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

Posted: Mar. 30, 2020

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].

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel - Great resources that teachers and their supervisors should be aware of relative to addressing coronavirus issues in their school environments. -


Present a Session During One of NSELA's 10 sessions @ NSTA 2021!

Posted: Mar. 27, 2020

2021 NSTA National Conference
April 8-11, 2021
Chicago, Illinois
Theme: All Students, All Sciences, All Settings

 The NSELA Professional Development Committee is seeking presenters for the 2021 NSTA National Conference in Chicago. Presentation time slots are one hour in length and should be focused upon research, projects, programs or tools that may benefit leaders in science education - teachers, district staff, state level staff and/or college faculty. 

Click on the proposal link here to complete a one-page summary of the proposed session by Friday, April 24th at 6:00 pm. 

Travel costs to the 2021 NSTA National Conference in Chicago and any additional materials for the presentation are the sole responsibility of the presenter(s). Conference strands are listed below for your reference, and priority will be given to those proposals that align best with these themes.

  • Supporting All Students in Science 
  • Shattering the Silos of STEM
  • Setting the Stage for Science
  • Stages of Three-Dimensional Implementation 

All questions should be directed to Elizabeth Mulkerrin via email. We thank you for your continued support of the National Science Education Leadership Association.

For full flyer, click here.


NSELA Partners Keep Student Learning Going During COVID-19 School Closure: Free Resources for All Teachers

Posted: Mar. 20, 2020

NSELA is currently monitoring the impact and progression of COVID-19. Through these trying times, we are fortunate enough to work with multiple partners who are fully committed to the needs of all teachers and students as they navigate changing school schedules and remote learning.

Below, we have included information and resources from our partners Legends of Learning, Vernier Software and Technology, Flinn Scientific, and PASCO.

Vernier Software and Technology

To give you the support you need during this precarious time, Vernier has put together some online resources to help engage students with STEM remotely.

Our online resources include free trials to Vernier Video Analysis™ and Pivot Interactives, and over 80 free experiments with sample data covering a large range of subjects. With these tools, you can help your students form a deep understanding of key scientific concepts outside the classroom and laboratory. 

Explore Online Resources


Legends of Learning

To help with school closures and support remote learning, Legends of Learning is providing FREE unlimited access to all 3rd-8th grade math and science teachers for the remainder of the school year.  

We have short live webinars for training and support available tomorrow and every day next week. Sign up here.
To get full access, please submit your information here. Please feel free to share this email with your friends and colleagues.
Attached here is a flyer detailing how Legends of Learning can be used for distance learning (among other uses) along with helpful videos and contact information in case you need any assistance.

Here is information on how parents can use Legends at home with their kids.
If you have any questions or need help getting single sign on set-up for free through Google, Clever, Classlink or Schoology, please contact us at [email protected]


Flinn Scientific

As we all navigate these unprecedented times, the Flinn Scientific team is fully committed to supporting the needs of all teachers and students as they balance changing school schedules and enabling remote learning while also ensuring continuity in each student’s learning.  Supporting the science education community has been our purpose and our passion for more than 40 years, and will remain at the center of our commitment to you during this time of uncertainty.

Effective immediately, Flinn Scientific has launched a website here with an extensive amount of resources specifically developed to help teachers, students and parents continue their science education journey – even if that learning is taking place outside the classroom or laboratory environment.

Examples of some of the resources we have developed:

  • Free video labs with related teacher and student guides to help students at home continue making progress on key science topics
  • More than 40 free, easy and fun-to-do activities that use commonly available materials to encourage science investigation in the home
  • Flinn’s unique digital learning solutions to facilitate seamless science learning. These online solutions are the perfect way to efficiently scale curriculum in an at-home setting – also free of charge
  • On call scientists: over the coming days, we will be releasing video based lab experiments conducted by our scientific staff and broadcast from our studio with live events. As part of each live event, we will have our full team of scientists available to answer questions from teachers and students participating online – also free of charge and highly interactive and engaging. Be sure to check out our online calendar indicating the live schedule

In addition, we will continue to add free resources driven from your requests and feedback around topics, labs and content.  If we don’t have it, we will try to create it so please let us know your needs.

Flinn Scientific Website



At PASCO, we are committed to doing all that we can to help the science education community. In these times of school closures and remote learning, we want to ensure that all students and teachers continue to build their science skills and have access to the content they need. We are offering the following science solutions free of charge to support educators and learners transitioning to home learning.

PASCO Labs and Videos for Distance Learning
These free science resources can be used together to bring standards-aligned science labs to students affected by the COVID-19 school closures. You can view our current list of free home labs and videos on the Home Science Tools webpage.

Essential Physics 3rd Edition: 
(includes entire electronic text, which is the same content as textbook)
Student e-Book: FREE
Teacher e-Resources: FREE 

Essential Chemistry:
(includes entire electronic text, which is the same content as textbook)
Student e-Book: FREE
Teacher e-Resources: FREE

Capstone Site License: We have extended the free trial site license for six months.
SPARKvue Site License: We have extended the free trial site license for six months

For more information and free resource downloads, visit the Home Science Tools webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact our Technical Support representatives.

Technical Support: 1-800-772-8700 (Option 4)


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

Posted: Mar. 22, 2020

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].

“Handwashing Video” - To support your efforts to protect the health and safety of your teachers, students and their families amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the video titled Pause For Performance: Handwashing (found here) is a great tutorial.

Please share these important tips to help prevent the spread of the virus. Click here for tips.


New STEM Teaching Tool Released, "Guidance for Supporting Science Learning During COVID-19"

NSELA leaders James Blake (President) and Linda Cook (incoming President Elect) have joined with this continually developing work. They will update NSELA members in upcoming days with more tools and resources to be released from this joint NSELA-CSSS effort. NSELA will continue to support our nation's schools as they face unprecedented "school closure with learning" to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

Posted on March 17, 2020 here.

During the COVID-19 crisis, many families are looking for helpful educational resources. There are many opportunities to engage in safe, meaningful science learning in your home and neighborhood. Science teachers, district science coordinators, and other science educators are working to provide guidance and resources to support families at this time. 

To that end, these resources might be useful to educators, educational leaders, and families: 

These documents were created by members of the Council of Science Science Supervisors (CSSS). Each member of CSSS directs efforts to improve school science and ensure excellence and equity in science education. The resources are guided by a focus on equity and are framed through a lens of socio-emotional health. CSSS members will improve and update these guidance documents over time. 

(Please note: Any documents or resources developed do not represent official CSSS documents approved by the Board, but collective efforts to identify and develop resources needed by the community at this time.)

Project 2 is a collaborative effort among NSELA, NSTA, and CSSS to provide resources that align with the recommendations for equitable access to quality science learning experiences for all in online and/or at-home learning environments as stated in the recently released STEM Teaching Tool. The project 2 group is currently working to review not only resources but also inquiry-based teaching models with a planned partial release of recommendations in the next few days. To ensure equitable access the group is taking into consideration difficulties families might have with Internet access as well as the needs of all student populations. Both short-term and long-term needs are being considered.

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