Fall 2017 Summit Meeting

Innovations in STEM Education in NC:  Achieving Excellence, Discovery, and Transforming our Schools

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro

Del Ruff from the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC will be the keynote speaker and will share "Crossing the STREAM (Strategies That Re-Engage All Minds)" by discussing techniques to engage students in formal and informal settings and Dr. Sam Houston will share the latest findings in the "STEM Scorecard Report."

This year NCDPI will not have a meeting for science supervisors Wednesday morning before NCSTA. However, the DPI team will provide updates at the NCSLA STEM Summit. We encourage all science supervisors and leaders from each LEA to attend.

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Featured Speakers

  • Del Ruff - Crossing the STREAM (Strategies That Re-Engage All Minds)
  • Jami Inman and the NCDPI team share the status of assessment for Science and test results

Bird of a Feather Breakout Sessions

Featured Speaker

  • Sam Houston - STEM Scorecard Report

Business meeting and presentation of the Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership

Showcase of the Best STEM programs in NC

Meeting Conclusion


Spring 2018 Science Leadership Summit

IMG 8581Achieving Excellence in STEM Education in NC

April 28, 2018 from 12:30 pm to 5 pm at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh

 Agenda - Let Innovation Inspire You!

  • Buffet lunch

  • Presentation of Michael C Jackson Distinguished Service Award

  • Business Meeting

  • Keynote Speaker - Dan St. Louis, Director of the Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College
    "Innovations That Spark STEM Interest In The Classroom"

  • Interactive STEM Technology and Innovation Playground (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Beebots, Sphero and more)

  • Graduation of NC Science Leadership Fellows

  • Passing of the Gavel



Fall 2015 Meeting and Professional Development

The Fall 2015 NCSLA Membership meeting was held on November 11th at the Winston-Salem Marriott.

This year’s theme is “Improving Literacy through Science Leadership: Engaging Strategies to Integrate Science and Literacy.”

The program will focus on best practices that work for the development of literacy skills through science programs, as well as the research behind those practices. We will host a variety of speakers and a showcase of exemplary programs that show how to effectively integrate science and literature.



 Improving Literacy through Science Leadership: Engaging Strategies to Integrate Science and Literacy
All sessions held in the Marriott Hotel Hearn Ballroom, Winston-Salem

PDI & Membership Meeting: 1:00-5:00 pm

1:00-3:00: Speakers

David K. Pugalee, Ph.D. (UNC-Charlotte)
Using STEM Learning to Build Literacy Skills

 Eric N. Wiebe, Ph.D. (NCSU)
Challenges of the Next Gen Science Standards, Science Notebooks, and Argumentation

Tammy D. Lee, Ph.D. (ECU)
Using Pictorial Representations to Increase Literacy and Science

Chuck Nusinov, M.Ed. (Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools)
Distributive Leadership Model to Impact Teacher Practice to Integrate Science and Literacy

3:00-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-3:30: Membership Meeting

3:30-4:30 pm: Showcase of Successful Programs Integrating Literacy and Science

4:30-5:00 pm: Job-Alike Sessions

Reception, Dinner and Closing Speaker:  5:30-8:00 pm

Presentation of Herman & Emma Gatling Outstanding Science Leader Award

Dinner Speaker: Manley Midgett, Meredith College
So, You're in Charge of Science; Now What?

Spring 2016 Membership Meeting and Professional Development

Improving literacy through science leadership

Please join us for our Spring NC Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) Membership meeting on April 30th, 12 - 4 pm 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.

The Rhyme and Reason for Integrating Children’s Literature in the Science Classroom

As educators in science leadership roles, each of you has the ability to influence the classroom environment. This session will focus on the research behind integration of children’s literature with scientific investigations in the classroom, as well as, provide information on various strategies and ideas to help build student engagement and learning when you merge science and literacy competencies. Following a brief review of the rationale for such an approach, participants will also participate in sample activities that help educators connect these topics around the topic of natural resources which help to integrate several different science disciplines along with a focus on a local impact.


