2018 Summer Leadership Institute 

Save The Date: NSELA's 2018 Summer Leadership Institute will be July 9-11 in Philadelphia. 

The Summer Leadership Institute will be held all day Monday and Tuesday, July 9th and 10th, and on the morning of Wednesday, July 11th. This year's SLI is held in conjunction with NSTA's 7th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, July 11–13, also in Philadelphia. 

2018 SLI Strands:

  • Collaboration with CTE
  • Connections with Mathematics
  • Computer Science and Computational Thinking
  • NextGen TIME: “Introducing a Suite of Tools and Processes for Evaluating Curriculum," Jody Bintz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships & Professional Learning, BSCS
    • NextGen TIME is both a Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation and a process for Transforming Implementation through Materials Evaluation. It is a set of tools and processes which allows districts and educators to analyze and select materials based on specified criteria and scoring guidance and to provide educators with a transformative professional learning experience highly focused on the NGSS and the implementation of high quality materials.

Featured Speaker:

Also joining NSELA at the Summer Leadership Institute in Philadelphia is Okhee Lee, Professor of Childhood Education at New York University, Steinhardt. Okhee Lee's session will look at STEM Education for All Students.

Okhee Lee’s research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. Her current research involves the scale-up of a model of a curricular and teacher professional development intervention to promote science learning and language development of English language learners. She was a member of the writing team to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team through Achieve Inc.

Register Now!



Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107, US

Reserve your room!


Reservations must be made by June 18, 2018 

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 

 Join NSELA for the 2018 SLI at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is perfectly situated in Center City, where you will be able to enjoy delicious dining, Starbucks, a fitness center and a heated, indoor pool.

Outside of the downtown Philadelphia hotel, you'll find yourself steps from attractions and business centers. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is directly connected to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and is across the street from Reading Terminal Market. Museums, shops and historic attractions that are all within walking distance. 

Room registration link coming Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Getting Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more.

Get oriented: Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.

Walking: First-rate dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.

Public transportation: Base cash fare for SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways is $2.50; transfers are $1.  Get the SEPTA Key Card and put money in the Travel Wallet and enjoy the discounted $2 fare when you tap to ride. For families on the go, the best travel value is the One Day  Family Independence Pass for $30 (good for up to 5 people traveling together). Sightseeing solo?  Try the One Day Individual Independence Pass for $13. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day.

Cab: There are more than 1,800 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your location.

Philly PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $5 for an all-day pass.

By Bike/Segway: Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 100 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.

Don't Miss a Thing in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has something for everyone. It’s fun, wild, quirky, historic, contemplative and inspirational all at once. It’s the metropolis that brought the world everything from the Declaration of Independence to The Roots and beyond.

So take some time to explore the off-the-beaten-path side of the city. See the parks and trails in what was ranked one of the nation’s most walkable and bikeable cities. Tour through the nation’s only helicopter museum. Marvel at the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris. Stay at the prison that held Al Capone. Taste the best cheesesteaks you’ll ever eat. And then keep going. There’s so much more.

You won’t be disappointed.