying key concerns in science support for teaching professionals within the cohort.  In addition, we utilized team building activities to construct norms for communication and promote a sense of community among the members of the cohort.

Upon completion of the weekend, the fellows wanted to articulate their appreciation to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund that was possible through their generous support.

Thank you for your support of the NCSLA Fellowship Program, I'm looking forward to learning so much about how to become a more focused science leader in my school, district and the state. Your continued support of this is much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Carla Billups

I really enjoyed the NCSLA Fellows meeting/session.  Due to the generosity of the sponsors, we were able to come together and network and brainstorm the various ways we could go back to our schools and counties and impact science education.  This group consists of extremely gifted and talented leaders in science education and I am excited to be a part of this group and look forward to future events.  I am sharing with my colleagues the impact that participation has had on me as well as encouraging them to participate as members of NCSLA and to support the businesses and efforts of our generous sponsor.


Thanks!

Lesley Brickhouse

The thing  from our last meeting that will help me more than anything in the immediate (and already has) future is the collaboration for some of our materials.  I have been able to help give guidance to two people how to use the calendar program more effectively to complete follow through.  Making sure others do what they do in a group setting to get tasks done on time.  I have also benefitted in gaining a mentor for my national boards! In one session, I have been blessed and have been able to be a blessing to others,

Mark Case

I would really like to thank the sponsors for providing the location and resources for us to begin this process. I’ve already used some of the ideas from the “Change” game when I taught a PD session on a potentially stressful concept to science teachers (including literacy).

Melanie Rickard

What I liked the most was the Change Game.  I learned about looking at change from different perspectives and how it can affect  individuals in ways that you had not previously considered.  This reminds me to try to look at the big picture when making decisions that affect many people.
Thanks for doing this for us,

Tonya German

Thank you so much for funding the NCSLA Fellows Program.  I am a new fellow this year and have already been positively affected just by the first weekend session.  NCSLA helped me discover some of my leadership potential and where I may be lagging.  With this information I have already taken action steps to be a positive leader in the NC science community.  And for that I just wanted to say thank you.  Without you this experience and learning could not have happened.

Thanks,

Marty Creech

Being a part of the NCSLA Fellowship Program is already helping me connect with other leaders in science education, while giving me the skills and experience to become a leader myself. Thank you for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity,

Sincerely,

Nicolette Cagle

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to work with this leadership team. I look forward to developing a strong working relationship with all of these people over the next two years. They have several different strengths to offer. I really enjoyed working with them this past weekend, particularly in the "Making Change" game. I began to truly understand the process we need to use to accomplish our goals.

Once again, thank you,

Nancy D Clark/Gaston


2007-2009 Cohort

The North Carolina Leadership Association (NCSLA) is proud to announce an initiative to foster the development of science education leaders in North Carolina. The purpose of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education. This newly revised program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.


Participants

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Baile, Julie
Onslow County Schools
New Bridge Middle
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Benigno, Michelle
Henderson County Schools
Instructional Coach
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Berge, Patty
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
East Chapel Hill High
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Childers, Tracy
Burke County Schools
East Burke Middle
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Read Tracy's blog from his workshop in Yellowstone Park.

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Wood, Katherine
Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools
Glenwood Elementary
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Corbin, Robert
Discovery Place
VP Learning Services
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Ellis, Michelle
Gaston County Schools
Lingerfeldt Elementary
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Wayne Fisher
Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools
K-5 Science Specialist
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Forkner, Mary
Tom's Creek Nursery
Educator
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Foye, Michelle
Iredell-Statesville Schools
Celeste Henkel Elementary
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Hackett, Valerie
Kannapolis City Schools
Kannapolis Intermediate
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Hite, Rebecca
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Chapel Hill High
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James, Debra
Guilford County Schools
Southern Guilford High School
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Carrie Jones
Wake County Schools
Middle Creek High
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Kraszeski, Debbie
Guilford County Schools
Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist
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Peacock, Elizabeth
Wake County Schools
Elementary Science Coordinating Teacher
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Livesay, Susan
Moore County Schools
Science Cuuriculum Specialist
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Hudson, Lisa
North Carolina Department of Instruction
Science Consultant
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McDonald, Jalynn
Lee County Schools
Lee County High
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Raymond, Vickie
Chatham County Schools
Jordan Matthews High School
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Rutherford, Heather
Chatham County Schools
Virginia Cross Elementary
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Williams, Mark
Guilford County Schools
GTCC Middle College
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Facilitators: Bill Kawczynski, Donna Melpolder Darlene Ryan, Mary Louise Bellamy, Scott Childers, and Pat Shane.

