National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
August 2008

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  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP RSS Feed Launched
    NGCP has launched an RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication) for NGCP updates, STEM resources, and recent articles about girls in STEM. The Feed allows those interested in NGCP to receive e-mail or live bookmark updates on a regular basis. This feed will not replace this monthly resource. View and subscribe to the feed:
    http://rss.psctlt.org/ ngcp.xml

    NGCP September Webcast
    Effective Strategies for Working with Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Part 2)
    September 10, 2008
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    This webcast is a follow-up event to our November 2007 webcast. We will discuss relevant research about working effectively with girls in STEM and highlight two program models that are successfully integrating research-based strategies into their girl-serving STEM programs. The November 2007 webcast recording and summary publication are both available online.
    Register:
    http://www.ngcproject.org/events/webcasts.cfm


    Regional Collaborative News

    Regional Collaboratives Kick-Off Conferences This Fall

    Girls Raised in Tennessee Science Collaborative Kick-Off
    Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
    September 26, 2008
    http://www.ngcproject.org/tennessee

    Maine Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off
    Wells Commons, University of Maine
    October 10, 2008
    http://www.ngc project.org/maine

    Connecticut Girls Collaborative Kick-Off (new date and location)
    Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
    October 28, 2008
    http://www.ngcproject.org/connecticut


    Upcoming Events

    National Conference on Science in Out-of-School Time
    Chicago, Illinois
    September 17-19, 2008

    This conference, hosted by the Coalition for Science After School and Project Exploration, will discuss the growing movement for science and technology in out-of-school time.
    http://www.scienceafterschoolconference.org

    Society of Women Engineers 2008 Conference
    AWE Implementation Workshop
    Baltimore, Maryland
    November 8, 2008

    NGCP representatives will lead a hands-on session on how to integrate assessment into program planning cycles and use the Assessing Women in Engineering (AWE) pre-college instruments developed in collaboration with NGCP. NGCP affiliates and members may attend at a special, one-day conference rate.
    http://www.we08.org


    Resources

    Girls' and Boys' Math Performance Now Equal
    A new study published in the Science magazine July 15, 2008 issue, "Gender Similarities Characterize Math Performance," reports that girls and boys performances in math on assessment tests are now equal based on a study of seven million students in ten states. Read the article or listen to the NPR report, "Girls' Math Skills Equal To Boys', Study Finds."

    NCWIT Talking Points Resource
    The National Center for Women and Information (NCWIT) has new Talking Points, by the NCWIT K-12 Alliance and NCWIT social scientists. A downloadable PDF is available online and discusses misconceptions about IT careers, how girls can prepare for successful admission to a relevant program in college, and how careers in IT provide meaningful work.

    AWE Research Overviews
    Organizing a mentoring program? Be sure to check out the mentoring overview at AWEonline.org. Developed in collaboration with National Academy of Engineering Center for the Advancement of Scholarship of Engineering Education (NAE CASEE), these overview tools on numerous topics are designed so that practitioners can get the benefit of research (what works, what doesn't) without having to take the time to find and read all of the relevant articles. If you have suggestions for new topics, send them to awe@engr.psu.edu .

    Becoming Leaders Handbook
    A new resource developed by the Society of Women Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers, Becoming Leaders: A Practical Handbook for Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology, is now available. The handbook includes strategies for students in STEM, helpful tips for job hunting, and discusses topics such as work-life balance and more. The handbook can be purchased online at http://www.asce.org/bookstore/book.cfm? book=8421.

    Inadequate Progress in U.S. Scientific Talent
    Tapping America's Potential (TAP), a coalition of 16 of the nation's leading business organizations, recently released a report assessing three years' progress in working towards the TAP goal of doubling the number of students earning bachelor's degrees in STEM by 2015. The TAP progress report, "Gaining Momentum, Losing Ground," indicates that despite growing support for the TAP agenda in recent years, little real progress has been made toward the goal of doubling the number of students earning bachelor's degrees in STEM subjects. The number of STEM degrees awarded to undergraduate students has only increased by 24,000, to 225,000 -a number that is not on track to meet the TAP goal 400,000 by 2015.

    Microsoft Expression Web Software Available for NGCP Members
    Microsoft has donated their Expression Web Software to the National Girls Collaborative Project to distribute to non-profit organizations working with high school girls. The software allows students to learn how to build a Web site from the ground up. Tutorial and curriculum units available at http://www.microsoft.com/facultyconnection/preco llegiate. Request the software at http: //www.ngcproject.org/softwarerequest.

    NGCP Program Directory - Register your Program Today!
    The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs and contact information.
    http://www.ngcproject.org/directory











    American Association of University Women (AAUW) members across the country are serving as Regional Liaisons for the National Girls Collaborative Project. These Regional Liaisons help the people involved in the NGCP to make connections - to one another, to resources on gender equity, and to AAUW.

    AWE is the Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project, which provides exportable assessment instruments, literature resources, and methodologies for Women in Engineering and similar programs. AWE is developing resources for use by K-12 STEM programs as part of NGCP services.


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