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2019 Summer Leadership Institute Room Block

Posted: June 20, 2019

The NSELA room block is very close to selling out. If the Renaissance no longer has rooms, here is a list of nearby hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld
6850 Westwood Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, 32821, USA TEL: +1-407-354-1500 FAX: +1-407-354-1528 - it is 2-3 minute walk and is located in the back of our hotel, across a small side street.

Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld®
11000 Westwood Boulevard  Orlando  Florida  32821  USA 
Phone: +1-407-313-3600

SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld®
10801 International Drive  Orlando  Florida  32821  USA 
Phone: +1-407-354-1176

Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld®
10815 International Drive  Orlando  Florida  32821  USA 
Phone: +1-407-354-1139


New Report Calls for a National System to Measure Equity in Education, Identify Disparities in Outcomes and Opportunity

Posted: June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — A centralized, consistently reported system of indicators of educational equity is needed to bring attention to disparities in the U.S. education system, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Indicators — measures used to track performance and monitor change over time — can help convey why disparities arise, identify groups most affected by them, and inform policy and practice measures to improve equity in pre-K through 12th grade education.

Societal inequities influence nearly every aspect of students’ education — including their academic performance, the classes they take, their access to enrichment opportunities, and their school’s approach to discipline.

The report, Monitoring Educational Equity, says the system should include indicators that fall into two categories. The first category of indicators should measure and track disparities in student outcomes such as kindergarten academic readiness, coursework performance, and on-time graduation. The second category should measure and track disparities in students’ access to resources and opportunities, such as high-quality pre-K programs, effective teachers, rigorous curriculum, and non-academic supports.

The purpose of a system of equity indicators, the report says, is not to simply track progress toward educational goals, but also to identify differences in critical outcomes and opportunities across key subgroups. The report discusses gender, race and ethnicity, English-language fluency, family income, and disability status. Educational disparities may also be attributed circumstances in students’ homes and neighborhoods, in addition to the school environment.

“We imagine public education to be America’s great engine of upward mobility and, ultimately, equality,” said Christopher Edley Jr., professor and former dean at the University of California, Berkeley Law School, and chair of the committee that wrote the report.  “A good system of indicators can help measure how much we repair — or reinforce — the great divides in opportunity. Indicators help us understand how opportunities affect outcomes, and whether we match those opportunities with student needs.”

The committee argued that educational equity is as important, if not more important, as other measures of a country’s well-being, including economic and employment progress. The monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation Summary, commonly known as the “monthly jobs report,” is well-known, well-publicized, and regularly used to inform policy decisions. Similarly, an annual “Education Equity Summary” could systematically inform national, state, and local stakeholders about the status of educational equity in the U.S., the report says. Such information would help target interventions, research, and policy initiatives to reduce disparities.

The committee proposed 16 indicators of educational equity. Of those 16 indicators, seven are related to disparities in student outcomes and are grouped across the stages of K-12 education: 

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The Winners Of The 2019 VESELS Scholarships Announced!

Posted: June 20, 2019

The VESELS Scholarships are awarded to emerging leaders in each Region to support their attendance at the NSELA Summer Leadership Institute.

Our winners are:

  • Candace Penrod - Salt Lake City School District
  • Charlie Seo - Village Christian School
  • Christine Benita - Seattle Public Schools
  • Karen Covil - Lincoln Public Schools
  • Mark Case - Southern Guilford High

Congratulations to our winners! We look forward to seeing you in Orlando June 23-26, 2019.


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

Posted: June 20, 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].

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Prices For The 2019 Summer Leadership Institute Increase Monday!

Posted: June 13, 2019

Join us in Orlando, June 23 - 26, 2019!

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821


  • Using Citizen Science Projects in the Classroom
  • Science Communication- Climate Change
  • Bring in the Informal Science Connections and Scientist

View Schedule Here!


  • Members pay $385
  • Non-members pay $440 (non member rates include one year NSELA Membership)

*Conference fees Include 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches!

Register Here!


William R. Penuel, Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, School of Education University of Colorado Boulder




Dennis Schatz, Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center






Dr. Tracy Fanara, Staff Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium




Kevin Niemi, Director of Outreach Programs, WISCIENCE



Stephen Pruitt, President, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)



Register Here!

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