NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Cohort Remains Active, Virtually
The NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows participated in a number of virtual 2020 Fall events. The 2020-2022 Fellows Cohort participated in a September 18-19, 2020, meeting looking at leadership and personality types. Fellows completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment prior to the meeting then worked with Kendall Hageman, NC School of Math and Science, to understand traits and apply these to how people perceive the world and make leadership decisions. Next, the Fellows Cohort participated in the NCSLA webinar on November 4, 2020 and many participants attended the other Fall NCSLA and NCSTA webinars.
Brad Rhew, Fellows Committee member, held a support session in October on making a mini-Ted Talk to share STEM resources, events and activities, programs, etc. Fellows that were able to attend the November 11, 2020 meeting did an amazing job summing up their thoughts on leadership in group work, thinking about affecting change in their workplace, and preparing and presenting a mini-Ted Talk.
Fellows Committee members include Carla Billups, Mark Case, Michelle Ellis, Dennis Kubasko, Brad Rhew, Pat Shane and Alisa Wickliff.
The purpose of the NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program is to enhance professional competence and develop the leadership abilities necessary for science leaders to operate effectively in various leadership positions in science education. This newly revised program is supported by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.
Spotlight on 2020-2022 Fellows
Jennifer Allsbrook has been teaching at Polk County High School since 1993,and is a 2019-2020 Kenan Fellow. She received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund PRISM Grant in the amount of $4500 for PD and classroom materials. She will also be participating in Facilitator training for the STEMwork program and then providing training to other teachers associated with the Kenan Fellows Program.
Jeff Edwards is the STEM Coordinator for Surry County Schools. He received the the 2019 NCSTA Distinguished Service Award in Science Education for Administration/Supervision. Jeff was awarded a couple of grants to help support the district in the area of middle school science. The first was from Duke Energy Foundation and it will provide materials and resources to aid middle school teachers in Argument Driven Inquiry in their classrooms. The second was an award from Explore Learning for all middle school teachers to have access to their Gizmos for this school year, along with PD sessions for implementation.
Andi Webb was recently named a 2020 North Carolina finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is currently a K-2 teacher and instructional coach at Forest Hills Global Elementary in Wilmington, NC. Andi is working toward her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and continues her Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers with Burroughs Wellcome Fund.