The Every Student Succeeds Act: What’s in It? What Does It Mean for Equity?

Description On December 10th, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA is the most recent version of the federal government’s biggest K-12 law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which came into effect in 1965. ESSA contains a number of meaningful levers that education leaders, parents, members of the business […]

COMING SOON!! Eliminating Barriers by Challenging Gender Norms: Introduction to New NAPE toolkit and workshop

Description Learning feminine norms is a central rite of passage for nearly every girl. Yet STEM interest may be at odds with femininity, particularly during the “gender intensification” years of early adolescence, when belief in traditional gender norms accelerates and STEM interest begins to decline. Although many programs address external variables such as stereotype threat, […]

New Skills for Youth:  Strengthening CTE Systems 

Description In January, JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a new $75 million, five year global initiative to address the youth unemployment crisis and expand young people’s access to economic opportunity.  With the global economy requiring a more skilled workforce, New Skills for Youth is designed to increase dramatically the number of young people who complete […]

The Influence of Social Constructs and Mindsets on Postsecondary Degree Choice: A Research Study

Description: This session will feature the results of a recent study that was conducted with nearly 1,200 college students. The research is grounded in Lent’s Social Cognitive Career Theory and Dweck’s Mindsets’ Theory. Results will provide practitioners with a general understanding of the influence of academic aptitude, social influences, and mindsets on postsecondary degree choice. […]

Elements of a Multifaceted CTE Program Serving Special Populations

Description: In order to maximize learning of students from special populations, CTE programs need to be multifaceted and creative and include components that aid the successful attainment of postsecondary goals. This presentation will feature video-based examples of such components including programs of study delivered through academies, Universal Design for Learning–based teaching strategies, interdepartmental collaboration, external […]

The Student Choice: The Impact of Stereotype Threat and Micro-aggressions on Student Perseverance, Retention and Success

Description: Micro-inequities can be defined as differential treatment, based on minority status .These behaviors create internal barriers to persistence for students, reduce levels of self-efficacy, and increase stereotype threat. Through the often inadvertent perpetuation of micro-inequities, educators unintentionally suppress students’ drive to successful completion of academic goals. This workshop will identify the outcomes of micro-inequities […]

Me, Too! Student Voice as a Critical Component of Achieving Equity in STEM

Description: Hear Me, from Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, is a fresh tool for initiating dialogue and for utilizing the expertise of those most impacted—students—to influence educational practices. Hear Me’s current project in the Greater Pittsburgh Region captures the perspectives of K-12 students on gender bias and STEM and shares their voices with educators, policy […]