The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a collaborative community that believes everyone deserves the benefit of a strong science education in order to engage with an ever-changing world.  


  Did you miss the SECO's October Webinar on the Nature of Science, presented by ODE Science Consultants?            Click here to access a recording.   

Join us on Thursday, November 21 @4:00pm to learn more about Grit, The Missing Standard for Success The secret to success in any field isn’t just talent or achievement. It takes a blend of persistence and passion that psychologist Angela Duckworth calls “grit.” Learn about the research and how to grow grit in yourself and your students for future success. 

Click here to register.

Join us for the SECO Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

When: Friday, November 15 @ 4:00pm

Where: Regency Ballroom A, Hyatt Regency, Cincinnati, OH

Be sure to stop by and will learn more about about a new professional development platform developed for SECO members called Grow with SECO.  We will also update you on upcoming webinars for Ohio science educators, as well as a collaborative opportunity with SWOCTM in February and our next Symposium in November 2020. 

Did you know that for just this year the NSTA Regional Conference in Cincinnati will replace SECO's Science Symposium? 

  Instead join SECO at the NSTA Regional Conference in Cincinnati November 14- 16,2019  at the Duke Energy Convention Center.  

For more information and to register go to   

Upcoming events in Science

FREE Science Professional Learning Opportunities with the Ohio Department of Education

The science team in the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies at the Ohio Department of Education is piloting a three-day, sustained professional learning series for K-12 science teachers. We are providing services at seven sites in partnership with ESCs and local school districts. Although we are unable to serve every district this year, we would welcome a representative from your organization to participate and take the experience back to your area. This could be someone from an ESC staff, an SST member, a district curriculum person or local teacher-leader, whoever is best positioned to share the knowledge with science teachers in your area.

The series is designed for teachers to participate in three day-long sessions with the ODE science team. The sessions are spaced several weeks apart for teachers to have the opportunity to try lessons in their classrooms between sessions. Session content will focus on transitioning to the revised science standards and model curriculum, effective instructional practices and identifying quality instructional materials. The locations, dates and contact person for each site are listed below. Locations have been asked to reserve space for neighboring personnel but the availability of space for outside people varies by location. If you are interested in participating, please contact the site which is most convenient for you and follow their registration procedure.

ESC/District Name




Primary Contact


Primary contact phone

Primary Contact Email


Session Dates


Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools



Brent Swartzmiller


419-874-9131, ext. 2112



1/23/20 5/14/20

Columbus City Schools


Heather Allen





1/13/20 5/18/20

Butler County ESC


David Vernot





12/6/19 2/6/20

ESC of Central Ohio


Sharee Wells




9/30/19 12/2/19


Lima City Schools/Allen County ESC


Joel Steinmetz





1/21/19 6/1/20


ESC of Lorain County

North Ridgeville

and Elyria

Moira Erwine


440-324-5777 ext. 1156


10/10/19 1/21/20 3/31/20

Ohio Valley ESC


Phil Ackerman





Meet your new SECO President!

Have ideas that you would like to see SECO initiate? Have a question about Science Education in Ohio? Contact us!

Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO)

2322 Raeburn Terrace

Cincinnati, OH 45223

President, Leslie Silbernagel

Past-President, Angela McMurry

 Executive Director Emeritus, Kay Wagner

Executive Director Emeritus, Piyush Swami

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