Fall Summit Meeting

Innovations in STEM Education in NC:  Achieving Excellence, Discovery, and Transforming our Schools

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro

Del Ruff from the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC will be the keynote speaker and will share "Crossing the STREAM (Strategies That Re-Engage All Minds)" by discussing techniques to engage students in formal and informal settings and Dr. Sam Houston will share the latest findings in the "STEM Scorecard Report."

This year NCDPI will not have a meeting for science supervisors Wednesday morning before NCSTA. However, the DPI team will provide updates at the NCSLA STEM Summit. We encourage all science supervisors and leaders from each LEA to attend.

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Featured Speakers

  • Del Ruff - Crossing the STREAM (Strategies That Re-Engage All Minds)
  • Jami Inman and the NCDPI team share the status of assessment for Science and test results

Bird of a Feather Breakout Sessions

Featured Speaker

  • Sam Houston - STEM Scorecard Report

Business meeting and presentation of the Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership

Showcase of the Best STEM programs in NC

Meeting Conclusion


Present in the Showcase Session at the Fall NCSLA Meeting

The North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) is looking for showcase presenters at its Fall Summit on October 18, 2017 in Greensboro.  NCSLA is looking for Science/STEM formal and informal educators.

  • Are involved with STEM Certification programs or projects that help teachers in the classroom or science laboratory
  • Do you implement after school enrichment programs such as Envirothon, NC FIRST Robotics, NC Science and Engineering Fair, Science Olympiad, and other types of science competitions
  • Have you conducted research or strategies to engage underrepresented students in STEM programs

If you have research, programs, or resources related to STEM education, WE WANT YOU to submit a proposal to present in the Showcase of Exemplary Innovation Programs in STEM Education!

The deadline to submit your proposal is October 1, 2017. Please use this form to submit your proposal. Each presenter will have one-half of a table to be used for a poster, tri-fold, and/or handouts to share with participants.

All presenters must register for the NCSLA Fall Meeting. Vendors with products that integrate STEM and Literacy may participate in the Showcase if and only if a classroom teacher has been using the product and is the person submitting the proposal.

If you have questions or need to clarify anything about this opportunity to share with science education leaders from across the state, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Register for the Fall 2017 Meeting

We are so glad that you can join us on October 18, 2017 or our Fall Membership Meeting!

You may pay the registration fee with check or credit card.

Registration Deadline: Current Members Non-Members Retired Non-Members
Before September 22
$35 $65 $55
September 22 - October 11
$45 $75 $65
At the Door (if space is available) $55 $85 $75


To register with a check, mail the registration form (pdf) with the check to:

NCSLA Membership
1425 Duplin Road
Raleigh, NC  27607


To register with a credit card, choose your registration option below to pay securely via PayPal.  The non-member registration includes one year of membership dues.  You may also pay your membership dues separately.


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Meeting Speakers

Featured Speakers at the Fall 2017 Membership Meeting

Del Ruff


Del Ruff joined the American Institute of Architects in Washington D.C. Summer 2017 as the Director for K12 Initiatives. His primary responsibilities are to lead the National and International K12 Initiatives portfolio and development of work related to K12 education issues and policy as they relate to architecture. Prior to this position Mr. Ruff served as one of the thought leaders around expanded learning and afterschool practices working at the Public School Forum of North Carolina as the Director of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool. He has been a classroom educator (middle school and high school), School Improvement Chairperson, Advanced Placement Coordinator, Principal (MI), and School District Superintendent (MI). Mr. Ruff also lead the North Carolina Virtual STEM project in the federally funded Race To The Top (RTTT) grant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. He is the past President of NC Science and Engineering Fair Foundation and a past Director North Carolina Science Leadership Association. Mr. Ruff’s educational service includes sitting on state, regional, and national boards on topics such as: STEM education, informal education, workforce development, and higher education. Over the course of his eighteen year career he has secured and/or managed slightly over $12 Million in grants from federal, state, and philanthropic funders around educational opportunities for all students.

His research interests are in charter school effectiveness, Underrepresented Males in STEM careers and education, Advanced Placement practice and outcomes, educational leadership, college and career preparation, school and district transformation efforts, and informal science education.

Mr. Ruff holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fayetteville State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University.





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NCSLA is seeking new members interested in

  •  increasing the number of students entering science careers
  •  improving teacher preparation in science fields
  •  advancing the future of science education in NC
  •  opportunities to demonstrate leadership

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