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Posted: January 16, 2019

Members, be sure to check out our archived webinars online! You must be logged into your profile to view these free recordings. Not a member? Join NSELA today! The December 10th webinar hosted in conjunction with CSSS will be available to view soon.

"Three Dimensional Learning Using Data Collection Technology" November 6, 2018

Vernier and NSELA conducted a joint webinar: Data logging allows students to collect experimental data quickly and efficiently so that classroom emphasis can shift to more important functions - asking new questions, extending experiments, and analyzing results using appropriate mathematical tools. Many studies that can’t be done with traditional experimental equipment become possible with the right tools. This webinar will emphasize how technology can assist teachers in the development of three dimensional classroom activities. Presenters: David Carter, STEM Training Director, Vernier, Ann Hammersly, Consultant, Vernier, Gary Myers, Director of Outreach and Business Development, Vernier

"Transforming Science Assessment: State Systems of Assessment" October 24, 2018

This joint webinar features Achieve, CSSS, and NSELA and discussion a system of assessments. Join Aneesha Badrinarayan, James Blake, Kevin Anderson, and Sara Cooper to learn more about new resources and to discuss a joint white paper on the topic.

"Supporting Students in Meaningful Engagement in Three Dimensional Learning Through NGSS Storylines"August 30, 2018

This presentation was lead by Michael Novak (Northwestern University) and Misty Richmond (Chicago Public Schools) sharing the work they have done creating and implementing 3Dimensional Storylines. Presenters: Aneesha Badrinarayan, Achieve, James Blake, NSELA, Kevin Anderson, CSSS

"Prepare for Standardized Testing with Interactive Online Simulations:" March 1, 2018

New computer-based assessments move beyond multiple-choice questions to those that assess student understanding and thinking. Using interactive simulations in classroom instruction can help schools and districts prepare to meet the challenges of the new standards and assessments. Presenters: Pam Larson, Professional Development Director, ExploreLearning and Laura Chervenak, VP of Professional Development, ExploreLearning 

"Building a Science Strategy for Your School or District:" Nov. 14, 2017

The new federal education law – the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA – includes a significant shift of decision-making to the state and local levels, and provides states and districts with flexibility to set new policy and funding priorities. District leaders nationwide are now determining their priorities under ESSA, informed by their state plans, and how they can best take advantage of the new federal education law. ESSA offers schools and districts the opportunity to rethink programs and support better student outcomes in science. Presenters:  Michael Lach, Director of STEM Education and Strategic Initiatives at UChicago STEM Education and the Urban Education Institute of the University of Chicago, Jodi Peterson, Assistant Executive Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Dr. Missi Zender-Sakach, NSELA President.


Happy Holidays From NSELA!

Posted: December 19, 2018


Nominations Deadline Has Been Extended to January 14  for 2019 OASA Award

Posted: December 19, 2018

It’s time to nominate outstanding candidates for two prestigious NSELA awards that honor outstanding contributions in Science/STEM education. 

The OASA (Outstanding Administrative Support Award) is presented at the National Science Education Leadership Association (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.

Click Here for Information on OASA Nominations

Nomination packets are due on Monday, January 14, 2019.

If you have questions, contact Nancy Kellogg, Awards Chair at [email protected]


FREE Joint Webinar With NSELA and CSSS TOMORROW - January 10, 2019

Posted: January 9, 2019

The CSSS Professional Learning Committee recently completed the work to add a rubric to the Science Professional Learning Standards (SPLS). These standards are designed to support science educators in making informed decisions about the attributes, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning experiences. The SPLS provide clear expectations for both the provider of professional development and the participant in professional learning.

Please find the updated version on the CSSS website using the following link

Join NSELA and CSSS Professional Learning Committee members on a FREE joint webinar January 10th. We’re excited to be joining efforts with CSSS again!

Platform: NSELA/CSSS Joint Webinar
Time: January 10th, 2018 1:00-2:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Webinar Link:

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VESELS Reflection

Posted: December 19, 2018

This year, it has been my pleasure to serve as mentor of the awardees of the 2018 Vernier Emerging Science Educator Leader Scholorship (VESELS). As part of the leadership journey, the awardees have been asked to submit a brief reflection paragraph detailing some aspect of how the Summer Leadership Institute has enriched their experiences. These reflections will be submitted to the e-Navigator, approximately one per month. To
help the emerging leaders get started, I agreed to write the first reflection.

Our 2018 VESELS awardees are

  • Jennifer Gibson, Midway Independent School District, Texas.
  • Brianna Greico, Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska
  • Amy Hochschild, Berkshire Public Schools, Ohio
  • Alyssa Mocharnuk, Foxborough High School, Massachusetts
  • Katrina Reno, Moss Point School District, Mississippi
  • Dylann Pinkman, Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska

We look forward to hearing about experiences from elementary science, from high school science, from vertical planning, and from partnerships from higher education. And certainly, much more!

So as I mentioned, to model the experience: this year, my school district (Red Clay Consolidated, Wilmington Delaware) has been working hard to develop continuous improvement plans. Our district and every school has worked on a vision statement, a mission statement, and a set of core values. To that end, I realized that in order to serve my teachers and administrators, I had best develop my own statements. So far, I can share my
vision statement:

All of our students will create meaning of patterns in nature through high quality science instruction that integrates safety planning throughout the process.

I haven’t gotten to the mission statement or the core values. That’s coming next as part of my journey. In Delaware, we’ve been working hard on implementing new science curricula at the elementary and middle school levels. It’s been a  challenge. As I work with our teachers, I realize that my leadership duties usually require me to provide opportunities for them to display their own leadership skills. No longer is professional learning an “expert to novice” relationship. Instead, we dive into problems where I say, “I don’t know much more about this than you do, so let’s find a solution together.”

Eddie McGrath
NSELA Director Region B

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