Events – Year 1

beaconFirst Session- October 4-6, 2007

The current fellows started out taking the Meyers Briggs personality assessment.  We continued the next day with multiple activities to develop effective communication skills in our challenging situations.  We were able to analyze our strengths and weakness as leaders so we could serve as agents of change in our schools and systems.  Bonding occurred through these team-building activities while developing professional networking. 

In the practice of consensus building, a logo was developed to represent the current cohort.

Second Session – November 14-16, 2007

Fellows attended the NCSLA Fall Meeting which included presentations from Dr. Jerry Valadez, Former President of NSELA and Dr. Lin Chambers, NASA Scientist.  The NCSTA Professional Development Institute coincided with the Fall NCSLA Meeting.   As Fellows, we promoted the NCSLA program by recruiting new members at the exhibition hall and providing information for conference participants.  After attending multiple sessions and visiting numerous vendors, fellows had a final meeting to share valuable materials and resources.  The collaboration and sharing was an amazing opportunity to extend our network of science connections and enhance student learning.  Fellows networked at the fall meeting and NCSTA President’s reception where one of our Fellows,  Rebecca Hite Mercadoocasio, received a District 5 Outstanding High School Science Teaching Award.

Third Session – February 9, 2008

The Winter Retreat focused on decision making as a leader.  Fellows were presented with a model for making decisions that looked at process, relationships, and results.  A simulation was used to give the Fellows practice in this model.  The Fellows departed this meeting with an action plan for implementation of the model and a partner to email or phone to in order to discuss the progress or reflect upon potential strategies.

Fourth Session – April 24-25, 2008

At the spring NCSLA meeting, fellows and members came together to network, to recognize the accomplishment of one of their peers, and to hear about current issues in science education from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Organizations were recognized whose support is essential for the functioning of the Association.  Continuity of leadership was demonstrated by the installation of new officers and the passing of the gavel to the new president, Max Dass.

The spring workshop for fellows focused on technology and applications in the classroom.  Fellows were introduced to open source software, video lectures, and lesson support software.  The day was filled with teachers exchanging helpful sites and techological applications that have proven to be effective in their own experiences.

2005-2007 Cohort

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Participants:
Barrington Ross, Durham Public Schools
Dianne Affleck, UNC-CH CMSE
Kim Fearrington, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools
Courtney Sears, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools
Keri Randolph, Chatham County Schools
Donna Melpolder, Chatham County Schools
Carlene White, Chatham County Schools
Walt Gray, Pender County Schools
Pam Braley, Alleghany County Schoolss
Jason Gardner, Iredell-Statesville Schools
Rob Halpern, Stokes County Schools

Facilitators: Bill Kawczynski, Darlene Ryan, Mary Louise Bellamy, Ernest bibby, Karen Charles, and Pat Shane.

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2002-2004 Cohort

Funded through a partnership with Carolina Biological, NSCLA’s Fellows Program began sponsoring a new cohort of Fellows in the fall of 2002. By the end of the first activity, a weekend retreat at Brown Summit, it was clear that one year was not enough time to provide meaningful leadership experiences to this cohort. Fellows director, Ernest Bibby, proposed to the NSCLA executive board that the Fellows Program be extended to two years and include more opportunities for the Fellows. The board agreed, and as a result of board support this current Fellows cohort will participate through 2004.

