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

Posted: Oct. 16, 2019

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].

School Chemical List - Reminder that this "Rehab the Lab" on-line tool is for science teachers who need information to analyze hazards, assess risks and inventory chemicals. With the easy search tool find the chemical by name, the exposure & safety hazards, environmental toxicity, appropriate grade level and the common chemical experiments.


Flinn Scientific Is First NSELA Partner To Renew For 2020!

Posed: Oct. 11, 2019

Longtime partner Flinn Scientific has committed to sponsoring NSELA at the Newton level for the second straight year. 

Rated #1 among science teachers for science teaching & learning resources, Flinn Scientific is the trusted partner for teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help students succeed.

Flinn Scientific is based in Batavia, Illinois, and was founded in 1977. Its primary mission is to support science educators and make a positive impact on student achievement in the science classroom and laboratory. Flinn Scientific is committed to unsurpassed customer service by providing the science community with the very best science education supplies, safety information, instructional materials and programs to facilitate their vital work.

More than 150,000 science educators rely on Flinn Scientific annually for resources in science teaching and learning and for district science education solutions. For more information, visit

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

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

Posted: Oct. 6, 2019

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].

No eating/drinking in science labs! - Based on legal safety standard - OSHA's Sanitation standard governing eating and drinking areas, 29 CFR 1910.141 (g)(2) ( states,

"No employee shall be allowed to consume food or any area exposed to a toxic material."

Bottom-line is - with risk of cross contamination from biological and chemical hazards in any science lab - no food or beverages are allowed! If the chief building administrator or department supervisor allows lab occupants to violate this legal safety standard/better professional safety practice, he/she is liable under duty or standard of care can probably would be considered "reckless" if there is a lawsuit resulting from someone's health compromised by eating or drinking in the lab.


"Classroom Assessment as a Learning Experience" 

Posted: September 4, 2019

SAVE THE DATE:  September 18 - 19, 2019

JOIN US for the 3rd National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Special Conference on Classroom Assessment hosted by CADRE and CU Boulder’s School of Education

We are grateful to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their sponsorship of this conference. Their generous support has made it possible for us to achieve the greater vision for this conference. We also thank the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment for donating to the scholarship fund for educators to attend this conference.

The purpose of this special conference is to foster dialogue between education practitioners, policymakers and researchers around implementing principled approaches to developing and using classroom assessment for teaching and learning.  For this third special conference on classroom assessment, we emphasize the importance and role of Research-Practice Partnerships between researchers and education practitioners to advance coherent approaches in the design and uses of classroom assessment.  For fall 2019, this conference will be hosted by the Center for Assessment, Design, Research and Evaluation (CADRE) at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education in partnership with:

  • Aurora Public Schools

  • Cherry Creek School District

  • Colorado Department of Education

  • Denver Public Schools

  • National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment

About the Conference Theme

This year, the conference will focus on establishing a learning-focused agenda for classroom assessments involving disciplinary experts, educational practitioners, policymakers and researchers.  Our theme, “Classroom Assessment as a Learning Experience,” reflects the focus of this agenda on the importance of embedding classroom assessments in curriculum and instruction.  During this conference, perspectives on the means by which this integration between assessment, curriculum and instruction can take place in the disciplines to foster meaningful learning experiences for both students and teachers will be shared and explored. 


Now accepting applications for 2020 For Miami University’s Project Dragonfly

Posted: September 4

Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2020 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. 

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. 

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2020 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos and botanical gardens in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. New for 2020: residents of the Jacksonville, Florida area can study and earn the AIP master's through Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, AIP's newest Master Institution. 

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

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