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

Posted: May 9, 2021

NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on Twitter @drroysafersci.

"Scientists Find Dangerous Chemical Contaminants In Disposable Face Masks" Studies have found that the silicon-based and plastic fibers of ordinary disposable face masks contain high levels of pollutants, including lead, antimony, and copper. Click here for more information.




2021 Virtual Leadership Summit is Next Week - New Session Announced

Celebrating Diverse Identities in Science - Registration is now only $59 for NSELA members!

In a year of multiple pandemics, NSELA is excited to bring together our membership for a day of diverse, thought-provoking sessions and discourse. This year's presenters come to us from all walks of science to broaden our horizons around the topic of equity & social justice. 

Join us VIRTUALLY on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 10:30AM - 5:00PM CDT

We are excited to announce a new session added to the schedule: 

Engaging ALL Students in STEM - Engineering as an Agent for Social Justice

Cary I. Sneider is a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, with interests in engineering and astronomy education research. He served as advisor to the NRC committee that developed A Framework for K-12 Science Education, and was the leader of the engineering design writing team for the Next Generation Science Standards. For his lifetime contributions he received the NSTA Robert H. Carleton Award for national leadership in science education.


Mihir K. Ravel is a is a noted technologist and pioneering educator in electronic system design and STEM learning. He is a Visiting Scholar at Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering focusing on design-centric approaches to the integration of science and engineering education. Prior to his public service, Mihir’s industry career spanned three decades of leading R&D organizations as Vice-President of Technology for National Instruments and Director of Strategic Technologies for Tektronix.



Other Sessions at the Summit Include:

  • #UsToo: Bridging the Global Gender Gap - Much to Celebrate, Much That Lies Ahead, Debjani Biswas *Change Agent * 2x TEDx & Keynote Speaker * Internationally Bestselling Author, Coachieve, LLC
  • Queer in STEM: Disrupting Stereotypes of Identity and Context, Allison Mattheis, Associate Professor Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education, California State University Los Angeles
  • “We’re not seen it!” For what and for whom are we preparing the next generation of science/STEM teachers?Alberto J. Rodriguez, Purdue University, Mary Endres Chair in Teacher Education


For more information and to register, click here




Join Us for a Webinar on May 19th at 2pm CDT "Have your cake and eat it too - Utilizing Open Educational Resources to Transform Science Learning"

Posted: May 4, 2021

Join us on Wednesday, May 19th at 2:00PM CDT for a FREE webinar for members and non-members. The recording will be available for NSELA members only.

Title: Have your cake and eat it too - Utilizing Open Educational Resources to Transform Science Learning

Description: So often, limited budgets force school systems into a situation where they have to choose between instructional materials or professional learning. OpenSciEd is developing OER instructional materials for K-12 science to disrupt these past practices and ensure access for all teachers and students. In this session, OpenSciEd will share how they have prioritized equity in developing the materials and how states and districts across the country are harnessing the power of high quality OER science materials.


  • James Ryan
  • Matt Krehbiel
  • Sarah Delaney
Click Here for Speaker Bios and to Register



VESELS Scholarship Application Open Until June 1, 2021

Posted: May 1, 2021

The VESELS scholarship application is open for the 2021 year. All application materials must be received by June 1, 2021.

NSELA thanks Vernier Software and Technology for providing ongoing support for the six VESELS scholarships. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each scholarship winner may use the funds on any NSELA virtual event, in person event, NSELA membership fee or travel. The awardees $500 scholarship money will be held in their NSELA account (like a bank) and must be used by June 1, 2022.  

NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their fifth 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. The Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship was founded with support from Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez who started the scholarship fund in 2014. 

For more information and to apply, click here.

Save the Date for NSELA's 2021 Virtual Summer Leadership Institute

Posted: May 1, 2021

NSELA's Summer Leadership Institute is going VIRTUAL! We'll host the event over three weeks leading into the upcoming school year. Each session will focus upon topics under the umbrellas of leadership, engineering, and scientific phenomena.  I am also pleased that the board set a price point for our membership of $79 for the full conference experience, and $33 for each individual day.   
Save the Date:
  • July 20
  • July 28
  • August 5

Price: $79 for the full conference experience, and $33 for each individual day for NSELA members

More details regarding the agenda, times, and registration will follow in the next few weeks. The Board, Executive Committee and Professional Development Committee are considering an in-person leadership event in the fall at one of the NSTA Area Conferences.  NSELA will resume our in-person Leadership Summit in Houston on March 30, 2022, and 2022 Summer Leadership Institute in a yet-to-be determined location. 

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