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Student Mental Wellness Summit 2020

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Our students, especially our STEM high school students, are experiencing dramatic increases in anxiety, depression, and suicide. What is the research behind this; what can we do now to reduce these symptoms, and what can we do to chip away at systemic reasons?

Join the STEM community of high schools, educators, higher ed, policy makers, researchers and scientists from the mental and health communities to tackle this pressing challenge for students. Presented in partnership with the STEM Education Coalition, we invite you to the Student Mental Wellness Summit 2020.

March 26-27, 2020
Intercontinental Hotel
The Wharf
Washington, D.C.


Thursday, March 26
9 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Overview of Summit and introduction of Pledge

Todd Formal

Todd Mann
Executive Director

9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: 

The Science and Psychology of the Adolescent Brain

Dr. Steinberg will talk about what is really going on developmentally with the brains of high school students.


Dr. Laurence Steinberg
Professor of psychology at Temple University and one of the world’s leading authorities on adolescence

10 a.m.

Continuing Developmental Psychology 

Dr. Subotnik will present differences between STEM and non-STEM students under pressure.

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Rena F. Subotnik, PhD
Associate Executive Director,
Education Directorate
Director, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education
American Psychological Association

11 a.m. Break  
11:15 a.m. 

School Leader Panel Discussion

Secondary STEM school leaders present current perceptions, challenges, early intervention actions in place, and expressed needs.



(From left)
Ann Bonitatibus
, Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology, Fairfax, VA
Germain McConnell, Mississippi School of Math and Science, Columbus, MS

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(From left)
Kristi Pope Key, Louisiana School of Math, Science and the Arts, Natchitoches, LA
Sean Dolcy, High School of Math, Science and Engineering, Harlem, NY.

12 p.m.


Senator Rosen will discuss her experience as a STEM professional and her active engagement with STEM education mentorship and legislation.


Senator Jacky Rosen
Nevada, invited

1:15 p.m.

Student Panel Discussion

Students from area STEM schools present successes and barriers relating to mental wellness, and audience Q&A.

Students from schools in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area have been invited to take part in the dicsussion.

Confirmed: Students from Academies of Loudoun.

2 p.m.

Breakout Session: Reflections

Administrators, counselors, teachers and higher education representatives engage in active reflection of the morning’s speaking events.

3 p.m.

Intervention Strategies

A look at the Inspire Program

Amber Dunello
Sanford Programs
National University System
3:45 p.m.  Break  
4 p.m.

Breakout Session

Sharing of Best Intervention Practices

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks  
Friday, March 27
9 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Review of Day 1 of the Summit

Todd Formal

Todd Mann
Executive Director

9:10 a.m.

Groundbreaking Research on Student Mental Wellness in STEM Schools

NCSSS and IMSA conducted a survey to gather information regarding how NCSSS member schools handle various aspects of student mental wellness and mental illness as well as the resources and programming available to address concerns in these areas.



Dr. Robert Hernandez
Principal and Chief Academic Officer of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois


Hannah R. Anderson
Institutional Research Associate
Office of Institutional Research
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10 a.m.

Panel Discussion

It Takes a Village

A community approach is needed to solve this epidemic across our schools.

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Dr. Kathleen Minke, NCSP
Executive Director of the National Association of School Psychologists

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Dr. Ashley Finley 
Senior Advisor to the President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

11 a.m.

Breakout Session

Strategies for Building the Pledge

11:45 a.m. 

Closing Remarks



Registration Fees


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Additional Hotel Accommodations:
Hilton Washington DC National Mall
480 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Rate: $259/night

There is a complimentary shuttle for all guests to and from the Intercontinental, and the hotel is .5 miles from the Intercontinental.

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Intercontinental: Washington, D.C. - The Wharf
801 Wharf Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Booking code for Conference: NCS

Guests can call the hotel reservations line at: 1-833-249-1029

Sponsor the Mental Wellness Summit

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