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About the Leadership Summit

2020 NCSSS Leadership Summit

The annual Leadership Summit brings together current and aspiring administrators and heads of school in STEM education to share best practices and collaborate with other STEM professionals. Throughout the Summit, you and your peers will discuss key issues impacting STEM schools today and tomorrow.

The 2020 event was held:
Jan. 24-26, 2020
Loyola University, New Orleans

Join us for an informal but highly informative group of roundtable discussions where information is shared much more openly than in any other forum throughout the year. Network with your peers and collaborate to creatively solve problems, regardless of geographic location.


Summit Details

STEM school leaders and those aspiring to leadership from around the country come together for three days of interactive discussions. To keep the group size intimate, this Summit is limited to 80 attendees. 

Registration deadline: Jan. 20.

Registration costs:

$150 Members

$250 Non-members

Why Attend the Leadership Summit?

The NCSSS mission is to advance STEM education by providing professional development and networking opportunities for educators and learning experiences for students; to serve as a national resource for STEM schools and programs in partnership with educational, corporate, and international organizations; and to inform policymakers on STEM education.

The annual Leadership Summit provides professional development for current and aspiring administrators and heads of school. You will engage with like-minded individuals and take away ideas you can immediately implement in your schools and your classrooms. 

As a bonus for this year, we are adding a book to review pre-summit and discuss in breakout groups! Stay tuned for the education book selection!

Who Should Attend the Leadership Summit?

The Leadership Summit is meant for current and emerging STEM School Leaders focused on whole school challenges.


NCSSS Admin Summit V2 

Travel Information


Loyola University
New Orleans


Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (Airport code: MSY)


Hotel Indigo - Garden District
2203 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

**The hotel is approximately a 20-minute drive from the airport**

Rooms for our group will begin at $159 per night. Book your room by scrolling down and clicking “Book Now.” The room block code for our group should populate on the web page. In case it does not, please use IATA# 99801505 and Group Code: JLS. Please make your reservation by Jan. 9, 2020.

We will be utilizing the street trolley (#12) for the three-mile ride from the hotel to the Loyola Campus. The trolley ride is down St. Charles Avenue, and is just under 20 minutes. Each attendee will receive a trolley ride pass.

2020 Agenda

Friday, Jan. 24

5 p.m.: Welcome Reception at Diboll Gallery, Monroe Library, 4th Floor at Loyola University

Saturday, Jan. 25

8:30 a.m.: NCSSS Leadership Summit Kicks Off

9:30 a.m.: Defining School Culture, guided by the book "Shaping School Culture"

10:45 a.m.: Aspects and Challenges Impacting the Culture in Our Schools

11:30 a.m.: Lunch and tour of Loyola

1:15-2:45 p.m.: Roundtables: School Culture Aspects and Challenges and Best Practices Part I

3-4:30 p.m.: Roundtables: School Culture Aspects and Challenges and Best Practices Part II

  • Topics for roundtables will include:
    • Faculty and Staff Wellness
    • Evaluation Procedures
    • Hiring and Tenure Practices
    • Impact of how you communicate on School Culture
    • Diversity and its Impact on School Culture
    • Role of Rigor
    • Any topics that arise at the 10:45 a.m. session

Sunday, Jan. 26

9:00 a.m.: Morning Welcome

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Assessment Exercise: A Deeper Look into Your Own School Culture

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Top 10 NCSSS STEM Suggestions for Strengthening School Culture

12 p.m.: Summit Ends

Want to Sponsor the Leadership Summit?

Promote your organization to a key group of STEM school decision-makers by choosing a sponsorship package that fits your needs. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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