Featured Speakers

Ross Donihue

donihueRoss Donihue is a cartographer and visual storyteller focused on asking and answering new questions with maps. He works at the intersection of visual media, education, and conservation. In 2012 he founded Maps for Good, a visual storytelling team that make one-of-a kind maps and digital media for better-world initiatives. 

As a visual storyteller, Ross actively pursues his passion for connecting people with places through images, video, and sound. He believes that good multimedia inspires new understandings and new connections to the natural world. Ross loves exploring outside - from the small creek in his backyard to an early morning sunrise in the backcountry. Most recently his photography was included in the Patagonia 2014 Holiday Catalog.

As a cartographer he continually looks for new ways to tell stories with maps. He believes that maps can serve not only as a tool for navigation but a tool for telling a story and bringing a place to life. He got his start while majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography at Macalester College. He then went to National Geographic and worked on projects ranging from magazine stories to online interactive maps. Ross later went to Costa Rica, where he taught conservation mapping to college students for a study abroad program in Monteverde, Costa Rica. He founded Maps for Good in 2012 and has been working with better-world initiatives ever since. Ross can be found outside on the trails around Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California. 

Dr. Christine Royce

royceChristine Anne Royce has been investigating the integration of children’s literature in the science classroom for nearly two decades. As co-author of the Teaching Through Trade Books column in Science and Children, she focuses on the integration of engaging science investigations and children’s trade books within a three dimensional learning approach. As a Professor and Department Chairperson for the Teacher Education Department at Shippensburg University, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in science methods, assessment, and research. She also co-directs the MAT in STEM education program.

Leading Education in Engineering and Science

Do you aspire to be a leader in STEM education at the classroom, school, district, state, or even national level? If so, plan to attend the 2016 Fall NCSLA meeting to be held on October 19th in Greensboro, NC from 1 pm to 8 pm in Guilford Ballroom B. The theme of the meeting will be “Leading Education in Engineering and Science” and will feature a program to ignite your imagination and creativity as a STEM education leader.

From learning about research to effectively incubate STEM programs, to an engaging and interactive whole audience, hands-on experience with STEM, to rapid action small group presentations and a poster session, the afternoon program will be filled with ideas that you may use to build capacity for STEM leadership at any level. Then 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. 

The afternoon keynote speaker is Dr. Britt Magneson, from Invent Now, Inc. She will share research about the role of innovation and creativity in engineering design and engage the audience in hands-on activities for engineering design. A reception and dinner with speaker Jose Garcia of Greene County Schools follow the afternoon sessions.


Featured Speakers at the Fall 2016 Membership Meeting

Dr. Britt Magneson

Britt Magneson has spent most of her professional career in public education.   She began her career as a classroom teacher and ended her career in public education as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.  Her current position as the Vice President for Urban and Strategic Sales for the National Inventors Hall of Fame  allows her the privilege of working with districts across the country in the extended learning arena.   Her particular interest and passion is providing opportunities for all students to experience high quality programming focused on creativity and innovative practices. 

Alaina Rutledge

Alaina Rutledge has developed educational programs for the National Inventors Hall of Fame for over 10 years. She applies her international research in constructivist classrooms (Reggio Emilia) and background in developmental psychology to the cutting edge Camp Invention and Invention Project programs. She leads the design, implementation and research process for innovation-based K-12 curriculum, and presents STEM-based pedagogy and instructional methods to educators nationally. She has written books, designed toys and created museum exhibits. Most recently, she’s engaged in national research projects coupling attitudes in science and growth in creativity in effort to understand the long-term impact of invention education. Prior to this appointment, she worked with the University of Michigan, where she designed internship coursework, mentored teachers as a component for their professional certification requirements, and managed the pedagogical methods of the university’s early childhood classrooms. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She believes that if you give children the tools they need to think, explore and dream, they will create solutions to all of the world’s challenges.

Spring 2017 Summit for Science/STEM Education Leadership

Join us for the NCSLA Spring Membership Meeting in Raleigh on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 12 pm to 4:30 pm at the James Hunt Library in Raleigh.

The meeting will 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.

