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FREE NSELA Webinar Presented By Okhee Lee - TOMORROW, February 14, 2019

Posted: February 13, 2019

NSELA and Okhee Lee are pleased to present STEM For All Students. The webinar will focus on science instruction using the Framework and NGSS. This approach will be more relevant to those states that have adopted or adapted the NGSS.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offer a vision of rigorous standards across K-12 classrooms. As these standards offer both learning opportunities and demands, educators must make instructional shifts to achieve the vision. This presentation will highlight how the instructional shifts based on the Framework and the NGSS and the language instructional shifts in second language acquisition are mutually supportive in promoting both science and language learning for all students including English learners. Using classroom examples, the presentation will highlight what educators can do to ensure that all students are supported in learning science while developing language.

Okhee Lee Professor of Childhood Education at New York University, Steinhardt

  • Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She is currently leading collaborative research to develop instructional materials aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in order to promote science learning and language learning of elementary students including English learners. She is also leading collaborative research to integrate computational thinking and modeling in NGSS-aligned instructional materials. She was a member of the NGSS writing team and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.

Join NSELA for a FREE webinar this Valentine's Day, February 14th. We’re excited to be working with the fascinating Okhee Lee again!

Platform: NSELA Webinar
Time: February 14th, 2019 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Register Today for the 2019 Leadership Summit

Posted: February 13, 2019

APRIL 10, 2019

315 Chestnut Street
St. Louis, MO 63102


Early-bird pricing won't last forever! Register today to receive the lowest price for NSELA's 2019 Leadership Summit that will be April 10 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch.

In today’s shifting landscape, science education leaders have an important role in assuring our students are prepared to live in an ever-changing world, in which they will be required to use evidence to make decisions, solve problems within their local and global communities, and look forward to what the future may require.

Join science education leaders from across the country to share ideas, ask questions, and gain new thinking frameworks at the 2019 NSELA Leadership Summit. The topics for the 2019 Leadership Summit are designed to equip science leaders with the tools and resources to tackle the challenges in leading effective science education in an ever-changing system.

Register Now! 

Leadership Summit Rates

      Early Bird 
(Sept. 11, 2018 - March 8, 2019)
(March 9, 2019 - April 1, 2019)
   Late & On-Site
(April 2, 2019, - April 10, 2019)
Member Rate        $175      $220     $265
Non Member Rate*        $230      $275     $315

*Non member rates include one-year NSELA membership

**New Group Rates!

  • 10 People: $1,449
  • 5 People: $749 

Register your group today!



Keynote Presenter: Brett D. Moulding; Teaching Science is Phenomenal

The session presents a vision for three-dimensional science teaching and learning. Brett will engage participants in science instruction consistent with this vision and present the instructional model of Gather, Reason, and Communicate. Participants will learn how science phenomena are essential to teaching and learning consistent with the NRC Framework, NGSS, and science standards consistent with the Framework.

Brett D. Moulding is director of the Utah Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning, a five-district professional development collaborative. He was the director of curriculum and instruction at the Utah State Office of Education before retiring in 2008. He was the state science education specialist and coordinator of curriculum from 1993 to 2004. He taught chemistry for 20 years at Roy High School in the Weber school district and served as the district science teacher leader for eight years. 

Sam Shaw, Director of Science Review,

Sam Shaw is the Director of Science Review at Sam came to EdReports from the South Dakota Department of Education, where he oversaw science education in addition to social studies, fine arts, advanced placement, the South Dakota Virtual School, among other programs, and was also a participant in the SD Governor’s Leadership Program. Sam worked statewide with teachers and school leadership to advance education related to college and career readiness (CCR), specifically with regard to CCR standards implementation. Prior to his role at the Department of Education, Sam was a middle school science teacher. He has also held positions of board director and financial officer with the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) where he was also a collaborator on the Science Professional Learning Standards. Sam earned his B.S. in Biology from South Dakota State University and his Executive Master in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Register Here!


Save the Date! 2019 Summer Leadership Institute

Posted: February 13, 2019

We're going to Orlando, June 24 - 26, 2019!

