The North Carolina Leadership Association (NCSLA) is proud to announce an initiative to foster the development of science education leaders in North Carolina. The purpose of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education. This newly revised program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.


Participants

Apple, Leigh

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Baile, Julie
Onslow County Schools
New Bridge Middle
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JulieBaile

Benigno, Michelle
Henderson County Schools
Instructional Coach
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MichelleBenigno

Berge, Patty
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
East Chapel Hill High
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Childers, Tracy
Burke County Schools
East Burke Middle
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Read Tracy's blog from his workshop in Yellowstone Park.

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Wood, Katherine
Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools
Glenwood Elementary
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KateWood

Corbin, Robert
Discovery Place
VP Learning Services
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Ellis, Michelle
Gaston County Schools
Lingerfeldt Elementary
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MichelleEllis

Wayne Fisher
Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools
K-5 Science Specialist
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Forkner, Mary
Tom's Creek Nursery
Educator
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MaryForkner

Foye, Michelle
Iredell-Statesville Schools
Celeste Henkel Elementary
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Hackett, Valerie
Kannapolis City Schools
Kannapolis Intermediate
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Hite, Rebecca
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Chapel Hill High
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James, Debra
Guilford County Schools
Southern Guilford High School
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Carrie Jones
Wake County Schools
Middle Creek High
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Kraszeski, Debbie
Guilford County Schools
Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist
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Peacock, Elizabeth
Wake County Schools
Elementary Science Coordinating Teacher
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Livesay, Susan
Moore County Schools
Science Cuuriculum Specialist
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Hudson, Lisa
North Carolina Department of Instruction
Science Consultant
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LisaMackey

McDonald, Jalynn
Lee County Schools
Lee County High
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Raymond, Vickie
Chatham County Schools
Jordan Matthews High School
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Rutherford, Heather
Chatham County Schools
Virginia Cross Elementary
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Williams, Mark
Guilford County Schools
GTCC Middle College
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Facilitators: Bill Kawczynski, Donna Melpolder Darlene Ryan, Mary Louise Bellamy, Scott Childers, and Pat Shane.

Events – Year 1

beaconFirst Session- October 4-6, 2007

The current fellows started out taking the Meyers Briggs personality assessment.  We continued the next day with multiple activities to develop effective communication skills in our challenging situations.  We were able to analyze our strengths and weakness as leaders so we could serve as agents of change in our schools and systems.  Bonding occurred through these team-building activities while developing professional networking. 

In the practice of consensus building, a logo was developed to represent the current cohort.

Second Session – November 14-16, 2007

Fellows attended the NCSLA Fall Meeting which included presentations from Dr. Jerry Valadez, Former President of NSELA and Dr. Lin Chambers, NASA Scientist.  The NCSTA Professional Development Institute coincided with the Fall NCSLA Meeting.   As Fellows, we promoted the NCSLA program by recruiting new members at the exhibition hall and providing information for conference participants.  After attending multiple sessions and visiting numerous vendors, fellows had a final meeting to share valuable materials and resources.  The collaboration and sharing was an amazing opportunity to extend our network of science connections and enhance student learning.  Fellows networked at the fall meeting and NCSTA President’s reception where one of our Fellows,  Rebecca Hite Mercadoocasio, received a District 5 Outstanding High School Science Teaching Award.

Third Session – February 9, 2008

The Winter Retreat focused on decision making as a leader.  Fellows were presented with a model for making decisions that looked at process, relationships, and results.  A simulation was used to give the Fellows practice in this model.  The Fellows departed this meeting with an action plan for implementation of the model and a partner to email or phone to in order to discuss the progress or reflect upon potential strategies.

Fourth Session – April 24-25, 2008

At the spring NCSLA meeting, fellows and members came together to network, to recognize the accomplishment of one of their peers, and to hear about current issues in science education from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Organizations were recognized whose support is essential for the functioning of the Association.  Continuity of leadership was demonstrated by the installation of new officers and the passing of the gavel to the new president, Max Dass.

The spring workshop for fellows focused on technology and applications in the classroom.  Fellows were introduced to open source software, video lectures, and lesson support software.  The day was filled with teachers exchanging helpful sites and techological applications that have proven to be effective in their own experiences.

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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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