The North Carolina Science Leadership Association held its fall meeting at the Hilton Charlotte City Center, Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. A Professional Development panel discussion began the meeting with a focus on "The Next Generation Science Standards". Panelists were Beth Allan from Central Oklahoma University, NSELA Retiring Past President; Tracy Hall, Executive Director of Education Matters Catawba Valley; Crystal Harden Adams, Director of External Programs from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center; and Christine Royce from Shippensburg University, NSELA Treasurer and Co-Author of Teaching Science with Trade Books were participants on the panel.
Following the panel and a break, a series of concurrent breakout sessions were held in which members discussed "The Next Generation Science Standards in Action." The elementary session was led by Christine Royce and Carla Billups, 5th grade teacher at Jonathan Valley Elementary School in Maggie Valley. The secondary session was led by Beth Allan and the pre-service/informal session was led by Angie Reid-Griffin, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
The day concluded with a dinner meeting led by Pamela Gilchrist, NCSLA President. Regina Barrier, President-Elect, introduced our speaker for the evening, Page Keeley, NSTA President 2008-2009, Author, and Education Consultant. The topic of her presentation was "Teaching for Conceptual Change".