Giving Direction to Science Education

Spring 2016 Membership Meeting and Professional Development

Last Updated on 06 April 2016

Improving literacy through science leadership

Please join us for our Spring NC Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) Membership meeting on April 30th at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC.

Our lunch speaker will be Ross Donihue, cartographer and visual storyteller, sponsored by National Geographic.

Following lunch well-known author Christine Royce will conduct a Professional Development workshop on using trade books to teach science.

Learn more and register!


Wondering about the Maker Movement?

Last Updated on 22 April 2016

From Education Week

Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot—or as under-researched—as "Maker" education.

The term generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities (such as building, computer programming, and sewing) to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values playfulness and experimentation, growth and iteration, and collaboration and community. 

Typically, "Making" involves attempting to solve a particular problem, creating a physical or digital artifact, and sharing that product with a larger audience. Often, such work is guided by the notion that process is more important than results.

The Maker Movement has its roots outside of school, in institutions such as science museums and in the informal activities that everyday people have taken part in for generations. It began exploding about a decade ago, thanks in large part to the enthusiastic audience of Make magazine and the popularity of public events such as Maker Faires.

Read more about how K-12 Education can benefit from the maker movement.


Pamela Gilchrist - NSELA Regional Director

Last Updated on 03 April 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela O. Gilchrist, Director, Imhotep & Kyran Anderson Academy with The Science House at NC State University. She has been elected as the next National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Region C director!  We are excited to have her represent North Carolina in this national position.  


Congratulations to the new cohort of Science Leadership Fellows!

Last Updated on 03 March 2016

Congratulations to the science educators listed below on being selected for the prestigious Science Leadership Fellow Program offered by the North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA). The program is sponsored by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation as well as NCSLA.

The two-year program is designed to foster the development of leadership skills that are necessary for leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science/STEM education. The Fellows immerse themselves in topics such as qualities and behaviors of leaders, the change process, leadership styles, effective committee selection, strategic leadership, conflict resolution, grant proposal writing, developing budgets, the importance of networking, understanding educational policy, and planning/presenting effective professional development.

Mildred Bankhead-Smith Carthage
Molly Barlow Hickory
Joann Blumenfeld Raleigh
Dee Chinault Fort Mill
Megan Ennes Raleigh
Teresa Fulk Brown Summitt
Chris Gordon Cary
Lindsay Knippenberg Mooresville
Jess Miller Charlotte
Gabby Patrick Lumber Bridge
Bradley Rhew Trinity
Kerrie Seberg Charlotte
Jennifer Stalls Greenville

Building an Online Presence

Last Updated on 21 April 2015

As a service to NCSLA members, the Advocacy committee is developing curriculum modules to help educators.  The first module focuses on using Twitter as a tool for professional learning and development. 

Watch the video below to get started with this powerful tool that can connect you to educators around the world.  Then download this list of "Who to Follow on Twitter" to get going!