Increase the number of women in your technology, science and engineering classrooms with the strategies you'll learn through the WomenTech Educators Training
June 13 - 14, 2013
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, July 2012. 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
✓ 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
✓ Connecting students with female role models & creating community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know
Download the sample training agenda (PDF)
Download a letter to gain support (DOC)
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 that you can get involved in this campaign, the more lasting change you're going to have. Yes, one teacher on their own can get more women in the classroom, but the schools that have been the most effective and had lasting institutional change have had more people involved. Together, you and your team members will develop an action plan and provide support to each other as you implement it.
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.
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:
||Through May 17, 2013
||Through June 14, 2013
Register 10 + and receive a discount of $200 per person
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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, June 13 to Friday, June 14
Schedule: Thursday, June 13, 2013: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, June 14, 2013: 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.