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VESELS Scholarship Recipients 2021

The NSELA awards committee is glad to announce this year’s Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS) Recipients:

Region A

Jonathan Regino (@jred530)


Supervisor of Teaching and Learning: Math and Science in Marple Newtown School District, Newtown Square, PA

Region C

Dr. Dorothy Holley (@DorothyHolley)


Science teacher at West Johnston High School, Johnston County Public Schools, NC

Region C

Dr. Charles Holloway (@chollow377)


AMSTI Physical Sciences Educational Specialist at the Alabama State Department of Education, Montgomery, AL

Region D

Ann C. Mulvihill (@gisdSTEMScience)


Coordinator of Secondary STEM & Science in the Garland Independent School District, Garland, TX

Region D

Tara Allgood (@tal023)


Forensic Science Teacher and Department Head at Allen High School, Allen, TX

Region E

Spencer Martin (@SciEdSpence)


Secondary Science Curriculum Instructional Coach with the Kansas public Schools, Kansas City, KS



























Our selected VESELS perspectives on Growing their Science Leadership through the VESELS:

A goal I have through NSELA and the VESEL Scholarship is to form a community of supervisors that will be willing to meet for an hour or two on a bi-monthly schedule to share our needs, opportunities, and to talk through what we have tried and are using to work with our teachers and staff. I plan on joining the Summer Leadership Institute and attending the Leadership Summit to help build that PLC and to learn from experts in the field. Having the opportunity to attend these events will give me a great foundation as I start my new position.” – Jonathan Regino (Region A)

I am excited and humbled to receive a VESELS scholarship to build leadership skills and work with the NSELA community in a more targeted way. I want to use my dissertation research on science teacher retention to help teachers in my home state, a state without collective bargaining power.” – Dr. Dorothy Holley (Region C)

I am excited to be able to work with leaders in science education so that I may grow as a leader in science education.” –  Dr. Charles Holloway (Region C)

Receiving the VESELS Scholarship will allow me to grow professionally and connect with peers on the national level. I feel lucky to get the opportunity to have more fabulous experiences with NSELA. My goal will be to share my experiences and continue to learn more as a science leader.” – Ann C. Mulvihill (Region D)

As an emerging science leader I am very excited that the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship has been awarded to me because I envision the practical and visionary professional development will help me achieve my goal this year of growing the capacity of my science team at Allen High School!” – Tara Allgood (Region D)

I have met a lot of great leaders and received some incredible professional development through my membership with NSELA. The opportunity to lean into that even more is incredibly exciting. I can't wait to learn and grow even more.” – Spencer Martin (Region E)


Science and STEM Safety Resources

Posted: June 16, 2021 
Flinn Scientific recently worked with CSSS to update science safety recommendations for high school science, K-8 science, and K-8 STEM. Please see the safety recommendations linked here.

Using the American Recovery Project Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to Support Science

Posted: June 16, 2021
The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS), NSTA, and NSELA have collaborated on a webinar about Using Federal Funds to Support Science Education. The webinar will be July 15th from 1:00 - 2:15 pm ETHere is the link for registration and more information.

Join Us for a Webinar on June 29th at 2pm ET "Curriculum-based professional development: Using the student perspective, images of classrooms, and reflection to support shifts in teachers’ beliefs and confidence"

Posted: June 14, 2021

Join us on Tuesday, June 29th at 2:00PM ET for a FREE webinar for members and non-members. The recording will be available for NSELA members only.

Title: Curriculum-based professional development: Using the student perspective, images of classrooms, and reflection to support shifts in teachers’ beliefs and confidence

Description: During this session, we will share design features of curriculum-based professional learning. We will illustrate how we used the student perspective, images of classrooms and teacher reflection within the design of professional development for the OpenSciEd middle school curriculum. In addition, we will share results from a study that investigated thirty middle school science teachers’ shifts in beliefs and confidence during the four day introductory OpenSciEd professional development workshop. 

Speakers: Dr. Katherine L. McNeil, Professor of Science Education at Boston College & Dr. Renee Affolter, Senior Research Associate, Boston College

Click Here for Speaker Bios and to Register



Register Now for 2021 Virtual Summer Leadership Institute

Posted: June 14, 2021

NSELA's is hosting our Summer Leadership Institute virtually over three weeks leading into the upcoming school year. Each session will focus upon topics under the umbrellas of leadership, engineering, and scientific phenomena.  The price for our membership of $79 for the full conference experience, or $33 for each individual day.   

Day 1  - Tuesday, July 20th 11:30am - 4:30pm ET

Embedded Engineering:Engineering can be used as a way to help ALL students identify with and apply science concepts. By experiencing high quality engineering curriculum, utilizing problem solving and design, students can address social justice issues within their place. This strand will bring in varied perspectives and expertise around how to embed engineering within the science classroom with a focus on equity.

Day 2 - Wednesday, July 28th 11:30am - 4:30pm ET

Phenomena: Phenomena are not just a hook! This strand will explore all aspects where phenomena have an impact including high quality curriculum, assessment, language and culture, and community connections.

Day 3 - Thursday, August 5th  11:30am - 4:30pm ET

Leadership Development:  Leadership skills can constantly be developed and improved, especially with the support of a community, like NSELA. This strand will hit on various components of leadership including professional (publication tips, education research) and personal (self-care, implicit bias) considerations

Registration Prices

Full conference experience: $79 for NSELA Members, $139 Non-Members (this includes an NSELA membership)

Daily registration: $33 for NSELA Members


Register Now
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