Message from the President

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Message from
the President
2017 Fall Meeting
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Jessica Schouweile
We Need You!

AlisaIMG 0137What is leadership and what does it mean to be an effective leader in science?  And, most importantly, what does it mean to be an effective leader in science education?  These are important questions as we begin the 2017-2018 school year. 

The NCSLA Board met in September at Camp Caraway to answer these questions and to plan for NCSLA future events and work.  We hope that you will be part of NCSLA and consider the leading roles you provide in your area of scientific expertise, at your school, district administration, research agency, educational outreach organization, community college, or other institution for higher education.

We know that many of you are working harder than ever to help your students perform well and achieve their potential.  We would like to encourage you to take an active role in NCSLA. We want to support your work, to help you find new ideas and people who share your vision, and to celebrate the achievements of science educators throughout the state.  John Quincy Adams said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”   

We will be fortunate to host the Fall NCSLA annual meeting on October 18, 2017 in Greensboro at the Koury Convention Center.  The theme is "Innovations in STEM Education in NC:  Achieving Excellence, Discovery, and Transforming our Schools." The featured speakers include Del Ruff, Sam Houston, and Jami Inman.  Each is a leader in the field of education and we are honored to have them participate in our Fall meeting. We will also facilitate working sessions and a showcase of best practices for NC K-12 education.  I hope that you will be able to join us at 1 pm on Wednesday October 18, 2017.

We encourage our veteran and new members to take an active role in supporting NCSLA work by signing up on the website to support our key committees (membership, awards, nominations, newsletter, communication and event planning). Perhaps you will consider a nomination as a director to the NCSLA Board?  Whatever your role, we hope you will actively participate in all NCSLA-sponsored events this year.  Please take the time to share your leadership and talents to improve and sustain the NC Science Leadership Association during this 2017-2018 academic year.

Sincerely,
Alisa B. Wickliff
2017-18 NCSLA President

 

Attend and Present at the NCSLA 2017 Fall Meeting

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Message from
the President
2017 Fall Meeting
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Jessica Schouweile
We Need You!

The North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) announces its Fall Summit Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th 2017, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in Greensboro, NC at the Koury Center. The Fall Summit theme is “Achieving Excellence in STEM Education in NC” with an emphasis on innovative programs that feature STEM initiatives.  

Del Ruff from the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC will be our first 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.  Dr. Sam Houston, second keynote speaker, 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.

Register now!

SHOWCASE SESSION:

NCSLA is looking for Science/STEM formal and informal educators who:

  • Are involved with STEM Certification programs or projects that help teachers in the classroom or science laboratory?
  • Do you implement after school enrichment programs such as Envirothon, NC FIRST Robotics, NC Science and Engineering Fair, Science Olympiad, and other types of science competitions?
  • Have you conducted research or strategies to engage underrepresented students in STEM programs?

If you are one of these individuals that have research, programs, or resources related to STEM education, WE WANT YOU to submit a proposal to present in the Showcase of Exemplary Innovation Programs in STEM Education!  The deadline to submit your proposal is October 1, 2017.  Please use this form to submit your proposal.   Each presenter will have one-half of a table to be used for a poster, tri-fold, and/or handouts to share with participants.

All presenters must register for the NCSLA Fall Meeting.  Vendors with products that integrate STEM and Literacy may participate in the Showcase if and only if a classroom teacher has been using the product and is the person submitting the proposal.  If you have questions or need to clarify anything about this opportunity to share with science education leaders from across the state, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

 

Meet the Board - Jessica Schouweiler

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Message from
the President
2017 Fall Meeting
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Jessica Schouweile
We Need You!

Jessica Schouweiler, Director

 

jess sJessica Schouweiler (@jlschou) serves as Innovative Programs Coordinator for Newton-Conover City Schools. She was a German Fulbright Scholar who spent five years as a high school Biology Teacher for Newton-Conover High School and one year at Challenge Early College High School.