Meeting Agenda

  • Lunch
    • Short business meeting
    • Presentation of the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award, 
    • Keynote speaker on developing a voice and advocating for what is best for students
  • Whole group session on what leadership looks like in science and STEM and the role of leaders
  • Breakout sessions for K-5, 6-12, and University/Informal groups, and a panel presentation to share the discussions in the breakout groups.

Questions to be discussed in the breakout groups:

  • 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?


Spring 2015 Membership Meeting and Professional Development Institute

Sciencespiration and Innovation Expo

Saturday, April 18, 2015
12 pm - 4 pm
Embassy Suites Hotel, Cary NC

The event begins with a luncheon and membership meeting followed by the Expo.

The purpose of NCSLA Spring Meeting Expo is to:

  • promote replicable and innovative STEM programs in North Carolina
  • demonstrate research-based strategies and approaches
  • provide a space for networking among science leaders and educators
  • connect statewide efforts to inform science education policy

The expo will highlight program models developed to transform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in North Carolina through a special series of Edtalks and a poster session. Four North Carolina leaders in science and education will present program models implemented in formal and expanded learning communities through Edtalks. Our guest speakers are:

Elizabeth Denton Baird, Director of Onsite, Offsite, and Online Education, North Carolina Museum of Natural Museum of Sciences, Raleigh, NC

Rob Dunn, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Scott Gartlan, Executive Director of Charlotte Teachers Institute, Charlotte, NC

Shawn Moore, Assistant Director of the Center of Science Technology, Technology, Engineering Mathematics Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Following the Edtalks, a poster session of science programs from expanded learning and formal education communities will showcase creative approaches used to motivate, nurture, and prepare students and eductors for the global workforce. Poster presenters will share their program models, findings, and lessons learned.


Pre-Registration is closed for the the Spring Membership Meeting on April 18, 2015, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM!

Registration covers the luncheon (where the M.C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award will be presented), membership meeting, speakers and poster session.

Registration Deadline: Current Members Non-Members Retired Non-Members
Before March 27 $45 $75 $65
April 1 – April 10 $50 $80 $70
At the Door (if space is available) $55 $85 $75

Speaker Details

lizbairdElizabeth Denton Baird, Director of Onsite, Offsite, and Online Education, North Carolina Museum of Natural Museum of Sciences, Raleigh, NC

As director of education at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Liz Baird is accustomed to sharing science with students, teachers, and the general public across the state and around the world. Liz and her staff deliver programs at the Museum, on school grounds and in the field. Since 2001, Liz has participated in deepwater corals research, providing the education and outreach for an ongoing collaboration. This work recently received a “Partners in Conservation” Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to leading an annual teacher workshop to Belize, Liz founded international Take A Child Outside week, which is held September 24 through 30th every year. The 2010 recipient of the Environmental Educator of the year from the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, she has a BS in biology from Salem College and a MS in science education from North Carolina State University.

Picture1Rob Dunn, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Rob Dunn is an evolutionary biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of the daily life of societies, be they those of humans or ants. This includes work on face mites, belly button bacteria, beetles that ride on ants as they move from place to place and house cats. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles (www.robdunnlab.com). Among those articles, he is really fond of some that no one ever reads and would like to rewrite others that get read fairly often. His work often engages the public, either directly in participatory science (www.yourwildlife.org), or through telling stories about the process of science. It is in telling those stories that Rob writes for Natural History, National Geographic, Scientific American, New Scientist and BBC Wildlife magazines. He is also coordinating the writing of eight books with the University of Chicago Press written on the basis of data collected by citizen scientists, on ants, spiders, arthropods of homes and microscopic life in homes. He has written three books for general audiences, Every Living Thing, The Wild Life of Our Bodies and, most recently, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, which tells the stories of the, often fumbling, human attempts to understand and mend the human heart over the course of the last eight thousand years.

