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T.O.Y. Time Videos
NC 2019 Teacher of the Year Mariah Morris is collecting video lessons from other teachers around the state on her YouTube channel for all teachers to use with their students. Videos include NCSLA members Beverly Owens (Paramecium Playground) and Michelle Ellis (Digestive System).
Michelle Ellis, NCSLA Fellows Alumni, Making a Big Impact on Gaston County Students
Michelle Ellis has been doing amazing things at Hunter Huss High School in Gaston County. Michelle is one of ten teachers selected nationally as a 2020 Shell Science Teaching Award Semi-Finalist. The award is sponsored by the National Science Teaching Association and the Shell Oil Company and recognizes one outstanding classroom teacher (grades K-12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and the community through exemplary science teaching.
Michelle was also recently awarded an $1,800 Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM Award to create a PBL unit with the science department at her school, including PBL training for teachers. On the same day, Michelle was awarded a $2,500 NC Schools Go Outside (GO) Grant from the NC Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council for her students to take part in outdoor education experiences at the US National Whitewater Center.
Keep making such a huge positive impact on science education in North Carolina, Michelle!
NCSLA Members Highlighted in Local Magazine
Two of our members were recently highlighted for their work with STEM in Winston-Salem Monthly Magazine. Betty Jo Moore teaches sixth grade science at Wiley Magnet Middle School. Brad Rhew, a 2018 NCSLA Fellow Alumni, teaches kindergarten through fifth grade science lab at Petree Elementary School. Check out the article here.
Thanks to Dr. Sharon Jones for sharing her expertise and partnering with STEM West to provide Just In Time Training for teachers who now have to offer all instruction virtually! She shared two sessions of how to get started and then offered a Canvas 101 as requested in feedback from participants. Over 100 educators received assistance through this partnership from 17 counties from New Hanover to Cherokee!
STEM West awarded the Duke Energy Foundation Grant to fund WeDo Literacy
STEM West has been awarded the Duke Energy Foundation Grant. This grant will develop pilot sites in summer reading camps in western NC for 2nd and 3rd graders. LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits will be used to drive narratives and literacy strategies used in these camps. In the afternoons, students will be engaged in STEM projects with the kits, related to the morning's reading and strategies. This provides relevance for reading--which is needed for all other subjects!
STEM West serves: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford countines.