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February Webinar is THIS Monday, February 24th at 2 p.m. CST
"Supporting Shifts in Science Teaching and Learning in Five Dimensions"

Posted: Feb. 18, 2020

Join us to learn about a process for designing and implementing a 5-dimensional context-aligned teacher observation tool. Douglas Watkins, Denver Public Schools High-School Science Curriculum Specialist, will share his experiences in developing, contextualizing to local infrastructure, and applying an observation and evaluation tool that promotes instructional coherence and a shift toward the vision described in A Framework for k-12 Science Education across the district. Douglas will share his successes and challenges and provide time for participants to ask questions.

Speaker: Douglas A. Watkins, Denver Public Schools

Bio: Douglas A. Watkins is a science curriculum specialist in a large, urban school district, Denver Public Schools (DPS). His work in that capacity includes partnering with CU Boulder researchers through a Research-Practice Partnership (iHub). He is a co-author of the iHub Biology curriculum and works with school districts across the nation to provide professional development for its use. Motivated by his current position within DPS, where he has served for four years, after spending ten years in the classroom, Watkins enrolled at CU Boulder’s College of Education Graduate Program and is currently working on a master’s degree in Learning Sciences and Human Behavior. His area of scholarly interest includes sociolinguistics and teacher learning.

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NSELA's Leadership Summit - Three Strands of Education

Posted: Feb. 18, 2020

NSELA's Annual Leadership Summit will once again take place the day before NSTA's Annual Conference in Boston. Register to attend our one-day Leadership Summit on April 1, 2020 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210. This Summit provides invaluable content for all leaders and teachers in science education.

The leadership strands for the 2020 Leadership Summit and additional professional development series are designed to equip science leaders with the tools and resources to tackle the grand challenges in leading effective science education in an ever-changing system.

2020 Leadership Summit offers 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

Click here to see the day's agenda. 

Leadership Summit Rates

Members pay $199
Non-members pay $254 (includes one year NSELA membership)

Register soon before rates increase by $50 on Feb. 2, 2020!

Group Rates Available
If your school district or organization sends 5 or more people to the Leadership Summit, we will offer your group a special discounted rate. Contact the NSELA office for details (720.250.9583 or info@nsela.org).

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Save the Date for 2020 Summer Leadership Institute will be in Austin, TX July 9 - 11, 2020

Posted: Feb. 17, 2020

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto Street
Austin, TX 78701 
512-397-4858

More information and registration will be coming soon!

NSELA has negotiated a special discounted hotel room rate of $199. To book your hotel, please call Omni Reservations at 1-800-THE-OMNI and refer to the group and meeting name (NSELA 2020 Summer Leadership Institute). This room rate is guaranteed until Tuesday, June 16, 2020.


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

Posted: Feb. 17, 2020

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.

"Large class sizes endanger our students" - Science classrooms in Utah are overflowing with students. Why does that matter? Class size is an ongoing issue in Utah, going back much further than my 22 years as a science educator. It affects achievement, test scores, individual attention, paperwork and classroom behavior at all levels. Studies document this, and any teacher can support the findings. Do your class/lab sizes exceed the NFPA 101 Lab Occupancy Load limits? It is the law in most states!!! Click here for more information. 

 

 


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NSELA Welcomes New Members

Posted: Feb. 16, 2020

NSELA welcomes the following new members who have joined in the last few weeks!

  • Selena Connealy, Albuquerque, NM
  • Jacqueline Halsey, Omaha Henry Poorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • Gregory MacDougall, Richmond, VA
  • Janet MacNeil, Cambridge Public Schools

Not a member? Join NSELA now! Annual membership fee is only $60.


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2020 NSELA Board Members Announced!

Posted: Feb. 11, 2020

Thanks to the NSELA Board Members who are changing position or moving off the Board of Directors.

Joining the NSELA Board are:

  • NSELA President-Elect, Linda Cook, Recently Retired as Director of Science for Coppell ISD outside Dallas, Texas
  • NSELA Treasurer, Shane Woods, Director of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence, near Dallas, Texas
  • Region E Director, Betsy Barent, Digital Learning/STEM Coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Nebraska

We have people changing positions on the board: 

  • A heartfelt welcome to incoming Board president Larry Plank. Larry Plank is the Director for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education for Hillsborough County Public Schools, the 8th largest school district in the US.  Mr. Plank earned a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from Florida State University and Masters (Biological Sciences) and Specialists degrees (Educational Leadership) from the University of South Florida. Mr. Plank chairs the Tampa Bay STEM Network, one of 68 national STEM Learning Ecosystems. He serves as a member of both the Florida Aquarium Board of Directors and the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) Board of Directors. He recently served for six years as the chair of the Professional Development Committee of the NSELA.  o Mr. Plank oversees a grant portfolio of 15 projects totaling over $25 million with funding from NSF, NASA, NOAA, and the Florida Department of Education. He is a LEAD STEM Fellow, and was recently invited to testify in the US Senate regarding funding streams for STEM education. He was nationally recognized in 2014 as one the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education. He is published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at a multitude of professional conferences including NSTA, NSELA, AERA and STEM Learning Ecosystems.
  • Dr. James Blake will move into the Past President role for his final year on the NSELA Board. He is the K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist at Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 2014. He held multiple science state leadership roles as State Director of Science Education for the Nebraska Department of Education (2013-2014) and Nebraska Director of Science Olympiad (2013-14). Dr. Blake taught middle and high school science across many topics, spending most of his ten years in the classroom teaching chemistry.

