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

Posted: January 30, 2022

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.

"Forum: Empower staff to speak up freely on concerns about workplace safety" A psychologically safer workplace is one that "promotes employees' psychological well-being and actively works to prevent harm to employee psychological health due to negligent, reckless or intentional acts. This is an important factor that is often overlooked!






We are excited to announce that this year's Outstanding Administrative Support Award (OASA) recipient is Dr. Rachel Ruggirello, Ph.D., Associate Director, Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis.

This prestigious award recognizes and honors an outstanding administrator who through professional work has demonstrated exemplary support for science education at the school, district, and/or county level. This award honors an administrator whose primary responsibility is outside the area of science instruction. This year the $1000 award and plaque will be presented to Dr. Rachel Ruggirello during the NSELA Summer Leadership Institute.

Dr. Ruggirello has demonstrated outstanding leadership in science education starting as a New Jersey-based high school science teacher in 2004 to her current role as associate director of the institute for school partnership at Washington University in St. Louis. Her passion and support of science education has impacted many parts of the science education spectrum: K-12 settings, higher education, outreach, curriculum and professional development, to name a few.

NSELA is proud to present the 2022 OASA Award to Dr. Rachel Ruggirello. Her nominator described her as having “a brilliant mind, [an] ability to visualize and implement strategic plans, and [the] capability of reaching teachers in a way that honors them and moves them forward in practice; she does all of this without ego or self-promotion in mind. She is an ultimate mission-driven researcher and practitioner, and she somehow is able to manage many programs and just as easily be seen in the trenches doing the actual curriculum writing or professional development facilitation.”

Read more about Dr. Rachel Ruggirello here.


This year's Outstanding Leadership in Science Education (OLISE) Award recipient is Christine Anne Royce, Ed.D., NSTA President (2018-2019), NSELA Treasurer (2011-2017); Professor of Teacher Education & Co-Director MAT In STEM Education at Shippensburg University

Since 1979, this prestigious award recognizes and honors an NSELA member, who through professional work, has demonstrated outstanding leadership in science education at the school, county, regional and/or national level. This year the $1000 award and plaque will be presented to our 2022 awardee, Dr. Christine Anne Royce, during the NSELA Summer Leadership Institute.

Dr. Royce’s contributions to science education are intense, all-encompassing, and deeply personal. Her career path began in 1990 as a second-grade teacher and she has followed her passions in science education towards higher education, in which she is a presently a professor of education at Shippensburg University leading the next generation of science teachers. Christine wrote in regard to her work: “My leadership style is a mixture of coaching, visionary and transformational approaches to leadership… [this] leadership allows me to refocus on the fact that I try to support students and teachers as they pursue their understanding of and engagement in science. Initially, working with K-12 students directly and currently with in-service and preservice teachers, I try to ensure that my leadership role is one of support and mentoring, thus allowing me to come full circle.”

NSELA is proud to present the 2022 OLISE Award to Dr. Christine Anne Royce. She is an exemplary role model for science teachers and science leaders alike. We are grateful to acknowledge her many years of service to science education researchers, science teachers, and of course, science learners.

To read more about Christine Anne Royce, click here.


Joint NSELA/CSSS Coffee Talk to Discuss the NASEM's Taking Stock of Science Standards Implementation Summit on April 20th

Posted: Jan. 25, 2022 

Science standards implementation is a broad landscape that covers a wide array of levers including how much time is devoted to science and engineering, the tools and resources that are available, teacher preparation efforts, and use of particular pedagogical approaches. Join us for a CSSS/NSELA Coffee Talk session, where we will take time to discuss current implementation efforts related to science standards and discuss opportunities for our community as we consider COVID recovery efforts in our local communities. We will connect with committee members who are engaged with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Science Education summit on Taking Stock of Science Standards Implementation weaving in themes and insights from the connected Coffee Talks. This interactive session will be moderated by President of NSELA, Linda Cook and President of CSSS, Mike Heinz. 

Topic: NSELA/CSSS Joint Coffee Talk

Time: Apr 20, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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WEBINAR: Addressing the Urgent Need for Quality K-12 Science Materials: What’s Next for High School Reviews

Posted: Jan. 25 2022

Recent field research from EdReports, the nonprofit curriculum reviewer, found inequities not only in the selection and use of quality science curricula, but also a lack of support for educators to make the instructional shifts necessary. They’ll be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, February 15 from 7 – 8pm ET to share key highlights from their research, why high-quality instructional materials matter for students and teachers, next steps for EdReports’ high school science review tools, and opportunities for professional learning. Learn more: https://bit.ly/EdRScience

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