She received her B.S. in Biology from Lincoln University, Missouri and then completed a teaching certificate as a lateral entry teacher through East Carolina University in 2008. She holds a M.A. in School Administration from Appalachian State University.

Jessica served as an Assistant Principal for Newton-Conover High School for two years and at Newton-Conover Middle School for two years. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D in Educational Leadership, STEM Option from University of Massachusetts. Jessica has also served on the statewide NC Digital Learning for Administrators Planning Team, NCDPI Textbook Commission Member, NCSTA Board Member, and the co-founder of Edcamp WNC and STEMWest.

Jessica resides in Conover with her husband, David and their two dogs, Apollo (redbone coonhound/retriever) and Roman (manchester terrier mix).

E-mail: jessica.schouweiler (at) n-ccs.org
Twitter: @jlschou
Website: newton-conover.org

 

Nominate an Outstanding Leader for the Gatling Award

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Message from
the President
2017 Fall Meeting
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Jessica Schouweile
We Need You!

The NCSLA Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina goes to the person who has exemplified the high standards the late Herman Gatling of Durham County set in his job and in his life. This award recognizes the recipient for her/his many contributions as an outstanding science education leader in the state of North Carolina. It is presented at the fall membership meeting held prior to the NCSTA Professional Development Institute. Herman was given the first award posthumously in 1989; his wife, Emma, accepted the award on behalf of the family. This annual award is jointly sponsored by NCSLA and the Carolina Biological Supply Company. http://www.carolina.com

Nominations are now being sought for this prestigious award. All nominees should exemplify the descriptors of this award described above and on the NCSLA website. They must also be current members of NCSLA. The award will be presented at our fall meeting in Greensboro on October 18, 2017.

The Nomination Form and supporting Letters of Recommendation should be submitted electronically no later than October 1, 2017. Information and nomination forms are available on the NCSLA website.

For further information contact Dr. Pamela O. Gilchrist, NCSLA Awards Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 919-515-5570.

Past recipients of this award:

  • Herman Gatling (1989)
  • Chuck Vizzini (1990)
  • Mack Baker (1991)
  • Mike Jackson (1992)
  • Ernest Bibby (1993)
  • Stan Hill (1994)
  • Rachel Clark (1995)
  • Garrett Tomlinson (1996)
  • Fred Beyer (1997)
  • John Packenham (1998)
  • Pat Shane (1999)
  • Norman Anderson (2000)
  • Jake Brown (2001)
  • Peggy Holliday (2002)
  • Jack Wheatley (2003)
  • Karen Dawkins (2004)
  • Joyce Hilliard-Clark (2005)
  • Jason Painter (2006)
  • Fran Nolan (2007)
  • Carr Thompson (2008)
  • Darlene Ryan (2009)
  • Judy Benton Day (2010)
  • Rick Wilkerson (2011)
  • Sam Houston (2012)
  • Lisa Grable (2013)
  • Alisa Wickliff (2014)
  • Tammy Lee (2015)
  • Pamela O. Gilchrist (2016)


 

 

We need YOU!

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Message from
the President
2017 Fall Meeting
Nominate for the
Gatling Award
Meet the Board:
Jessica Schouweile
We Need You!

needyouNCSLA needs members to volunteer to serve on the committees that help us do our work. We are busy growing leaders who promote and support excellent science education in North Carolina. It is important for our members to collaborate with each other in helping us to achieve our goals as an organization. You can serve a vital role in this process by becoming a committee member.

Committee applications will be reviewed and notifications will be sent in early January 2018. After selection, committee members begin their three-year term next June. The committees where we have openings are:

  • Advocacy
  • Awards
  • Communication
  • Event Planning
  • Informal Education
  • Membership
  • Nominations
  • Science Leadership Fellows Program

Volunteer today online!

For questions, contact Manley Midgett, President-Elect, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-218-7917.

 

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Join NCSLA today! 

 

NCSLA is seeking new members interested in

  •  increasing the number of students entering science careers
  •  improving teacher preparation in science fields
  •  advancing the future of science education in NC
  •  opportunities to demonstrate leadership

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