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The season of fall brings back many familiar sounds and smells around us. The smell of fresh popped popcorn, the crowds cheering on their teams, and the sound of high school bands playing at the Friday night football games are seen in every county in NC. If you are fortunate to live in a college town you can attend a Saturday college football game hearing the cannons fire when the home team scores a touchdown! First Down! – Pirates!
All of those sensory images bring back familiarity in all of us but the start of school is my favorite fall memory. It is an exciting time seeing school supplies flood the stores with new organizational tools for the teachers and students. Teachers going back early to prepare their room for the 1st day of school with anticipation of making a great 1st impression with the students and parents at open house. That feeling never left me and got me pumped every year to want to set the tone for a great year!
The Presidential Chain has been busy this summer working and preparing for the Fall Meeting in October. Wayne Fisher, our Past President, has an incredible Fall Professional Development bringing new ideas and methods to disseminate information to the attendees with his theme “Leading Education in Engineering and Science.” He is using “Rapid Action Sessions,” a concept Alisa Wickliff brought to the Presidential Chain where teachers chose two of three concurrent sessions to attend and proposed a problem statement where the group will discuss ways to address the problem. The “Rapid Action Session” has three parts (1) A Problem Statement; (2) Proposed Activities to Address the Problem; and (3) Outcomes and Deliverables.
We are hoping to tap into the same excitement that teachers have on the first day of school by bringing programs and educators that embrace innovation and maker faire in STEM Education while addressing literacy issues and underrepresented students in STEM.
It is not too late to register for the Fall Meeting in October! To register with a credit card, choose the registration option by either paying with PayPal or pay through the mail by downloading the Registration Information for NCSLA. The non-member registration includes one year of membership dues. You may also pay your membership dues separately. I am looking forward to seeing you at the meeting and learning about new ideas that spark excitement in the classroom.
2016-2017 NCSLA President