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Professional Development 2009
and 2010 Major Events
2010 Statewide Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE)
NC-MSEN has developed a new
series of institutes for teachers of mathematics and science, in collaboration
with the NC
Department of Public Instruction, that focus on major themes within the
North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
These institutes address
mathematics and science content knowledge, in conjunction with appropriate
and tested pedagogical
and assessment strategies, to help North Carolina teachers deliver the
best mathematics and science instruction to the students
of North Carolina.
Please click this
link (in pdf format) for a description of the SITE program.
click this link (in pdf
format) for the new SITE White Paper.
Please click this
link (in pdf format) for the 2009-2010 SITE workshop schedule. You
can also visit
http://education.uncc.edu/cmste/SITE/ for more information.
2010 Non-SITE Workshop Schedule
In addition to the SITE programs,
individual Professional Development Centers offer a rich assortment of
development opportunities. Here is a listing of those programs. Keep in
mind that the Professional Development Center is
responsible for the content and availability of these programs; contact
the Center directly for more information about them.
link (in pdf format) for the 2009-2010 Non-SITE workshop schedule.
is the Recipient of the 2009 Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics,
and Technology Education!
in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education is a prestigious award
recognizes and honors
North Carolina organizations that have an innovative partnership supporting
science, mathematics and technology (SMT)
Recipient of Partnership Award
engages in the followings:
- Creating deeper understanding
by students or community members of SMT topics
- Promoting active engagement
by students or community members
- Addressing an area of need
or concern in community or state related to SMT
- Being innovative
- Building capacity in community
or across the state
The 2009 Partnership
Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was presented
to NC-MSEN at the
Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology which was held at
the Embassy Suites Raleigh/Durham Hotel in
Cary, North Carolina on Saturday, April 18, 2009. A video was presented
at the Award Ceremony. Please visit
(click on the combination of NC-MSEN/
UNC CSLD logo in the upper rigth to launch the video). An offical newsletter
can also be found from the given Web link.
Please click here for a
press release (in pdf).
To see all the pictures that were submitted to SMT for video presentation,
this PowerPoint presentation here.
Dr. Perry Mack as The New Interim Director of NC-MSEN Center - GAMSEC
at NC A & T State University!
learn more about Dr. Mack, please click
to view his bio here (in pdf format).
Mr. Rick Demolina as The New Assistant Director at University of North
Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)!
Demolina is a native of California where he earned his Masters of Education
University of La Verne. He has been teaching middle and high school math
for the past seven
years and was recognized for his work by being elected the 2005 Pender
County Math Teacher
of the year. As the son of Cuban immigrants and a fluent Spanish speaker,
he especially enjoys
working with English Language Learners. Prior to teaching, Mr. Demolina
spent twelve years
working in industrial construction engineering and management. He earned
his B.A in economics
from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Ms. Karen Dash as The New Center Director at North Carolina School of
Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)!
Karen Dash is
a native of Connecticut and holds a bachelor in English from Harvard University
and an MPA from Columbia University.
Previously she spent 12 years in the financial services industry, where
she won one of the top awards at American Express, and several
years in the government and nonprofit sectors. She has served as a trainer,
consultant, and business coach and has published 17 consumer
business articles in the Raleigh News & Observer.
(Note: The following is an excerpt from the UNCW Science and Mathematics
(SMEC) Newsletter released in December 2008.)
In April 2008, after 12 years
of excellent service and hard work as the Assistant Director of the Science
and Mathematics Education
Center, Bill Kawczynski, a former Marine, returned to the service of his
country as a private contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Many of you
were fortunate and benefited from Bill’s expertise with coordinating
Summer Ventures, planning AP review sessions, conducting
professional development programs and/or directing the Southeast Regional
Science Fair. Bill agreed to share his wisdom on education
from his new perspective in the Middle East. Here are some of his thoughts...
I never would have thought
that I would be drafting this article from Baghdad, Iraq. As I reflect
on the changes since the last SMEC
newsletter, I am reminded that this time of year brings about exciting
new adventures and opportunities for those in education. There are
two points that I would like to convey as I sit here in the 120+ degree
heat: one of opportunity and one of change.
Opportunity is all around
us each day. It’s whether or not we can see it and more importantly,
act on it. As educators, we are consumed
with opportunity, as we strive to provide it for our students and look
for ways to collaborate with our colleagues each day. In Iraq, I can
see opportunity take hold each day as the Iraqis seek to rebuild their
country and return to a state of normalcy that we often take for granted.
The past few years, I have
been fortunate enough to be a part of the North Carolina Science Leadership
Association’s (NCSLA) Science Leadership Fellows Program (SLFP).
