Customized Feedback + Working as a Team = Amazing Results!
In this video, trainer Donna Milgram shares a quick retention tip to support women in your STEM classes:
Source: Participants in WomenTech Educators Online Training. External evaluator's report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project.
Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment
✓ Top three recruitment strategies & how to put them to use
✓ How to adopt a program-wide “female friendly” recruitment approach
✓ How to communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Effective strategies to involve faculty & staff in your recruiting effort
Gender Diversity in STEM: Boosting Enrollment & Implementing New Culture
✓ Barriers to recruiting women into STEM & how to overcome them
✓ How to identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success in STEM: See actionable examples of successful STEM programs
Strategies to Keep STEM Students on Course & Improve Graduation Rates
✓ How to make female students feel welcome and what not to do
✓ Ways to bolster confidence in STEM students to ensure success
✓ Strategies to help your female students be successful in the lab
✓ Building block skills to help close the experience gap
Addressing the STEM Challenge: Appeal to Women Who Aren't Excited by STEM
✓ How faculty can teach to female learning styles
✓ How to connect students with female role models & create community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know
Build a Leadership Team Model for Women in STEM: Strategies for Success
✓ Ways to partner with faculty, administrators, student services & others
✓ No educator is an island: How to work together & boost STEM retention
✓ Top 3 qualities of an effective Leadership Team & how to employ them
Download the brochure to share with others in your institution (PDF).
You Will Take Away:
- An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
- A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male students), starting this semester.
- The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action, right away.
- A final presentation highlighting your successful outcomes which you can use to garner additional support.
Optional: Participants may receive one unit of continuing education credit from Fresno Pacific University.
Your Institution Can Achieve Results Like These:
✓ A Georgia community college went from only 1 female student in an introductory Emerging Technology course to 15 females out of 17 students the next semester.
✓ A Massachusetts community college went from 1 female student in its introductory manufacturing class to 9 females out of 13 students the next semester. Plus, 100% of both female and male students were retained!
Schedule and What's Included:
- Time period: 10-12 weeks of online training plus 6 months of customized feedback and coaching
- Hours required: 1 hour per week asynchronous, high-quality video modules + 1 hour meeting as a team to develop
YOUR school’s Recruitment and Retention Action Plans!
- Team building during the orientation week call
- Target audience laser coaching call during week 1 to help your team get this critical first step right
- 2 hour-long Recruitment and Retention Plan feedback calls per team
- Support for Implementation Call 3 months out and unlimited email support
- Virtual presentation report on outcomes by all teams at 6-month mark
- Total of 5.5 hours of customized feedback per team
- Each team receives transcripts and recordings of all coaching calls
- Optional: Hold online training in a live 4-day online Bootcamp style format
Why Have a Dedicated WomenTech Educators Online Training for Your Group:
Support for Recruiting Participants to the Training:
We’ll help you get others in your educational community as excited as you are about the WomenTech Educators Training. We recommend you recruit participants in teams so they’ll have more support for implementation and we’ll strategize with you on how to do this. We'll also provide you with a series of customizable emails to recruit participants.
The more educators who are trained, the more effective you will be!
Dedicated Online Training and Customized Feedback Provided by Donna Milgram:
Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training
Donna Milgram is Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) and has been Principal Investigator on 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants – including the CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects nationally by the American Association of University Women.
What Educators Are Saying About the Training:
The WomenTech Educators Online Training System for Success
IWITTS has cracked the code to helping community colleges broaden participation as soon as the next semester with the WomenTech Educators Training System – developed during our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and now available to all community colleges through IWITTS's WomenTech Online Training program. The proven formula that makes this system so effective includes the following elements:
Why a Team-Based Training System?
The WomenTech Educators Online Training System recommends schools participate in teams of 6-10 because working as a team has proven critical to helping other colleges see real results and enact institutional change. Participating in teams ensures that all the key stakeholders are represented and invested in the Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans your college develops as part of the training, while also improving the infrastructure of your college to broaden participation. (See “The Power of Teams” below for recommendations on potential team members.)
