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February Webinar is THIS Monday, February 24th at 2 p.m. CST
"Supporting Shifts in Science Teaching and Learning in Five Dimensions"

Posted: Feb. 18, 2020

Join us to learn about a process for designing and implementing a 5-dimensional context-aligned teacher observation tool. Douglas Watkins, Denver Public Schools High-School Science Curriculum Specialist, will share his experiences in developing, contextualizing to local infrastructure, and applying an observation and evaluation tool that promotes instructional coherence and a shift toward the vision described in A Framework for k-12 Science Education across the district. Douglas will share his successes and challenges and provide time for participants to ask questions.

Speaker: Douglas A. Watkins, Denver Public Schools

Bio: Douglas A. Watkins is a science curriculum specialist in a large, urban school district, Denver Public Schools (DPS). His work in that capacity includes partnering with CU Boulder researchers through a Research-Practice Partnership (iHub). He is a co-author of the iHub Biology curriculum and works with school districts across the nation to provide professional development for its use. Motivated by his current position within DPS, where he has served for four years, after spending ten years in the classroom, Watkins enrolled at CU Boulder’s College of Education Graduate Program and is currently working on a master’s degree in Learning Sciences and Human Behavior. His area of scholarly interest includes sociolinguistics and teacher learning.

Click here to find the information for joining this webinar.


NSELA's Leadership Summit - Three Strands of Education

Posted: Feb. 18, 2020

NSELA's Annual Leadership Summit will once again take place the day before NSTA's Annual Conference in Boston. Register to attend our one-day Leadership Summit on April 1, 2020 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210. This Summit provides invaluable content for all leaders and teachers 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

Click here to see the day's agenda. 

Leadership Summit Rates

Members pay $199
Non-members pay $254 (includes one year NSELA membership)

Register soon before rates increase by $50 on Feb. 2, 2020!

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]).

More Information & Registration

Save the Date for 2020 Summer Leadership Institute will be in Austin, TX July 9 - 11, 2020

Posted: Feb. 17, 2020

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto Street
Austin, TX 78701 

More information and registration will be coming soon!

NSELA has negotiated a special discounted hotel room rate of $199. To book your hotel, please call Omni Reservations at 1-800-THE-OMNI and refer to the group and meeting name (NSELA 2020 Summer Leadership Institute). This room rate is guaranteed until Tuesday, June 16, 2020.


"A Safety Minute" Tips by Dr. Ken Roy - NSELA Safety Compliance Officer

Posted: Feb. 17, 2020

NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on [email protected].

"Large class sizes endanger our students" - Science classrooms in Utah are overflowing with students. Why does that matter? Class size is an ongoing issue in Utah, going back much further than my 22 years as a science educator. It affects achievement, test scores, individual attention, paperwork and classroom behavior at all levels. Studies document this, and any teacher can support the findings. Do your class/lab sizes exceed the NFPA 101 Lab Occupancy Load limits? It is the law in most states!!! Click here for more information. 




NSELA Welcomes New Members

Posted: Feb. 16, 2020

NSELA welcomes the following new members who have joined in the last few weeks!

  • Selena Connealy, Albuquerque, NM
  • Jacqueline Halsey, Omaha Henry Poorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • Gregory MacDougall, Richmond, VA
  • Janet MacNeil, Cambridge Public Schools

Not a member? Join NSELA now! Annual membership fee is only $60.

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