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TSELA Officer Update

In the TSELA by-laws revision, associate members are non-voting member and therefor ineligible for officer positions. Lisa Filske accepted a position before her term started that made her ineligible to serve. Instead of appointing a president-elect in June, the board held a special election during the winter business meeting and elected Caitlin Couch as the new president elect. We are excited to welcome her to the leadership team and congratulate Caitlin! A special thank you to Lisa for being willing to serve! Check out the draft meeting minutes coming soon for more information.

TSELA Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award sponsored by STEMscopes

Congratulations to our TSELA OLISE Award winners and finalists! These amazing science leaders were honored for their contributions to science education at the Annual Meeting. We are grateful to have such a strong group of leaders in TSLEA.

New TSELA Officers Elected

Congratulations to our newly elected TSELA officers! The officers will assume their new roles on June 1, 2021 and serve as Board advisors in the interim. 


Caitlin Couch, Ector County ISD


Karen Jacobs, Alief ISD


Mandi Nelson, Grand Prairie ISD

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TSELA Annual Meeting

The TSELA annual meeting will take place via zoom on November 3 and 4, 2020. The current schedule is from 9:00 - 1:00, with "Coffee Talk" at 8:30 AM. The Texas Education Agency will provide an update and we will hold the business meeting which will include officer elections and a vote on the proposed bylaws changes. Register today! 

We are excited to announce that Joyce Tugel and Page Keeley will provide our keynote! They will be presenting Leadership: Tools, Transition, and Transformation. These two national leaders in science education will share tools and strategies leaders have been using to transition to a new vision of science education and transform teaching and learning. Participants will interactively engage in considering implications for Texas.

TSELA Advocacy Position Statement Related to the Science TEKS Review

This position statement was formally adopted by the TSELA Board after a member vote on July 9, 2020.

Related to the Science TEKS Review and Revision, TSELA asks that the State Board of Education (SBOE), TEA staff and members of the TEKS Review Committee consider the following:

    • TSELA recommends that standards are created by accessing research-based resources including “A Framework for K-12 Science Education.” Carefully considering integration of content, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. Note: This may also be referred to as simply the Science Framework.
    • TSELA recommends that significant attention is given to intentional vertical and horizontal alignment within the revised TEKS.
    • TSELA recommends that adequate time is provided both for the workgroups and in the process for soliciting feedback in order to allow appropriate educator and expert engagement with the process.
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