Leading Education in Engineering and Science

Do you aspire to be a leader in STEM education at the classroom, school, district, state, or even national level? If so, plan to attend the 2016 Fall NCSLA meeting to be held on October 19th in Greensboro, NC from 1 pm to 8 pm in Guilford Ballroom B. The theme of the meeting will be “Leading Education in Engineering and Science” and will feature a program to ignite your imagination and creativity as a STEM education leader.

From learning about research to effectively incubate STEM programs, to an engaging and interactive whole audience, hands-on experience with STEM, to rapid action small group presentations and a poster session, the afternoon program will be filled with ideas that you may use to build capacity for STEM leadership at any level. Then relax and network with your colleagues during the evening reception and dinner, highlighted by the presentation of the Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina. 

The afternoon keynote speaker is Dr. Britt Magneson, from Invent Now, Inc. She will share research about the role of innovation and creativity in engineering design and engage the audience in hands-on activities for engineering design. A reception and dinner with speaker Jose Garcia of Greene County Schools follow the afternoon sessions.

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Present at the Fall NCSLA Meeting

The North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) is looking for presenters at its Professional Development Institute (PDI) on October 19, 2016 in Greensboro.  We need leaders who:
• Are involved with programs or projects that help teachers use Science/STEM content to improve literacy skills;
• Have experience with the Maker Faire movement and its impact on teacher practice and student learning in STEM; and/or
• Know about research or strategies to engage underrepresented students in STEM programs.
If you are one of these individuals, or even if you answered no but have other research, programs, or resources related to science/STEM education in North Carolina, NCSLA WANTS YOU!!

The theme of the meeting is “Leading Education in Engineering and Science,” with an emphasis on innovative programs that feature literacy and STEM. Further information about these sessions is detailed below.

You are invited to submit a proposal(s) to present a Breakout Session and/or the Showcase of Exemplary Innovation and Literacy Programs in STEM Education as part of the NCSLA’s Fall PDI. The deadline to apply is October 1.

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.

Rapid Action Breakout Session

There will be three 45-minute concurrent Rapid Action Sessions. Participants will be able to attend two of the three sessions. Proposed topics for the breakout sessions are 1) Integrating Science Content With Literacy, 2) Maker Faires and Innovation, and 3) Underrepresented Students in STEM. A Rapid Action session has three parts: (1) A Problem Statement; (2) Proposed Activities to Address the Problem; and (3) Outcomes and Deliverables. We are seeking three Rapid Action Session facilitators who will propose a problem statement and lead the discussion about ways to address the problem, and record next steps.

Submit a proposal for a Rapid Action Session

Showcase Session

In addition to the breakout sessions we are also hosting a Showcase of Exemplary Innovation and Literacy Programs in STEM Education.  If you would like to submit a proposal to share what you are doing to impact teacher practice through STEM Education, use this form. These presenters will informally share their programs and will have one-half of a table to be used for a poster, tri-fold, and/or handouts to share with participants.  Submit a proposal for the Showcase Session.

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Meeting Speakers

Featured Speakers at the Fall 2016 Membership Meeting

Dr. Britt Magneson

Britt Magneson has spent most of her professional career in public education.   She began her career as a classroom teacher and ended her career in public education as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.  Her current position as the Vice President for Urban and Strategic Sales for the National Inventors Hall of Fame  allows her the privilege of working with districts across the country in the extended learning arena.   Her particular interest and passion is providing opportunities for all students to experience high quality programming focused on creativity and innovative practices. 




Alaina Rutledge

Alaina Rutledge has developed educational programs for the National Inventors Hall of Fame for over 10 years. She applies her international research in constructivist classrooms (Reggio Emilia) and background in developmental psychology to the cutting edge Camp Invention and Invention Project programs. She leads the design, implementation and research process for innovation-based K-12 curriculum, and presents STEM-based pedagogy and instructional methods to educators nationally. She has written books, designed toys and created museum exhibits. Most recently, she’s engaged in national research projects coupling attitudes in science and growth in creativity in effort to understand the long-term impact of invention education. Prior to this appointment, she worked with the University of Michigan, where she designed internship coursework, mentored teachers as a component for their professional certification requirements, and managed the pedagogical methods of the university’s early childhood classrooms. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She believes that if you give children the tools they need to think, explore and dream, they will create solutions to all of the world’s challenges.


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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