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Postponed: 2020 Summer Leadership Institute

Posted: April 1, 2020

Due to the increasing health concerns and escalating developments that have occurred over the last several weeks regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the state of emergency in several states, the NSELA Board of Directors decided that the Summer Leadership Institute scheduled to take place July 9-11, 2020 in Austin, TX will no longer take place.

The NSELA Board and Staff are thoughtfully exploring professional development opportunities in 2020.  The 2021 Summer Leadership Institute will be in Austin, TX.  We will provide an update once a final professional development plan has been made.


Supporting Science Learning During COVID-19

Posted April 1, 2020

NSELA leaders James Blake (President) and Linda Cook (incoming President Elect) have joined a national project led by the Council of State Science Supervisors to address the needs of schools across the country as we shift to home-based learning during the COVID-19 crisis. Outcomes of this collaborative work include both short-term and long-term projects guided by a focus on equity and framed through a lens of socio-emotional health to support educators, students, and families during this time of crisis. CSSS/NSELA members will improve and update these resources over time.

Project 1, shared within the last NSELA Newsletter, includes guidelines for educators, parents, and students and has now been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Chuukese, and Korean. Many additional translations are forthcoming. Please share these guidelines with science education leaders within your organizations and districts, administrators within your school districts and campuses, and science educators. Please share the embedded parent and student documents with the parents and students whom you serve. Project 1 is linked here.

The purpose of Project 2A is to provide resources that align with the recommendations for equitable access to meaningful science learning experiences for all in online and/or at-home learning environments, as stated within the Project 1 guidelines. Project 2A includes a tool for assessing the alignment of resources with the guidelines. This project also includes a repository of resources by grade band, some of which have been evaluated using the alignment tool. Please share this tool and repository with the science education leaders within your organizations and districts and encourage district science leaders to utilize the alignment tool to continue evaluating resources within the repository. Districts may copy the repository documents and add their own resources to evaluate. Project 2A is linked here

Project 2B will include Teacher Guides describing high impact strategies that are recommended when using the aligned resources to ensure meaningful science learning experiences for all, as stated within the Project 1 guidelines. Project 2B will be released in the next few days. The teacher guides will be useful for teachers as well as parents who are assisting with science learning at home.

Some of the longer-term projects of CSSS include ongoing professional learning for educators, specifically targeting the current need for online and at-home learning; resources and strategies to support social/emotional learning; further support and recommendations for conducting inquiry investigations at home; and more.

The project documents were created by members of the Council of Science Science Supervisors (CSSS). Each member of CSSS directs efforts to improve school science and ensure excellence and equity in science education. (Please note: Any documents or resources developed do not represent official CSSS documents approved by the Board, but collective efforts to identify and develop resources needed by the community at this time.)



Present a Session During One of NSELA's 10 sessions @ NSTA 2021!

Posted: April 1, 2020

2021 NSTA National Conference
April 8-11, 2021
Chicago, Illinois
Theme: All Students, All Sciences, All Settings

 The NSELA Professional Development Committee is seeking presenters for the 2021 NSTA National Conference in Chicago. Presentation time slots are one hour in length and should be focused upon research, projects, programs or tools that may benefit leaders in science education - teachers, district staff, state level staff and/or college faculty. 

Click on the proposal link here to complete a one-page summary of the proposed session by Friday, April 24th at 6:00 pm. 

Travel costs to the 2021 NSTA National Conference in Chicago and any additional materials for the presentation are the sole responsibility of the presenter(s). Conference strands are listed below for your reference, and priority will be given to those proposals that align best with these themes.

  • Supporting All Students in Science 
  • Shattering the Silos of STEM
  • Setting the Stage for Science
  • Stages of Three-Dimensional Implementation 

All questions should be directed to Elizabeth Mulkerrin via email. We thank you for your continued support of the National Science Education Leadership Association.

For full flyer, click here.


Zooniverse Remote/Online Learning Resources

Posted: April 1, 2020

Chicago's Adler Planetarium is a leader in online citizen science, with 2 million people participating in ~100 active projects at any given time. From discovering planets around distant stars to transcribing handwritten historical documents to marking cell structures for cancer research to tagging animals across the Serengeti, and more, the public engages with real data and researchers in a valued and meaningful way. You don't need any special skills or expertise -- 5 year olds to 95 years olds participate. Every image is classified by many people - the power of the crowd ensures the reliability of the data. These projects have led to over 200 scientific publications and major impacts and discoveries across the disciplines. 

For over a decade, teachers have used Zooniverse in their classrooms, from kindergarten to undergraduate courses. Please check out this compilation of Zooniverse-based educational resources that educators have used in classrooms that also work well remotely/online.


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

Posted: Mar. 29, 2020

NSELA Safety Minute by Dr. Ken Roy – NSELA Safety Compliance Officer - For current safety updates five days a week, follow Dr. Ken on [email protected].

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel - Great resources that teachers and their supervisors should be aware of relative to addressing coronavirus issues in their school environments. -

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