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Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS)

Posted: March 13, 2018

NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their second year sponsoring the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS). This ongoing partnership supports six $500.00 scholarships for emerging leaders, one from each of the six NSELA Regions, to attend the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) from July 9 – July 11, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship was founded with support from Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez who started the scholarship fund in 2014. The partners also celebrate the past year’s awardees: Sarah Adumat, Anissa Angier, Alfonso Garcia Arriola, Heather Moll, Amy Murphy, and Joseph Simmons.

Click here to learn more!

Award Criteria and Application Process:
The following criteria must be met to apply for the scholarship.

  • Does not need to be a member of NSELA prior to the application. When a candidate applies, must become a member of NSELA.
  • Emerging leader role at the school, district, state or informal level for three years or less. The three-year limit is specific to the leadership role and work for which the candidate is being nominated. Previous leadership roles that are very different are not counted in the three years.
  • Submission of an application packet that includes: resume or vita, personal letter with evidence that illustrates emerging leadership, and a support letter from a supervisor.
  • Agree to work with an NSELA mentor through June 2019. During the SLI, all scholarship awardees will have meetings with the mentor and share how they will apply SLI learning to their work settings. After six months, awardees will reflect on how they are applying their SLI experience in the Navigator newsletter and online with other scholarship awardees and the mentor.

2018 application deadline: April 16, 2018

If you have questions or would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, contact Nancy Kellogg, Awards Chair.

Application Process
For the Summer Leadership Institute, applicants submit the following:

  1. Resume or Vita (maximum of 2 pages) that includes name, position/title, email, work and home phone numbers, work and home addresses, educational record of earned degrees with dates and field of study plus any additional formal education, professional development opportunities, previous work experience, any professional memberships and positions in or contributions to those organizations, and presentations related to science education. Optional: special awards or other forms of professional recognition and publications related to science education.
  2. Personal letter with evidence that demonstrates accomplishments with specific examples that illustrate emerging leadership and how the Summer Leadership Institute would benefit your work (maximum of 2 pages). Include a statement that you agree to work with an NSELA mentor, other scholarship recipients online and in the NSELA Navigator through June 2019. Give one example of what you might contribute to the online learning community.
  3. Support letter from a supervisor that gives evidence of leadership accomplishments with specific examples and why attendance at the Summer Leadership Institute would benefit your work as a science leader (maximum of 2 pages). The supervisor should include his/her work title and contact information.

    The application packet must be submitted as PDF documents to Nancy Kellogg, NSELA Awards Chair. Email the application packet to

Scholarship awardee(s) will be announced by May 11, 2018. Scholarship money will be reimbursed to the awardee(s) at the end of the Summer Leadership Institute.


The 2018 Leadership Summit Is Here!

Posted: March 13, 2018

The 2018 Leadership Summit begins tomorrow! Online registration is closed, but onsite registration is still available if you want to attend.

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.  

Click here 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. 


Free Summer Science PD For Teachers At The National WWII Museum

Posted: March 13, 2018

Real World Science is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. 28 teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.

PROGRAM DATES: July 15 - 21, 2018

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any 5th-8th grade science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial), and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2018-2019 school year.

Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Two spots will be reserved for qualifying Louisiana teachers. Teachers newer to the classroom are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted from January 8 – March 16, 2018.

Click here for more information and to apply.


4 Science Leaders Joined/Renewed NSELA Last Week

Posted: March 13, 2018

4 science leaders have joined or renewed to NSELA last week.

They are: 


• Marci Sponsler - San Diego, California 
• Wendi Vogel - Kent Intermediate School District; Lowell, Michigan 


• Jaynie Bird - Omaha Public Schools; Elkhorn, Nebraska  
• William Veal - College Of Charleston; Charleston, South Carolina

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


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

Posted: March 6, 2018

ExploreLearning and NSELA conducted the webinar "Prepare for Standardized Testing with Interactive Online Simulations" on March 1, 2018. and video playback is now available for NSELA members. Members, click here for the playback link.

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.


Pam Larson

Professional Development Director, ExploreLearning 
Pam Larson is the Director of ExploreLearning’s Professional Development department, and has served in various positions with ExploreLearning since 2007. She supervises area implementation managers and specialists, works with instructors in the field who deliver a variety of onsite and online professional development, and supports implementations of ExploreLearning products throughout the country and internationally. Pam has nine years of secondary science teaching experience with a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Northwest Missouri State University. Pam understands the importance of helping teachers feel comfortable with teaching math and science through inquiry and bringing technology preparedness to their students’ lives.   

Laura Chervenak

VP of Professional Development, ExploreLearning 

Laura Chervenak has been in her current position for eight years. For the 13 years prior to joining ExploreLearning, Chervenak was a school administrator and taught high school biology.

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