button-download-workshop-filesStrand: Increasing access and equity in CTE and STEM
Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 1:45 – 3:00 pm
Room: Williamsburg

ABSTRACT

Want to motivate and inspire more girls to consider non-traditional careers in STEM and the trades? Learn how to use research-based gender equity strategies to spark girls’ futures!

PRESENTER(s)

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Brenda Britsch, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
SciGirls

Biography: Brenda Britsch is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Girls Collaborative Project, a national initiative aimed at increasing equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Brenda believes in the potential of research to transform practice and works to make research accessible to a broad audience of educators and other professionals working to diversify the STEM pipeline.

Dr. Britsch has been working with SciGirls for over ten years, changing the way millions of girls think about STEM. As a principal investigator on the SciGirls Strategies project, Brenda has created curriculum and overseen project implementation which, to date, has helped 49 educators create more gender equitable classrooms.

Social Media: (Twitter)(Facebook)

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Leah Defenbaugh
STEM Outreach Manager
SciGirls

Biography: Leah Defenbaugh manages local outreach efforts for students, parents, and educators. She organizes and executes trainings for educators and STEM professionals, and implements SciGirls programming in formal and informal learning spaces, including after school programs, schools, and museums. She previously lead youth program initiatives at the YMCA of Greater Minnesota and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Milwaukee.

Social Media: (Twitter)(Facebook)

Presenter 3

Alex Dexheimer
Senior STEM Coordinator
SciGirls

Biography: Alex Dexheimer has seven years of experience working in formal and informal K-12 education where he has promoted gender equity in STEM/CTE classrooms through professional development and classroom activities.

Social Media: (Twitter)(Facebook)

DESCRIPTION

SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Practices in Career and Technical Education Pathways for High School Girls is a three-year professional development initiative developed by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) to help career and technical education (CTE) educators and guidance counselors recruit and retain more girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pathways, specifically in technology and engineering. SciGirls Strategies includes a media-rich hybrid professional development short-course for CTE teachers and guidance counselors in the use of gender equitable and culturally responsive teaching and advising strategies. In addition to the course, the participating high school educators and counselors are connected to female STEM role models recruited by local STEM industry partners and project advisors and are required to incorporate role models into their classes or school events. The role models are trained on research-based practices for role models and effective strategies for encouraging girls in STEM. TPT also produced a series of 12 short-form role model videos featuring diverse female technology, engineering, and CTE professionals for use by counselors, educators, girls and families. These Regional Emmy Award-winning videos feature the women at work and at home, describing their challenges and successes.

This interactive session will be led by SciGirls Strategies Principal Investigators and Senior Personnel who have decades of experience in the equity in STEM field, specifically in developing and delivering high-quality professional development to educators focused on gender equitable and culturally responsive strategies. The session will focus on the course itself and the impact of the course on participating educators and counselors, with a particular emphasis on educators’ and counselors’ integration of role models (live and video) into their schools and classrooms. Presenters will share details of the course design and content, including how the course was revised throughout the three years based on facilitator and student feedback and evaluation findings. Significant learning and revision occurred throughout the three iterations of the course resulting ultimately in a resource-rich hybrid (face-to-face and online) experience that focuses on each participating teacher or counselor’s strengths and provides the opportunity and support for them to grow in the areas they select based on a comprehensive self-assessment.

Presenters will share a variety of resources utilized throughout the SciGirls Strategies project, including relevant research articles and engaging online content, as well as resources and materials developed specifically for the project. Presenters will also share the process for recruiting and training female STEM role models for the project and how participating educators incorporated these role models into their classes. Session participants will also view and discuss a selection of the role model videos developed for SciGirls Strategies that feature female STEM role models working in a variety of fields and are available online at no cost.

Event Timeslots (3)

Tuesday, April 17
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TUESDAY | WILLIAMSBURG
Want to motivate and inspire more girls to consider non-traditional careers in STEM and the trades? Learn how to use research-based gender equity strategies to spark girls’ futures!

Williamsburg
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TUESDAY | WILLIAMSBURG
Want to motivate and inspire more girls to consider non-traditional careers in STEM and the trades? Learn how to use research-based gender equity strategies to spark girls’ futures!

Session 3 (Tuesday 1:30-2:45)
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TUESDAY | WILLIAMSBURG
Want to motivate and inspire more girls to consider non-traditional careers in STEM and the trades? Learn how to use research-based gender equity strategies to spark girls’ futures!

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