Scott Gartlan, Executive Director of Charlotte Teachers Institute, Charlotte, NC

Scott Gartlan is executive director of the Charlotte Teachers Institute, an educational partnership with UNC Charlotte, Davidson College and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  The purpose of the Institute is to empower Pre-K-12 classroom teachers through content-rich, intensive seminars led by university and college professors.  Prior to CTI, Scott taught psychology and counseled students in high school and coached middle schools baseball.  He earned a BA and MA in Psychology from Washington College, and an Ed.M. in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at UNC Charlotte. 

Shawn Moore, Assistant Director of the Center of Science Technology, Technology, Engineering Mathematics, East Carolina University, Grenville, NC

shawnmooreShawn 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 2014, Shawn became the Assistant Director of the Center for STEM Education, 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.

Fall 2014 Membership Meeting and Professional Development Institute

Science for All: Equipping and Empowering through Advocacy and Partnerships

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Marriott Winston Salem
425 North Cherry Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101

To meet the grand challenges in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education within the public schools of North Carolina, partnerships and advocacy are essential. Questions that arise in the field of science education are:

      • What does STEM for all really mean?
      • What must one do to support students and educators in the classroom, school, district, and state?
      • What system of accountability will ensure meaningful integration and preparation in and out of the classroom?
      • What models are scalable?
      • What role does partnership and advocacy play in developing, sustaining, and disseminating effective approaches within The Tar Heel State and beyond?

NCSLA members gathered on Wednesday, November 5th at the Marriott-Winston Salem from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm to

        • Discuss with leaders in a panel discussion lessons learned and challenges experienced making STEM education accessible to all in North Carolina
        • Participate in interactive workshops on case-based learning and teaching, interdisciplinary, multi-modal learning for ESL students, and advocacy strategies and
        • Discover at our dinner meeting global approaches used to close the achievement gap and transform STEM education!


Professional Development Institute Schedule

1:00 – 2:15 pm      Panel Discussion
2:15 – 2:30 pm Business Meeting
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 4:00 pm Workshop Rotation 1
4:05 – 5:20 pm Workshop Rotation 2
5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Keynote Address

Featured Panelists: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Mr. William Steven Hill,
Executive Director, STEM East

wshillSteve Hill is the Executive Director of STEM East, a private-public workforce education initiative. Prior to working with the STEM initiative, Mr. Hill built his career in an entrepreneur business, and within the North Carolina government and education system.   He advanced within the education system, serving as a teacher, principal and eventually as the Lenoir County Secondary Education Director. Mr. Hill holds degrees in business administration, education administration and is currently an EdD Candidate at East Carolina University. Recent accolades include being named as a U.S. Delegate for the international science competition in Beijing, China and receiving an international leadership award for economic and community engagement at this year’s STEM Summit in Washington D.C.

Mr. Del Ruff
Director, NC Center for Afterschool Programs

delruffDel Ruff is the Director of the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP). He leads a network of afterschool stakeholders representing over 6,000 afterschool programs that provide services to more than 150,000 children and youth. His efforts at the Center’s support and maintain high quality afterschool and expanded learning programs in the State of North Carolina

Del Ruff previously served as the NC Race to the Top Program Manager for Virtual STEM. He brings extensive experience as a science teacher, principal and administrator in the public schools, middle college director, community college administrator, and GEAR Up Program Director. He has also served as administrator of a charter school. His strengths are in building educational partnerships and using networks to involve communities to become involved with positive educational outcomes for their students. He is a graduate of the Forum’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) in the 2008-09 class and therefore is no stranger to the Forum. Del received his B.S. Degree in Biology from Fayetteville State University and his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University.

lfetzerMs. Leslie Fetzer
Policy Director, North Carolina Virtual Public Schools

Fetzer is a member of Governor Pat McCrory’s Teacher Advisory Committee and the 2012 North Carolina Virtual Public School Online Teacher of the Year and the 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year. Fetzer is the North Carolina virtual public school policy director and teacher induction coordinator. She is a graduate of Alfred University and St. Bonaventure University. Read more...

