Message from the President

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Message from
the President
Jones Recognized for
Distinguished Service
Spring Meeting Recap
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Nominate an
Outstanding Leader
Meet the Board
Moore & Lalli
Mountains to the Sea
NSELA Opportunities

NCSLA Members,

manleyAs we face the many challenges that keep coming our way, it is sometimes difficult to keep our focus on our mission. If we are to provide the best possible science education for our children, it is important for them to experience authentic activities, inside and outside the classroom, that help them use all the science process skills to develop their understanding of science concepts and principles. If our children are to become globally competitive in an ever-changing world, they must learn how to learn.

Therefore, science educators must hone their skills and continue to learn the best ways to facilitate student learning. We must participate in professional learning activities that show us the most effective methods. It has never been as important for us to be the “guide on the side” rather than the “sage on the stage”. By providing activities that guide students toward discovery and knowing which questions to ask along the way, they can become life-long science learners and well-informed citizens.

NCSLA is not an organization for just one type of science educator.   We are made up of teacher leaders from public, private, parochial, and home schools. NCSLA also consists of STEM coaches, school and district coordinators of science, as well as school principals. Many of our members are science educators from higher education programs as well as their pre-service teachers. Informal science educators from our museums, zoos, aquariums, state parks and forests, planetariums, and science/nature centers are members of our organization. We also have members who represent after-school programs and others to just have an interest in promoting science education.

Currently, NCSLA is organizing into committees and groups to find ways that we can better provide professional assistance to the many types of science educators that NCSLA represents. If you can help us identify what is needed to help science educators like yourself be more effective in their role, we would like to hear from you. As we design the activities we offer and our Spring and Fall Science Education Summits, it is important that we provide experiences that are important and valuable to each of you.

So, I encourage you to contact me or another Board member or Committee Chair to help guide the direction of our work. We want our efforts to be vital to your work and our common mission. The names and contact information for our Board and Committee Chairs are on our website. We hope to see you in Charlotte on November 28-December 1 at the NCSLA Fall Membership meeting and the NSTA Charlotte Area Conference.

Manley Midgett – NCSLA President

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Dr. Gail Jones - Jackson Distinguished Service Award

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Message from
the President
Jones Recognized for
Distinguished Service
Spring Meeting Recap
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Nominate an
Outstanding Leader
Meet the Board
Moore & Lalli
Mountains to the Sea
NSELA Opportunities

gailawardDr. Gail Jones is the 2018 NCSLA recipient of the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award in Science Education. She is a Professor of science education at North Carolina State University with over 40 years of service in the state of North Carolina. She is an impeccable researcher, teacher, and educational leader in the formal and informal educational sectors. Her innovative approach in the field of science education and STEM has influenced the lives of K-20 students, teachers, adults, and parents across the United States and internationally. Gail has authored 22 books chapters, published over 50 referred articles, and acquired over 4 million in grant funding for science education and STEM initiatives. She is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina (Master’s and Bachelor’s in Biology) and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (Doctorate of Philosophy in Science Education).

The NCSLA Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award is awarded to a person who has performed a great service to science education in North Carolina and honors the late Michael C. Jackson avid science educator and leader in North Carolina. The award is sponsored by Fisher Scientific Education

 

Nominate an Outstanding Leader

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Message from
the President
Jones Recognized for
Distinguished Service
Spring Meeting Recap
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Nominate an
Outstanding Leader
Meet the Board
Moore & Lalli
Mountains to the Sea
NSELA Opportunities

Nominations Sought for the 2018 Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina

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.

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 November.

The Nomination Form and supporting Letters of Recommendation should be submitted electronically no later than October 1, 2018. Information and nomination forms are available on the NCSLA website.

For further information contact 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 Gilchrist (2016)
  • Elaine Franklin (2017)

 

 

Let Innovation Inspire You!

 Table of Contents  

Message from
the President
Jones Recognized for
Distinguished Service
Spring Meeting Recap
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Nominate an
Outstanding Leader
Meet the Board
Moore & Lalli
Mountains to the Sea
NSELA Opportunities

IMG 8911This year’s NCSLA Spring Summit was held on Saturday, April 28th at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC with over 80 participants and presenters for our program and “playground” sessions. Our theme for the Summit was “Let Innovation Inspire You” leading with Dan St. Louis as our keynote speaker with his talk on "Innovations That Spark STEM Interest In The Classroom". Dan is the Director of the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) since its inception in 1990. The MSC exists to create and maintain jobs in the US. The MSC

has grown to a staff of 24 full time and 6 part time employees serving all of NC. It is

housed in a new 30,000 square foot building located in Conover, NC and is part of

Catawba Valley Community College. Services include testing, applied research and development, prototyping, helping entrepreneurs launch new products, on site business

incubation and customized training, which Dan shared some of the items being prototyped and created at the MSC.

