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CJ Evans State Leadership Award for Outstanding Service to CSSS and Science Education

“The intent was to recognize a CSSS member for “Outstanding Service to Science Education”. We asked the CSSS Board to select a recipient and TI would award a plaque the night of the CSSS annual dinner, to be presented by the CSSS President and TI.” Ellen Ebert (CSSS President 2016-2017)

“I like the simplicity of TI's original intent. I think it allows the Board flexibility. I think it is nice that it is an award that can go to any member. It seems fitting to be an award that recognizes a lifetime of continued service or a significant project that moves the work of the organization forward.” Tiffany Neill (CSSS President 2017-2019)

 “This award recognizes CSSS members who really represent the spirit of the organization.” Kevin Anderson (CSSS President 2019-2021)


2017 Recipient

C.J. Evans served the CSSS organization for over 20 years in various leadership roles. Her first year on the board, C.J. served as secretary and then as the treasurer for the remaining years till 2017. According to C.J., CSSS was “little more than a social gathering at NSTA for a few years” and then the push for science standards came from the Federal level. C.J. was influential to the growth of CSSS becoming a leading science education organization. Early on, PAEMST programs were only funded with $1200 and C.J. worked with state programs to get them established. C.J.  has been a key liaison in the partnership that CSSS continues to have to this day with the PAEMST  program and it’s NSF partners.

In the early 1990's, C. J. Evans designed the CSSS logo currently in use. The logo came about when similar organizations developed logos and she saw CSSS needed one. Using Clipart to  create the CSSS “element”. The colorful logo has stuck around ever since.

C.J. was the State Science Consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1991 to 2001.  Mel Carnahan, the Governor at the time, had the vision for math, science, and English academic standards in Missouri. C.J. worked with the Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM) to develop Missouri science standards based on the first version of the National Science Education Standards published at the time. Mr. Carnahan’s idea was to test a sample of students with hands-on science projects to gather evidence on the teaching and student retention of the standards. Although the Governor died suddenly in a plane crash and this never came to fruition, C.J. was leading this work that today we value as authentic student performance tasks. 

In C.J.s own words, “my biggest contribution to Missouri science was the constant push for science to be taught in grades 1-6.  In my time as state consultant, science teaching was relegated to about 20 minutes a week. The biggest reason was teachers had little, if any, background in science so we concentrated on professional development. We gave them the equipment to do science and to take back to their schools. Gradually, school districts began buying kits aligned to the standards for the teachers. A cadre of teachers would go around the state giving workshops to train teachers on the kits. It was great fun!”

In 2017, C.J. Evans received the Science Education Leadership award presented by Texas Instruments (TI). The intent was to recognize a CSSS member for “Outstanding Service to Science Education”. Graciously accepting the award upon the announcement of her retirement from the CSSS Board, C. J. received a standing ovation by members. Since then, TI continues to sponsor this award annually at the CSSS Conference.

2018 Recipient


Sam Shaw has made many contributions as a science education leader that include service as a CSSS Board member, ad hoc committee co-chair, and a liaison for a CSSS special project. Sam served as the state science supervisor of South Dakota from 2010-2017. During that time, he led South Dakota as a NGSS lead state. As a CSSS Board member, Sam formerly served as the Professional Learning Committee Co-Chair and Board Liaison 2014-2017 when the committee developed the Science Professional Learning Standards (CSSS 2018). Sam was a co-principal investigator from 2015-2017 for the ACESSE 13 project. Sam assumed the role of CSSS financial officer in 2017 following C.J. Evans. Although Sam left state-level science education in 2018, he continues to be a science education leader as the Director of Science Review for EdReports.org. In addition, Sam Shaw currently serves as the CSSS Instructional Resources Adhoc Committee Research Partner.

2019 Recipient

Catherine Mackey exemplifies what outstanding service to science education means. Cathy taught high school science near her home in rural Arkansas for many years. She then moved to the state level to become one of the earliest Arkansas members of CSSS. As the state science assessment specialist in the early 2000’s, she led the development, policy changes, and professional learning for the Arkansas End-of-Course science assessments. In 2011, Cathy represented Arkansas in providing feedback during the development of the Common Core State Standards (2010) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012). Cathy served on the Arkansas NGSS lead state team and was a tireless advocate for the teaching science, particularly the teaching of evolution. Following the adoption of the NGSS in Arkansas, Cathy went on to lead the development and implementation of the Grasping Phenomenal Science Professional Learning System that continues to be a leading exemplar for science professional learning for teachers nationally.  To support the NGSS implementation in Arkansas, Cathy Mackey was one of the leading partners in the ACESSE 13 project and was instrumental in the use and development of the ACESSE 13 practical measures for professional learning. Cathy Mackey was one of the original members to serve as co-chair on the Professional Learning Adhoc committee for CSSS and helped author the Science Professional Learning Standards (CSSS 2018). One of her most noteworthy contributions to science education was prior to her retirement when she represented CSSS in the final editing of Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center (NRC 2018).

2021 Recipient

At the 2021 meeting of the national Council of State Science Supervisors (CS3), Dr. Tom Keller of STEM Education Strategies LLC, based in Newcastle, Maine, was awarded the prestigious C. J. Evans Award. Participating in the award ceremony were Shari Templeton of Maine, Dr. Ellen Ebert of Washington, Tiffany Neill of Oklahoma, and Dr. Stephen Pruitt of Georgia. The awarding of this honor was due to Dr. Keller’s steadfast support of new members to the organization and continual willingness to assist the president and board. A recent notable innovation was his development and implementation of a monthly series of virtual meetings particularly for new members, focusing on topics such as working with legislative policymakers and standards for professional development. He is a former president and treasurer of the organization and served as state science supervisor in Maine for 18 years.

Tom Keller CJ Evans Award Announcement




            

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