Featured Workshop Presenters: 2:45 – 5:20 pm

Case-Based Teaching & Learning: Using Real-Life Scenarios to Engage Underrepresented Students in STEM


Case-based teaching & learning is based upon a widely held cultural tradition of underrepresented students, i.e. storytelling. Storytelling is a vital form of oral communication steeped in the cultural traditions of underrepresented students and case-based teaching/learning activities have a strong link to this tradition. Case-based teaching/learning in STEM is centered upon real-life STEM infused stories or scenarios that share some semblance to or relevance in the lives of the intended audience.  Developing real-life STEM focused case-studies will help to guide students in the development of 21st Century skills such as analytical & critical thinking, problem-solving, data analysis as well as reflective judgment. In this workshop, attendees will discuss the importance of engaging underrepresented students in STEM and why employing effective strategies really matter. Next, attendees will engage in a hands-on STEM focused case-based teaching/learning activity. In addition, attendees will be shown how to develop as well as implement STEM focused case-based teaching/learning material and will engage in the beginning stages of developing their own STEM centered case study. Finally, attendees will engage in an interactive discourse on how to develop “budget friendly” STEM based laboratory components that can be linked to case-based teaching/learning activities

Workshop Presenter

sallenSherrice V. Allen is the CEO and Owner of SVA1 Consulting, LLC. Her consulting firm provides STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) centered educational consulting services that include college preparation, career mentoring, STEM professional development, curriculum development, and grant writing. In addition, Dr. Allen serves as the STEM Partnership Coordinator for the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Dr. Allen was a Tenured Associate Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fayetteville State University.

Allen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from East Carolina University (1988), a Master of Science degree in Biology at Fayetteville State University (FSU; 1995) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology from North Carolina State University (1999). That same year, she joined the faculty at FSU as a lecturer until summer 2000. Patricia Gray, Visiting Professor and Director of BioMusic at UNCG

BioMusic STEM: How the 'science of music' engages interdisciplinary, multi-modal learning for ESL tweens and broadens community engagement


STEM learning is usually taught using reading and writing. But there are other ways of knowing the world and communicating effectively with others. UBEATS after school STEM project, funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, uses BioMusic curriculum to engage ESL tweens in learning activities in biology, physics, zoology, neuroscience, environmental sciences, ethology, and communication sciences in order to grasp human music-making, animal communication, and soundscapes as behavioral indicators. This experiential approach employs multi-modal techniques for conceptual learning while developing new competencies in technology.  It also presents innovative ways to engage with multiple layers of the community including other STEM and arts networks.

Workshop Presenters:

pgrayDr. Patricia Gray, Visiting Professor and Director of BioMusic at UNCG, is a research scientist and a concert pianist. She is on the cutting edge of research about the role of musical behaviors in life and leads a global network of scientists and musicians engaged in basic research using music's building blocks as tools for understanding animal behaviors and cognition -- including humans. She is the lead author of BioMusic articles in the journal, Science, and her Biomusic research has been covered by the NYTimes, BBC, Discovery Channel, NPR's Science Friday, Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Dr. Gray was Co-PI on the $3 million award from the National Science Foundation for the BioMusic science exhibition: Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life, and PI for the NSF funded BioMusic Curriculum, UBEATS. Her researches focuses on musical behaviors in bonobo apes, humpback whales, and animals at the Meso-American reef in Mexico's Yucatan. 



LizzieBiddleMs. Lizzie Biddle, Community Centers Program Coordinator, Center for New North Carolinians, UNCG
As a graduate from Guilford College in 2009 with a BS in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Studies, Lizzie Biddle has been with UNCG Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) for four and half years.  She started as an AmeriCorps ACCESS Member coordinating volunteers coming to it's three community based sites.  The last two and half years, Lizzie has become the Community Centers Program Coordinator.  The CNNC provides a variety of services to immigrants and refugees and facilities research within the newcomer population.


pic for bioMr. William Jarrett, ESL faculty, McNair Elementary School, Guilford County Schools, Governor’s Teacher Network
Bill Jarrett is an English as a second language teacher at Ronald McNair Elementary School in the Guilford County Schools. He has National Board certification for teaching  English language learners and has taught in bilingual and ESL programs in five states.



