NCSLA Fellows Cohort Finishing Strong and New Start


NCSLA Fellows 2018-202 Cohort Finishing Strong over the Winter and Spring

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.  Currently, NCSLA has 12 active Science Leadership Fellows enrolled in the program for 2018-2020. Our successful program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center (NCSMT) and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation.

New Fellows for 2020-2022

The new 2020-2022 Cohort of NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows met February 28-29, 2020.  A map of the 17 Fellows' NC county of residence is below.  We are  excited to welcome the new Fellows Cohort to NCSLA.  We began the February meeting with an introductory "Needle in a Haystack" activity prepared by NCSLA Fellows Committee member Mark Case allowing us to get to know the new Fellows and learn of the many interests and advocations of the 2020-2022 Cohort.  For example, we learned one Fellow was a Ranger in a National Park, one lived and worked in the Netherlands, and another is an Einstein Fellow.  We also discussed the NCSLA Fellows Leadership program history, overall objectives of the two-year program and engaged in several individual and group leadership activities and discussions.  The next meeting of the Fellows will be held virtually on May 2, 2020. 

Photo 1: Home counties of our 2020-2022 Fellows 


Photo 2: Our 2020-2022 NCSLA Leadership Fellows


Professional Development - The 2018-2020 NCSLA Fellows participated in their final quality professional development weekend on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th in the conference room of the Comfort Inn Hotel in Durham NC. The overall session was titled: Leading Professional Learning. The Fellows participated in a day-long simulation game based upon the textbook Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics (Locks-Horsely, Stiles, Mundry, Love & Hewson 2010). The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided initial funding for the development of the engaging and reality based simulation. This February leadership session was facilitated by the Science Leadership Fellows Program Committee and included discussions of committee opportunities, alumni involvement, and leadership attribute analysis. A very special thanks to current Fellows committee members: Alisa Wickliff (Chair), Pat Shane (NCSLA Treasurer), Carla Billups (NCSLA Secretary), Mark Case (Alumni), Michelle Ellis and Dennis Kubasko (NCSLA President-Elect). The committee worked extremely hard to prepare and facilitate a great weekend! Their time, energy and effort are appreciated.

Photos 3 & 4: The 2018-2020 Fellows Cohort participated in a day-long simulation on leading professional learning. 




Spring Leadership Summit (Cancelled) – Unfortunately, the Science Leadership Fellows Graduation has been postponed due to the global pandemic. Since the Spring Leadership Summit has been cancelled for Saturday, September 2nd, the committee has recommended that the 2018-2020 Fellows graduation ceremony take place at the 2020 Fall Leadership Summit in Winston Salem, NC on Wednesday, November 4th. We look forward to recognizing the 12 graduates at that time!