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Less Than Four Weeks Before NSELA's 2019 Leadership Summit!

Posted: March 14, 2019

APRIL 10, 2019

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St. Louis, MO 63102


There are less than four weeks before NSELA's 2019 Leadership Summit that will be April 10 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch - register today!

In today’s shifting landscape, science education leaders have an important role in assuring our students are prepared to live in an ever-changing world, in which they will be required to use evidence to make decisions, solve problems within their local and global communities, and look forward to what the future may require.

Join science education leaders from across the country to share ideas, ask questions, and gain new thinking frameworks at the 2019 NSELA Leadership Summit. The topics for the 2019 Leadership Summit are designed to equip science leaders with the tools and resources to tackle the challenges in leading effective science education in an ever-changing system.

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Leadership Summit Rates

(March 9, 2019 - April 1, 2019)
   Late & On-Site
(April 2, 2019, - April 10, 2019)
Member Rate         $220     $265
Non Member Rate*            $275     $315

*Non member rates include one-year NSELA membership

**New Group Rates!

  • 10 People: $1,449
  • 5 People: $749 

Register your group today!

NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their third year sponsoring the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS). This ongoing partnership supports six $500.00 scholarships for emerging leaders, one from each of the six NSELA Regions, to attend the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) from June 24 – June 26, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship was founded with support from Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez who started the scholarship fund in 2014. 

Award Criteria and Application Process:
The following criteria must be met to apply for the scholarship. Does not need to be a member of NSELA prior to the application. When a candidate applies, must become a member of NSELA.
  • Emerging leader role at the school, district, state or informal level for three years or less. The three-year limit is specific to the leadership role and work for which the candidate is being nominated. Previous leadership roles that are very different are not counted in the three years.
  • Submission of an application packet that includes: resume or vita, personal letter with evidence that illustrates emerging leadership, and a support letter from a supervisor.
  • Agree to work with an NSELA mentor through June 2020. During the SLI, all scholarship awardees will have meetings with the mentor and share how they will apply SLI learning to their work settings. After six months, awardees will reflect on how they are applying their SLI experience in the Navigator newsletter and online with other scholarship awardees and the mentor.

2019 Application Period Begins: February 18, 2019

2019 Application Deadline: March 22, 2019

If you have questions or would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, contact Nancy Kellogg, Awards Chair.

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VESELS Reflection - Alyssa Mocharnuk

Posted: March 14, 2019

Beginning implementation of the new 2016 Massachusetts Science/Technology Framework (based on NGSS) this year has been challenging in more ways than one. At the high school level students were tested, as a graduation requirement, on the old standards through June of 2018. We now have a brief transition period where elements of both standards will be tested, still as a graduation requirement, before the new standards, complete with the science and engineering practices will be tested. The pressure to get things right at every step of the way is immense due to the high-stakes nature of this testing. Complicating matters is fear, from many sources, that students won’t be able to rise to the challenge of doing science rather than memorizing science. But I remember Okhee Lee admonishing us at the Summer Leadership Institute that it isn’t optional, all standards are for all students.
In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new standards, I enlisted the help of my counterpart at the K-8 level and was able to provide professional development for our science teachers from grades seven through twelve together in our January session. We analyzed the skills students needed in order to have success at each level and the skills they could expect to have as they completed each level. The conversations between middle and high school teachers were rich and addressed many of the factors are needed to change instruction and improve student skills at both levels. Giving every teacher a voice in the process allows us to address both real and perceived problems with implementation.
Moving forward I’m excited to delve deeper in the practices with the teachers in my department. In physics we have begun to work on hands-on performance assessment tasks inspired by the Summer Leadership Institute session on Implementing a Local Comprehensive Assessment System. We hope to have some success with these this spring enabling us to share what does and doesn’t work with chemistry and biology teachers this summer. We still have a long way to go to ensure every student is proficient in every practice. I’m eager to continue work on vertical articulation and bringing the practices to life. There will certainly be bumps along the way, but failure is not an option.


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

Posted: March 14, 2019

"Preventing Science Laboratory Fires:" Most science and STEM laboratories contain chemicals and electrical wiring that could cause smoke or fires. Read NSTA Feb. safety commentary by Dr. Ken on how to better help prevent lab fires:

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


This prestigious award recognizes and honors an outstanding administrator who through professional work has demonstrated exemplary support for science education at the school, district, and/or county level. This award honors an administrator whose primary responsibility is outside the area of science instruction.

The award is presented at the NSELA luncheon held at the annual NSELA Leadership Summit. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000 and a plaque donated by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Dr. Diamond has long-term collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools (LPS).  Through this partnership, Judy bridges informal and formal science education by bringing cutting edge innovations into the district. She hosts about 160 science teachers at the University of Nebraska State Museum prior to the start of each academic year. Teachers interface with university faculty from across the campus to learn about how they and their students may participate in research, education, and outreach opportunities.Dr. Judy Diamond is an innovative informal science education leader who has impacted thousands of educators and students at the district, state, and national levels. Since 1978, her accomplishments include scientific research, managing grants, numerous publications, university professor, and significant science education outreach to the public, teachers, and students. At a regional and national level, she brought together teams of experts in different areas to develop high quality educational materials for dissemination to science educators. An example is the series WonderWise, funded by NSF and Howard H. Hughes Medical Institute,that was disseminated to over 12 million students and teachers across the nation.

Dr. Diamond’s Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) funded by NIH expands resources to afford teacher time and provide professional learning opportunities to support instructional change. The SEPA project also funded the 2016 Nebraska Vision of Science event that brought national and state science leaders to work with about 250 Nebraska science educators to explore the future of Nebraska science education. The teacher leaders learned new ways of thinking about science education to address new science standards and appropriate pedagogy.


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