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President’s Corner - Week of June 15, 2020

Posted: June 17, 2020

This week our organization is holding its very first virtual Leadership Summit, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of the presentations and the extraordinary commitment of our Professional Development Committee to ensure that each featured presentation and breakout session not only runs smoothly, but that each participant is supported.  I thank each member of the team for their work and look forward to future accomplishments—and smiles—throughout the next year.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Mulkerrin, Chair
  • Dr. Chris Schaben
  • Trisha Herminghaus
  • Amy Himes
  • Kenneth Huff
  • Shelly LeDoux
  • Gregory MacDougall
  • Michelle Paulsen
  • Todd Shulman
  • Dr. Andrew Weatherhead
  • Linda Cook
  • James Blake

Please be on the lookout for information regarding our upcoming virtual Summer Leadership Institute to be held in July.  Considering the success of our Leadership Summit, this will be a professional learning experience that you will not want to miss!

Yours in Science,

Larry R. Plank, Ed.S.

NSELA President, 2020-2021


You're Invited: Understanding How to Return to School Safely: A Special Flinn Professional Learning Webinar Series

Posted: June 14, 2020

Flinn’s Professional Learning Summer Webinar Series

Join us as we discuss a safe return to school in a series of valuable and relevant webinars, designed to provide facts and information to enhance student learning and facilitate instruction in a safe format, regardless of the learning modality.

Register today to understand the safety measures, processes and protocols required to keep students and staff safe. We’ve curated the top recommendations from recognized leaders in education, safety, and protection worldwide to help you sort through the overwhelming avalanche of content and readily get to the facts, links, and information that you need.

Register Today! Click on any of the dates to save your seat.

Guidance to Safe School Re-Entry Part A: We recognize that there is not a ‘one-size fits all’ solution to safely returning to school. In this session, we’ll discuss safety preparation and concerns within schools and maintaining a physically and mentally healthy school environment.

  • Thursday June 18, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
  • Friday June 26, 12:00-1:00 pm EST


Guidance to Safe School Re-Entry Part B: Join us for part B of this ongoing conversation, where we discuss maintaining healthy operations when schools are open and COVID-19 school modifications as well as continuity in education.

While not required, we recommend attending Guidance to Safe School Re-Entry Part A prior to attending Guidance to Safe School Re-Entry Part B in order to have a comprehensive understanding of the guidelines surrounding opening schools safely.

  • Tuesday June 23rd, 12:00-1:00pm EST;  3:00-4:00pm EST;
  • Friday June 26th, 3:00-4:00pm EST
Register Here




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

Posted: June 15, 2020

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].

"Guidelines for Writing Your Chemical Hygiene Plan" - Science and STEM labs need to have a chemical hygiene plan required by legal safety standard requirement (OSHA Lab Standard) and/or better professional safety practice (NSTA). Make sure you have all the required components in developing this plan to help make it safer for both teachers and students. Check out plan guidelines in the article here.


The Virtual Leadership Summit is Next Week!

Posted: Jue 10, 2020

The Virtual Leadership Summit is kicking off next week! It will be June 15th - 18th from 11am - 1:30 pm CDT each day. This event is FREE for NSELA members! Not a member? Join today and attend!

Each day will include a keynote session and a breakout session. The keynote sessions are listed below, or check out the full schedule here.

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Important Issues for Science Education Leaders to Consider When Working With Teachers, Julie A Luft
  • What do 94% of Kids Have in Common? Learn How to Break Barriers, Expand Equity and Engage Struggling Students Using Game-Based Learning, Joselyn Whetzel, Aryah Fradkin, Sean Rediy
  • You Can Never Talk Too Much, Jen Gutierrez
  • Supporting All Students to Make Sense of Phenomena by Building on All of Their Intellectual Resources, Philip Bell


Register now!

Save the Date for NSELA's Virtual Summer Leadership Institute!

Posted: June 7, 2020

Due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, we are hosting our annual Summer Leadership Institute virtually this year! It is scheduled for July 20th - 23rd from 11am - 1:30 pm CST each day. 

A full schedule as well as registration information will be shared soon. Mark your calendars!

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