National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
March 2007

In this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources

  • NGCP Update
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    National Champions Board Meeting and Institute Training
    On January 31, 2007 members of the NGCP National Champions Board came together in Seattle to provide guidance to the extension of the NGCP model across the United States. Leaders from many of the organizations partnering with NGCP on this effort were in attendance. View a list of the Champions Board members here: http://www.pugetsoundcenter.org /ngcp/
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    . On February 1 and 2, 2007 leadership teams from new collaborative sites participated in training about the NGCP model, attended a Northwest Girls Collaborative Project forum at the Microsoft campus, and met with their AAUW liaisons for the first time. AAUW is partnering on this project to provide support to the new regional collaboratives. AAUW’s membership base and grassroots leadership structure provides a broad geographical reach to provide technical assistance and oversight to the expanded NGCP. CalGirls co-leaders and liaison are shown here during an activity at the Institute. View the current list of regional collaboratives here:
    http://www.pugetsoundcenter.org/ngcp/map _regions.html

    NGCP Program Directory
    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.pugetsoundcenter.org/ngcp/directory/


    Upcoming Events


    2007 Global Marathon, For, By and About Women in Engineering on March 22 - 23
    This event is sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, Verizon Business and Lenovo. Girls of all ages can hear key engineering and technology speakers from a variety of technology and engineering backgrounds and careers speak in 30-minute increments about numerous topics. Astronaut Sally Ride will be joined by Lenovo Sr. Vice President Fran O'Sullivan to kick off the event with a live Webcast. During the following 23 hours, speakers from Boeing, the U.S. Army, Northrop Grumman and the Society of Women Engineers, among many others, will share information to increase awareness of educational and career opportunities for females as well as dispel myths about women in technical careers. http://eweek.org/site/News/Eweek/200 7_marathon/index.shtml

    "Collaborations: Creating Success for Special Populations"
    National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Professional Development Institute will be held April 16-19, 2007, Washington, DC. Advance registration and hotel block reservation deadline is March 15, 2007.
    http://www.napequity.org

    NGCP Webcast
    To learn more about the NGCP in your region, please join us for an informative Webcast on April 25, 11 AM- 12 PM Pacific DST. The Webcast will include an overview of the project and an update from each of our new regional collaboratives. We encourage anyone working with girls in STEM or interested in this issue to participate. The Webcast is the first in a series of NGCP Webcasts, presented by the Education Development Center (EDC), to provide project updates and resources relating to informal learning and evaluation and assessment. To receive information about participating in the Webcast, please contact Bethany Carlson.
    http://www.edc.org


    Resources


    Science, Gender and Afterschool Web Casts

    The Educational Equity Center (EEC) and the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research (CYDPR), at the Academy for Educational Development (AED), are pleased to announce two webcasts available for your viewing on the Science Gender and Afterschool Community of Practice Web site:
    http://www.afterschool.org/sga/

    ---Exploring the Impact: Informal Science Experiences for Girls: An innovative research effort exploring the role informal science learning plays in supporting girls' long-term interest in science. Presented by Dr. Dale McCreedy from The Franklin Institute and Dr. Lynn Dierking from the Institute for Learning Innovation. Duration: 35 min.

    ---Successful After-School Science Partnerships: The National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM. Presented by Karen Peterson from the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, and Dr. Martha Peet from the Texas Center for Educational Technology. Duration: 28 min.

    Fairer Science
    New information is available at http://www.FairerScience.org including a blog! Come comment on the blog and check out the new linked and annotated bibliography of diversity and STEM.
    http://www.fairerscience.org/fs- blogs/index.html

    Techbridge Summer Training Institute 2007
    Are you interested in developing a program to encourage girls' interest in technology and science? Would you like to gain girl-tested, hands-on curriculum and learn strategies for success? We invite you to participate in the Techbridge Summer Training Institute in Oakland, CA from August 6-8, 2007. This workshop will teach participants all facets of starting and successfully running a program in technology, science and engineering for girls. Since its founding, Techbridge has served over 1,500 girls in five school districts through after-school and summer programs. In 2005, Techbridge was selected by the National Science Foundation as its "model program demonstrating significant achievement." http://www.techbridgegirls.org/programs_instit ute.html

    ACCESS Student Internship
    NASA is accepting applications for the Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science Internship Project. ACCESS is a 10-week internship project at NASA centers around the United States. ACCESS is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who have strong backgrounds in science and a desire to pursue technical careers. ACCESS interns will work with scientists and engineers in an area compatible with their skills and interests. NASA provides for assistive technology and other reasonable worksite accommodations needed by the student to be a fully productive member of the technology team. Limited travel funds and recommendations for finding accessible housing and transportation will be offered. Applications are currently being accepted, and placements will be announced by April 30, 2007.
    http://university.gsfc.nasa.gov/programs/access.jsp

    Federal Resources for Education Excellence
    The U.S. Department of Education highlights Women's History Month on the updated Federal Resources for Education Excellence (FREE) Web site. There are over 1500 resources including primary historical documents, lesson plans, science visualizations, math simulations, online challenges, mapping tools,and more. This easily accessible information is provided by federal organizations and agencies such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, NEH, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian, NSF, and NASA.
    http://www.free.ed.gov

    WomenTech Portal: Tools for Technology Educators to Recruit and Retain Women and Girls
    This new resource on the IWITTS Web site, connects educators with research-based articles on recruiting and retaining women in technology. Find articles in categories such as bridge courses, spatial reasoning, and learning styles, introducing educators to research on the most effective strategies. Future phases of the Portal will incorporate best practice case studies, student recruitment tools, downloadable posters and marketing materials.
    http://www.iwitts.com/html/womentechportal _home.html


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