The NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program will continue with the next virtual meeting scheduled for September 18-19, 2020. Fellows will complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment prior to the meeting. The MBTI is a self-assessment that is one way to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. Application of understanding about personality types is an important component for Science/STEM leadership in the workplace.
This summer, our current Fellows have been busy! Here’s just a sampling of what they’ve been up to:
Jason Carter co-created and co-led with Michelle Benigno two virtual workshops on the topic of teaching students to better assess resources for fake news and misinformation as part of The Science House's "Digital Development: Tackling Hybrid STEM Education" series. He was scheduled to lead a day-long workshop on August 4th entitled "Leveraging Fake News to Teach Climate Change" as part of my work as a Teacher Ambassador for the National Center for Science Education, but unfortunately due to changes to the school calendar, this workshop had to be cancelled.
Candice Chambers has been busy expanding her remote teaching toolkit and training teachers throughout the spring and summer! She received professional development through participating in EdCamp Equity, NCTIES 2020, EdCamp EdTech, NC Learns Together, completing the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Education Policy Fellowship Program, and participating in the District C Coaching Institute. Beyond participating in professional development, Candice has also delivered workshops and presentations including “Sketchnotes 101: A Guide to Visual Note-taking for Educators”, “How To Introduce Systems Thinking in the Classroom and Beyond”, “Quizzing and Assessments in Canvas,” and “Distance Education: Principles and Practicals.” Additionally, she has just completed work with partnering peers in a job-embedded professional growth developer’s design Project Team through the organization 100Kin10. Candice is also proud to have trained and supported instructors transitioning face-to-face courses to the online environment for NCSSM’s Summer Accelerator program this year. In June Candice taught “Anthropology: The Science of Being Human” in NCSSM’s Summer Accelerator program and now she is now co-developing a course with Dr. Jamie Lathan focused on introducing students to science and social science behind the concept of race.
This spring, Lily Dancy-Jones participated in a variety of PD focused on remote learning, including getting certified in using ScreenCastify and am in the process of completing a certification with CK12. On August 6th, she presented at the Buncombe County School's annual STEAM conference (which was virtual this year). This was her third time presenting at this conference, but my first time ever presenting at a virtual conference! Lily’s session was about using Thinking Maps in science, with examples and tools for remote and in-person learning. In addition to planting a huge garden and adopting a senior dog, Lily also spent time during this strange summer volunteering at the Asheville GreenWorks Native Tree Nursery, including organizing a few small, social distanced workdays with college students who have volunteered with the organization for several years during high school.