IWITTS offers educators, administrators, counselors and outreach staff from high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions a range of professional development opportunities to fit every schedule and budget. Donna Milgram, IWITTS's Executive Director, developed the training to provide you with the proven strategies you need to enroll more women and girls in your science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses and increase completion rates of your female and male students. No matter which training format you choose, you'll learn the full knowledgebase and develop an effective Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plan using our proven template. When you take the first step and request professional development, we'll follow up with details about which options will be most effective for your group's needs.
IWITTS's WomenTech Educators training options include:
Donna Milgram leads the 2-day WomenTech Educators National Institute once a year during the summer in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. You'll learn research-based, proven strategies and take away an easy-to-implement Recruitment and Retention Plan to greatly increase the number of female students enrolling in your STEM classes and the number of female and male students completing your classes. National Training Institute participants are eligible for one unit of continuing education (CEU) credit from Fresno Pacific University.
Learn to recruit more female students and retain more female and male students in about 2-3 hours a week for 10 weeks. This can include the time to start implementing your team's plan and seeing results, even while the training is happening! Fresno Pacific University offers one unit of CEU credit to online training participants. The training is given via presentations, handouts and exercises online, available to watch and complete at your convenience. Weekly assignments build on each other to create a fully-developed Recruitment and Retention Plan by the end of the training. Plus, get personal feedback from your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live Question and Answer calls and in the online learning community.
Bring the WomenTech Educators Training to your location to increase the number of female students in your STEM classes. When you host a 1-2 day WomenTech Educators Training in your college, university, region, district or state, each participant will take away: 1) a Recruitment Plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms; 2) a Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students starting this semester; and 3) the knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away.
Hold a 10-week WomenTech Educators Online Training exclusively for your college, university, region, or school district. The training is given via presentations, handouts and exercises online, available to watch and complete at the convenience of your group. Weekly assignments build on each other to create a fully-developed Recruitment and Retention Plan by the end of the training. This dedicated training includes live Question and Answer calls with Donna Milgram, and access to a private online learning community for participants to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together.
Engage and inspire larger audiences at your conference or event with a presentation by Donna Milgram, an expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM. Donna shares her 25 plus years of research, insight, and experience through innovative, evidence-based keynote and conference presentations. Each of Donna's speeches is customized to match the theme and audience for your event. Find out more about speaking and presentations by Donna Milgram.
Evidence that IWITTS professional development works:
- Testimonials – See some of the hundreds of testimonials IWITTS has received over the last two decades from STEM educators, administrators, and counselors at every school level.
- Case Study – Find out how female retention went from zero to 86% and male retention from 70% to 93% in required introductory programming courses in less than a year after participating in a WomenTech Educators Training.
- Successful NSF-funded Projects – IWITTS's professional development has been a successful part of 3 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects, including the current CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. Based on proven practices, IWITTS's WomenTech Educators Training includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from 3 NSF projects and over 18 years of success in assisting educational institutions in recruiting and retaining female students in programs around the country. Our work was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness.