Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The 2014 PDI will offer a rich array of experiences that will help you build your toolbox to dig even further into the NGSS. Join us in Boston for yet another outstanding NSELA Wednesday – the 2014 Professional Development Institute, followed by an evening of connecting with your colleagues at the NSELA/CSSS reception.
The National Science Education Leadership Association and ExploreLearning invite you to a lunch presentation at the NSTA area conferences: Being Intentional About Instructional Modeling
It's not too late to register! Be sure to RSVP for the Explorelearning luncheons "Being Intentional about Instructional Modeling" at the NSTA area conferences. Come learn about Being Intentional about Instructional Modeling. Come learn effective instructional modeling strategies you can use in your Professional Development workshops and see how Gizmos can support high quality science instruction in your district.
Would you like to take an active role in guiding the future of science education leadership? Nominations are now open for the NSELA election to begin in December 2013. Members may self-nominate for open positions and are encouraged to do so. NSELA members are also urged to nominate candidates. All nomination packets need to be completed and submitted by November 15, 2013.
NSELA is proud to announce that Kenn Heydrick is our new Executive Director. Kenn has been active in science education for over 30 years, including 10 years as a high school science teacher, 15 years as a district-level science coordinator, and 3 years as a state-level director of science curriculum. Since September 2011, Dr. Heydrick has been a research professor at the Ingenuity Center at the University of Texas at Tyler. Working from his home in Austin, he is involved and supports various statewide and national STEM initiatives. He is also currently the Executive Director of the National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions.
During the past 20 years, Dr. Heydrick has been involved with NSELA in several capacities, including a regional director (1994-1997), Navigator Newsletter editor (1996-2001), president (2001-2002), co-chair of a Summer Leadership Institute (2002), and recipient of the “Outstanding Leadership in Science Education” Award (2005). In the interview process, Kenn said “NSELA has held a very prominent role in my professional career for almost 20 years. It would be a pleasure to continue to give back so others can grow and be shaped by this wonderful network of talented and visionary leaders.”
Research and general educational practice clearly indicates that students learn science best by doing it, not just reading about it. Hands-on, process and inquiry based science is the key to understanding science, not just memorizing a list of facts or theories. Unfortunately, this is a double edged sword for science teachers in that doing science has its potential risks.