Bring the WomenTech Educators Training to your location to increase the number of female students in your STEM classes.
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
You Will Learn:
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
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.
Why Have an Onsite WomenTech Educators Training at Your Location:
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. Receive the highest return on your training dollars and save money by eliminating travel expenses.
Who is the Audience for the Training:
Training is not limited to females – males benefit from the training just as much and often more. Training should be an institution-wide initiative geared towards: administrators, teachers, instructors, professors, counselors, admissions, outreach and recruitment staff, and student support services. The WomenTech Educators Training will be customized to focus on your school’s grade level(s): two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, high schools, middle schools. 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! Up to 40 participants can be trained at one time. We work with individual educational institutions as well as at the regional and state level.
How to Recruit Participants to the Training:
We’ll help you get other educators 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!
Make your WomenTech Educators Training even more effective when you choose to include any or all of the following options. When you take the first step and inquire about the training, we’ll follow up with details about which options will be most effective for your group’s needs.
> Group Facilitation and Plan Development
Your WomenTech Educators trainer can work with your team to facilitate a written recruitment and retention plan for Women in STEM complete with strategies, timeline and responsible parties. When educators from your institution all work together on developing a plan, they will have the support they need to implement it; when you are part of developing a plan you are much more likely to implement it.
IWITTS can assist your state with its Perkins plan in several ways:
> After the Training: Long-Term Support for Implementation
With this ongoing support, you’ll receive help as you work as a team to implement the recruitment and retention plans that you develop in the training. Schools that have received this type of long-term support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. Every month for 6-12 months you’ll have direct access to your trainer on live group Support and Strategy calls and unlimited email support to get answers to your specific questions about increasing the number of women in your programs. Audio downloads of Support and Strategy calls will be emailed to participants the next day. In this way, all of your instructors, adjuncts and other educators can listen at any time, even if they cannot make the live call.
> Dedicated Online Training
Hold a WomenTech Educators Training online, just for educators from your institution. The online version of the training covers the same content as the onsite version. Participants work at their own pace for 1 to 2 hours per week, spread out over 10 weeks.
Donna Milgram, 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. 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 and receives kudos from training participants for her personable, engaging and friendly style.
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.
Download a full bio of Donna Milgram (PDF)
|Ede Slovin is an experienced and engaging trainer with a wonderful sense of humor who has trained for IWITTS since 1999. She consistently receives outstanding participant evaluations. Her hands-on experience in the career technical education and gender equity fields makes her uniquely qualified to deliver training and coaching for IWITTS. Ms. Slovin has directed Employment Training programs since 1995 that have placed women and men into "nontraditional" jobs and her programs have had a placement rate of over 90%! She also has served on many boards and is the past President of the Florida Vocational Education Association.
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|Carmen Lamha is a dynamic trainer with hands-on experience increasing the number of women in technology classrooms, having achieved impressive results in the Computer Networking Information Technology department, which she chairs, at the City College of San Francisco, one of eight sites in the IWITTS CalWomenTech Project. The percentage of female students increased from 18 % to an average enrollment rate of 26.4%. The retention rates of female students increased from a 64% baseline to 79% on average (up by 23%). The retention rate of male students increased as well. Ms. Lahma was the Co-Principal Investigator of the CalWomenTech Project and is the Co-Chair of the California Joint Special Population Advisory Committee (JSPAC).
Download a full bio of Carmen Lamha (PDF)
Leave the training with customized recruitment and retention plans for your programs.
What Educators Are Saying About the Training:
Here Are Just a Sample of Our Many Past Clients:
- SouthWestern College, Chula Vista, CA
- James Madison University, VA
- State of Kentucky, Dept. for Technical Education, Cabinet for Workforce Development, KY
- Convergence Technology Center, Collin County Community College, TX (ATE Center)
- Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing, Gadsden, AL
- Quincy Public Schools, Center for Technical Education, MA
- Midwest Center for Information Technology, AIM Institute, Omaha, NE (ATE Center)
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