Customized Feedback + Working as a Team = Amazing Results!
In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares 3 best practices for effective outreach events – and what not to do – so you can get started recruiting more women to STEM:
Source: Participants in WomenTech Educators Online Training. External evaluator's report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project.
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Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment
✓ Top 3 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
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, and free bonus tools that will help you be even more successful. (See Bonuses section below.)
- 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!
The Power of Teams:
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
New Team Support Calls and Customized Feedback led to AMAZING results from the Online Training in 2015!
We’ve unlocked the proven path to increasing the number of female students in your STEM program. Community colleges in our National Science Foundation-funded February 2015 Online Training group have seen remarkable results: 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses and 6 of 7 increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months.
A Georgia community college that went from only 1 female student in an introductory Emerging Technology course to 15 of 17 students just one semester after the Online Training.
A Massachusetts community college that went from 1 female student in manufacturing to 9 out of 13 students in its introductory course the next semester. Plus, 100% of the female students were retained!
NEVER let anyone tell you again that nothing can be done, or that making change happen for female students in your STEM program will take decades or require a huge budget. We have the evidence to prove your institution can start seeing real increases in as little as one year!
In light of these groundbreaking results, I’ve updated the WomenTech Educators Online Training so that all schools get the same benefits as our successful NSF-funded model. I'm excited to announce that we can now provide this same level of support for your school--your team will be getting access to 6 new calls with me, significantly more individualized feedback, and help with the implementation of your plans in the 6 months after the online training ends. Plus your team now gets an orientation call and a Laser Coaching Call on the #1 most important aspect of your Recruitment Plan. I know this proven model can help your team see the same kinds of successful results that as schools in our NSF-funded Online Training!
This training is designed to provide you with a roadmap that will enable you to achieve your goals and because the training is over 11 weeks, you will receive support for implementation of your plan strategies.
We are committed to helping educators succeed in creating a gender balance in STEM. Once you have achieved results in increasing the number of female students in your programs, you may be featured in case studies or webinars to highlight your team’s accomplishments while inspiring other educators!
Have more questions? Sign Up to Talk with Donna Milgram about the WomenTech Educators Online Training
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.
- Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
- A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM, Ms. Milgram has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 states and Canada.
- She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recent presentation highlights include:
- U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium;
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Challenging Technical Privilege Symposium Panel; and,
- Engineering for Kids Conference (Keynote Presenter).
- Donna has been featured in the media on CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and more.
- An innovative leader, Donna Milgram draws upon over 21 years of experience leading successful projects, such as the NSF-highlighted CalWomenTech Project.
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