2018 Summer Leadership Institute 

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"The SLI experience offers an intimacy with peers and professionals with various backgrounds that is tremendous! I was able to network with people who can help me because they have experiences in areas I need to grow. The NSELA team is amazingly supportive -- and FUN!"
Amy H. Berkshire Schools, OH

"I have never been around a group of science professionals so dedicated to the advancement of science education. This is an invaluable experience for science teachers and leaders."
Kyle Thompson, Lincoln East High School

"Loved getting ideas for how to make STEM happen in my classroom and my district from the experts! Inspiring and motivating to know I can be an agent for science change that is good for kids! As a classroom teacher I was worried that I would not be able to contribute to the high level conversations and I was so wrong! A teacher in the trenches was part of the perspective needed to make STEM grow and be a force for science across the nation. I got STEMMED."
Mark Danley, Lincoln, NE

"The Summer Leadership Institute has assisted in preparing me to lead my educators into our new state science standards built on NGSS."
Katrina Reno, MS

"One of the ways NSELA is different from other conferences I've attended over the years is the small nature of the conference. This allows each participant to get engaged and to network on a deeper level. The size of the conference was appreciated."
Shannon Furstenau


The 2018 NSELA Summer Leadership Institute will be at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from Monday, July 9, through Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

The theme of this year's Summer Leadership Institute is: Leadership in Science Education: Ringing the Bell for Equity, Finding Common Ground, and Believing in Every Child’s Future

The Summer Leadership Institute will be held all day Monday and Tuesday, July 9th and 10th, and on the morning of Wednesday, July 11th. This year's SLI is held in conjunction with NSTA's 7th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, July 11–13, at the Philadelphia Convention Center. 



  • Members pay $370
  • Non-members pay $425 (non member rates include one year NSELA Membership)

Conference fees Include 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches!

See lodging information below. Reservations must be made by June 18, 2018 to get the NSELA group rate.

Full Schedule


2018 SLI Strands:

  • Authentic Collaboration to Connect Mathematics and Science 
    • These sessions will cover topics including the Need For and Ways of Collaborating Between Math and Science Leaders, and the Unique Role of Math and Science in STEM. These sessions will be facilitated by Cathy Seeley, Author, Speaker, and Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Career Implications for Science Education
    • These sessions include Avoiding Random Acts of STEM: Making Meaningful Connections Across the Disciplines, and Cross-Cutting Concepts in a 3-Dimensional Lesson Template.These sessions include Avoiding Random Acts of STEM: Connecting CTE & STEM to the workforce;  Making the “M” in STEM relevant”; and Cross-Cutting Concepts in a 3-Dimensional Lesson Template. These sessions will be facilitated by Peter McLaren, Next Gen Education., Director, National Science Consultant, NGSS WriterDr. Nancy Songer, School of Education, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Dean and Distinguished University Professor; Larry Plank, Hillsborough County Schools, Tampa, FL, STEM Supervisor, NSELA Board Member; Jeffrey Lukens, National Education Consultant; Lauren Carr, Philadelphia-area HS Principal, Math Educator, Certified Teachers Teaching with Technology Educator
  • Computational Thinking/Computer Science
    • Sessions will include Integrating Science Learning and Computational Thinking for All Students with Okhee Lee and Associates, and more!
  • Equity for Students in STEM
    • These sessions will look at Science and Language Learning and Assessment for all students Including English Language Learners. This session will be facilitated  by Okhee Lee, Professor of Childhood Education, along with her Associates from New York University, Steinhardt.


Jody Bintz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships & Professional Learning, BSCS

Jody Bintz joined BSCS in June 2004 as a Science Educator, and became Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning in 2018. She works primarily in the areas of leadership development and teacher professional development. She directed the BSCS National Academy for Curriculum Leadership including a six-year partnership with Washington State LASER and involving nearly 30 secondary science leadership teams and 20 state-wide leaders. She is currently the Co-PI on an NSF-funded research study to test the influence of the NACL model on student achievement. 

Also joining NSELA at the Summer Leadership Institute in Philadelphia is Okhee Lee, Professor of Childhood Education at New York University, Steinhardt. Okhee Lee's session will look at STEM Education for All Students.

Okhee Lee’s research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. Her current research involves the scale-up of a model of a curricular and teacher professional development intervention to promote science learning and language development of English language learners. She was a member of the writing team to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team through Achieve Inc.


Cathy Seeley, will also join NSELA and she will speak on "Need For and Ways of Collaborating Between Math and Science Leaders" at NSELA's Summer Leadership Institute, July 9-11, Philadelphia.


Cathy Seeley is a former Senior Fellow from the Dana Center, past president of NCTM, and former K-12 director of mathematics for the state of Texas. Dr. Seeley’s books include Making Sense of Math (2016), Building a Math-Positive Culture (2016), Faster Isn’t Smarter (2015/2009) and Smarter Than We Think (2014).


One of the most recent speakers to join us at the Summer Leadership Institute is NSELA member Rodger Bybee.

Rodger Bybee, one of the grandfathers of science education, the father of the 5E's method, and one of the authors of the Next Generation Science Standards. Rodger will speak about his new book, "STEM Education Now More Than Ever". His book is described as being "as thought-provoking as it is constructive".

In his book Rodger looks at the impact of STEM in the history of the US, and includes practical recommendations, one of which involves the importance of strong leadership from teachers and the STEM education community—leadership Bybee believes we need now more than ever.

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is perfectly situated in Center City, where you will be able to enjoy delicious dining, Starbucks, a fitness center and a heated, indoor pool.

Outside of the downtown Philadelphia hotel, you'll find yourself steps from attractions and business centers. The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is directly connected to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and is across the street from Reading Terminal Market. Museums, shops and historic attractions that are all within walking distance. 

NSELA has a group hotel room rate of $209 - reservations must be made by June 18, 2018 to guarantee this rate!

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Reserve your room!

 Conference Schedule

View the NSELA 2018 Summer Leadership Institute schedule & directory.

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Join NSELA on July 9-11, 2018 for the 2018 SLI in conjunction with NSTA's 7th Annual STEM Forum & Expo, July 11–13, will be held at the at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107, US



Getting Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more.

Get oriented: Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.

Walking: First-rate dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.

Public transportation: Base cash fare for SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways is $2.50; transfers are $1.  Get the SEPTA Key Card and put money in the Travel Wallet and enjoy the discounted $2 fare when you tap to ride. For families on the go, the best travel value is the One Day  Family Independence Pass for $30 (good for up to 5 people traveling together). Sightseeing solo?  Try the One Day Individual Independence Pass for $13. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day.

Cab: There are more than 1,800 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your location.

Philly PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $5 for an all-day pass.

By Bike/Segway: Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 100 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.

Don't Miss a Thing in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has something for everyone. It’s fun, wild, quirky, historic, contemplative and inspirational all at once. It’s the metropolis that brought the world everything from the Declaration of Independence to The Roots and beyond.

So take some time to explore the off-the-beaten-path side of the city. See the parks and trails in what was ranked one of the nation’s most walkable and bikeable cities. Tour through the nation’s only helicopter museum. Marvel at the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris. Stay at the prison that held Al Capone. Taste the best cheesesteaks you’ll ever eat. And then keep going. There’s so much more.

You won’t be disappointed.