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Resources for Work with Title II and Title IV Programs

Posted: May 30, 2019

The Council of State Science Supervisors developed and NSELA endorsed a new resource, "Resources for Work with Federal Title Programs" that we think you may find very useful.   http://cosss.org/leadership-title

This document was developed to help science leaders understand and access federal funds under two US Department of Education programs. Title II is typically used for professional development and Title IV is for Student Support and Academic Enrichment – both pools being highly useful for improving science education opportunities for teachers, principals and students.

This particular tool provides information for state science supervisors as well as local science education leaders such as district supervisors, lead teachers and school leaders. Planning and working together at the state and local levels may maximize the impact of these funds. 

This effort goes along with the NSELA mission to "advocate" for science and may help you ask questions in your school, district, or state to increase science opportunities.  

 

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

Posted: May 30, 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].

Short-circuit Leads to Fire in MSU’s Chemistry Lab" This fire occurred recently due to a short circuit inside the laboratory.  There was major damage to the lab with the resulting fire.   Lesson to be learned - Science supervisors and teachers need to make sure their lab electrical receptacles are ALL protected by ground-fault circuit interrupter  or  GFCI protected circuits.  It is also critical that the GFI/GFCI units are exercised at least once or more a year to make sure they are operational.  You want to make sure the protection is there when you need it.  Contact your facilities or maintenance department to review this protocol!

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/short-circuit-leads-to-fire-in-msus-chemistry-lab/articleshow/69500479.cms

 

NSTA Webinar: Show Me the Money - Grant Funds in ESSA for Science and STEM Now Available!

Posted: May 23, 2019

Description: The federal education law—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)--includes a flexible block grant (Title IVA, funded at $1.17 billion in FY2019) that provides schools with the opportunity to fund STEM activities for students, technology for schools, and professional learning for teachers.

Join NSTA and National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) for this 90 minute webinar to learn more about the funding available from ESSA for STEM, what district leaders and classroom teachers can do access these funds, and some emerging best practices in STEM (and computer science) that all schools should consider.

Click Here to View Webinar!

 

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

Posted: May 23, 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].

A student seriously burned his eye in a University of Utah lab. The Univeristy knew about dangers beforehand, an audit finds, but didn’t take action. Covering his face with one hand, he ran around the room looking for an emergency eyewash. There wasn’t one. Bottomline - make sure your engineering controls like eyewash and emergency showers are operational and within 10 second access in all labs!  Besides some one getting seriously injured, there would be liability for not only the teachers, but also the supervisors and administrators. Does the term "reckless" mean anything?

https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2019/05/14/student-burned-his-eye/

 

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

Posted: May 16, 2019

"Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations" - These guidelines have been created based on current best practices and provide a checklist of key issues for demonstrators to assure that chemical demonstrations are conducted safely and without incident. They have been developed by the

American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education. Great resource for supervisors to share with their science and STEM teachers. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/suppl/10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00802/suppl_file/ed7b00802_si_001.pdf

 
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