NSELA Board Chicago 2015 March12
NSELA board members at the Professional Development Institute in Chicago, March 2015

Our Mission

NSELA catalyzes leadership to maximize effective science teaching and learning in a complex and changing environment. 

We connect and support emerging and experienced leaders by providing

  • high-quality professional development,
  • a collegial network,
  • access to research and resources, and
  • a voice for leaders in science education 

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).

At the present time, NSELA has over 600 members who hold a variety of science education leadership positions including science department heads, supervisors, coordinators, university science and science education faculty, administrators, science resource teachers, teacher advocates, elementary science lead teachers and others. NSELA also has 15 affiliated state leadership groups.