Martha RegesterMs. Martha Regester, Director of Education, Greensboro Science Center
Martha has been at the Greensboro Science Center for 8 years and oversees education programs on a campus that includes a zoo, aquarium and science museum. Previously she was up to her hip-waders in marine education at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and has spent her career in informal education working with students from pre-K through college.

Advocacy for Educators


This summer teachers from across the state gathered in Raleigh for the Advocacy Day workshop.  We will share our experiences and lessons learned as well as simple ways you can get involved and make a difference locally and at the state level.

Workshop Presenters:

Ms. Beth Snoke Harris has been involved in science education in many capacities over the last 20 years from classroom teacher to outreach coordinator.  She currently serves as web master for The Science House, NCSLA, NSELA and other organizations, and as a content reviewer for STEM lesson plans produced by teachers in the Governor's Teacher Network.  This summer she led a 2-day workshop on Advocacy for Science Educators where she learned more than she bargained for.

DeNise2Ms. De Nise Gerst has been a public school educator for nearly 16 years.  She has taught 2nd,4th and 5th grades and currently serves as the Science Facilitator and K-5 lab teacher at Barringer Academic Center. De Nise is an advocate for education. Her goal is to make science and engineering exciting to all of her students.  De Nise currently serves as a science leader at her school, in her district and throughout the state. She is a past Mary Frasier fellow and currently a fellow and seminar coordinator for Charlotte Teacher's Institue and a fellow with the North Carolina Science Leaders Association.  She also provides science professional development in her district for fellow educators.


oliviaMs. Olivia Rice serves as a project manager and education research analyst for RTI International. Her recent areas of focus include career and technical education, STEM education, workforce development training, and business-education partnerships. Ms. Rice is currently managing RTI’s partnership with BEST NC (Business for Educational Success and Transformation in NC).




Dinner Meeting Keynote Speaker: 7:15 – 8:00 pm

Dr. Julia V. Clark
NSF Program Director, Division of Research and Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective: Transforming STEM for Effective Education

clarkDr. Julia V. Clark is Program Director in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she has been for 23 years. As Program Director she recommends the funding of challenging, innovative and competitive research and education proposals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and monitor the projects’ progress and implementation. She also assesses the overall effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of these funded projects;

During her tenure at NSF, Dr. Clark was granted a detail assignment for four years on Capitol Hill where she served as a Legislative Fellow in both the U.S. House of Representative and in the U.S. Senate serving as an Advisor for Science and Technology Issues to Congressional Members of the Science and Education Committees. Congressional Members included Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) (physicist from Princeton University) and Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)

Prior to going to NSF in 1990, Dr. Clark served as a professor in the academic arena. She served as a tenured Associate Professor of Science Education at Texas A&M University (1984-1990); Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics Education at Howard University; (1982-1984); Associate Professor of Biology and Science Education at Clark Atlanta University (1972-1982); Assistant Professor of Biology and Botany at Albany State University and Morris Brown College. She has also served as a Visiting Professor of Education at Memorial University in Newfoundland Canada (Summer 1984) and Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Maryland-College Park (1990). She has also been a high school teacher of physics, chemistry, biology, and physical science for eight years mostly in Atlanta, Georgia prior to becoming a college professor.

Clark earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science from Fort Valley State University, Masters (Science Education with concentration in the Biological Sciences) from the University of Georgia and Doctorate (Science Education) from Rutgers University. She has completed post- graduate studies in Environmental Science at Yale University; Radiation Biology at the University of California-Berkeley; and Chemistry and Biology at Emory University.

Throughout her career, Dr. Clark has published in both science and education. Her publications and research undertaken include a wide assortment of timely topics in cognitive development, science curriculum, epidemiology, women and minorities in science and leadership development. She has written a book chapter on women leadership published by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and authored two books: (1) “Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective: Transforming STEM for Effective Education” (Springer Publisher) and (2)“Redirecting Science Education: Reform for a Culturally Diverse Classroom” (Corwin Press Publisher). She has traveled extensively national and international as a speaker, and workshop and seminar leader, sharing her expertise and talents across a diverse spectrum of audiences.


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