National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
June 2008

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

  • NGCP Updates
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    NGCP Program Directory Survey
    Evaluation & Research Associates will be sending an online survey link to all members in the NGCP Program Directory to investigate the reach and impact of the project. Questions will ask about NGCP-related resources, NGCP events, and general questions about collaboration. Be on the lookout for more information via e-mail. Send questions to Carrie Liston.

    NGCP Event Calendar
    NGCP Collaborative Leads can now add events to the NGCP Event Calendar. If your organization is hosting an event of interest to girl-serving STEM programs, send the event information to your Collaborative Lead or to Mary Swift. The Event Calendar is one of the most visited pages on the NGCP site, so it is great way to learn about and promote STEM events.

    New AWE Pre-College Surveys Available
    Assessing Men and Women in Engineering (AWE) has posted newly revised and tested pre-college surveys (pre and post), developed with NGCP, that measure objectives and participant satisfaction to help organizations evaluate their program effectiveness. Online AWE registration is free.


    Regional Collaborative News

    Kentucky Kick-Off Conference
    Over 80 individuals gathered at the University of Kentucky on Friday, May 23, 2008 for the launch of the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project. Participants came from local K-12 organizations, informal science organizations, higher education, and local corporations. Resources were available from Girls, Inc., Girl Scouts-Wilderness Road, The Gender Chip Project, AAUW, and others. Helen Mountjoy, Secretary of the Kentucky Department of Education, opened the conference with a keynote focusing on the need for the project.

    North Carolina Forum
    On May 28, 2008, The Science House Girls Collaborative held a Forum on developing successful collaborations at The Science House on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus. Susan Jackson, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer of WakeMed Health and Hospitals, opened the Forum with the six key requirements for effective collaboration. Mini-grant applications will be accepted by The Science House Girls Collaborative Project until June 25, 2008. For more information, contact Janet Bailey.

    New Leadership for Florida Collaborative
    During spring of 2007, the Florida Distance Learning Consortium and Girls Get IT stepped up to lead the National Girls Collaborative Project in Florida. Their efforts in Florida have brought girl-serving STEM programs, business leaders, K-12 educators, and higher education together to begin the work of building a stronger, more collaborative network in Florida. As of June 1, 2008, leadership of the Florida Girls Collaborative Project will become the responsibility of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF). Please join us in welcoming the new leadership team. For questions about Florida Girls Collaborative Project activities, contact Amy Foster, GSWCF Director of Program Services.


    Upcoming Events

    NGCP June Webcast
    The Gender Chip Project
    June 11, 2008
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
    How can we use media to inspire young girls to enter the science and technology fields? In this webcast, participants will watch a short clip of "The Gender Chip Project" and discuss ways to use the film, accompanying online toolkits and curricula. When presented in a range of public settings - from professional group meetings to college peer clusters and presentations for high school students - "The Gender Chip Project" provokes deep and wide-ranging conversations among women in the STEM fields, and serves as a springboard to build awareness and affect change at the institutional and policy levels.
    Register:
    http://www.ngcproject.org/events/webcasts.cfm

    29th Annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)
    San Antonio, Texas
    June 29-July 2, 2008

    The NECC Program, hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education, features a broad spectrum of content focused on creating a 21st century learning environment for students.
    http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2008/

    Effective Education Partnerships Conference (EEPC)
    Fairfax, Virginia
    July 10-11, 2008

    Designed to bring together various stakeholders in business/education partnerships, one EEPC breakout session (July 10) will address corporate partnerships that can make a difference in math and science education.
    http://www.eepc2008.com/register.htm

    The Earth Then, Earth Now: Our Changing Climate Educator Conference
    Silver Spring, Maryland
    July 23-24, 2008

    Educators in the Washington, D.C. area who want to learn how to bring this topic into their curriculum are invited to this conference, sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Sally Ride Science.
    http://www.sallyridescience.com/
    for_educators/conferences/climate

    Association for Gender Equity in Leadership in Education (AGELE) National Conference
    Building Leadership for Diversity in Education: Examining the Gender Intersect
    Peabody, Massachusetts
    July 27-30, 2008

    http://www.agele.org/conf2008/


    Resources

    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. A Free tutorial and curriculum units are available at www.microsoft.com/facultyconnection/precollegiate. To request a free copy of the software, fill out the online form by July 31.
    http://www.ngcproject.org/softwarerequest/

    Project Exploration - Discover Your Summer 2008
    This summer science resource guide includes more than 160 programs for middle and high school students throughout the Midwest. Thanks to a special partnership with the Self Reliance Foundation, students can also access information about programs in Spanish. The guide is free and available at: http://www.projectexploration.org/dys.htm

    New AAUW Report Discusses Gender Equity in Education
    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently released the report Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education. The report presents a comprehensive look at girls' education achievement over the past 35 years, paying special attention to the relationship between girls' and boys' progress.

    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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