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Join us at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 29 for the 2017 NSELA Leadership Summit. 

The theme is "Lights, Cameras and Action: Leading for Success in Science Education." Strands will include: Cultivating STEM learning in Science Programs, Leadership in Developing and Sustaining Curriculum and Messaging and Advocating for Science.

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Leadership Summit Presentations (accessible to NSELA members only, login to access)


7:30am  Registration Opens

7:45am  Breakfast & Networking: How do we address the Grand Challenges of STEM Education?

8:30am  Welcome  Larry R. Plank, Interim Executive Director, NSELA and Talia Milgrom‐Elcott, Co‐Founder and Executive Director, 100Kin10

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9:00am  Plagiarize This!  Dr. Drew Westen, Emory University

10:30am  Break & Networking:  What is your role in solving the Grand Challenges of STEM Education?

10:50am  Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Effective STEM Programs are Based on Teacher Actions that Matter: A research‐based approach to professional learning to impact STEM instruction

Terry Talley, Ed.D., National Institute for STEM Education STEM District & Campus Certification and Development
Whitney Dove, National Institute for STEM Education STEM Teacher Certification and Development

Session 2: Empowering Teachers to Craft Discourse‐rich, Multidimensional Science Learning Experiences

Jennifer Folsom, WestEd, Lead Learning Architect of Making Sense of SCIENCE
Kirsten Daehler, WestEd, Director of Making Sense of SCIENCE

Session 3: Professional Development Tools and Strategies to Optimize STEM Learning

Sephali Thakkar Lewisville ISD, Allen, TX Instructional Technology Facilitator
Nancy Kellogg, National Science Education Leadership Association Awards Committee Chair


11:50am Transition to Ballroom

12:00pm Welcome, Keri Randolph, President, NSELA

Keynote Address, Jonathan Gerlach, International STEM Education Consultant, Discovery Education
NSELA Awards and Updates

1:15pm  Transition to Breakout Rooms

1:30pm  Breakout Sessions Continue

3:00pm  Transition to Ballroom

3:15pm  Themed Solutions Lab Sessions
Interactive, design‐thinking themed sessions to identify root causes and solutions for barriers to improving STEM education that are focused upon summit strands.

4:00pm  Closing & Electronic Surveys,  Larry Plank, Interim Executive Director, NSELA 4:15pm


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Other NSELA Events in LA

Wednesday, March 29

NSELA/CSSS Reception (members only)
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Diamond Ballroom Salon 3

Thursday, March 30

NSELA Membership Breakfast and Annual Meeting (members only)
7:30 – 10 AM
Diamond Ballroom Salon 6 
The NSELA Annual Membership Meeting offers an up-to-date glimpse of NSELA by its officers and committee chairs. The recognition of our Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award is celebrated. Come network with other key leaders from across the country.