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?


Fall 2018 Science Leadership Summit

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The Fall NCSLA Summit was held November 28, 2018 in Charlotte. The theme of the Summit is "Science Everywhere" with an emphasis on both in and out of school science learning programs and activities across the state. We are so pleased to be able to host the Fall Summit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte NC. Dennis Schatz, senior advisor at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Christine Royce,current NSTA President will also speak at the Fall Summit.

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12:30 - Welcome and Business Meeting

1 pm - Keynote Speaker: Christine Royce
“How Leaders Can Use Their Voice and Speak Out for Science/STEM Education”

1:30 pm - Presentation of the Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership

1:45 pm - Update from NC DPI

2 pm - NASCAR Hall of Fame Activity

2:30 pm - Keynote Speaker:  Dennis Schatz
“How and Why Out of School Science Education Works”

3 pm - Science Everywhere Showcase

4:30 pm - Closing Remarks




Featured Speakers 

Dennis Schatz

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Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Learning Innovation in Portland, OR. He is Field Editor of Connected Science Learning, a journal that highlights links between in-school and out-of-school learning. The journal is a joint effort of NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers). He is also President-elect of NSTA, on the board of BSCS Science Learning and Technical Advisor to the SSEC (Smithsonian Science Education Center). From 2011 to 2015, he was a Program Director at NSF (National Science Foundation).

He is founding director of the Portal to the Public (PoP) effort that features scientists engaging with public audiences in face-to face interactions regarding understanding current science research and its application. He co-directed Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform), a program to implement a quality K-12 science program in all 295 school districts in Washington State.

He has received numerous honors. Most recently, Asteroid 25232 was renamed Asteroid Schatz by the International Astronomical Union IAU) in recognition of his leadership in astronomy and science education. He has received numerous awards from NSTA. In 1996, he received the Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award. He received NSTA's 2005 Distinguished Service to Science Education Award, and in March, 2009, he received the Faraday Science Communicator Award.

He is the author of 25 science books for children, including When the Sun Goes Dark, published by NSTA just in time for the August, 2017 eclipse. He is also co-author/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers, including Astro-Adventures, Universe At Your Fingertips and More Universe At Your Fingertips. His most recent teacher resource book (written with Andrew Fraknoi), Solar Science, is published by NSTA.

Christine Royce

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Dr. Christine Anne Royce is the president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She began serving her one-year term on June 1, 2018. Royce is currently a professor in the teacher education department and co-director for the MAT in STEM Education program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

Royce has been a passionate educator and dedicated leader in the science education community for more than 25 years. She began her career in education as a second-grade teacher at St. Hedwig’s School in Chester, Pennsylvania. Royce worked in several other positions from 1991-2002, including teaching math and science at the middle and high school levels; working as an adjunct faculty member in the education department at the University of Scranton; and serving as the academic dean at a high school, where she constructed the master teaching schedule and individual student schedules and designed and coordinated the renovation of three science laboratories.

In 2002 after 12 years in the classroom, Royce moved on to accept a position as a professor at Shippensburg University. In her current position, Royce—who served three consecutive terms as the chair of the teacher education department—teaches classes in science education, assessment, curricular planning and research design at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and implemented a new online teaching certification program this past fall.

An NSTA member since 1992, Royce has contributed extensively to the association. She was elected to the NSTA board as director of professional development (2009-2012). She also served as the district IV director (2006-2009), was the conference chair for the 2010 national conference, the program chair for the 2015 area conference, worked on numerous committees and task forces, and presented several sessions at NSTA national and area conferences. Royce is also an NSTA Press author and has written several journal articles for the association.

In addition to her work and commitment to NSTA, Royce is extremely active with other state and national organizations and STEM initiatives. She was the PSTA Exchange editor, executive secretary, and twice served as the president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association. Royce has also served as the treasurer for the National Science Education Leadership Association, was an NSF panel judge and chair for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, and served as a STEM-UP PA participant in the STEM-UP Mentoring Program for Women in STEM Fields in Academia.

During her distinguished career, Royce has received a number of awards and honors. Her accomplishments include receiving NSTA’s Fellow Award (2016), Shippensburg University Provost’s Award for Extraordinary Service (2013), Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators’ Teacher Educator of the Year Award (2010), New Jersey Science Teachers Association’s Pettix Award for Science Education (2007), National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ Outstanding Earth Science Teacher – Eastern Region (2003), and the Woodrow Wilson National Memorial Fellowship (2000). Royce was also named a 1997 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Royce earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from Cabrini College, a M.A. degree in curriculum and instruction from Delaware State University, a M.S. degree in school administration and supervision from the University of Scranton, a M.B.A. from Shippensburg University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum, instruction and technology education from Temple University.

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.

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