The program brings together cohorts of teachers, curriculum specialists
and administrators with the
intent of developing science leaders who will become more involved not
only lo¬cally but across the state. In addition, the science fellows
also help develop leaders in their region by utilizing the skills they
receive during the two-year program. Most of the science fellows wondered
why they signed up and what will they get out of the program. My quick
response to them was “opportunity and change.”
As I glanced over the North
Carolina Science Teacher Associations / National Science Teachers Associations
Development Institute for 2008, I noticed many science fellows (both past
and present) who were listed in the program as presenters and contributors
to the conference. This is a wonderful example of taking advantage of
“opportunity” and hopefully making a “change.”
or not you are a presenter or merely an attendee at the conference, you
will be sure to create opportunities that will lead to a positive change.
Every day, if you look close
enough, you can see opportunities to change and make changes to create
opportunities. I have made that decision
as I work to create better opportunities for the Iraqis while I am here
in Baghdad. If you wonder just what type of changes I am working on
here in Iraq, here is a link to one of many recent articles that focuses
on the job in which my office is involved:
(Article featured in the Middle East Times, Dogs of War: Accountability
I certainly hope that the
school year is one filled with great successes for you and your students
and that you look for ways to “create
opportunity that leads to positive change.” Cheers from a sunny,
hot, and ever changing Baghdad!
Professional Development 2008 Major Events
Congratulations to Dr. David C. Royster
David Royster, Director of the NC-MSEN Center at UNC Charlotte, received
W. W. Rankin Award at the The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics
conference on October 31, 2008. Congratulations!
Please click to see a press
Center Directors' Meeting in August
The NC-MSEN Center Directors
and Central Office staff gathered in Chapel Hill for a two-day
meeting at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development on August
27 and 28, 2008.
Dr. Verna L. Holoman, Executive Director, presided over the meetings.
Dr. Sam Houston, CEO and President
of the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education
Center (SMT), met with Directors to give an informative presentation on
the 2008 Leadership and
Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Institute. More information
about the LASER
training can be found at http://www.ncsmt.org/prog.laser.html
Dr. Elaine Franklin (left), Dr. Sam Houston (center), and Dr. Phillip
Johnson (right) discuss
the LASER Institute training during a break in the meeting.
Fellows Program Director, Dr. Valerie Brown-Schild, provided the group
with detailed information
on the Kenan Fund, opportunities afforded Fellows, the nomination process,
and statewide fundraising efforts.
Alisa Chapman, Associate Vice President of Academic Planning and University-School
UNC-General Administration, joined the group to discuss a draft STEM Inventory
that she has been
charged with compiling. Ms. Chapman indicated that NC-MSEN is a great
example of one program
that touches all levels of K-16 education.
The NC-MSEN 25th Anniversary
arrives in 2009. Committees were formed and plans begun for a year-long
series of events
to celebrate this milestone.
Directors and Central Office staff brainstorm ideas as they
plan for future NC-MSEN statewide programs.
North Carolina Science Educator Selected as the National Science Teachers
to Dr. Pat Shane, Associate Director of the Center for Mathematics and
Science Education (CMSE)
at UNC Chapel Hill* for this prestigious honor!! Please click here for
an excerpt from
the NSTA News Release
dated June 2, 2008 (in pdf format).
Centers and Pre-College Program Sites Joint Meeting in May
inaugural meeting was held May 19, 2008 at the UNC-General Administration
Board Room of the C. D. Spangler, Jr. Building in Chapel Hill. Please
click here to learn more
(in pdf format).
Dr. Phillip E. Johnson
E. Johnson, director of the Mathematics and Science Education Center at
Appalachian State University,
is this issue’s Featured Center Director.
Dr. Johnson recently received
the W.W. Rankin Award from the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
award, named for a former mathematics teacher at Duke University, is the
organization’s most prestigious award
and is given annually to no more than three mathematics educators. He
was recognized for his years of distinguished
service as a mathematics teacher and as someone who has played a key role
in organizing and conducting regional
and statewide workshops and conferences designed to help mathematics teachers
excel at their craft. His career
spans more than 40 years in education – from high school mathematics
teacher to college professor, including a
33-year career at UNC Charlotte.
