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Call For Presenters

Posted: January 22, 2019

The NSELA Professional Development Committee is seeking additional presenters for the 2019 NSTA Fall Conferences in Salt Lake City, Cincinnati and Seattle.

  • October 24-26, 2019, Salt Lake City, UT
  • November 14-16, 2019, Cincinnati, OH
  • December 12-14, 2019, Seattle, WA

Presentation time slots are one hour in length and should be focused upon research, projects, programs or tools that may benefit leaders in science education - teachers, district staff, state level staff and/or college faculty. A one-page summary of the proposed session should be sent to Elizabeth Mulkerrin ([email protected]no later than Friday, January 25th at 6:00pm EDT. The summary should include:

  1. A brief overview of the presentation;
  2. A statement on how the presented information benefits science leadership;
  3. A bulleted list of all presenters including title/affiliation, and
  4. Whether or not the proposal was previously submitted to NSTA for consideration previously. If your proposal was already submitted and you are accepted under the NSELA Affiliate designation, this will be indicated in the program.

All questions should be directed to Elizabeth Mulkerrin via email, and presenters will be notified of their selection on Wednesday, January 30th. Travel costs to any of the 2019 NSTA Fall Conferences and any additional materials for the presentation are the sole responsibility of the presenter(s). More information about these conferences can be found at We thank you for your continued support of the National Science Education Leadership Association.

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

Posted: January 22, 2019

Laboratory Evacuation Training for Science Teachers: NSTA Safety Blog January commentary by Dr. Ken – Chief NSTA Safety Blogger and NSELA Safety Compliance Officer!  School science labs need to be evacuated in the event of a fire, chemical spill, gas leak, the release of chemical toxins, or other laboratory incident or building issue.   Do you have an evacuation plan in place?

Check out the commentary on how to better plan for such an event at:



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


Achieve Announces New Members on Science Peer Review Panel

Posted: January 16, 2019

Washington, D.C. - January 16, 2019 - Achieve today announced the addition of 11 new members to its Science Peer Review Panel (PRP) for its third year to expand its work evaluating lesson sequences and units designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and sharing high-quality examples online.

Out of over 200 applicants from 39 states, DC and international locations, these applicants demonstrated extensive knowledge of the NGSS and a critical eye for high-quality materials designed for the NGSS. The new peer reviewers will join the network of passionate educators on the Science PRP with whom they can build a powerful community and share ideas and resources. The 11 new peer reviewers selected to join the Science PRP are from nine states: Connecticut, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey; with rural, urban, and suburban school communities and all grade bands represented.

Throughout the year, peer reviewers will receive free and meaningful professional learning experiences run by experts in the field and designed to deepen understanding of the NGSS and the EQuIP Rubric for Science evaluation process for instructional materials.

Not only is this a great opportunity for professional growth, but peer reviewers play a major role in advancing science education across the country. One of the biggest challenges in NGSS implementation around the country is a lack of high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS. The Science PRP addresses this problem by evaluating free and publicly-available materials with the nationally-respected EQuIP Rubric for Science, identifying high-quality examples, and posting them publicly for the education community - both teachers and publishers - to see what materials faithfully designed for the NGSS actually look like.

Those who were accepted to the Science PRP will receive recognition on the Achieve website; at the end of the year-long commitment, peer reviewers will be recognized with a certificate of excellence.

To learn more, check out the Science Peer Review Panel website.

New Science PRP Members

  • David Allen, Dean of K-12 Science Curriculum, Rockford Public School District 205, IL
  • Jeanane Charara, Elementary Science Resource, Dearborn Public Schools, MI
  • Bianca Deliberto, Curriculum Specialist, Zachary Community School District, LA
  • Donald DeRosa, Clinical Associate Professor of Science Education, Boston University, MA
  • Natalie Keigher, Science Teacher, Lisle Junior High School, IL
  • Alvin Lin, Resource Teacher, Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Area, HI
  • Alessandra MacFarlane, Science Teacher, Hillsborough Middle School, NJ
  • Rachael Manzer, STEM Coach, Winchester Public Schools, CT
  • Monica Sircar, Science Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, and Knowles Senior Fellow, CA
  • Beth Shobe, Life Science Teacher, East Brunswick Public Schools-Churchill Jr. High, NJ
  • Tracy Staley, Elementary Science Staff Developer, Pinellas County Schools, FL

