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San Diego Science Educators Association

The San Diego Science Educators Association is a professional organization supporting all science educators. Our mission is to promote science literacy and advocate for science education by promoting professionalism, leadership, and community outreach.

San Diego Science Educators Association

Recent years have seen a decline in participation and membership in many education
oriented professional organizations. SDSEA was no exception to this trend.

Our support for science education professionals has been made possible primarily through sponsorship of science education conferences, focused on making useful connections between national trends, state standards
and practical classroom applications of exemplary science pedagogy.

With increased reliance on information gathering via internet searches, declining support for conference attendance by school districts, and a final blow against in-person gatherings dealt by the novel Caronavirus, SDSEA finds itself financially unable to continue its mission.

The Governing Board of the SDSEA met on Sunday, July 25, 2021 to decide on the future of our professional organization.

Two actions were taken at that meeting:

First, it was decided that the San Diego Science Educators Association take the necessary steps to disband, severe our affiliations with the California Association of Science Educators (CASE), formerly California Science Teachers Association CSTA), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), wishing them every success at the state and national levels; and discontinue the SDSEA Facebook page.

Second, it was decided that the remaining assets of the SDSEA be distributed to science education support organizations as provided for in our bylaws. Accounting and legal documents are now being processed before the final announcement of SDSEA's dissolution.

The SDSEA Board extends a hearty thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the organization. That includes the hundreds of hours of volunteered time and effort to mount conferences, organize field trips, evaluate and process scholarship grants and funds for deserving projects, and coordinate awards and recognition for outstanding science educators. We also thank those organizations and people from "informal science education" venues and interested groups with similar missions that contributed to our local success over the years.

About SDSEA and its history

The San Diego Science Educators Association is a professional organization supporting science educator

Our mission is to promote science literacy and advocate for science education by promoting professionalism, leadership, and community outreach. The Board of Directors consists of all volunteer science educators, informal educators, and community members.

SDSEA History

The San Diego Science Educators Association came into being in the fall of 1986. It was the successor to the Greater San Diego Science Teachers Association, which had been active since the 1960's. The first meeting was called by Dr. Robert Dean, Science Curriculum Coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education, who brought together science educators from throughout San Diego County to provide support for science education.

This group quickly set out to become the main sponsor of a nascent county-wide conference which was begun in 1984 by Dr. Fran Slowizcek, a science resource teacher with the County Office of Education. With the help of Dr. Vance Mills at San Diego City Schools, and other district coordinators, attendance during the next 10 years at the SDSEA Conference grew from 200 to nearly 3000 attendees. Since then the SDSEA has sponsored a conference every year when the National Science Teachers Association was not holding a conference of its own within 200 miles.

SDSEA seeks to honor excellence in our profession. To help accomplish this, SDSEA has held a yearly recognition dinner meeting, since 1985, to give awards for excellence in science education. SDSEA sponsors Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching for Elementary, Middle School, and High School Teachers. SDSEA also recognizes outstanding efforts in the areas of informal science; and university level science with similar awards, granted each year in those categories. Finally, SDSEA recognizes science fair students and their advising teachers with awards for best science fair research done with simple materials.

To further our mission of improving science education, the SDSEA sponsors scholarships for member teachers who need monetary assistance to attend conferences or workshops. Another member service of SDSEA has been to arrange field trips to science related businesses and facilities to help teachers gain background knowledge, and have a good time in the process. We sponsored a field trip to Palm Springs for a behind the scenes tour of the wind farms near town, rode the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, to learn about biomes, and had a behind the scenes tour of the Living Desert Museum. We sponsored a "science of wine" trip to Temecula, with a behind the scenes meeting with a former industrial chemist who is now an oenologist (wine maker). Additionally we've had wildlife biologist guided kayak trips in Mission Bay and a hike up Volcan Mountain. We supported the San Diego March for Science as a way to raise overall community awareness of the need for scientifically informed government policies. We also advocate for science education at all levels.

The SDSEA is, and remains, THE professional science education organization in San Diego County, funded by membership support. SDSEA is affiliated with the California  Association of Science Educators and the National Science Teachers Association.

  • President:  Steve Rodecker
  • Vice-President:  Chuck Abel
  • Secretary: Carol Radford
  • Treasurer:  Barbara Ritchie

Other Contacts

  • Website:  Chuck Abel      chuckabel@icloud.com

© 2021 San Diego Science Educators Association

SDSEA is an associated group of the National Science Teachers Association and an affiliate of the California Association of Science Educators.