Those moving off of the board:

  • Ann Hammersly was elected treasurer in 2018. She taught physics and chemistry for 31 years in California and Arizona, serving as a science department chair as well for the last decade of her career. She has served on the NSELA Board as the Region D Director and on the Professional Development Committee and has been a presenter at a Professional Development Institute. Thank you Ann!
  • Missi Zender-Sakach, NSELA Past President, is a Science, Health, and Physical Education Consultant based in Ohio. Missi has served as President-Elect, President and this past year Past President and is a long-time NSELA member, and in the past served as Region B Director. Thanks to Missi for bringing her expertise, enthusiasm, and connections to the NSELA leadership team.
  • Edward McGrath, Region B Director since June 2017, is the Supervisor of Science for the Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Delaware.  During Eddie’s tenure, Region B was home to three area conferences of NSTA, in which we provided Tools for Leaders workshops. He worked as lead mentor of the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leaders Scholarship  (VESELS) awardees in 2018-2020. The most recent awardees have taken leadership roles within NSELA itself: Mark Case is Director of Region C, and Candace Penrod, Chair of the Membership Committee.

All of the board changes will officially take place in June. Click here for more information about the NSELA leadership team.


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Latest NSELA Region D Newsletter Is Out!

Posted: Feb. 11, 2020
 
The latest Region D Newsletter is now available here. We are sharing each's region's happenings with the entire U.S. If you are not in this region, each event or news may not directly apply to you (you can find your Region Director HERE).  
 
If you are new to NSELA, Region Directors provide communication to the region from NSELA and from the region to NSELA. They:
  • Prepare articles about regional activities, awards and affiliates for the association newsletter
  • Maintain a current contact list for the region on the NSELA website
  • Communicate with local supervisors, state science supervisors, science teacher associations, NSTA District Directors, and affiliates in their region
We hope if you see something happening in the region you are interested in and you want it to come to your region - you will reach out to your RD and let them know!
 
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Leadership Summit Early Bird Registration Rate Extended Until Feb. 14th

Posted: Feb. 10, 2020

NSELA's Annual Leadership Summit will once again take place the day before NSTA's Annual Conference in Boston. Register by February 14th to save $50 on your registration! The summit will take place on April 1, 2020 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210. This Summit provides invaluable content for all leaders and teachers in science education.

Click here to see the day's agenda. 

Leadership Summit Rates

Members pay $199
Non-members pay $259 (includes one year NSELA membership)

Register soon before rates increase by $50 on Feb. 14, 2020!

Group Rates Available
If your school district or organization sends 5 or more people to the Leadership Summit, we will offer your group a special discounted rate. Contact the NSELA office for details (720.250.9583 or info@nsela.org).

More Information & Registration

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February Webinar- Monday, February 24th at 2 p.m. CST
"Supporting Shifts in Science Teaching and Learning in Five Dimensions"

Posted: Feb. 10, 2020

Join us to learn about a process for designing and implementing a 5-dimensional context-aligned teacher observation tool. Douglas Watkins, Denver Public Schools High-School Science Curriculum Specialist, will share his experiences in developing, contextualizing to local infrastructure, and applying an observation and evaluation tool that promotes instructional coherence and a shift toward the vision described in A Framework for k-12 Science Education across the district. Douglas will share his successes and challenges and provide time for participants to ask questions.

Speaker: Douglas A. Watkins, Denver Public Schools

Bio: Douglas A. Watkins is a science curriculum specialist in a large, urban school district, Denver Public Schools (DPS). His work in that capacity includes partnering with CU Boulder researchers through a Research-Practice Partnership (iHub). He is a co-author of the iHub Biology curriculum and works with school districts across the nation to provide professional development for its use. Motivated by his current position within DPS, where he has served for four years, after spending ten years in the classroom, Watkins enrolled at CU Boulder’s College of Education Graduate Program and is currently working on a master’s degree in Learning Sciences and Human Behavior. His area of scholarly interest includes sociolinguistics and teacher learning.

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

Posted: Feb. 10, 2020

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

“Lab Safety/Security! (Part II)” This February 2020 NSTA Safety Blog monthly commentary by Dr. Ken focuses on providing some specific strategies for making K-12 science laboratories and STEM labs in schools not only safer, but also more secure. Click here for more information. 

 


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ABOUT US: The National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) was formed in 1959 to meet a need to develop science education leadership for K - 16 school systems.  NSELA members have a strong interest in advances in a broad array of topics including student learning, safety, curriculum, technology, professional development, assessment, inquiry, and science education reform.

NSELA is an affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS)
NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their second 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, to attend the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). Click here to learn more about VESELS.
Outstanding Administrative Support Award (OASA) 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 OASA is presented at the NSELA luncheon held at the annual NSELA Leadership Summit. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000. Click here to learn more about the OASA.
Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award (OLISE) 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.

The award is presented at the NSELA breakfast, held during the annual NSTA National Conference. The award is accompanied by a check for $1,000. Click here to learn more about the OLISE.

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