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Nebraska's James Blake Voted In As NSELA President-Elect; Other Results Announced

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018

NSELA members have selected James Blake as the association’s president-elect.

Blake is the K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist at Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 2014. He held multiple science state leadership roles as State Director of Science Education for the Nebraska Department of Education (2013-2014) and Nebraska Director of Science Olympiad (2013-14). Blake taught middle and high school science across many topics, spending most of his 10 years in the classroom teaching chemistry.

He is in line to succeed Missi Zender-Sakach, the current president elect, upon the completion of her presidential term in 2019. 

Other NSELA election results: 

• Trisha Herminghaus was re-elected as the association's secretary. She is a consultant, Alaska Science Education Consultants, 2010 - present. Herminghaus has served NSELA as Region F Director and as a member of the Professional Development, Bylaws, and Operations Manual Committees.

• Ann Hammersly was elected treasurer. She taught physics and chemistry for 31 years in California and Arizona, serving as a science department chair as well for the last decade of her career. She has served on the NSELA Board as the Region D Director and on the Professional Development Committee and has been a presenter at a Professional Development Institute. 

• Linda Cook was elected Region D director. She serves as the Director of Science for Coppell ISD, a suburban school district of approximately 13,000 students just outside of Dallas, Texas. In her current role, she works closely with science teachers in grades K-12 to implement effective inquiry-driven science in all classrooms. Cook earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in May of 2016 and have served as the Director of Science in Coppell since 2004. From 1982 - 2004 she was a secondary science teacher.

• Sharon Sikora was elected Region F Director. She  is currently a preK - high school science curriculum specialist and high school chemistry educator for Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. In 2016, Sikora left her classroom of 10 years at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii to focus her attention on national education advocacy and policy as a 2016 - 2017 Einstein Distinguished Educator Congressional fellow serving in the US Senate at the Office of Senator Schatz (HI).

The election was conducted online in late January and early February using the platform. (Members: Please let us know how you liked it.)

Congratulations to all!


Are You Registered Yet For 2018 Leadership Summit, March 14, In Atlanta?

Posted: February 21, 2018

The 2018 Leadership Summit is coming up! NSELA's 2018 Leadership Summit is going to be on March 14 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, and the summit is held in conjunction with NSTA's National Conference March 15-18. NSTA has negotiated special discounted room rates with the Westin Peachtree Plaza and 13 nearby hotels. Click here to review your lodging options and to book a room.  

Register now to ensure the best price! NSELA members get the best prices on registration, which is more affordable than ever for 2018. And if you use the discount code 2018Email, you'll save an additional $10 off member and nonmember registration!

Click here to register and to view NSELA's schedule of events. The conference app with the full schedule will be available soon -- check our website and your email box for more details. 


Register Now For "Prepare for Standardized Testing with Interactive Online Simulations" Webinar

Posted: February 21, 2018

Please join Explore Learning and NSELA for "Prepare for Standardized Testing with Interactive Online Simulations" at 3 p.m. Eastern time, March 1!

Description: New computer-based assessments move beyond multiple-choice questions to those that assess student understanding and thinking. Using interactive simulations in classroom instruction can help schools and districts prepare to meet the challenges of the new standards and assessments.

Remember: This webinar is FREE to both NSELA members and non-members, however, only NSELA members will have access to later playback.

Register here!


3 Science Leaders Join Or Renewed NSELA Memberships Last Week

Posted: February 21, 2018

3 science leaders joined NSELA or renewed their memberships last week.

They are: 

• John Galisky- Einstein Fellow; Arlington, Virginia


• Leena Bakshi- Alameda County Office Of Education; Hayward, California 
• Belinda Clark- Ohio Department Of Education; Grove City, Ohio

Please welcome them -- or welcome them back!

Members, you can connect to all NSELA members through the NSELA Member Directory. You must be signed in to access. Not yet a member? Join


NSELA, Pre-Summit, Shares Valuable STEM 3-D Assessment Tools

Posted: February 13, 2018

Important resources used by many NSELA members are the STEM Teaching Tools created by the team at the University of Washington Institute for Science and Math Education. 

In March members of this team will be joining NSELA at Atlanta Leadership Summit to look at 3-D assessment. Some of the STEM Teaching Tools that address 3-D assessment are in the links below. Check out these amazing tools!
Brian Reiser is going to be at the Leadership Summit and will be looking at how student conversations and questions help drive storylines, and how gaps they have identified in trying to explain phenomena can help students know where to go next in their investigations.
For information regarding student talk in the classroom see STEM Teaching Tool Practice Brief #35  -- "How can I foster curiosity and learning in my classroom? Through talk!"
For a listing of all the STEM Teaching Tools and more information about the effort, visit the following link.
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