National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) Education announces the addition of Idaho to the states participating in the STEM Equity Pipeline Project. Idaho, led by the Idaho Centers for New Directions’ Idaho Career Pioneer Network, has joined 10 other states who participated in the first four years of the STEM Equity Pipeline project.

In 2007, the NAPE Education Foundation was awarded a five year extension services grant from the Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement the STEM Equity Pipeline project. The STEM Equity Pipeline’s goal is to increase participation of females in secondary and postsecondary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) cluster programs of study necessary for successful secondary-postsecondary transition and degree completion.

Despite the fact that female performance in high school mathematics now matches that of males and is closely approaching male performance in high school science, females are significantly less likely to pursue postsecondary education or a career in STEM fields. According to Mimi Lufkin, CEO of the NAPE Education Foundation, “In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and our global economy becomes ever more competitive, U.S. advantages in research and the marketplace in science and technology will not hold up if we cannot engage half the potential talent pool.”

Using the proven five-step program improvement process, STEM Equity Pipeline trains state teams, consisting of educational professionals and community- and state-based organizations, to utilize gender-inclusive policies and practices in teaching, curriculum and student support programs. These teams train others to use data and research-based practices at the state and local level to make effective program development decisions. State teams receive technical assistance and professional development from experts with research and practice background in effective strategies for increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM.

Idaho’s Career Pioneer Network will employ newly learned strategies at the summer Professional Technical Education (PTE) Conference where they host the annual CPN Symposium. For more details please visit the Idaho Professional Technical website at: http://www.pte.idaho.gov/Summer_Conference/Summer_Conference_Home.html.

Webinars for ISU 1-credit 

 

Subtle Micro-Messages Impact the Success of Women and Girls in STEM

Dr. Robbin Chapman, Manager of diversity recruiting for the School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Micro-inequities are those subtle "micro-messages" that devalue, discourage, and dismiss women and girls as exceptional scholars, scientists, and engineers. To increase women in STEM careers requires examining practices to ensure equitable treatment in the classroom. During these two webinars learn:

  • About micro-messaging, micro-affirmation, and micro-inequity.
  • Practical, hands-on techniques to recognize, challenge and educate others about micro-inequities.
  • Strategies for sending micro-messages that fuel positive behaviors and outcomes for women and girls in STEM fields.

Session 1 provides the building blocks to understanding micro-messaging and its impact on communication and performance.
Session 2 delves deeper into the core concepts plus gives participants tools for taking action to diagnose and devise interventions in micro-inequities that they perceive in the classroom and workplace. 

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Interactive Effects in the Theory of Planned Behavior: Examining Attitudes, Norms, Control, and Stereotype Threat to Predict Girls' Math Performance and Intentions

Bettina Casad, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

This webinar will discuss the role of stereotype threat in girls' performance in STEM disciplines. The presentation will review research on stereotype threat and provide evidence for why STEM educators should consider this phenomenon in their classrooms and educational practices. Findings from a study with eighth grade Algebra students who participated in an experiment on stereotype threat will be highlighted. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how educators can help eliminate stereotype threat and its negative influence on girls' performance in STEM disciplines.

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Reducing Gender Difference in 3D Spatial Skills

 
Sheryl Sorby, Ph.D., Professor; Director,Engineering Education Innovation Research Group;Director, Solid Mechanics Area, Michigan Tech
 
Strong spatial visualization skills are cognitive skills that are linked to success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Well-developed math and verbal skills are universally recognized as necessary for success in STEM and the National Science Board maintains that spatial skills should be added to this list (National Science Board, 2010).

Poor performance on spatial-visualization tasks can directly affect students’ perceptions of self-efficacy, particularly among women and individuals from lower socioeconomic groups.
 

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Pink Brain, Blue Brain? Females and Males in Math and Science

Lise Eliot, Ph.D.

Hear the latest science related to female brain development, including the role of genes, hormones, and environmental influences, and how social factors are proving to be far more powerful than popularly conceived. Learn concrete ways educators can help females and rein in harmful stereotypes. As a parent of two sons and one daughter, she understands the difficulty of confronting gender expectations and the value of doing so.

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Strategies for Pre-technical training

 
Kelly Walsh, Program Coordinator at Vermont Works for Women
 
The Rosie’s Girls® Program is a three-week, trades-based summer camp for early adolescentgirls that encourages participants to develop and strengthen their capacities and confidenceand helps them expand their perception of the range of educational and career options that areattainable for them.
 
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