Spring 2016 Membership Meeting and Professional Development

Improving literacy through science leadership

Please join us for our Spring NC Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) Membership meeting on April 30th, 12 - 4 pm at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC.

Our lunch speaker will be Ross Donihue, cartographer and visual storyteller, sponsored by National Geographic.

Following lunch well-known author Christine Royce will conduct a Professional Development workshop on using trade books to teach science.

The Rhyme and Reason for Integrating Children’s Literature in the Science Classroom

As educators in science leadership roles, each of you has the ability to influence the classroom environment. This session will focus on the research behind integration of children’s literature with scientific investigations in the classroom, as well as, provide information on various strategies and ideas to help build student engagement and learning when you merge science and literacy competencies. Following a brief review of the rationale for such an approach, participants will also participate in sample activities that help educators connect these topics around the topic of natural resources which help to integrate several different science disciplines along with a focus on a local impact.


Featured Speakers

Ross Donihue

donihueRoss Donihue is a cartographer and visual storyteller focused on asking and answering new questions with maps. He works at the intersection of visual media, education, and conservation. In 2012 he founded Maps for Good, a visual storytelling team that make one-of-a kind maps and digital media for better-world initiatives. 

As a visual storyteller, Ross actively pursues his passion for connecting people with places through images, video, and sound. He believes that good multimedia inspires new understandings and new connections to the natural world. Ross loves exploring outside - from the small creek in his backyard to an early morning sunrise in the backcountry. Most recently his photography was included in the Patagonia 2014 Holiday Catalog.

As a cartographer he continually looks for new ways to tell stories with maps. He believes that maps can serve not only as a tool for navigation but a tool for telling a story and bringing a place to life. He got his start while majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography at Macalester College. He then went to National Geographic and worked on projects ranging from magazine stories to online interactive maps. Ross later went to Costa Rica, where he taught conservation mapping to college students for a study abroad program in Monteverde, Costa Rica. He founded Maps for Good in 2012 and has been working with better-world initiatives ever since. Ross can be found outside on the trails around Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California. 

Dr. Christine Royce

royceChristine Anne Royce has been investigating the integration of children’s literature in the science classroom for nearly two decades. As co-author of the Teaching Through Trade Books column in Science and Children, she focuses on the integration of engaging science investigations and children’s trade books within a three dimensional learning approach. As a Professor and Department Chairperson for the Teacher Education Department at Shippensburg University, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in science methods, assessment, and research. She also co-directs the MAT in STEM education program.