WestEd Shares Framework for Leading NGSS Implementation

Posted: Jan. 1, 2018

WestEd, the nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency, is sharing a new product to support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, the Framework for Leading NGSS Implementation. 

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, WestEd and a panel of science education experts developed this framework that defines the leadership knowledge and actions needed to effectively implement the Next Generation Science Standards. The development of the framework entailed completing a review of the literature to identify the leadership knowledge and actions necessary for implementing new standards; convening an NGSS Leadership Summit with national science education experts who have been implementing the NGSS in states and districts; and conducting interviews with leaders at all levels of the system in California and Washington to gather voices from the field. The Framework for Leading NGSS Implementation is a synthesis of information gathered from all of these activities.

In the coming months, WestEd will host webinars to engage people with the Framework for Leading NGSS Implementation. The organization encourages you to visit WestEd.org to stay informed about the webinars and other opportunities to engage with the Framework. 


Promotion? Sabbatical? Fellowship? Adventure? Tell NSELA!

Posted: January 2, 2018

NSELA members: Send us your news!

Have you been promoted? Accepted a new fellowship? Taken a grand adventure? 

Tell us. 

Members, click here to submit your news (you must be signed in to NSELA.org). Not yet a member? Join


'Building a Science Strategy for Your School or District' Webinar Now Available Online To NSELA Members

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017

NSELA's 'Building a Science Strategy for Your School or District,' co-organized by Achieve and NSTA, is available now for video playback for members on the NSELA.org website. 

Members: Watch the presentation here (you must be signed in). Not a member? Join us!

This seminar was November 14, 2017. Presenters were Michael Lach, Director of STEM Education and Strategic Initiatives at UChicago STEM Education and the Urban Education Institute of the University of Chicago, Jodi Peterson, Assistant Executive Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Dr. Missi Zender-Sakach, NSELA's President-Elect. 

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


Member News: NSELA Member Beth Harris Is Out With New Book 

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017

Beth Harris, an NSELA member and volunteer leader in Raleigh, North Carolina, is out this month with "365 Weird & Wonderful Science Experiments," a collection of activities designed to be done by kids without grown-up help and using common household materials.

This book is a great resource for teachers looking for tested activities to do with their students that won't break the budget.

NGSS alignment of activities can be found here.



14 Joined Or Renewed Their NSELA Memberships in November

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017

A total of 14 people joined the National Science Education Leadership Association or renewed this month. Thank you!

They are:


Gary Myers, Beaverton, Oregon — Vernier Software And Technology

Linda Cook, Coppell, Texas — Coppell Isd

Christopher Miller, Chicago, Illinois — University Of Illinois At Chicago

Brennan Brockbank, San Francisco, California - Ravenswood City School District

Christina Hovance, Katy, Texas - Katy Independent School District

Joyce Tugel, Barrington, New Hampshire, Maine Math & Science Alliance

Cathy Harter, Katy, Texas - Katy Isd

Kristine Denton, Omaha, Nebraska - Omaha Public Schools

Larry Weathers, Arlington, Massachusetts - Retired

Jane Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona - Arizona State University

Wendy Comer, Brentwood, Tennessee - Crockett Elementary

Mimi Cooper, Green Cove Springs, Florida - Graduate School USA


Chuck Cohen, Toronto, Ontario - Ontario TWSS Inc.

Donald Burken, Houston, Texas - Spring Branch ISD

NSELA members include department heads, supervisors, coordinators, consultants, science specialists, administrators, teacher advocates, head teachers, university and college science educators, and others concerned with leadership in science curricula, science education reform, and science education in general.

Benefits of membership include access to restricted features of the NSELA web site such as a searchable membership directory, Science Educator Journal and various publications and professional development opportunities for those who wish to make a difference in science education.

Click here to join us today!

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