2023 NSELA Summer Leadership Institute

Science Education Leadership By Design

Tuesday, June 27th - 29th, 2023

Hotel Providence, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
139 Mathewson Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903

The theme of the conference focuses on the importance of intentional and strategic leadership in the field of science education. It seeks to bring together education leaders, policymakers, and educators to discuss and explore innovative approaches to science education leadership and the role it plays in promoting student learning and success. The theme emphasizes the need for leaders to design and implement programs and initiatives that are evidence-based and driven by a clear vision and mission. Through this conference, attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers, share best practices, and gain new insights and ideas to enhance their own leadership practices in science education.

Register for the Summer Leadership Institute Here

Early registration available until 4/30/23 



President's Message

Thank you to all who made the 2023 Leadership Summit in Atlanta a huge success! It was our first face-to-face event since we last met in St. Louis in 2019. The planning and execution of this outstanding learning and networking program would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our Professional Development Chairperson, Dr. Andy Weatherhead, and the PD Committee; NSELA Board members who volunteered to help throughout the day; our outstanding presenters; and the energy and participation of our members who attended. Congratulations to Kenneth Huff for receiving the OLISE Award and Dr. Pat Shane for receiving the President’s Citation Award. And a special thank you to our partners, Vernier, Legends of Learning, Argument Driven Inquiry, Brain Pop, Pasco, and Explore Learning; and our new vendor, Kognity.


Now it is time to get ready for Round Two when we meet for 2.5 days in Providence, Rhode Island for a deeper dive during our Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), June 27-29th. Early bird registration and hotel reservations at the historic boutique hotel, Hotel Providence, are available on the NSELA website https://www.nsela.org and the full program will be posted soon. We have an outstanding line up of national featured speakers including Dr. Ken Miller from Brown University; Dr. Kate McNeill, Boston College; Peter McLaren, Next Gen Education, Dr. Ken Roy, Science Safety; Dr. Stacey Van der Veen, Leadership in Science LLC; and Dr. Wil Van der Veen, Raritan Valley Community College. In addition, there will be several breakout sessions to delve deeply into the “Leadership by Design” strands, network with other members and our partners, and even organize your own “role-alike” session. If you are relatively new in your role as a leader, the SLI is a great opportunity to meet experienced leaders and be part of our culture of mentoring. Let the NSELA Summer Leadership Institute be the capstone of your 2022-23 school year. It is a year-end opportunity for you to attend professional learning specifically geared toward K-16 science education leaders, engage in networking, learn about instructional resources from our partners, and enhance your leadership development. NSELA members include teacher leaders, instructional coaches and mentors, curriculum and assessment specialists, district and state science or STEM coordinators, professional development providers, informal educators, and pre-service instructors. Collectively NSELA members reach and support thousands of teachers through their leadership work which is multiplied many times over by our impact on students.

And last, as a summer resident of Wickford, Rhode Island, I can say unequivocally the tiny Ocean State packs quite a punch for visitors. Rhode Island is the ideal location for our SLI; with Providence easily reached by Amtrak or flights into Boston’s Logan Airport or TF Green just outside of Providence. There are beautiful beaches, fresh off the boat seafood (lobster rolls!), quaint New England villages to visit, historic towns, lots of art, hiking trails through RI’s many nature preserves, Newport’s gilded age mansions and America’s Cup Sailing mecca, and some of the best farm to table restaurants. Take a ferry to Block Island or Martha’s Vineyard. Boston is only an hour away – an easy trip on the commuter rail which leaves and returns every two hours from Providence. Our SLI hotel, Hotel Providence, is in the heart of the arts and theater district, with Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design only a few blocks away. There is much to do and enjoy at the end of each SLI day! Hope to see you there this summer!


Respectfully Yours,
Page Keeley, NSELA President

Exclusive NSELA Member Benefits:

Professional Development

  • Access to restricted materials including archived webinars, virtual conference recordings, learning materials and conference handouts.
  • Discounts on professional development opportunities like the 1-day Leadership Summit and 3-day Summer Leadership Institute.
  • A subscription to The Science Educator Journal, a refereed journal which seeks manuscripts dealing with topics and issues of interest to professionals involved in science education leadership across a variety of roles, institutions and agencies


  • Online members-only discussion forums and regional community forums of science leaders.
  • Access to restricted features of the NSELA web site including a searchable membership directory.

Education and Information

  • Access to members-only content in the weekly e-newsletter.
  • Access to the Safe Science series, a comprehensive and continuing series dedicated to the improvement of safety in the science classroom.
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NSELA Launches New Leadership Center

The Leadership Center is our brand new platform where both members and non-members will be able to access multiple resources including webinar recordings, our Science Educator Journalpartner information, and more.

This intuitive platform also allows you to navigate custom learning pathways with virtual courses, receive on-demand certificates for attendance, and keep track of professional development hours.

The Leadership Center is designed to save time and hassle. Watch this video to get a quick overview of the Learning Center before diving in!