Spring 2022 Science Leadership Summit

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Get Your Head IN the Clouds! Understanding Weather and Changing Climate – K-12 Curricular Alignment, Practice and Leadership

Saturday, May 7, 2022
11 am - 5 pm
UNC- Wilmington

Join us, in person, as our Spring Summit returns! Hear Climate office experts address weather and changing climate, interact with colleagues and vendors, and take a field trip with us to Fort Fisher or Carolina Beach.


Jackson Leadership Award

Featured Speaker: Kathie Dello, PhD, Director, State Climate Office of North Carolina, State Climatologist of North Carolina

Break-out Discussions

As of 3/1/2022 - Vaccination required; suitable masking, regardless of vaccination status; follow current CDC guidelines unless meeting takes place in a location that has stricter requirements.

Register for the Spring 2022 Science Leadership Summit

Registration includes

  • lunch,
  • break out sessions,
  • networking,
  • keynote speakers, and
  • field trips to Fort Fisher or Carolina Beach.

You may pay the registration fee with check or credit card.

Registration Deadline: Current Members Non-Members Retired Non-Members
By April 22
$50 $90 $75
After April 22
$55 $95 $80

The non-member registration includes one year of membership dues.  You may also pay your membership dues separately.

To register with a check, mail the registration form (pdf) with the check to:

NCSLA Membership
1425 Duplin Road
Raleigh, NC  27607


To register with a credit card, choose your registration option below to pay securely via PayPal. A convenience fee is added to credit card charges to cover the cost of using PayPal.  To avoid this fee you can send in a check (above).


Meeting Registration

Losing Their Voice: Teaching science and connecting with students who feel ‘left out’ or ‘left behind’


Spring Webinar Series - Session 12
February 22, 2022 5:30 - 7 pm

Losing Their Voice: Teaching science and connecting with students who feel ‘left out’ or ‘left behind’

Join us for a conversation with North Carolina 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year, Maureen Stover. Maureen taught biology, earth and environmental science, and was active in the advancement via individual determination (AVID) program at Cumberland International Early College High School in Fayetteville. She spent 20 years serving in the US Air Force. Maureen was the Cumberland County Schools Teacher of the Year in 2019-20. The purpose of the webinar is to discuss challenges and explore strategies for teaching science to students who feel disconnected from the subject. Mrs. Stover will motivate attendees based upon her past experiences and breakout rooms will be utilized to engage member voices.



Maureen Strover, M.Ed.

From CCSSO: “Maureen Stover, the 2021 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, is an Air Force veteran and high school biology and earth and environmental science teacher who seeks to provide clear pathways for students to successfully enter the career or college program of their choice upon graduation from high school.” Maureen, a recent teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School in Fayetteville, is the first teacher from North Carolina to compete for the National Teacher of the Year since 2008. Maureen was North Carolina’s 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year and Cumberland County Schools Teacher of the Year in 2019-20‍


 Breakout Room Leaders and facilitators include

Mr. Mark Case, High School Science Teacher at Southern Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC., 2017-18 Southern Guilford High Teacher of the Year

Ms. Kimberly Clark, 8th Grade Science Teacher, A L Stanback Middle School, Orange County Schools, Hillsborough, NC., 2021 S.E.E.D. Fellows

Ms. Covey Denton, Science Teacher, Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts & Education (SBHS), Wilson, NC., Paul DeHart Hurd Award, Maitland P. Simmons Award, and NSTA Sylvia Shugrue Award Winner.‍



Potpourri of Apprises: Critical updates from colleagues in the field


Spring Webinar Series - Session 13
March 23, 2022 5:30 - 7 pm

Potpourri of Apprises: Critical updates from colleagues in the field

Join us for critical updates and future opportunities available across the state for NCSLA members. Attendees will engage with three different speakers addressing issues and opportunities for connections to science and STEM education. Dr. Michael Maher, Executive Director of the Office of Learning Recovery and Acceleration at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will talk to the purpose and progress of The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) as an advising body to the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE). Ms. Carrie Horton, Program Manager with the Kenan Fellows Program, will provide updates on the popular leadership program as well as share opportunities with members. There is an exciting Kenan Fellows STEMwork program of which she is co-author. Ms. Michelle Ellis is the creator and lead facilitator for the STEM Educators for Equity and Diversity (SEED) Fellowship program in North Carolina. She will describe the unique program and share updates and opportunities for our NCSLA members.

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Keeping Kids in Schools: Discussing the Complex and Challenging Leadership Issues


Fall Webinar Series - Session 11
December 2, 2021 5:30 - 7 pm

Keeping Kids in Schools: Discussing the Complex and Challenging Leadership Issues

Join us for a conversation with a panel of school leaders and educators, focusing on leadership in complex issues in schools. Professional educators are called to action to support best science practices in schools including supporting vaccination, masking, and social distancing. These actions lead safe learning environments for students. Educators must also acknowledge their position of leadership in supporting best COVID-19 practices affirmed by both  state and national health departments.Through this advocacy focused question and answer discussion, we hope to bring together like minded stakeholders including school board members, superintendent, principal and teacher to learn and propose actionable recommendations for leading in schools around complex issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic.



