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

Posted: June 8, 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].

“Safety Recommendations for Closing Out the School Year” NSTA Safety Blog June 2020 Commentary by Dr. Ken. Important recommendations for science and STEM lab teachers/supervisors for closing out the school year during the pandemic. For more information, click here.


NSELA Statement of Anti-Racist Support

Posted: June 4, 2020

Unfortunately racial unrest and injustice has once again arisen in our country and daily lives with the tragic passing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As a result, our nation has expressed shame, guilt, pain, hope and found inspiration in the commitment to change from all races and age groups in America. NSELA stands in solidarity with disenfranchised populations in the rightful demand for justice and equality. We believe all educators have a responsibility to engage in teaching tolerance and making science available for all students. We must teach, lead and listen with empathy in an effort to fully support all students and educators in this challenging moment in our country’s history.

Our NSELA President, Larry Plank, has already made a commitment to ensure that our most vulnerable learners have access to science educational opportunities both in and out of school. We know that science leaders are essential to ensuring equity in science, early learning in science, and policy advancements in science at all levels. We recognize that our organizational leadership does not reflect the diversity of our educational stakeholders and strive to grow a more diverse leadership corps while providing professional learning and resources in support of district leaders. We envision a future where science education is accessible for all students and our leadership is connected not only by appreciation and excitement for science but also through lived experiences with learners

The NSELA Diversity Committee is working to enhance membership and leadership to reflect the diversity of the country and to support the needs of our diverse science education constituency, including teachers and students. If you have thoughts or ideas for this committee, please contact us at [email protected].

Our mission can be summarized by three words: Advocate, Collaborate, and Educate. We are unfortunately reminded of the need to rise above the fog of injustice in our country, and NSELA will fully leverage our resources to stand against racism in all forms. We will advocate for equitable access to science education, science leadership, and STEM careers. We will collaborate with organizations such as the Association for Multicultural Science Education and National Association for Bilingual Education to learn about successful strategies and approaches for social justice and equity in science education. We will educate our members about leading for change, especially when that change addresses barriers caused by existing privileges of one group over another.

-The Staff and Leadership of the National Science Education Leadership Association



NSELA Conferences/Webinars promoting equitable science practices

The NSELA Virtual Leadership Summit (June 15th - 18th from 11am - 1:30 pm CST each day) includes a session on Thursday, June 18, where Phil Bell will address equity and inclusive practices for all students.  

Three past webinars have a specific focus on supporting equity and diversity in science teaching: 

  • "Reimagining the Possibilities" May 5, 2020 NSELA MEMBERS - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS How can we reimagine science learning in a way that that makes sense during the pandemic? How can we help teachers and families keep learning going in a meaningful way? This webinar examines some tools that do just that. 

  • "Is Science Enough?" Oct. 29, 2019 NSELA MEMBERS - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS Dr. Carolyn Landel, Managing Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin; Shelly LeDoux, Ed.D., Professional Learning Facilitator, K-12 Services, The University of Texas at Austin | Charles A. Dana Center and Nicole Martin discuss how districts around the country are desperately seeking high-quality instructional materials that translate the NGSS into a coherent set of learning experiences to support student learning of the content. 

  • STEM For All Students" Feb. 14, 2019 NSELA MEMBERS - CLICK HERE TO ACCESS NSELA and Okhee Lee are pleased to present STEM For All Students. This webinar focused on science instruction using the Framework and NGSS.



Less Than Two Weeks Until Virtual Leadership Summit!

Posted: Jue 2, 2020

We are hosting our annual Leadership Summit virtually this year! It is scheduled for 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
  • Students as Science Storytellers: Using the Tools of Journalism and Storytelling to Make Science Relevant and Relatable, Jenny Cutraro
  • Supporting All Students to Make Sense of Phenomena by Building on All of Their Intellectual Resources, Philip Bell


Register now!

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

Posted: June 1, 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].

Weekly Testing Ensures Eyewash/ Safety Shower Protection and ANSI Compliance Testing is an essential part of ensuring that emergency systems work. Check out this great article on the legal requirements for lab eyewash/safety shower care and use - These are ANSI standards supported in reference by OSHA: - Click here.


NSELA Welcomes New Members

Posted: May 31, 2020

NSELA welcomes the following new members who have joined in the last week:

  • Elizabeth Eddy, Sharyland ISD
  • Tammi Pickering, Clear Creek ISD
  • Jennifer Folsom, WestEd
  • Yewon Lee, UMD
  • Aimee MacLean, Wilbur & McMahon Schools
  • Beth Zigmont, Great Valley School District

Not a member? Join NSELA now! Annual membership fee is only $60.

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