Pre-Training Activities and Support
A pre-training consultation with your trainer will help set your college up for success. Trainer will meet with you to help with: 1) Team composition and development; 2) Baseline data collection and analysis for targeted career pathway of each team; and if appropriate, 3) Review of related grant proposal and discussion on how to meet grant goals.
Focus on 1 STEM Career Pathway
Each team that participates in the WomenTech Educators Online Training program will need to choose 1 career pathway/program (example: engineering technology) in which women are underrepresented to focus on. Keep in mind that each team’s recruitment and retention strategies will differ by program because the outreach materials, talking points, prerequisites, building block skills, and female role models will all be unique to each program. We recommend teams pick a career pathway in a high-demand area where employers are hiring at relatively high wages, so you can share this information with prospective female (and male) students!
Training Modules and Plan Development
Based on proven practices, the WomenTech Educators Training curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 NSF projects and over 20 years of success in assisting educational institutions in recruiting and retaining female students in programs around the country. As part of the training, each team will develop a custom Women in STEM Recruitment Plan and a Retention Plan using a proven template. The plan templates include required key elements that set teams up to be successful. (See the Training Learning Outcomes and Take Aways for more details.)
Team Building and Customized Feedback for Each Team
Note: Each team receives transcripts and recordings of all coaching calls
In our successful NSF CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training itself, support for implementation with trainer Donna Milgram was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results. The WomenTech Educators Online Training program includes 6 hours of call time for each team with Donna:
- Team-Building Orientation Call (Includes Laser Coaching on Target Audience) – This first 1.5 hour call with each team and trainer sets them up to be high-functioning Leadership Teams and takes them through the nuts and bolts of training logistics, such as choosing a weekly meeting time for homework/plan development. Trainer will also help each team take the critical, first step of their Recruitment Plan – choosing the best target audience for your school. Target audience impacts every portion of a team’s Recruitment Plan, so it’s critical to get it right at the start.
- Recruitment Plan Feedback Call and Retention Plan Feedback Call in Weeks Following Training – Trainer will provide an hour of customized feedback on each action plan – 1 call on a team’s Recruitment Plan and 1 on their Retention Plan. Teams will also receive another round of written feedback when they revise and finalize plans after these calls.
- Team Support for Implementation Call 3 Months After Training – Teams receive personalized support from their trainer on implementing Recruitment and Retention Plans during this 1-hour team call.
- Final Group Presentation Call Presentation 6 Months After Training –Teams will have a chance to present and hear from the other teams in the training. The information your teams present can be included in reports to funders and in future grant proposals.
“The [Customized Feedback] sessions really keep you on task. It’s too easy for this to be just one project among dozens, and the calls give you just-in-time reminders. It’s very helpful when you’re in the middle of implementing your plan to be reminded of something from the training you might want to go back and look at, or to receive new information from Donna [Trainer] that you need just at that moment."
~ Patrick J. Enright, Dean for Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ
Who is this WomenTech Educators Online Training System for?
This program is recommended for community colleges that are serious about broadening participation in their institution’s STEM programs where women are underrepresented, and are ready to do so in 1-years’ time.
Teams communicate as a single voice during the program. Team members join together weekly to synthesize and apply the information into a group assignment; assignments build to create full Recruitment and Retention Action Plans during the training. To achieve these results, each team is required to focus on one career pathway which can be scaled and/or replicated later on.
What WomenTech Educator Participants Said About Their Teams in the Training:
“We have a fabulous team. So many people have different varied areas of expertise. We meet Wednesday mornings and everybody is energized and works hard.”
~ Patti Williams, Faculty, Surveying & Mapping Technologies, Mid-west College
Who Should Be On Your Team:
To be most effective, each team consists of a group of 6-10 members with a variety of stakeholders. Below are the recommended core team members (not every team will have every job title!):
- Dean or Chair of the Department of the targeted program (recommended)
- Director of the Technology Center (or equivalent)
- Principal Investigator of grant (if applicable)
- Dean of Instruction Minimum of two instructors in targeted courses (highly recommended)
- Math administrator (if your core targeted courses have math prerequisites)
- Outreach & Recruitment Director/Staff
- Curriculum Developer
- STEM Coordinator Learning Center Director/Staff
- Workforce Development Director
- Research & Planning Officer
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