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

Posted: August 7, 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].

"Laboratory Safety & Legal Prudence: Meeting Duty of Care!" Watch Dr. Ken’s presentation at the NSTA National Congress on Science Education (NCSE) last month now on YouTube. Critical information for science teachers/Supervisors relative to lab safety/liability! This can be used for PD at beginning of year for your staff. It is an absolute must!!



RSVP for An Upcoming Webinar - "Strategies for Engaging Educators with Place-Based Learning"

Posted: July 17, 2019

When: August 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 PDT
Speakers: Lauren Kaupp and Deb Morrison


As a second course in the summer webinar series for the theCouncil of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) community through the Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE) project collaboration. The goal of all of these webinars is for participants to develop knowledge and resources to support classroom teachers in their context to design more inclusive science learning environments. For this webinar, CSSS has specifically reached out to include NSELA members.

There are many assets for learning that are located in place. This webinar builds on the ideas and tools we developed in STEM Teaching Tool #57 to explore how instruction can be designed to center on place-based authentic phenomena that engage students’ in learning by centering on their interests and identity. The webinar has been developed by Lauren Kaupp, State of Hawaii Department of Education, and Deb Morrison, Institute of Science Education - University of Washington, Seattle.

The webinar is scheduled for August 1, 2019 from 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST/9:00 am HST.Please RSVP to get the connection information for the webinar and to help organizers better facilitate the webinar. Sponsors of this webinar include: the CSSS, the NSF-funded ACESSE project, and the STEM Teaching Tools initiative at the University of Washington.

If you have any questions please email Lauren Kaupp at [email protected].

Searching for District Science Leaders:  What makes a good course?

Posted: July 17, 2019

Achieve—who coordinated the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and host of other tools and resources to evaluate how well instructional materials, assessment tasks are designed for the NGSS—is embarking on a project to help support teachers and districts to answer the question of what a quality course looks like and to make sure we get this right, we want to partner with you.

The Course Quality Toolkit will focus on professional learning to support district team conversations about quality and a framework of categories and indicators to consider in the discussion. Once a district zeros in on their focus, the toolkit will connect district teams to tools and resources they can use for evaluating quality. The intent of this toolkit is not for teacher evaluation, but to help districts work together to ensure high quality courses for all students. It will be designed to support work in science, mathematics, and English Language Arts.

Partner district leaders and educators across these three content areas will review an initial draft, participate in webinars, come together for a face-to-face professional learning to experience using the toolkit, and use the toolkit to evaluate courses in their districts. In addition having a seat at the table in designing the toolkit and the free professional learning (with travel expenses covered), districts get pre-release access to the toolkit, and receive a $2500 stipend to cover the work outside of the face-to-face meeting.

To learn more, check out this one page summary.

If you are interested, please contact Neelo Soltanzadeh [email protected] as soon as possible.

Applications are due by August 1, 2019.

We are particularly interested in districts that serve a diverse student body, or have a high proportion of students receiving free and reduced lunches, but all are welcome to apply.


LEA Needs Assessment Tool for ESSA Title IVA

Posted: July 17, 2019

The Title IVA Coalition recently reached out and told the TA Center recently developed an LEA Needs Assessment Tool designed to help LEAs meet the needs assessment requirements, while encouraging LEAs to think first about the desired outcomes, then work backwards to identify the programs that will best serve those outcomes.

The tool which can be found here. Since science and STEM activities can be funded thru this grant in the well rounded education bucket, this information should be helpful.


2020 AAAS Awards - Call for Nominations

Posted: July 18, 2019

We are excited to announce that the 2020 AAAS Awards nomination cycle is underway! To recognize scientists, engineers, authors, journalists, and public servants for significant contributions to science and the public’s understanding of science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsors a wide range of awards and prizes.

You are invited to submit your nominations for these awards, which will be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting (February 13-16, 2020 in Seattle, WA). The deadline for most of the awards is August 1, 2019. More information may be found on the AAAS website, here.

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