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2019 VESELS Scholarship Due TODAY!

Posted: April 25, 2019

NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their third year sponsoring the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS). This ongoing partnership supports six $500.00 scholarships for emerging leaders, one from each of the six NSELA Regions, to attend the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) from June 24 – June 26, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship was founded with support from Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez who started the scholarship fund in 2014. 

Award Criteria and Application Process:
The following criteria must be met to apply for the scholarship. Does not need to be a member of NSELA prior to the application. When a candidate applies, must become a member of NSELA.

  • Emerging leader role at the school, district, state or informal level for three years or less. The three-year limit is specific to the leadership role and work for which the candidate is being nominated. Previous leadership roles that are very different are not counted in the three years.
  • Submission of an application packet that includes: resume or vita, personal letter with evidence that illustrates emerging leadership, and a support letter from a supervisor.
  • Agree to work with an NSELA mentor through June 2020. During the SLI, all scholarship awardees will have meetings with the mentor and share how they will apply SLI learning to their work settings. After six months, awardees will reflect on how they are applying their SLI experience in the Navigator newsletter and online with other scholarship awardees and the mentor.

2019 Application Period Begins: April 1, 2019
2019 Application Deadline Extended: April 24, 2019

We are only accepting applications for Region A, B, and C

Click Here For Region Descriptions

Click Here For Application Process


Thank You Kenneth and Brett!

Posted: April 25, 2019

NSELA would like to extend a huge "thank you" to Kenneth Huff and Brett Moulding for hosting Phenomenal GRC Lessons webinar on April 23rd. 

Missed the live webinar? Not to worry! The webinar was recorded and will be available to view at a later date.

Click here to check out the other previous webinars.


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

Posted: April 25, 2019

"10 Ways to Keep Your Dust Collector Operating Safely:"  STEM Labs and physics labs dust producing equipment (table saws, miter saw, band saw, etc.) require dust collection system!  This is an OSHA standard requirement, given wood dust is an explosion hazard and also carcinogenic!  Check out how to make sure your dust collection system is working properly/safely. 


NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on Twitter@drroysafersci.


"Phenomenal GRC Lessons" Webinar April 23rd 

Posted: April 18, 2019

When: April 23, 2019
Time: 2:00 CDT
Speakers: Kenneth Huff and Brett Moulding
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A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the Next Generation Science Standards and state standards based on the Framework, describe science learning expectations in terms of three-dimensions - practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the science performance sequence of Gather, Reason, and Communicate Reasoning (GRC) and will develop a deeper understanding of the role of phenomena in engaging students in science performances. The GRC instructional sequence is an effective approach to facilitating three-dimensional student science performances. GRC provides a structure for instruction consistent with the research in how students learn science. Webinar participants will learn about a website with vetted GRC lessons for each K-12 grade-level NGSS standard. The webinar will help participants gain useful insights into the recently released NASEM report Science and Engineering Grades 6-12: Investigations and Design at the Center. This report provides a meaningful description of how to achieve classroom instruction consistent with the Framework.


20 Questions With NSELA Member Dr. Sally Creel

Posted: April 15, 2019

Editor's Note: Because NSELA is holding its 2019 Summer Leadership Institute in Orlando, Florida, we want nonmembers to be aware of the benefits of NSELA membership in hopes you'll join and attend our conference. We hope to see you there! 

Dr. Sally Creel, STEM & Innovation Supervisor for Cobb County Schools, Georgia, has spent the last 24 years as an educator and administrator working with other administrators, teachers and K–12 students.

She has a passion for empowering classroom teachers and leaders, and she is actively involved in the Georgia Science Teachers Association and Georgia Science Supervisors Association and served as president of both organizations.

Also, she loves Twitter. "I use it to check in with my schools and teacher leaders. It helps me to keep up with all the amazing things they’re doing."

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