Dr. Johnson earned his undergraduate
degree from Appalachian, a master’s degree from American University,
and a Ph.D. from
Professional Development 2007 Major Events
Center Director: Dr. Karen Dawkins
Dr. Dawkins is the Director
of the NC-MSEN Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education
at East Carolina University. She writes,
"Working with teachers and other school leaders in the east and northeast
is a real privilege. Despite limited resources, they compensate with enormous
in their schools, dedication to their students, and innovation in meeting
challenges. They are true partners in the work that we do -- providing
ideas for projects
that meet their needs and sharing in the responsibility for implementing
Her recent publications
Dickerson, D.L., Dawkins,
K.R., & Annetta, L. (accepted). Scientific fieldwork: An opportunity
for pedagogical-content knowledge development. Journal of
Dickerson, D.L., Penick,
J.E., Dawkins, K.R., & Van Sickle, M. (January, 2007). Groundwater
in science education. Journal of Science Teacher Education,
Dawkins, K.R. and Dickerson,
D.L. (January, 2007). Building a community of teacher learners in an earth/environmental
science professional development
opportunity. Journal of Geoscience Education, pp. 67-71.
Dr. Dawkins received her Doctor
of Education degree in 1996 from East Carolina University. Her specialization
was Educational Leadership with an emphasis in
Please visit the ECU Center's
Web site for more information.
Professional Development 2006 Major Events
Excellence in K-8 Science Teaching: An NC-MSEN Statewide
click to see more detail.
Mathematics Summer Institutes
Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network
(NC-MSEN) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
To learn more about the eligibility,
dates, times, locations, credits (CEU), fees, registration deadline, course
description, and instructors, please
click here to see all the details or download flyer.
To view a list of instructors
from the Middle Mathematics Project that will be designing and presenting
the institutes, please click to download the
For online registration (highly
recommended!!), please visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/cmse/
or download application
form (must use Adobe
7.0.) The deadline
for registratrion is May 15th.
Carolina Middle Math Project (NCM2) Gears Towards a Fifth Year Operation
The North Carolina Middle
Mathematics (NCM2) Project, a collaboration between NC-MSEN and NCDPI,
has received a no-cost extension from the
National Science Foundation (NSF) for a fifth year of operation. One hundred-twenty-three
(90%) of NCM2 participants are pursuing or have attained
National Board Certification, a Master’s Degree, or both National
Board Certification and a Master’s Degree. This initiative serves
51 LEAs statewide.
For detail information, please visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/cmse/NCM2/index.htm.
Recent Award to NC-MSEN UNC-Chapel Hill Center for
the Development of CCLE Program
The NC-MSEN Center for Science
and Mathematics Education at UNC Chapel Hill recently received a $95,590
award from The Office of the President to
develop the Carolina
Cooperative Lateral Entry (CCLE) Program. The E-Learning funds will
support the design and delivery of courses during 2005-2006.
Details please visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/cmse/.
Berenson Receives Holladay Medal
The North Carolina State University
Board of Trustees has awarded the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for
Excellence to five faculty members in recognition of their outstanding
careers at NC State. The Holladay Medal is the highest honor bestowed
on a faculty member by the trustees and the university.
This year’s honorees include Sarah Burke Berenson, professor of
mathematics education and Director of the Center for Research in
Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), part of the North Carolina
Mathematics and Science Education Network.
The medals will be presented during the university’s Honors Baccalaureate
and Celebration of Academic Excellence, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,
May 12, in the McKimmon Center.
The Holladay Medal is named for Col. Alexander Quarles Holladay, the university’s
first president. It recognizes the contributions of faculty members in
teaching, research and service. Winners receive a medal and a framed certificate,
and their names are inscribed on a plaque in the NC State Faculty Senate
Dr. Sarah Burke Berenson has dedicated nearly 20 years at NC State, building
a nationally and internationally recognized mathematics education program.
Known for her creative approaches
to investigating educational problems, her work focuses on the preparation
of teachers and the under-representation of women minorities in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics careers.
Her efforts have impacted
university faculty members (organizing 14 research conferences attended
by more than 500 faculty members from around the world),
K-12 teachers (gaining grant support to pay tuition and a stipend for
more than 500 teachers to take graduate courses), and middle school and
(more than 5,000 students in two mathematics and science enrichment programs
she has directed over the past 18 years).
She has obtained more than
40 grants, published more than 85 research articles, delivered more than
60 presentations at national and international meetings, and
supervised 15 doctoral and master’s students. Berenson has received
the NCSU Outstanding Outreach and Extension Award and the Alumni Outstanding
Outreach and Extension Award. She was elected chair of the North American
Chapter of the Psychology of Education, served on the advisory board of
Robert B. Davis Institute (Rutgers University Graduate School of Education),
was appointed research fellow in 2002 at Queensland University of Technology
in Brisbane, Australia, and chaired the International Research Conference
to Investigate Mathematical Reasoning.
