Access and Equity

It is critical to provide every girl high-quality STEM opportunities, regardless of race, ethnicity, geography, income level, and disabililty status. The following resources include research and projects that share exemplary practices for engaging and serving girls who are often most underrepresented in STEM. 

Project Exploration's Sisters4Science: Involving Urban Girls of Color in Science Out of School
http://niost.org/pdf/afterschoolmatters/asm_2010_11_june/asm_2010_11_june-3.pdf

This article, published in Afterschool Matters, describes Sisters4Science, an afterschool program for middle and high school urban girls of color. Sisters4Science is designed to get girls interested in science, keep girls interested in science, and equip girls with skills and experiences that enable them to pursue science.

Engaging Latino Youth in Community-Based Programs: Findings from the first ten years of the Oregon 4-H Latino Outreach Project
http://www.extension.org/mediawiki/files/c/c1/Engaging_Latino_Youths_in_Community_-_Based_Programs.pdf

Report published by Oregon State University Extension Service highlighting effective strategies for engaging Latino Youth in Community-Based Programs.

June 2012 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Webinar: Research and Strategies for Engaging African American and Latino Families in Informal STEM Education
On this webinar, ITEST programs shared strategies to meaningfully engage families of underrepresented and minority youth in STEM activities in informal learning environments to promote student learning and to effectively measure parent involvement.
View: ITEST June 2012 Webinar

GirlsRISEnet
http://girlsrisenet.org/

Report Girls RISEnet National Museum Network, a NSF-funded initiative, focuses on strengthening the professional capacity of informal science educators across the country to engage and motivate minority girls to explore and pursue careers in science and engineering. 

Addressing Core Equity Issues in K-12 Computer Science Education
http://csta.acm.org/Communications/sub/Documents.html

This report from Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the Anita Borg Institute, and the University of Arizona focuses on the critical absence of women and underrepresented minority students from computing at the K-12 level. 

AccessSTEM Critical Junctures
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Stem/flowchart.html
The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) has identified critical junctures on the pathway to STEM careers for youth with disabilities and project inputs that can support youth in reaching these junctures. AccessSTEM also provides guidance for educators, parents, and other advocates to help students reach these critical junctures.  

Basics About Disabilities and Science and Engineering Education
http://stores.lulu.com/sevo
This publication is available for free download and includes an introduction to disability issues, history, laws, and research for educators who have little or no experience with students or colleagues with disabilities. 

High School/High Tech Program Guide: A Comprehensive Transition Program Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for Youth with Disabilities
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/hsht/program-guide
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this comprehensive program of transition services utilizes an array of activities identified in the Guideposts for Success to expose youth with disabilities to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and encourage them to pursue postsecondary education to prepare for such careers. 

SciTrain
http://www.catea.gatech.edu/scitrain/
SciTrain is a research initiative to train high school math and science teachers to be more effective instructors for students with disabilities. Resources include the publication, Accomodating Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Findings from Research and Practice for Middle Grades through University Education, and a database of other publications related to science and mathematics accomodations. 

Webinars
The following NGCP and CSCP (Computer Science Collaboration Project) webinars present exemplary practices, program models, and resources for engaging underrepresented girls in STEM. The webinars are archived and can be accessed at any time and the accompanying powerpoint slides are also available for download.

Increasing Equity and Diversity in the STEM Workforce: Issues and Strategies

Engaging Underserved Youth: Strategies for Family Involvement

Girls RISEnet: Strategies to Build Capacity to Engage Minority Girls

Engaging and Supporting Latinas in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Universal Design in Education: Philosophy, Research, and Application

Making Programs More Inclusive and Accessible for Youth with Disabilities