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NSELA Annual Membership Meeting

When: Thursday, April 9 3:30-4:00 ET 

Due to the cancellation of the Leadership Summit in Boston, we had to move our annual membership meeting to Zoom.  We will celebrate newly elected board members, thank those going off of the board, and hear the financial update.  We will record the meeting, but look forward to the opportunity to gather virtually so we hope you consider joining us.

This meeting is open to all current NSELA active members. For Zoom meeting information, click here.


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

Posted: Apr. 6 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.

“Extended Lab Shut-down Closeout” - April 2020 NSTA safety blog commentary by Dr. Ken – With some schools closing early or having extended shut-downs, it is critical that bio, chem and physical hazards are addressed before shut-down cleaning by custodial staff is done. Check out this current commentary for the check-off list of things to be done!

 

 


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Postponed: 2020 Summer Leadership Institute

Posted: April 1, 2020

Due to the increasing health concerns and escalating developments that have occurred over the last several weeks regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the state of emergency in several states, the NSELA Board of Directors decided that the Summer Leadership Institute scheduled to take place July 9-11, 2020 in Austin, TX will no longer take place.

The NSELA Board and Staff are thoughtfully exploring professional development opportunities in 2020.  The 2021 Summer Leadership Institute will be in Austin, TX.  We will provide an update once a final professional development plan has been made.


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Supporting Science Learning During COVID-19

Posted April 1, 2020

NSELA leaders James Blake (President) and Linda Cook (incoming President Elect) have joined a national project led by the Council of State Science Supervisors to address the needs of schools across the country as we shift to home-based learning during the COVID-19 crisis. Outcomes of this collaborative work include both short-term and long-term projects guided by a focus on equity and framed through a lens of socio-emotional health to support educators, students, and families during this time of crisis. CSSS/NSELA members will improve and update these resources over time.

Project 1, shared within the last NSELA Newsletter, includes guidelines for educators, parents, and students and has now been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Chuukese, and Korean. Many additional translations are forthcoming. Please share these guidelines with science education leaders within your organizations and districts, administrators within your school districts and campuses, and science educators. Please share the embedded parent and student documents with the parents and students whom you serve. Project 1 is linked here.

The purpose of Project 2A is to provide resources that align with the recommendations for equitable access to meaningful science learning experiences for all in online and/or at-home learning environments, as stated within the Project 1 guidelines. Project 2A includes a tool for assessing the alignment of resources with the guidelines. This project also includes a repository of resources by grade band, some of which have been evaluated using the alignment tool. Please share this tool and repository with the science education leaders within your organizations and districts and encourage district science leaders to utilize the alignment tool to continue evaluating resources within the repository. Districts may copy the repository documents and add their own resources to evaluate. Project 2A is linked here

Project 2B will include Teacher Guides describing high impact strategies that are recommended when using the aligned resources to ensure meaningful science learning experiences for all, as stated within the Project 1 guidelines. Project 2B will be released in the next few days. The teacher guides will be useful for teachers as well as parents who are assisting with science learning at home.

Some of the longer-term projects of CSSS include ongoing professional learning for educators, specifically targeting the current need for online and at-home learning; resources and strategies to support social/emotional learning; further support and recommendations for conducting inquiry investigations at home; and more.

The project 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. (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.)

 


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

Posted: April 1, 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.


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Zooniverse Remote/Online Learning Resources

Posted: April 1, 2020

Chicago's Adler Planetarium Zooniverse.org is a leader in online citizen science, with 2 million people participating in ~100 active projects at any given time. From discovering planets around distant stars to transcribing handwritten historical documents to marking cell structures for cancer research to tagging animals across the Serengeti, and more, the public engages with real data and researchers in a valued and meaningful way. You don't need any special skills or expertise -- 5 year olds to 95 years olds participate. Every image is classified by many people - the power of the crowd ensures the reliability of the data. These projects have led to over 200 scientific publications and major impacts and discoveries across the disciplines. 

For over a decade, teachers have used Zooniverse in their classrooms, from kindergarten to undergraduate courses. Please check out this compilation of Zooniverse-based educational resources that educators have used in classrooms that also work well remotely/online.


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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 support@legendsoflearning.com

 

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

 

PASCO

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 Twitter@drroysafersci.

“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.


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

Posted: Mar. 16, 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.

"Unlocked Resources through March 31 – chemistry remotely" -

In response to the growing need to teach chemistry remotely during the national coronavirus crisis, selected American Association of Chemistry Teachers is providing resources that are unlocked and freely available to the chemistry community through March 31. 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 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 OLISE.

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