Professional Development 2005 Major Events
Professional Development 2004 Major Events
Dr. Karen Dawkins Received The Herman Gatling for Service to Science
Karen R. Dawkins, Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and
Technology Education (CSMTE) in the College of Education at East Carolina
University (ECU), was recently presented the Herman Gatling Award by the
North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA). The award is the
highest that NCSLA gives each year, is presented at the association’s
fall meeting, and acknowledges an outstanding science education leader
in North Carolina.
A twenty-one year high school science veteran, Dawkins was cited for her
roles as curriculum writer, mentor to teachers,
developer of intensive professional development opportunities for educators
statewide, and recipient of millions of dollars of grant funds to support
North Carolina science and mathematics teachers.
In addition to her classroom successes in North Carolina, Kentucky, and
Mississippi, Dawkins has also put together an impressive track record
in higher education administration. She has been a part of the North Carolina
Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) since 1991 at both
NC State University and ECU. She has also secured more than 35 external
grants supporting teacher professional development projects, including
recent grants from the National Science Foundation and North Carolina
Sea Grant to provide professional development and curriculum support for
earth and environmental science teachers throughout the state. The award
was presented by Mrs. Emma Gatling, widow of the Durham County Science
Supervisor for whom the award is named, and George Ross of the Carolina
Biological Supply Company, which co-sponsors the award.
Professional Development 2003 Major Events
Professional Development 2001-2002
On January 1, 2002,
NC-MSEN is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director, Dr. Verna L.
Holoman. Dr. Holoman comes to NC-MSEN from the University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, where she was the Coordinator of Programs for Recruitment
and Retention in the Life Sciences. She also has worked as the Senior
Academic Affairs Coordinator for the State Council of Higher Education
In October, 2001, the
NC-MSEN central office has moved to the new UNC Center for School Leadership
Development Building. NC-MSEN is now sharing
headquarters with partner programs that provide professional development
for teachers and administrators that is aligned to the strategic priorities
and educational goals of the State Board of Education. Click here
to learn more about the CSLD and this state-of-the-art facility.
to see the new directions and mailing address for NC-MSEN!
Under the leadership of UNC-Chapel Hill Center Director Dr. Russell Rowlett
and Dr. Sid Rachlin of East Carolina University, the Network has secured
a grant from the National Science Foundation for the North Carolina Middle
Mathematics Project. This project uses the statewide infrastructure
of NC-MSEN to improve mathematics education in grades 6-8 across the entire
state of North Carolina. It aims to improve teacher retention by
supporting teachers in their professional development and providing academic
renewal and financial recognition. Please click here
to find out more.
For several months, NC-MSEN
and the NC Department of Public Instruction have been working in partnership
with mathematics and science educators across the stateto form a Science
Framework for North Carolina public schools. On May 3, 2001, the
Science Framework Committee met in Chapel Hill to finalize the draft for
this document. The North Carolina Science Framework is in
the final stages and should be available soon. The framework will
provide the means to achieve excellence in science education in this state;
it will translate goals such as 'All students should be scientifically
literate' into a coherent vision of how educational standards, goals,
and practice will be used to achieve those goals.
Read the Golden
Mean, NC-MSEN's biannual newsletter, and browse the list of professional
development opportunities for mathematics and science teachers for Fall/Winter
The North Carolina Center
for School Leadership Development Building was happy to welcome a visit
from U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on April 1, 2002. Senator
Kennedy held a press conference from the building that included former
North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt. Senator Kennedy then led
discussions with a panel of North Carolina educational leaders, including
UNC System President Molly Corbett Broad, CSLD Program Directors, and
NC-MSEN Executive Director Dr. Verna L. Holoman. Click here
for pictures of the Senator's visit.
The JASON Academy for Science
Teaching and Learning provides innovative professional development for
busy science educators. It offers online science content courses on thematic
topics emphasizing the physical sciences to middle level (grades 4-9)
science teachers. The goal of the Academy is to enhance the science content
background of teachers and provide them with the tools to help students
more effectively. For more information, click here.
The North Carolina Association
for Biomedical Research (NCABR), a statewide nonprofit science education
organization, is beginning the seventh year of its highly successful professional
development workshop RX FOR SCIENCE LITERACY: THE WHAT, WHERE, HOW AND
WHY OF HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH. This one-day program, held at one of four
NC biomedical research institutions, has now reached more than 1,850 North
Carolina K-12 educators from 82 counties.
The NC Principal Fellows Program
offers a scholarship-loan that provides funding for up to two years at
$20,000 per year to support students who enroll in and
complete a full-time, two-year master's degree program in school administration
at a participating institution of the University of North Carolina system.
PFP website or obtain 2005 Press Release.
Find out about where to apply
for funding or get classroom materials on NC-MSEN's page
of links for teachers.