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
- Communicate with your Regional Director about work you think you might do in support of the organization – we are always looking for support in efforts to better serve our membership
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.
Susan Koba, NSELA President 2011-2012