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 February Webinar on Open Educational Resources,  presented by SECO Board Member Char Shryock?        

Click here to access a recording 

Join us on Thursday, March 19 at 4pm for our March webinar. John Wiseman from ODE discussion of K-12 computer science in Ohio. During this session, the discussion will focus on the 2018 Ohio Computer Science Standards, Model Curriculum and resources available to teachers. Other topics will include how to use computer science courses to satisfy graduation requirements and  how currently licensed teachers can become licensed in computer science.

Click here to register 

Join us for a half day mini- workshop 

When: Saturday, May 16, 2020

Where: Zook Hall @ University of Akron

This year SECO is partnering with for a half day mini-workshop on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at the University of Akron.  This fun event is a great way to participate in PD focuses on science, technology, engineering and STEM/ STEAM but we need your help to make this a great event.

Is there a lesson you really enjoy? Do you use a strategy with students that is effective? Is there a tech tool you use in your instruction? Are you passionate about something you would love to share with others? Have you lead a session at a previous conference for SECO or others? Please consider submitting a proposal to lead a session at this year’s conference.

We would love to have anywhere from 30-35 sessions that cover a variety of topics within the science, technology, engineering and/or STEM/STEAM realms and also targeted at a variety of grade levels. If you would like to be considered to lead a session, the time is here! Complete the proposal form at the link by March 30th to be considered. We will let anyone who submits a proposal know by early April if they have been accepted for this year's event.

2020 Election: NOMINATION are now OPEN

It's that time of year! SECO election nominations are now OPEN. Please access the form to indicate your interest in running for President Elect, Secretary, or District Director.

Click here to nominate yourself or someone else

If you would like more clarification about a particular position or have general questions, please feel free to contact any board member. The contact information is found on our website under Directory link. Nominations will be accepted through March 31, 2020.

For the 2020-21 school year, SECO will be moving its annual Science Symposium from January/ February to early November. 

  Join us on November 9 & 10, 2020 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, OH for the 2020 SECO Science Symposium.  

More information will be posted after the New Year. 

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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To connect with the President, Treasurer and your District Directors via email, please visit the 

"Leadership Directory" tab at the top of the page. 

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