Dr. John Bryant
Superintedent, Henderson County Schools

Upon earning his Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Elon University in 1999, Bryant taught high school English for 7 years in western North Carolina, and then served as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at East Henderson High School from 2007 to 2011. Bryant served as Principal at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary from 2011-2014, before transferring to Central Office in 2014 as Senior Director of Human Resources.

He began his tenure as superintendent in December 2020.  Bryant holds a Masters in School Administration from Gardner Webb University and an EdD in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University.

An advocate for public education in this community and statewide, Bryant is a member of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, Personnel Administrators of North Carolina, School Superintendents Association, North Carolina High School Athletics Association, Kappa Delti Pi education honor society and Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society.


V 93ECChristine Kushner
Board Member, Wake County‍ School Board

Christine Kushner, a professional policy analyst and freelance writer, has lived in Wake County since 1989. A product of North Carolina public schools, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

Her work as a policy analyst, consultant and journalist has focused on the fields of public health, health care access, and public education.  She has experience in communication, policy, program administration and grant-writing.  She has been active in several PTAs, has served on school improvement teams, and still volunteers in WCPSS classrooms.  She is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and is a William Friday Fellow for Human Relations through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative.  Christine has served on the Wake County Board of Education since 2011, serving two terms as Chair.


MattSearsMatt Sears
Board Member, Durham County School Board

Matt Sears joined the Durham County Board of Education in 2014 and has a passion for strong district and school leadership and equitable distribution of resources to meet the needs of Durham's students.

In his day job, Matt heads up all face-to-face educational programming for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), including curriculum development, seasonal staff recruiting, staff training, and day-to-day management of summer and academic year programs.

Before joining TIP, Matt spent six years at NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning, developing teachers and school leaders in project-based learning, deploying principles and practices of critical friendship, coaching principals and district leaders on school improvement, and leading the organization’s move from face-to-face to blended professional development and distance learning. Matt holds his BS in mathematics with computer science from Purdue University and a MAT from UNC-Chapel Hill. Matt has received numerous teaching awards, including the Teacher of the Year for Durham Public Schools and a Fulbright award to teach middle school math in Tamil Nadu, India.‍‍


Bob picBob Grant
Principal, Washington Elementary School

As an educator I am guided in my belief in servant leadership and in building collaborative, inclusive and dynamic learning communities. I taught for 19 years and was a National Board Certified Teacher. This year marks my 11th year as a principaI. In addition to being selected as the WCPSS Assistant Principal of the Year I was twice selected as finalist for WCPSS Principal of the Year and named Wake County Magnet Principal of the year. I have served as a mentor to new principals and principal interns. I am currently a Division of Principals and Assistant Principals elementary director who advocates for Wake County principals. I have earned multiple grants for tutorial programs to support underserved communities. This year we are starting Plaza Comunitaria, a program for Latino adults to work towards a HS diploma, created in partnership with the Mexican Consulate. My schools have met or exceeded EVAAS growth expectations for each of the last 7 years. Washington GT has been the highest applied to magnet elementary program in WCPSS for 3 consecutive years and earned a Magnet School of Excellence designation in 2019 and 2020. My belief in creating safe and inclusive communities drives my personal and work life. I have taken significant steps to build resources, engage families, and support teachers to build a safer and more inclusive community.



tomsavageTom Savage
Teacher, Henderson County Early College

Tom has been teaching high school science for 18 years and currently teaches at the Henderson County Early College in Flat Rock NC, teaching chemistry, physical science, earth science and serves as the Science Olympiad coach. Selected to participate in the “Teacher at Sea” program with NOAA in 2015 & 2018, he began a new elementary school outreach program called “Young Scientists” as a result of this program. He is a former NCSLA Fellow, currently chairing the NCSLA Advocacy committee, serves as NCSTA District 8 Director and is on the Gem and Lapidiary Museum Board in Hendersonville, NC.

An advocate of early childhood science he began a new elementary school outreach program called “Young Scientists” program. Tom also offers Discover SCUBA and Flying on the weekends for his students. Prior to teaching he spent six years as a National Service Park Ranger at five national parks including Grand Canyon, Glacier, Aciadia, Lowell National Historical Park and the Carl Sandburg Home.

Recognitions include Teacher of the Year 2010 and 2018, NSTA Southeast Regional Lab Competition winner 2017, NCSTA Dist 8 outstanding teacher 2019, and Air Force Reserve NC Science Teacher award 2018.