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!

Our mission for the 2023 STEM Summit is to empower and inspire teachers and educational leaders to promote and advance STEM education. We aim to provide a dynamic platform for the exchange of ideas, best practices, and cutting-edge techniques. 🚀

You’re invited to join us Tuesday, August 15 to Thursday, August 17 for the 2023 STEM Summit at the Wenatchee Convention Center! The STEM Summit provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and educational staff members in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics taught by experts and specialists in their fields.

The session schedule is now available on the “Sessions” tab or by visiting SCHED. Be sure to check out our tips on how to use the SCHED platform!

Attendee Registration

Registration is now open for the 2023 STEM Summit! As always, registration is free for educators in districts who are part of the NCESD STEM Cooperative (and $500 for others). pdEnroller will automatically remove the cost of the event when you sign in under your account. If you have questions about registration, please contact Barb Nuxoll at barbaran@ncesd.org

Register via pdenroller

Keynotes ONLY Registration

If you can’t attend the entire Summit, or you’re a community member only interested in seeing a Keynote, you can register to attend one, two, or all of the 2023 STEM Summit Keynote presentations. You can register for these on Eventbrite. If you have questions about Eventbrite registration, please contact Becca Freimuth at beccaf@ncesd.org. 

IMPORTANT: If you register to attend the STEM Summit (via pdEnroller) you do not need to register for the Keynotes on Eventbrite.

Keynote ONLY Registration via Eventbrite

2023 Keynotes

Click on the speakers photo below to see them in action!

Mark C. Perna

Mark has devoted his career to uncovering the secrets of the younger generations and empowering parents, educators, and employers to understand and motivate them at a new level. Not only has Mark written a book on this topic and given more than 200 radio, television, and podcast interviews about it, but he’s also been in the trenches as a single father to two successful young people.

Learn more about Mark!

John Spencer

John is a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. He wants to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers, artists, and engineers. John explores research, interviews educators, deconstructs systems, and studies real-world examples of design thinking in action. He shares what he is learning in books, blog posts, journal articles, free resources, animated videos, and podcasts.

Learn more about John!

Jo Boaler

We’re excited to bring back Jo Boaler and Cathy Williams! Jo is a Stanford University Professor of Mathematics teaching and learning – in particular, how different teaching approaches impact students’ learning, how to teach mathematics for a “growth mindset”, and how equity is promoted in mathematics classrooms. The role of groupwork and mathematical discussions in the development of understanding. The ways teachers may be supported in moving towards equitable and effective teaching environments. The importance of data science and ways to integrate data science into all subjects in school.

Learn more about Jo!

2023 Sponsors

If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2023 Summit or participating as a vendor with a booth, please explore the Vendor Tab and Sponsor Tabs on this page to learn more and register.


If you have questions about the 2023 STEM Summit, please contact Pete Phillips and petep@ncesd.org or Barb Nuxoll at barbaran@ncesd.org

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I see what sessions are available this year?
  • Can I get partial clock hours, or do I need to purchase for the entire Summit?
    • You can purchase only what you need. We will mark you attended based on attendance at each session. You will then get a notification from pdEnroller and can purchase you customized clock hours. This can take up to 4 weeks after the STEM Summit to complete.
  • Will the sessions be recorded?
    • No sessions will be recorded during the 2023 STEM Summit. This is an in-person event
  • I have a different question. Who can I contact?
    • Please contact Pete Phillips for general questions about the STEM Summit or Barb Nuxoll for questions about Clock Hours.

Hotel Block for Attendees

We have a room block available for STEM Summit attendees at the Residence Inn Wenatchee. The available rate is $98/night.

Start Date: Monday, August 14th, 2023

End Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2023

Last Day to Book: Saturday, July 15th

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2023 Sponsors

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

Support professional development opportunities for regional educators!

The annual STEM Summit empowers teachers and educational leaders to promote and advance STEM education in the K-12 setting. There are various levels of sponsorship that will help you connect with the 500+ attendees we will see over the 3-day, in-person STEM Summit at the Wenatchee Convention Center on August 15-17, 2023.

Step 1: Submit Sponsorship Form and a member of our team will get back to you to confirm your sponsorship.

Fill out Sponsorship Form

Step 2: Pay for your sponsorship using our online payment form by clicking on the “Donate” button below.

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Please Note: If you are sponsoring an attendee scholarship or the t-shirts AND want a booth, you must register separately on the Vendor Registration Tab (a booth is not included in those two sponsorship levels).

2023 Vendors

  • Okanogan County School Retirees
  • OpenSciEd – Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Pacific Education Institute
  • PHabLab – Palmer Hamilton
  • School Specialty LLC

2023 Vendor Booth Registration

We’re inviting interested organizations and businesses to join us at the 2023 STEM Summit as a vendor!

This year’s Summit is completely in-person August 15-17 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. During the event, we will have a Vendor Booth Are where our 500+ attendees can engage with over 15 organizations and businesses. The Summit is a fantastic opportunity to feature programs and services that support STEM educators. Vendors can also join us during evening socials designed to facilitate networking around STEM conversations and activities.

If you are also interested in hosting a booth at the STEM Summit, please use fill out our Vendor Registration Form and then submit payment via the Authorize.net “Donate” button below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Pete Phillips at petep@ncesd.org

What’s included:

  • 6-foot table
  • Power & WiFi
  • Meeting room to meet with prospective customers
  • Opportunity to present give-away during Thursday lunch hour
  • Access to attendee list

Vendors are expected to have a representative at their booth Tues. August 15 (7:30am – 2:30pm), Wed. August 16 (7:30am – 2:30pm), and Thurs. August 17 (7:30am – 1:00pm).

Vendors will be able to set up their booth on Monday, August 14 from 10am – 3pm.

Attendee Raffle:

We will be doing a raffle for attendees during lunch on Thursday, August 17. All vendors are asked to donate a product or service for this and will be able to deliver their “give-away” directly to the winning educator. Vendors are responsible for collecting raffle tickets at their booth throughout the Summit.

Register for a booth today:

Step 1: Fill out the Vendor Registration Form and a member of our team will get back to you to confirm your submission.

Vendor Registration

Step 2: Pay for your vendor booth using our online payment form by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below.

Please Note: If you are looking for sponsorship opportunities, please view the Sponsorship Tab.

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