Spring 2012 Membership Meeting

 The NCSLA Spring Membership Meeting was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Cary.

What is STEM?

  • What does STEM really mean?
  • Why do we need STEM in schools?
  • What does STEM look like in the classroom?
  • How can I help teachers in my school/district teach STEM effectively?

During a panel presentation, hands-on activities and rotating discussion groups you will have a chance to interact with the leaders, movers and shakers of the STEM movement in North Carolina.

Panelists and Discussion Leaders

Rebecca Payne
Director, STEM Education and Leadership at the NC Department of Public Instruction

Laura Bottomley
Director of Outreach, NC State University, College of Engineering

Robin Marcus
Program Directof of STEM Education, New Schools Project

Melaine Rickard
STEM Teacher at Turrentine Middle School, Alamance County

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Why STEM Matters, Here in NC & Around the World
Karl Rectanus
Director of Partnerships, VIF International Education

karlKarl Rectanus is an educator and entrepreneur, who currently oversees the coordination of North Carolina's Global Schools Network, supporting schools, districts and partners committed to rapidly improving the global awareness, language acquisition and 21st century skills of all students and teachers.

Previously, Karl was the founding leader of the NC STEM Community Collaborative, the public-private partnership that architected North Carolina's first K12 Statewide STEM Strategic Plan Aligned with Post-Secondary and Economic Needs within NC DPI's Race to the Top initiative, and launched the K20 NC STEM Learning Network, housed at the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.  Karl is an adviser to the NC General Assembly's "Joining Our Business & Schools" (JOBS) Commission, North Carolina's Next Generation Science Standards Leadership Team, the US Multi-State STEM Network and is a 2009 BMW Foundation World Young Leader.

Meeting Agenda

12 pm: NCSLA Luncheon (sponsored by Carolina Biological) and Business Meeting

including the induction of new officers, presentation of the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award and keynote speaker Karl Rectanus of the NC STEM Community Collaborative.

1:30 pm: Professional Development Session

We will begin with panel presentations from our special guests (listed above) followed by a table activity.  From there participants will move to rotating discussion groups where they will have an opportunity to interact in small groups with each panelist.


Photos from the Meeting


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