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Webinar: Is the Science Enough? - October 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. CST

Posted: Oct. 24, 2019

Districts around the country are desperately seeking high-quality instructional materials that translate the NGSS into a coherent set of learning experiences to support student learning of the content. But is just a logical learning progression of science standards enough to create a classroom culture that can close persistent opportunity gaps that disproportionately limit students of color and students of poverty? Insights from the learning sciences tell us that agency and belonging are critical to learning. Join in a generative conversation to consider how instructional materials, professional learning, and classroom practice can come together to ensure students of the nondominant culture feel their voice has influence on their own learning and others’ learning and they too are valued members who belong in a community of learners.

Dr. Carolyn Landel, Managing Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin; Shelly LeDoux, Ed.D., Professional Learning Facilitator, K-12 Services, The University of Texas at Austin | Charles A. Dana Center and Nicole Martin

About Dr. Landel: Dr. Carolyn Landel is the managing director of the Charles A. Dana Center, a math and science research unit at The University of Texas at Austin that works to dismantle barriers in education systems to ensure that all students—especially those from diverse ethnic backgrounds and low-income families—have equitable access to an excellent education. She oversees the mobilization of personnel and programs to develop innovative and practical solutions to persistent institutional policy and practice problems these systems face in raising student achievement. Dr. Landel leads the Field Test Implementation Center (housed at the Dana Center) for the OpenSciEd Developers Consortium, a start-up effort involving science curriculum developers and state agency leaders to author open-source instructional materials and professional learning.
Dr. Landel was previously chief program officer for Washington STEM, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math education in Washington state. She created innovative partnerships with districts, higher education institutions, and state and national STEM education organizations and agencies. Dr. Landel was also project director of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership at Western Washington University, supporting science and science education faculty from two- and four-year campuses, administrators from regional education service districts, and teacher-leaders and their principals and district administrators.

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Vernier Increases Commitment To NSELA By Supporting at Curie Level

Posted: Oct. 17, 2019

Vernier Software & Technology of Beaverton, Oregon, remains a steadfast supporter of NSELA, agreeing to support the organization at the Curie level, which continues its underwriting of the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarships, or VESELS. 

The VESELS partnership supports six scholarships for emerging leaders, one from each of the six NSELA Regions, to attend the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute, which next year will be in Austin, Texas. 

Vernier and more than 100 employees create world-class data-collection solutions for teachers. Today, it offers a full line of award-winning interfaces, sensors, software, and curriculum that help engage and excite students through hands-on scientific exploration. Educators in more than 150 countries now depend on its solutions.

Thank you, Vernier, for your support!



Latest Issue Of Connected Science Learning Focuses on 'STEM Mindset'

Posted: Oct. 17, 2019

Members: Check out the latest stories in Issue 12, Part 1 of Connected Science Learning, which is just out:

Connected Science Learning is a publication of NSTA and ASTC, with generous support from The Kavli Foundation. 


STEMing the Flow for All

Posted: Oct. 15, 2019

Equity and Diversity

The National Science Foundation has indicated underrepresentation of individuals with special needs in STEM (2004), with a prevalence of misconceptions by teachers and employers, especially toward students who are blind or visually impaired (Fraser and Maguvhe 2008). Despite these misconceptions, students with special needs can engage in science in meaningful ways that enrich their experiences. In our approach, implemented at a high school in Georgia, we paired students with special needs with general education students so that they received one-on-one mentoring and support.

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PASCO Scientific Commits to NSELA 2020 Partnership at the Newton Level 

Posted: Oct. 14, 2019

NSELA Partner PASCO Scientific has committed to sponsoring NSELA at the Newton Level for the second straight year.

For 50 years PASCO has been guided by just one mission: to provide educators worldwide with innovative solutions for teaching science.

PASCO is a company born out of a science fair project. Today it is the global leader in developing technology-based solutions for hands-on science. Its community of users include educators and students in more than 100 countries around the world. Its team includes former teachers, educational researchers, engineers and professionals dedicated to improving student success in science education.Together it can help you create a 21st century science learning experience.

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NSELA thanks PASCO Scientific for its steadfast support of our mission: We catalyze leadership to maximize effective science teaching and learning in a complex and changing environment. 

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