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More Keynote Speaker Details Available Now For 2018 Leadership Summit, March 14, In Atlanta

Posted: January 16, 2018

NSELA's 2018 Leadership Summit is March 14 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. Registration is open now and, as always, NSELA members get the best prices on registration, which is more affordable than ever for 2018. 

If you use the discount code 2018Email, you'll save an additional $10 off member and nonmember registration to see speakers such as: 

• Morning Keynote Session: Brian J. Reiser on 'Developing, Analyzing, and Teaching with NGSS Storylines' 

Explore the characteristics of coherent storylines for the Next Generation Science Standards, in which each step in students’ learning is motivated by the questions students have articulated or gaps they have identified in trying to explain phenomena. Through example videos and student work from elementary and middle school classrooms, we will identify teaching and curriculum materials design approaches that anchor storyline investigations in phenomena, support students as partners in determining where to go next in investigations, and help them incrementally assemble pieces of disciplinary ideas across a unit.

Brian J. Reiser is Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Reiser was a member of the National Research Council committee authoring the report Taking Science to School (2007), which provided research-based recommendations for improving K-8 science education. Read more

• Lunch Keynote Session: Dennis Schatz on 'Connected Science Learning: Seeking Ways for Science to be as Pervasive as Sports'

Imagine a world where science is as pervasive as sports in our society.  There is afterschool science, intramural science, and even the “pick-up” science activity in the local park.  The goal of Connected Science Learning is to highlight those education efforts that bridge in-school with out-of-school STEM learning.  We will explore ways schools have built such bridges and consider ways to make these connections the rule rather than the exception.

Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and Field Editor of the journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school learning. Read more

The summit is held in conjunction with NSTA's National Conference March 15-18. NSTA has negotiated special discounted room rates with the Westin Peachtree Plaza and 13 nearby hotels. Click here to review your lodging options and to book a room.  

Click here to register and to view NSELA's schedule of events. 


From This Quarter's Connected Science Learning: STEM For Early Learners

Posted: Jan. 16, 2018

Connected Science Learning is a peer-reviewed journal linking in-school and out-of-school STEM learning. It's a publication of NSTA and ASTC, with generous support from the Kavli Foundation.

CSL serializes articles each month. Here are some recent ones:

• PEEP and the Big Wide World: Reaching a Neglected Group of STEM Educators in Family Childcare
• Preschool in a Science Center
• TeachEngineering Digital Library: Standards-Aligned STEM Curricular Materials—From an Engineering Point of View
• Early STEM Learning: Key to Future Success in STEM

Do you want to receive CSL updates directly? Click here for your complimentary subscription. 


Follow NSELA To Its New Facebook Page For Latest Updates

Posted: Jan. 15, 2018

NSELA has a new home on Facebook. Be sure to like us here to get our latest posts, announcements and deals on events. 


For Second Straight Week, 6 Join Or Renew NSELA Memberships 

Posted: Jan. 15, 2018

Six science leaders joined NSELA or renewed their memberships last week.

They are: 

• Kathleen Winters, Member, St. Jude School/Rasmussen College, Mokena, Illinois
• Joyce Gleason, Senior Member, Retired, Punta Gorda, Florida
• Allison Greenberg, Member, Everett Public Schools, Everett, Washington
• Tom Keller, Member, Maine Mathematics And Science Alliance, Newcastle, Maine
• Valerie Sellers, Member, Accelerate Learning, Inc., Perry, Georgia
• Jason Lilly, Member, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Please welcome them -- or welcome them back!

Members, you can connect to all NSELA members through the NSELA Member Directory. You must be signed in to access. Not yet a member? Join


2018 NSELA Leadership Summit: Meet Luncheon Keynote Speaker Dennis Schatz 

Posted: January 8, 2018

Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, and Field Editor of the journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school learning. The journal is a joint effort of NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) and ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers). He is also Informal Science Director on the NSTA board, plus on the boards of BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies), and SSEC (Smithsonian Science Education Center).

He 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 served as Principal Investigator for a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) projects, including the Portal to the Public effort that features scientists engaging with public audiences regarding understanding current science research.

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 has received numerous awards from NSTA. In 1996, he received the Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award. He received NSTA's 2005 Distinguished Service to Science Education Award, and in March, 2009, he received the Faraday Science Communicator Award.

He is the author of 25 science books for children, including When the Sun Goes Dark, published by NSTA just in time for the August, 2017 eclipse. He is also co-author/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers, including Astro-Adventures, Universe At Your Fingertips and More Universe At Your Fingertips. His most recent teacher resource book (written with Andrew Fraknoi), Solar Science, is published by NSTA.

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