Increase the number of women in your technology, science and engineering classrooms with the strategies you'll learn through the WomenTech Educators Training
July 10 - 11, 2014
San Francisco Bay Area
Based on proven practices, the curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our four National Science Foundation (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.
In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares an important realization about recruiting women to STEM classes:
Watch this short video to learn how to avoid the most common mistakes educators make in recruiting female students
▸ What Educators Are Saying
About the Training
Source: Participants in WomenTech Educators Training. External evaluator’s report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project, March 2013.
You Will Learn:
Join like-minded educators from around the country at the WomenTech Educators Training
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
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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. Plus, see below for the free tools that will make this even easier for you.
|Come to the Training in a Team:
The more people you can train in your department, region, or state, the more likely you are to have significant increases in female students in your school’s STEM programs, as well as lasting institutional change. When educators take time out of their busy schedules to come together and create a Women in STEM campaign, you’ll create the community that celebrates women in STEM, and see real improvements in enrollment and retention.
Who Should Attend:
Male and female administrators, teachers, instructors, professors, counselors and outreach and recruitment staff from high schools, two-year colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. Whether you’re looking to have more women in engineering, women in technology, women in computer science or women in the trades, these strategies will work for you!
Attend as a Team and Save:
When you register 10 or more people from the same institution, you save $200 per person!
You’ll be most effective when you attend the training with a team!
Pricing and Registration:
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Special Offer: When you register 10 or more people from the same team, you save $75 per person!
Note: Early Bird discount cannot be combined with the 10-person special offer.
About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram
Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training
Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
- A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 44 states and Canada.
- Ms. Milgram 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). Most recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her November 2011 cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the journal, Technology and Engineering Teacher. The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website in April 2012 and the Community College Times in May 2012.
- Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.
What Educators Are Saying About the Training:
"The most valuable things I received from working with IWITTS were strategies that have been researched and have data to support them. There are also many inexpensive strategies; "inexpensive" is a key term in these difficult economic times. I anticipate additional increased retention in my programs. I have already implemented retention strategies from IWITTS with much success. The workshop has empowered me!"
~ Jessica J. du Maine, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, Electrical/ Electronic Engineering & Technology, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO
"Last year, the Computer Science department held an Open House event for prospective students. Although a few female high school students came, none of our female faculty members could attend and there weren’t any women there representing the department.
After attending the workshop with IWITTS, I was committed to making sure that didn’t happen again. At this year’s Open House, the College of Sciences held a special Women in Technology event in partnership with the College of Engineering. The girls who came had a great experience, they learned a lot, and I’m confident that it strengthened their resolve to pursue careers in science and engineering. Our goal is to have enough female students in science and engineering majors so that the process can become self-reinforcing."
~ Fred Martin, Associate Dean, College of Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell
"What stands out about what I learned from working with IWITTS is real strategies that can be applied as soon as you return to your institution. During the training, I had the opportunity to collaborate with other educators who are facing the same challenges. I'm excited to implement new ideas to increase female enrollment as well as build additional relationships within our school to support our initiative."
~ Nicole Carter, School to Career Partnership Coordinator, Colorado Springs, CO
“Participating in the IWITTS training refined my skills as an instructor and administrator to be an agent of change in this realm. Because Computer Networking and Information Technology was not on the radar of many women, the tools that were given to us by IWITTS for reaching out to students for our entry level class were very effective. And those changes have been institutionalized in my department. Thanks to our work with IWITTS, female enrollment in my department has risen from 19% to 33%."
~ Pierre Thiry, Principal Investigator, Mid-Pacific ICT Regional Center, San Francisco, CA
Event Details At-A-Glance:
Event: WomenTech Educators Training
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Dates: Thursday, July 10 to Friday, July 11
Schedule: Thursday, July 10, 2014: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, July 11, 2014: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland Airport (OAK)
Hotel: The event will be held at one of our favorite San Francisco Bay Area hotels, a beautiful Sheraton with a specially
reduced event room rate.
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Just for signing up, you will receive our best practices WomenTech Training Manual (available only through this workshop), PLUS receive:
||Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)
This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school’s technology programs. Learn where to find female role models, and exactly what to ask them. You’ll take the guesswork out of your outreach with these proven recruitment materials.
STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography ($35 value)
We’ve made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don’t miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.
Start Recruiting Right Away With Ready-To-Go Outreach Materials
Get deep discounts and FREE shipping when you order materials with your training registration
Unlimited Potential Posters (Set of 6)
Free customization ($30 value) when you order with the training!
Hang this set of six posters around your school's classrooms, counseling offices and hallways to recruit women and girls to STEM programs by promoting successful female STEM role models around your campus. Six career pathways: Women in Engineering Technology, Women in Automotive, Women in Construction, Women in Green Jobs, Women in Manufacturing, Women in Technology. Plus, add your program information and school’s logo to each poster!
See images of all six Unlimited Potential Posters
Women in Technology Banner
Save 20% when you order with the training!
These banners will help make your career events more appealing to female students. Each banner is 6 feet wide by 2 feet high and includes 3 grommets on top and bottom for easy hanging.
See the Women in Technology Banner
Women in Engineering Banner
Save 20% when you order with the training!
Send a visible message that your school supports women in engineering careers. Each banner is 6 feet wide by 2 feet high and includes 3 grommets on top and bottom for easy hanging.
See the Women in Engineering Banner
WomenTech Educators Training and FULL Outreach Materials
Save $180 when you sign up for the WomenTech Educators Training with the outreach materials.
This package includes:
- WomenTech Educators Training Registration ($600 value)
- Unlimited Potential posters with FREE customization ($130 value)
- Women in Technology Banner ($125 value)
- Women in Engineering Banner ($125 value)
WomenTech Educators Training and FULL Outreach Materials
(Includes: Training Registration + Unlimited Potential Posters + Technology Banner + Engineering Banner)
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