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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 2022 Leadership Summit is 

The Leadership Summit will be held Friday, January 21 and possibly the morning of Saturday, January 22.

At the 2022 NCSSS Leadership Summit, we will work with our sister schools to take forward action on putting diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront of our work as specialized STEM schools. Participants will engage in topics that impact all levels of an institution, such as culture, hiring practices, placement testing practices, and curriculum. Our ability to take action now will shape the experience of current and future generations of students.

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. 

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. 

Who Should Attend the Leadership Summit?

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

STEP 1: Registration

Please register using the button below. You must register first.

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STEP 2: Payment

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NCSSS Leadership Summit
2022 Agenda*

*Schedule updated as of 1/20/22 but is subject to change now that it is being held virtually.

Friday, January 21

9:00 a.m. ET: NCSSS Leadership Summit Welcome

9:20 a.m. ET: Keynote: Why DEI in STEM matters and some of our institutional efforts
Speaker: Raul Hinojosa, Interim Assistant Vice President for DEI

9:35 a.m. ET: Student Perspectives and Q-and-A: Preparing students for STEM degree programs (current underrepresented STEM students, former NCSSS students @ UTD)

10:00 a.m. ET: Main Session 1: Leadership Stories

11:05 a.m. ET: Break 

11:15 a.m. ET: Roundtable Discussions: DEI Opportunity & Accessibility

  • Room 1: To what extent do we as leaders hold our schools accountable for equitable recruitment and admissions practices?
  • Room 2: What role does equity play in testing, placement and tracking?
  • Room 3: To what extent does your hiring and tenure practices incorporate checks and balances to reduce bias?
  • Room 4: What is your definition of rigor? To what extent does that definition include or exclude students from your program?

12:30 p.m. ET: Break and Lunch

1:00 p.m. ET: UTD Speaker: Dr. Stephanie G. Adams

1:30 p.m. ET: Main Session 2: Culture and Belonging

2:00 p.m. ET: Break

2:20 p.m. ET: Roundtable Discussions: Culture and Belonging

  • Room 1: How do we as leaders model and create inclusive language and communication within our schools? What is the impact of not being intentional with language and communication?
  • Room 2: Who has a seat at the table when leadership decisions are made? What voices are represented and what voices are missing?
  • Room 3: How do leaders define, identify and develop multiple measures of student and teacher success? How do we as leaders hold ourselves accountable for the retention and engagement of all students and staff?
  • Room 4: How do we as leaders use inquiry and advocacy as tools to advance a culture of belonging
  • Room 5: Other DEI leadership topics

4:00 p.m. ET: Group Reflections & NCSSS DEI Future Work

4:15 p.m. ET: Closing & Next Steps



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