Good Day NCSLA Members!
I hope that our 2020 Fall SuperViews finds everyone in our NCSLA Family happy and healthy. I do want to recognize the amazing work that STEM educators are performing across our diverse state. It is in times like these where we bear witness to the passion, the commitment, the energy from teachers, from curriculum leaders, from informal science educators, from university faculty and administrators and from our partners. It is important for each of us to just stop, every day, and say THANK YOU to those around us for the critical work that we all are doing on a daily basis to reach students. Whether you are teaching/leading virtually, face-to-face or employing a hybrid platform, the learning curve this past Summer and current Fall is considerable, insurmountable even, and you all deserve heaps of gratitude and recognition for your efforts.
As I don’t want to ‘steal’ from past president Beverly Lyons announcement, there are engaging professional development webinars beginning in September! Please understand that your NCSLA leadership has actively met last Spring/Summer and have developed opportunities to support the critical work that you are doing by organizing, designing, and offering four engaging late afternoon learning sessions beginning in late September. Your board of directors and committee member will ‘retreat’ on Saturday, September 12th via Zoom to discuss these exciting additions and to do the business of the organization. As many other professional organizations have done, we have modified the Fall Leadership Summit from a face-to-face experience, originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th in Winston Salem, to the aforementioned professional development webinars offered via Zoom and spread across four months (September through December). We think you are going to enjoy each and every one of them!
Lastly, I want to remind everyone to remember to care for yourself. The Oxford Dictionary tells us that Self-Care is defined as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” Friends, if these current days aren’t times of stress for everyone, than I don’t know what is. You feel it, I feel it, your kids feel it. PLEASE take some time for yourself. It is imperative that you maintain some level of normalcy and strength in your personal lives. I often tell my students, and I’m trying to remember this myself, perfection is unattainable. Within the current constraints that the pandemic has placed upon us all, all we can do is strive for excellence. The type of excellence that allows each one of us to be thankful for our work that day, to maintain our happiness, and to preserve our energy and passion for what we do. You all are the hope.
And I’m going to end each of my official communiques with these statements: I am excited to serve our membership as NCSLA president. I have always valued our organization as THE forum for professionals to have engaging conversations about relevant issues in our field, to identify issues where advocacy is needed, and to collaborate across different stakeholders thereby generating statewide solutions. It is my pleasure to serve you, the membership.
Dr. Dennis S. Kubasko, Jr.
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