IMG 8918Jami Inman from NCDPI presented the latest updates from the State Department in STEM Education. Pam Gilchrist from the awards committee along with Fisher Scientific presented this year’s NCSLA Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Gail Jones from NCSU.

This year we also featured numerous playground sessions where participants could actively engage with the presenters and perform hands on activities with new technology. Participants thoroughly enjoyed this interaction and it gave them a chance to tinker with new programs to introduce in the classrooms.

We ended up the Spring Summit with a graduation ceremony of the 2016-2018 NCSLA Fellows program and introduced the new cohort for 2018 -2020. The program concluded with President Alisa Wickliff passing the gavel to Incoming NCSLA President Manley Midgett.

Listed below were the stations and presenters at this year’s first playground session.

  • Arduinos: Bill McClung, Nutrien and Pitt Pirates Robotics Team 2642
  • Bee Bots and Pro Bots: Alisa Wickliff and Austin Lantz, UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Educations
  • Digital Breakout: Bianca Yavelak and Jessica Schouweiler, NCSLA Directors at Large
  • LEGO EV3 and WeDo 2.0 and FIRST LEGO League programs: Allison Moran-Wasklewicz, Keenan Wasklewicz, and Rune Wasklewicz, Team 267 Mini Mateys FLL Jr. Team and Pitt Pirates Robotics Team 2642
  • Makey Makey: Jennifer Synder, STEM Coach
  • Ozobots: Kalo Haslem STEM teacher and coach
  • Robox Sumo: Anisha Patel from ECU’s Center for STEM Education and Pitt Pirates Robotics Team 2642
  • Scale Up Program and Activities: Emmie Tyson, BSF Life Structures
  • Texas Instruments: Beginner session TI-Innovatorä Hub and TI-Nspire CX and Advanced session on Color blending and Mood Ring activities and moving the Rover with a TI-Nspire CX, Jamila Gadsden, Educational Technology Consultant
  • Vernier: Judy Day, NC Science and Engineering Fair Director

I want to personally thank the NCSLA Executive Committee (Pat Shane, Manley Midgett, and Alisa Wickliff) for all the help that went into planning this year’s Spring Summit. Thank you to Melaine Rickard and Jessica Schouweiler for all the countless hours behind the scenes in prepping for the conferences (fall and spring) and the NCSLA Board Members for brainstorming this creative idea of a playground. It takes a village to raise a child and our NCSLA village helped with creating this innovative approach in the Spring Summit. A huge hug and thank you to Alisa Wickliff for assisting and help recruit excellent presenters for the playgrounds. Her visionary plan and execution made this year’s summit a success!

I would like to end by thanking all the members of NCSLA for allowing me to serve you for the past three years as President Elect, President and Past President. It has been an honor to serve this organization and especially its members.

Ann McClung

Past President 2017-2018

Meet the Board - Carol Moore & Kerrie Lalli

 Table of Contents  

Message from
the President
Jones Recognized for
Distinguished Service
Spring Meeting Recap
Science Leadership
Fellows Update
Nominate an
Outstanding Leader
Meet the Board
Moore & Lalli
Mountains to the Sea
NSELA Opportunities

Carol Moore, Director

carolmDr. Carol Moore is the Director of STEM West, a regional educational initiative under the umbrella of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and Workforce Development. In this role she strives to create partnerships between educators and locals STEM businesses. She brings with her 30+ years of experience in science and math education that includes seven years as a curriculum specialist. As a specialist, she managed science kit refurbishment programs, provided an array of professional development opportunities, wrote and managed multiple grants, and built partnerships with local STEM businesses, government, and non-profit organizations. Throughout her career, she has been active in her professional organizations of NC Science Teachers Association and NC Science Leaders Association and is an active member in both organizations. She now serves as Director for NCSLA and President-Elect for NCSTA. Dr. Moore is a Nationally Certified Teacher who holds a Masters in Middle School Education, Licensure in Curriculum & Instruction, and an Ed. Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University.

 Kerrie Lalli - Communication Committee Chair

lalliKerrie (Seberg) Lalli is excited to dive in as the new chair of the Communications Committee for NCSLA. She is a science teacher at Walter G. Byers School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where she teaches 5th grade and 8th grade science. Kerrie is also the school garden coordinator and is working to increase outdoor learning opportunities across the curriculum at her school through a partnership with REAL School Gardens. Her school will be a magnet for Health Sciences beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, and Kerrie is looking forward to the opportunity to work with all students in pre-K through eighth grade in STEM lab.

Kerrie was awarded the NCSTA District Six Outstanding Science Teaching Award for Elementary School in 2015 and was a NCSLA Fellow in the 2016-2018 cohort. She received her B.A. in Biology and her B.A. in English from Cornell University in 2003 and her Masters of Science in Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland in 2007. She also has two Graduate Certificates from Johns Hopkins University in Autism and Mind, Brain, and Teaching.

 

 

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