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What 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.
Alisa B. Wickliff
2017-18 NCSLA President