Continuing Excellence in Challenging Times
By Susan Koba, NSELA President


Spring is officially here and it moves me into the position of NSELA President – following a chain of exceptionally capable leaders whose shoes it is difficult to fill.  So I won't attempt to fill those shoes but rather bring to the organization the strengths I have and use them to move the National Science Education Leadership Association forward.  Not only is that my intent, but it is also my message to each of you.  Please consider ways in which you can actively engage with NSELA to move science teaching and learning forward.

Service is at the heart of any professional organization.  Past NSELA leaders have mentored me and contributed their time and knowledge to support science leaders like all of us.  As we move into leadership positions it is time for us to reciprocate and give back to the profession – and the organization.  There are many ways in which this can be done and a few of those include:

  •  Run for a Board position – later this summer information will go out on the open positions, which include President-Elect, Secretary, Region D Director (TX, OK, NM, AZ, UT, CO and all of Canada and Latin America) and Region F Director (CA, NV, HI, OR, WA, AK, ID, MT, WY and all other international members)
  •  Submit articles for the Navigator Newsletter

You should certainly consider attendance at the 2011 Summer Leadership Institute. We are very excited about the program this year, since Rick Duschl and team will start us on our learning paths in preparation for the Next Generation Science Standards.  The focus is on the practices of science.  As this thinking was central to the draft framework and will likely be central to the emerging standards, this summer's institute will provide a general structure to begin efforts in each of our work places.  For further information, check out the NSELA website for the SLI outline and all registration information.

What you choose to do is less important than making the choice – determine how you can become a more active NSELA member and take the first steps to achieving that goal.  Please feel free to contact me at any time (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402.561.0176) if you have ideas that will help us better serve our membership.  Your service to the organization makes us stronger and enhances you as a leader.  Thanks in advance for your contributions.

Susan Koba, NSELA President 2011-2012

NSELA helps me stay on top of changes in policy at the national level as well as connecting me to resources and people doing similar work in other parts of the country.

Beth Harris, Science Education Consultant, North Carolina

Science Educator Journal

252 CoverThe Science Educator  is a refereed journal dealing with topics and issues of interest to professionals involved in science education leadership across a variety of roles, institutions and agencies.

Navigator Newsletter

... is a quarterly email newsletter sent to NSELA members.  Included are upcoming events, regional updates, news relevant to science education and more.

Position Statements

NSELA has recently updated a series of position statements related to classroom and laboratory safety.  Read the latest statement "Safety and Duty of Care". 


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