2019 Summer Leadership Institute, June 23 - 26, 2019 
Theme: Ocean, Space & Citizen Science

Online registration is now closed. You may register on-site.

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

NSELA has negotiated a special discounted hotel room rate of $149. To book your hotel room online, please click here. This room rate is guaranteed until June 1.

The NSELA room block is very close to selling out. If the Renaissance no longer has rooms, here is a list of nearby hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld
6850 Westwood Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, 32821, USA TEL: +1-407-354-1500 FAX: +1-407-354-1528 - it is 2-3 minute walk and is located in the back of our hotel, across a small side street.

Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld®
11000 Westwood Boulevard  Orlando  Florida  32821  USA 
Phone: +1-407-313-3600

SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld®
10801 International Drive  Orlando  Florida  32821  USA 
Phone: +1-407-354-1176

Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld®
10815 International Drive  Orlando  Florida  32821  USA 
Phone: +1-407-354-1139



  • Using Citizen Science Projects in the Classroom
  • Science Communication- Climate Change
  • Bring in the Informal Science Connections and Scientist



Online registration closes June 18, 2019. After this date, you may register on-site.

(Now - June 17, 2019)
   Onsite Registration
   (June 23 - 26, 2019)
Member Rate           $385   $430
Non Member Rate*        $440    $485

*Non member rates include one-year NSELA membership

**Conference fees Include 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches!


William R. Penuel, Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, School of Education University of Colorado Boulder

Science, Communication, Climate Change & Earth Science


Dennis Schatz, Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center

Making Science Learning Lifelong, Lifewide and Lifedeep: What We Know About the Importance of Out-of-School (Informal) STEM Learning


Dr. Tracy Fanara, Staff Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Communicating Chaos: Tackling Difficult Science Topics


Kevin Niemi, Director of Outreach Programs, WISCIENCE

Expanding the Connections of K-12 with Informal STEM Institutions and Higher Education


Stephen Pruitt, President, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Science and The Big Picture



View the NSELA 2019 Summer Leadership Institute schedule & directory.




"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