2020 NSELA Leadership Summit - Boston

On behalf of the board of the National Science Education Leadership Association, we have elected to cancel our annual Leadership Summit and associated activities in Boston, MA, on April 1, 2020, in an effort to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Emails were sent to those registered regarding refund information. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

THEME: NSELA Leading A Vision of Science For All

APRIL 1, 2020
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

One Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

Leaders in Science Education

At no time in our country’s history has science education been more important than it is today. Whether it be addressing mankind’s grand challenges facing coming generations, or finding solutions to local issues tomorrow, science education leaders must navigate a shifting landscape all while owning the responsibility of implementing positive changes in their field.  As science education leaders, we are tasked with understanding the current trends in science education; making decisions on current trends based on evidence; and implementing instructional practices to reflect changes in science education. The leadership strands for the 2020 Leadership Summit and additional professional development series are designed to equip science leaders with the tools and resources to tackle the grand challenges in leading effective science education in an ever-changing system.

2020 Leadership Summit offers 3 strands of education:

  1. STEM for All - Why it Matters for Students
  2. Science Communication
  3. Out of Field Teaching - Research and How to Provide Professional Learning

Keynote Speakers:

Julie A. Luft, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Science Education College of Education University of Georgia Athletic Association Professor, Science Education

Julie graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994, after teaching middle and high school science for 5 years. She previously held appointments at The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University.

Julie's current work focuses on beginning secondary science teachers, and undergraduate faculty knowledge and instruction. Undergraduate education is a new and exciting area of study! Her current research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Julie has served on the board and as President of ASTE, a council member for NSTA, the Director of Research of NSTA, a board member of NSTA, the NSTA representative to the NARST board, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (10 years), Electronic Journal of Science Education, and the School Science and Mathematics journal. She was also the first scholar in residence at NSTA. As an advocate for graduate students, Julie has participated as a mentor (2009, 2011) and co-directed (2013) the Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students. She has also been a mentor at the South African Association for Research in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Summer School (2010, 2013, 2016).

Philip Bell, Professor of Education - Area Chair of Learning Science & Human Development, University of Washington

Philip Bell is a professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences. He is executive director of the UW Institute for Science & Math Education focused on equity-focused innovation in K-12 STEM education, and he is co-director of the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Science of Learning Center. Bell pursues a cognitive and cultural program of research across diverse environments focused on how people learn in ways that are personally consequential to them. He has studied everyday expertise and cognition in science and health, the design and use of novel learning technologies in science classrooms, youth argumentation, culturally expansive science instruction, and scaled implementation of educational improvement. Bell served as a member of the Board on Science Education with the National Academy of Sciences for eight years, co-chaired the National Research Council consensus report effort on Learning Science in Informal Environments and served on the committee of the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education that was used to guide development of Next Generation Science Standards. He has a background in human cognition and development, science education, computer science, and electrical engineering.

Bell is also currently editing a series of research- and practice-based tools for science education called STEM Teaching Tools. The effort is providing resources for equity-focused improvements in science education.

Leadership Summit Rates

  Early Bird 
(present - Feb. 14, 2020)
(Feb. 15, 2020 - March 25, 2020)
Member Rate $199 $249 $279
Non Member Rate* $259 $309 $339

*Non member rates include one-year NSELA membership

Registration closes at 11:59PM MT on Wednesday, March 25th!


There will be a reception (appetizers and cash bar) on Wednesday evening (April 1) for NSELA Leadership Summit attendees and CSSS. 

Group Rates Available

If your school district or organization sends 5 or more people to the Leadership Summit, we will offer your group a special discounted rate. Contact the NSELA office for details (720.250.9583 or [email protected]).

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The NSELA Leadership Summit is being held at:
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
One Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

You may or may not be able to secure a room at the same location as the NSELA Leadership Summit. NSELA has combined its room block with NSTA for room rates. NSTA has negotiated a special discounted room rate of $213 single/double, $238 triple, and $263 quad with the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. This rate is available until January 27, 2020. To book your hotel room, click here. (You may need to stay at another hotel depending on when you registered)

If you are unable to book your entire stay at the link above, you can book your room under the NSTA room block for attendees/exhibitors that will show availability for the 14 hotels for NSTA. Click here....


For more information about the sessions, hover over the "schedule" tab to expand (schedule subject to change).

View the NSELA 2020 Leadership Summit schedule & directory.


10 NSELA Sessions for Science Education Leaders will be offered throughout the NSTA conference, please join us for a science education leaders perspective! Check the NSTA Conference Program for details.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your conference registration, please notify the NSELA office immediately. Cancellations must be made in writing (either electronically or by mail) and must be received no later than March 11, 2020.
• NSELA will refund registration fees, less 25%
• NSELA Membership dues are NOT refundable
There are no refunds if you cancel your registration after March 11, or are a no-show.