P4200016_JPGBibby is supported in Fellows planning and program development by Pat Shane-Bowers and Karen Charles. This threesome meets periodically to plan activities and design experiences for the Fellows that will enhance their science leadership skills.

This collaborative planning has resulted in the addition of several new and exciting features to the Fellows curriculum. In the past, Fellows have met at a fall retreat, attended the state science teachers’ conference and the state technology conference, and ‘graduated’ in the spring. The expanded program includes the following new offerings.

Because of their long-term involvement in the state science fair, Bibby and Shane-Bowers were able to arrange for the Fellows to serve as judges at the state science fair this year. This will give the Fellows a chance to work on a project at the state level as well as meet other state science leaders.
Similarly, a technology opportunity at the Miami Museum of Science for 21 LEA and IHE science educators has led to the development of a cadre of trainers in the state that have been able to incorporate the MMS materials into their own technology programs.
Lisa Grable, a participant in the MMS training, has agreed to host a one-day session for the Fellows at NCSU, which will focus on using the Internet for materials selection and for curriculum development.
Lastly, the Fellows are working together to develop a series of lessons on force and motion and will use their technology skills to finalize these lessons.

The Fellows continue to be NSCLA’s guests at our bi-annual membership functions and report that they are growing personally and professionally because of their involvement with the Fellows.

The 2002-2004 cohort includes:

Sarah Carson, Iredell-Statesville Schools
Diana Ford, Iredell-Statesville Schools
Scott Childers, Iredell-Statesville Schools
Corinne Petro, Iredell-Statesville Schools
Sandra Cates, Rockingham Schools
Ann Griffey, Salisbury Schools
Bill Kawczynski, UNCW-MSEN
‘Doc’ Morton, Salisbury Schools
Darlene Ryan, Chatham Schools

NCSLA Leadership Fellow Attend Retreat

The 2002 Class of the NCLSA Leadership Fellows Program had its kickoff meeting, a Leadership Retreat, May 17-19, 2002 at the Summit Conference Center in Brown Summit, N. C. NCSLA is proud to have such an enthusiastic and competent group of emerging science leaders as Fellows.

The Retreat activities consisted of a variety leadership activities related to building effective teams, understanding leadership styles, and facilitating change. Karen Charles, Pat Bowers, and Ernest Bibby served as Retreat coordinators/presenters. In addition, Dan Bruffey, a nationally recognized Myers-Briggs consultant conducted a wonderful session dealing with understanding leadership styles and team dynamics.

The purpose of the NCSLA Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance the professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education.

Science Leadership Fellows Program

The North Carolina Leadership Association (NCSLA) is proud to lead an initiative to foster the development of science education leaders in North Carolina. The purpose of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science smtlogoleaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education. This newly revised program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center. 

Apply to join the 2018-2020 cohort!

Download a SLFP Brochure (pdf)

Download the presentation by SLFP alumni at the 2013 NSTA Conference in Charlotte (pdf)

Read comments from the current cohort of Science Leadership Fellows.

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About the Program

The NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program

• Fosters the development of science education leaders
• Enhances professional competence
• Develops leadership abilities

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  • Tailored to the needs of each cohort
  • Instructional and assessment strategies
  • Facilitating reform and change
  • Building leadership capacity
  • Conflict resolution and consensus building
  • Networking and building partnerships
  • Effective use of technology
  • Processes for text/materials selection
  • Grant writing

Who Can Become a Fellow?

  • Classroom teachers and science lead teachers/department chairs
  • LEA science supervisors 
  • LEA general supervisors whose duties include science 
  • Informal and out-of-school educators
  • Other administrators 
  • Individuals in business and industry who work in science education  
  • Anyone who is in or may be in science leadership in NC

What Does the Program Involve?

  • Cohorts of 12 to 15 members formed every two years
  • Cohort meets four times per year including attendance at the NCSLA/
    NCSTA professional development institutes held in November

How is the Program Funded?

  • North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
    Center
  • Applicant’s LEA, university or business must commit to financially
    support attendance at the NCSLA/NCSTA professional development
    institutes in November
  • NCSLA covers other expenses

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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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