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.
Not only does NSELA have its Professional Development Institute on Wednesday, April 2, but there are numerous NSELA sessions the rest of the week to help you build your toolbox of leadership skills. Download a schedule of events (pdf) so you don't miss out!
Congratulations to new members of the NSELA Board!
Elizabeth Mulkerrin, President-Elect
Christine Royce, Treasurer
Michelle Hughes, Region B Director
Kirsten Smith, Region E Director
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.”
In a chemistry class, each student dumped chemical products into plastic-lined trash containers. Problem was, so did students in other lab classes. One day the trash container started to smoke and flames erupted. No science teacher or supervisor wants this scenario in their school science labs!
Laboratory activities generate waste – both biological and chemical. Some of the waste can be extremely hazardous and cause immediate problems as illustrated. Be prepared - not surprised. Safety incidents can literally burn down a lab or school. For a means of addressing hazardous waste in the lab, temporary storage in the storeroom, and beyond, check out the March 2013 "Safer Science" column in The Science Teacher (volume 80 number 3) Waste Not, Want Not.
Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Officer