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Registration Now Open For 2019 Summer Leadership Institute!

Posted: April 18, 2019

Join us in Orlando, June 23 - 26, 2019!

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

NSELA has negotiated a special discounted hotel room rate of $149To book your hotel room online, please click here. This rate is guaranteed until June 1!

If you prefer to book your hotel room by phone, please reference the National Science Education Leadership Association to ensure the group rate: 1-407-351-5555 or 1-800-266-9432.


  • Using Citizen Science Projects in the Classroom
  • Science Communication- Climate Change
  • Bring in the Informal Science Connections and Scientist


  • Members pay $385
  • Non-members pay $440 (non member rates include one year NSELA Membership)

*Conference fees Include 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches!

Register Here!


William R. Penuel, Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, School of Education University of Colorado Boulder

Science, Communication, Climate Change & Earth Science



Dennis Schatz, Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center

Making Science Learning Lifelong, Lifewide and Lifedeep: What We Know About the Importance of Out-of-School (Informal) STEM Learning


Dr. Tracy Fanara, Staff Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

More on Science, Communication, Climate Change & Earth Science


Kevin Niemi, Director of Outreach Programs, WISCIENCE

Making Science Learning Lifelong, Lifewide and Lifedeep: What We Know About the Importance of Out-of-School (Informal) STEM Learning 


Stephen Pruitt, President, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Science and The Big Picture


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Application Deadline Extended For the 2019 VESELS Scholarship Until April 24!

Posted: April 18, 2019

NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their third 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) from June 24 – June 26, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship was founded with support from Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez who started the scholarship fund in 2014. 

Award Criteria and Application Process:
The following criteria must be met to apply for the scholarship. Does not need to be a member of NSELA prior to the application. When a candidate applies, must become a member of NSELA.

  • Emerging leader role at the school, district, state or informal level for three years or less. The three-year limit is specific to the leadership role and work for which the candidate is being nominated. Previous leadership roles that are very different are not counted in the three years.
  • Submission of an application packet that includes: resume or vita, personal letter with evidence that illustrates emerging leadership, and a support letter from a supervisor.
  • Agree to work with an NSELA mentor through June 2020. During the SLI, all scholarship awardees will have meetings with the mentor and share how they will apply SLI learning to their work settings. After six months, awardees will reflect on how they are applying their SLI experience in the Navigator newsletter and online with other scholarship awardees and the mentor.

2019 Application Period Begins: April 1, 2019
2019 Application Deadline Extended: April 24, 2019

We are only accepting applications for Region A, B, and C

Click Here For Region Descriptions

Click Here For Application Process


"Phenomenal GRC Lessons" Webinar April 23rd 

Posted: April 18, 2019

When: April 23, 2019
Time: 2:00 CDT
Speakers: Kenneth Huff and Brett Moulding
Platform: Join Zoom Meeting -

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A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the Next Generation Science Standards and state standards based on the Framework, describe science learning expectations in terms of three-dimensions - practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the science performance sequence of Gather, Reason, and Communicate Reasoning (GRC) and will develop a deeper understanding of the role of phenomena in engaging students in science performances. The GRC instructional sequence is an effective approach to facilitating three-dimensional student science performances. GRC provides a structure for instruction consistent with the research in how students learn science. Webinar participants will learn about a website with vetted GRC lessons for each K-12 grade-level NGSS standard. The webinar will help participants gain useful insights into the recently released NASEM report Science and Engineering Grades 6-12: Investigations and Design at the Center. This report provides a meaningful description of how to achieve classroom instruction consistent with the Framework.


20 Questions With NSELA Member Dr. Sally Creel

Posted: April 15, 2019

Editor's Note: Because NSELA is holding its 2019 Summer Leadership Institute in Orlando, Florida, we want nonmembers to be aware of the benefits of NSELA membership in hopes you'll join and attend our conference. We hope to see you there! 

Dr. Sally Creel, STEM & Innovation Supervisor for Cobb County Schools, Georgia, has spent the last 24 years as an educator and administrator working with other administrators, teachers and K–12 students.

She has a passion for empowering classroom teachers and leaders, and she is actively involved in the Georgia Science Teachers Association and Georgia Science Supervisors Association and served as president of both organizations.

Also, she loves Twitter. "I use it to check in with my schools and teacher leaders. It helps me to keep up with all the amazing things they’re doing."


Celebrate Earth Day with the City Nature Challenge!

Posted: April 18, 2019

There is nature all around us, even in our cities! Knowing which species live where helps scientists better protect urban wildlife—but they need your help! By participating in the upcoming City Nature Challenge, you can learn more about your local flora and fauna while helping scientists document the nature in your neighborhood. From April 26 - 29, over 150 cities on six continents are competing to make the most observations of wild plants and animals in their areas. All you need is the free mobile app iNaturalist to join in on the fun.

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