2023 Sessions

Attendees can review the 2023 Summit Schedule on our event platform SCHED. Be sure to register for a free account and start adding individual sessions to your personal schedule. We’ve put together some tips for using the SCHED platform, but please reach out if you need additional assistance!

View the 2023 NCESD - STEM Summit schedule & directory.

2023 Keynote Presentations

Keynote presentations are included with a STEM Summit registration. This year, we are excited to offer the general community the opportunity to see our Keynote presentations, too! Registration to attend a standalone Keynote presentation is available on Eventbrite. Community registration can be found on Eventbrite

August 15 | Keynote

Human Learning in an Age of Smart Machines

The A.I. Revolution is here. For some, it’s exciting. For others, it feels terrifying. Still others feel baffled and confused by it. Many of us feel a mix of all three emotions. But one thing is clear. It’s here and it’s not going away. In this keynote, we explore how we might adapt and change as we navigate the new terrain of an AI world by using a “vintage innovation” approach that embraces both the old and the new. We explore the human skills students will need in a world of smart machines. Ultimately, we’ll be reminded of the hope and humanity we continue to have in a time of epic change.

August 16 | Keynote

Meaningful Change and Ways to Achieve It

Only a third of students are proficient in maths, teachers have been demoralized by unrealistic demands put on their time, there has never been a more important time for improving outcomes for everyone in education. Yet positive change is often resisted by those who want to keep the inequitable mathematics system, the same. In this keynote, Dr. Boaler will consider the change that is achievable and the positive outcomes that follow. She will review some of the work of educators committed to equity, as well as some strategies for standing up to those who oppose change, as we work to make mathematics equitable and accessible for all.

August 17 | Keynote + Breakout Session

Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

Join dynamic performance expert Mark C. Perna as he unveils the groundbreaking innovations for working with today’s younger generations. Educators, employers, parents, and community leaders will benefit from these proven strategies to bridge the generational divide, engage and retain young people, and equip them with a powerful competitive advantage.

Purposeful education is the heartbeat of this inspiring call to action. Students who experience education with purpose can then pursue passion-driven employment at all levels of learning and experience. Though they’re often painted in a negative light, they have incredible potential to change the world. We just have to unleash it. As the skills gap widens, we must tap into the vast creativity, intelligence, and potential of the next generation.

A father to two successful young people, Mark delivers key insights on how they think, what makes them tick, and how they make decisions. Mark will show you how to connect, engage, and answer why to inspire their greatest effort. With clear action steps you can implement immediately both in your home and professional life, Mark’s message will help you move young people from static purpose to active purpose so they can achieve at a higher level. Countless parents, educators, and employers have used Mark’s strategies to maximize their interactions and outcomes with today’s younger generations.

Discover how you can hear the branch creak and implement the Light at the End of the Tunnel strategy to attract, engage, and empower the best young talent today. With highly practical generational insights, innovative best practices, and signature inspiration, Mark’s nationally acclaimed methods will open your eyes to the amazing promise of the younger generations. Recharge your passion for making a difference and start motivating young people like never before!