Current Science PRP Members

  • Kimberley Astle, Teacher, Fisher's Landing Elementary
  • Alexandra Bartfield, Science Teacher, East Brunswick Public Schools
  • Jennifer Brooker, K-12 Science Supervisor, New York
  • Jen Brown-Whale, Resource Teacher, Elementary Science, Howard County Public School System
  • Melissa Collins, Teacher, Shelby County Schools
  • Christine Depatie, Teacher and STEM Coach, Swanton Schools, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union
  • Joyce Depenbusch, Teacher, Skyline Schools, Unified School District #438
  • Carolyn Frost, Sr. Content Specialist, NWEA
  • Kathy Gill, Retired Teacher, Davis Joint Unified School District
  • Debbie Gordon, Elementary Science Specialist and Project Director for K-12 CA NGSS Early Implementers, Palm Springs Unified School District
  • Justin Harvey, Physics Teacher, Dacula High School
  • Lori Henrickson, Secondary Science Project Facilitator, Clark County School District
  • Holly Hereau, Science Department Chair, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Thurston High School
  • Amy Hilliard, Lead Teacher, Western Heights Middle School, Washington County Public Schools
  • Missy Holzer, Teacher, Chatham High School Science
  • Marshall Hunter II, General and Regents Physics, Greece Arcadia High School
  • Diane Johnson, Regional Teacher Partner, PIMSER at University of Kentucky College of Education
  • Shannon Kenyon, Curriculum Resource Teacher, Lewiston Independent School District
  • Liz Lehman, University of Chicago STEM Education, School Development Manager
  • Traci Loftin, K-5 Science Teacher on Special Assignment, Washoe County School District
  • Jacqueline (Jacqui) Lovejoy, 5-8 Science Specialist, Bentonville Schools
  • Emily Mathews, Senior Program Coordinator, Northwestern University
  • Edel Maeder, District Science Coordinator, Greece Central
  • Chris Embry Mohr, Science and Agriculture Teacher, Olympia High School
  • Kristen Moorhead, Professional Development Provider, Professional Learning Innovations (PLI), LLC
  • Bama Medley, Teacher on Special Assignment, Math and Science Specialist, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
  • Aaron Mueller, Teacher, Scullen Middle School
  • Kristin Rademaker, Teacher Leader, Harlem High School
  • Brianna Reilly, Teacher, Hightstown High School, East Windsor Regional School District
  • Ryan Revel, Teacher, Sussex Central High School, Indian River School District
  • Dianna Roy, Teacher, South Windsor Public Schools
  • Nancy Shellenberger, Science Resource Teacher, Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
  • Katherine (Kate) Soriano, Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Beth Pesnell, K-8 Math & Science Curriculum Specialist, Rogers Public Schools
  • Amy Sandgren, Science Education Consultant, NextGen Consulting
  • Jesse Semeyn, Science Instructional Coach, District U46, Elgin, IL
  • Nelly Tsai, 7th Grade Science Teacher & Secondary Science Mentor, Irvine Unified School District
  • Megan Veldhuizen, STEM Coordinator, Lawton Public Schools
  • Brandi Williams, High School Teacher, Edmond Public Schools
  • Cari Williams, Computer Science and Engineering Teacher on Special Assignment, California
  • Kimberly Weaver, STEM Coordinator, Olympic Educational Service District 114
  • Barbara Woods, Curriculum Coach; NGSS Early Implementer Project Director, Galt Joint Union School District
  • James Yoos, Science Teacher/ Science Fellow, Bellingham High School

Realizing the Vision: NGSS District Implementation By: James Blake, NSELA President Elect

Posted: January 16, 2019

NSELA participated January 9 and 10 in, “Realizing the Vision: NGSS District Implementation”.  The meeting was organized by The Board on Science Education (BOSE) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and Achieve.  The first day, around 100 leaders in science education explored the needs of districts implementing the Next Generation Science Standards and similar standards based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  President-Elect James Blake represented NSELA.  NSELA were included along with other large national support organizations interested in helping districts implement NGSS and the Framework: BOSE, Achieve, NSTA, NARST, CSSS, and AAAS. 

Day Two narrowed to a smaller group of science education experts, including NSELA.  The focus was to reflect on the first day to explore lessons learned, productive collaborations across districts, and future challenges of implementing these standards.  The group was tasked with committing to a series next steps.  The preliminary plans include helping build district’s capacity by examining and acting on three areas:

  1. Resources, funding, tools (and access to them)
  2. Coherence, messaging, advocacy
  3. Instructional change in systems- professional learning, road maps, vision of instruction, leadership

NSELA is very excited to be included in this work that is core to our mission of “advocate, collaborate and educate”.  Members should expect many great partnerships to arise from this work.  Stay tuned for more updates and resources from this great work

Dr. Blake (@DrJBlakeSci) addressing a national audience. Check out Twitter with @nselascience or #RealizeNGSS to see more reactions. photo credit: @Megan_Cannon


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

Posted: January 16, 2019

American Chemical Society "Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary Schools" -  Just an outstanding resource for lab work relative to safety - including discipline protocols, Response to Violations of the Student Laboratory Code of Conduct, GHS, hazard/risk/safety action and much more!



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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