Over a year ago, the North Carolina Science Leadership Association committed to re-focusing its priorities to better serve its members when the board of directors developed a strategic plan. What you see now, a newly designed logo, web site and newsletter are one piece of that plan. These changes are more then superficial, providing an added value to your membership in NCSLA.
I invite you to explore your new web site, designed around the five strands of our strategic plan: Network, Celebrate, Support, Lead and Advocate.
NCSLA provides opportunities for NC science education leaders to network with each other, and partner with organizations and sponsors holding similar interests/missions. Members now have access to an online membership directory to help you connect more easily with other members along with a direct link to our Facebook group.
NCSLA celebrates science education leaders in North Carolina by recognizing outstanding leaders in our state with the Gatling Award and the Jackson Distinguished Service Award. Now you are invited to share other achievements by NCSLA members. If you or someone you know has received an award, grant or other recognition, please complete the submission form to be recognized on our web site. A database of member publications will also be available, with your help, so that we may see and read about the great work our members do in science education.
NCSLA recruits and supports the development of, emerging science education leaders. You already know about our Fall and Spring membership meetings as well as our Science Leadership Fellows Program. Now you can also share and learn about Professional Development opportunities across the state. The PD Database is searchable by grade level, role, type and region of the state. If you know of or run a PD program you would like to share, please submit it today.
NCSLA advocates for an appropriate P-12 science education in NC—one that is suitable for building the kinds of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are critical to work and life in the 21st century. Along with a list of our position statements (it is growing), you will find links to legislation, contact information for your local legislators and listservs to keep you informed about how policy decisions and current bills could affect you. For example, according to NCDPI (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/newsroom/news/2010-11/20110208-01),
House Bill 41, which would provide tuition tax credits to parents who pull their children out of public schools to enroll them in private school or home school, would have a devastating impact on North Carolina's public schools and do little to improve educational opportunities for most families in the state, according to State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and State Superintendent June Atkinson.
I hope you will take a few moments to log in and explore all the new features of the web site. And while you are at it, don’t forget to register for the Spring Membership Meeting on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in Cary. I look forward to seeing you there!
Beth Snoke Harris
NCSLA President, 2010-2011