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

If you prefer to book your hotel room by phone, please reference the National Science Eduction Leadership Association to ensure the group rate: 1-407-351-5555 or 1-800-266-9432.

More information and registration coming soon.

CONFIRMED SPEAKER (more to come!)

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

This presentation examines the research regarding when and where STEM learning occurs, when it is most important for developing future interest in STEM, and the role of out-of-school STEM learning.

Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and President of NSTA for 2019-2020. He was Founding Field Editor of the journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school STEM learning.

He has served as Principal Investigator for a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and co-directed Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform), a program to implement a quality K-12 science program in all 295 school districts in Washington State.

He has received numerous honors.  Most recently, Asteroid 25232 was renamed Asteroid Schatz by the International Astronomical Union IAU) in recognition of his leadership in astronomy and science education.He received NSTA's 2005 Distinguished Service to Science Education Award, and its 1996 Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award.

He is the author of 26 science books for children, including When the Sun Goes Dark, and Uncover A T.rex. He is also co-author/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers, including his most recent book, Solar Science - published by NSTA. 


VESELS Reflection - Amy Hochschild

Posted: January 31, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed our time together this past summer! I was impressed by the presenters, and also by the caliber of teachers gathered for this training. The biggest impact for me was the 3 Dimensional Learning. This impacted me in several ways, but most importantly, it forced me to evaluate my own teaching processes. I am a hands-on instructor, and I always have been. I believe that students need to “get into” their learning by “doing” the content we’d like them to learn. This is true and immensely important, but it offers an incomplete process for students. They need to read and write about their processes, and they also need to evaluate the data that goes along with that process! The data evaluation is the area I hadn’t really utilized effectively!!

My district is entering a very exciting future! We are constructing a K-12 facility which is actually a K-16 facility thanks to our partnership with Kent State University. We are building our new campus on their land, and will offer amazing opportunities for our students with the countless partnerships with area businesses, Kent State, and University Hospitals. We are currently training whole-staff for PBL, and our Superintendent of schools will be seeking STEM certification for our district. After the VESELS experience this summer, I participated in training for PBL, and also am part of the ILI (Innovative Leaders Institute) with Battelle. All of these together created quite the trifecta! For the first time in years, I am driven with excitement at the shift to student choice in guiding their learning, the flexibility to “go where the learning takes them” as well as deeper processing at the conclusion about what they learned.

This year, I’ve jumped into applying as many aspects of Gold Standard PBLs (Buck Institute) into my science classes as possible. I’ve got a long way to go in attaining the full gold standard for sure! But, I can say I have been absolutely enthralled by the reaction of my students to the process! After 27 years of teaching, I can honestly say I’ve never seen such active involvement, ownership, self-reflection, and teamwork in learning! The students have suddenly wanted to push themselves when in their research, they realized they had even more questions they wanted to figure out! The 3-Dimensional aspects have come into play as they reflected and analyzed their results. They have charted their data, and assessed the level of their successes through tables and graphs.

Personally as a teacher, I know I will have continuous growing to do as I move forward. I already have many changes in store for next year. Down the road, I can see myself in an instructional coach or training position. I believe in and love this approach to superior student learning! I want to show other teachers how to feel excitement again about our profession. It takes a lot of work, true! But, it places the bulk of learning back where it should be--with the students!

Amy Hochschild
6th Grade Science/S.Studies
STEAM Club Advisor
Science Olympiad Advisor
Berkshire Local Schools, OH


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

Posted: January 31, 2019

China Orders Safety Overhaul at University Labs: China's Ministry of Ed has demanded a check of supervision & management system of lab hazards & risks across China. It also requires universities to carry out lab safety ed regarding relevant laws, regulations & rules for teachers & students. When is the last time your middle or high school science labs been reviewed for supervision & management system of hazards and risks? Many school in the U.S. are also in need of a safety compliance review including faculty and student safety training.


For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on Twitter @drroysafersci. Also follow Dr. Ken on Instagram at Drkensafetyjob1. 

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