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NSELA Webinar - Next Tuesday, Nov, 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. CST 
"The 2018 NSSME+: Implications for Science Education Leaders"

Posted: Nov. 7, 2019

Dr. Eric Banilower, Vice President of Horizon Research, Inc.

About Dr. Banilower: Eric R. Banilower is a Vice President at Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI) in Chapel Hill, NC, and has worked in education for over 25 years.  His career started as a high school physics and physical science teacher.  During that time he participated in the California Scope, Sequence, and Coordination project developing curriculum and assessment materials for the California science reform project.  Mr. Banilower joined HRI in 1997 and has worked on a number of research and evaluation projects, including the evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Local Systemic Change through Teacher Enhancement program.  He has also led the evaluation of a number of federally funded projects, as well as the evaluation of Pennsylvania’s Science: It’s Elementary initiative, aimed at improving elementary school science instruction throughout the state.  Currently, he is Principal Investigator for the 2018 NSSME+, the sixth iteration of the National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education (the plus symbol reflecting the addition of computer science to the study). aIn addition, he directs the evaluation of several projects spanning the K–16 education system with a wide variety of foci, including curriculum development, preservice teacher education, and professional development for inservice teachers.  He also works on the evaluations of projects that address informal STEM education.


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Nominations Open For OASA & OLISE Awards

Posted: Nov. 6, 2019

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Administrative Support Award (OASA) and the Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award (OLISE).

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

The OLISE Award recognizes and honors an NSELA member, who through their professional work, has demonstrated outstanding leadership in science education at the school, district, county, regional, and/or national level.

These awards will be presented at the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Leadership Summit in Boston, MA on April 1, 2020. Both awards are accompanied by a check for $1,000 and a plaque.

Click here for more information and online application for the OASA Award.
Click here for more information and online application for the OLISE Award.

Submission Deadline is Monday, December 16, 2019.


2020 NSELA Leadership Summit - Boston

Posted: Nov. 6, 2019


THEME: NSELA Leading A Vision of Science For All

The 2020 NSELA Leadership Summit will take place in Boston on April 1 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston, MS.

This LS will offer the following 3 strands of education:

  1. STEM for All - Why it Matters for Students
  2. Science Communication
  3. Out of Field Teaching - Research and How to Provide Professional Learning

Registration opening next week!


Lab Ventilation and Safety!

Posted: Nov. 5, 2019


This article contributed by Ken Roy, K-12 Director of Environmental Health & Chemical Safety, Glastonbury Public Schools

Given the potential production of toxins, flammables, corrosives, particulate matter, and other hazards, science laboratories need appropriate engineering controls including ventilation and fume hoods.  Unfortunately, many academic science labs have faulty ventilation, including ventilation which is not operational as designed. In this way, teachers and students are both exposed to hazards and resulting risks to health and safety. Given this critical issue, teacher and their supervisors need to be aware of lab ventilation and if it is operating correctly to meet the needs of laboratory work with hazardous biologicals, chemicals and physical hazards.

Read full article here.


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

Posted: Nov. 4, 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].

"Spill From Chem Dept Tank Sickens Alemany H.S. Staff & Students:" A 55-gal. tank containing waste chemicals in Alemany’s Math/Chem. Building leaked about 2 qts of liquid that produced noxious odor. Safety lesson to be learned - When was your science lab. neutralization tank cleaned last? This is the tank used to neutralizes acids, etc. poured down the lab sinks. Should be cleaned at least annually, depending on use. Check with your maintenance department!

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