National Girls Collaborative Project
NGCP E-Newsletter
September 2008

in this issue
  • NGCP Updates
  • Regional Collaborative News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Resources

  • NGCP Updates
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    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 the NGCP 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.

    Regional Collaborative News

    Girls Raised In Tennessee Science (GRITS) Collaborative Kick-Off Conference
    Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
    September 26, 2008

    The GRITS Collaborative Kick-Off Conference is the beginning of a statewide initiative to encourage and support girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through the many girl-serving organizations in Tennessee. The kick-off will showcase Tennessee's outstanding organizations, programs, and events that provide STEM activities for girls in grades K-12. The conference will have speakers, a panel discussion of women scientists, and information on the mini-grant program.
    Register: eventid=98

    Florida Girls Collaborative Project Annual Conference
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    October 10, 2008

    The Florida Girls Collaborative Annual Conference promises something for everyone; whether your organization is already offering STEM programs for girls or you are just learning what STEM is. Learn about NGCP and meet others to share resources and collaborate. Learn how to add evaluation your programs, and how to find funding to make your programs happen. Learn how to successfully market already established STEM programs to girls and their parents.
    Register: nts.cfm?eventid=99

    Maine Girls Collaborative Project Kick- Off
    Wells Commons, University of Maine
    October 10, 2008

    The Maine Girls Collaborative will create a statewide network of girl-serving organizations that encourages participation in STEM. The Kick-Off conference will provide a mechanism for active collaboration and provide up-to-date information to Maine educators about the opportunities for women in STEM fields. This process will increase opportunities for girls in Maine and connect Maine's STEM initiatives for girls with programs throughout the country.

    Connecticut Girls Collaborative Kick-off Conference: Girls in STEM
    Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
    October 28, 2008

    Join the Connecticut Girls Collaborative for an eventful day of speakers and workshops designed to connect the girls in organization to mentors and programs in the world of STEM. Learn how to form collaborations that will introduce girls to science and technology careers. Network and exchange information and resources with other organizations and businesses that share your vision for girls in Connecticut.

    Upcoming Events

    NGCP October Webcast
    Creating Collaborations with NGCP Mini-Grants
    October 8, 2008
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific

    In this interactive webcast you'll learn how to create collaborations using NGCP mini-grant funding. Mini-grants are designed to support collaboration, assessment activities, and projects related to addressing gaps and overlaps in service, and sharing promising practices. Past mini-grant recipients will share inspiring stories and outline strategies for successful partnership and program development. Mini-grant application basics and requirements will be presented. Since 2002, the NGCP has awarded over 100 mini-grants to organizations in California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, Washington, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, and Wisconsin that support girl-serving STEM focused programs.

    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.

    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.


    Teaching Spatial Skills Interviews
    Current National Science Foundation Director Sheryl Sorby is showcased on a new Department of Education Web site with a two part interview, "Teaching Spatial Skills," about her work on spatial learning. In the interviews, Dr. Sorby defines spatial skills; describes how they are used in everyday living, K-12 education, and professional careers; and provides suggestions for teaching spatial skills.

    Techbridge Resources for Role Models
    Interactions with role models can have a lasting impact on career and academic choices. Techbridge has developed extensive resources, including the Resource Guide and Toolkit, intended to help role models and corporations host effective classroom visits and worksite field trips. A toolkit CD accompanies this guide, containing files of sample hands-on activities, icebreaker activities, Future Engineer Certificate, and other resources to make your outreach fun and engaging.

    Gender Chip Project Webinar
    The Gender Chip Project offers both a documentary and companion materials designed to assist teachers, parents and mentors who are encouraging girls to the pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Presented with NGCP, the Gender Chip Project Webinar discusses ways to use the Gender Chip film, accompanying online toolkits, and curricula for different stakeholders. 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.

    Resource Guide on Women in Astronomy
    Now available on the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Web site is the updated, expanded resource guide about the role women have played and are playing in the development of astronomy, "Women in Astronomy: An Introductory Resource Guide." The guide includes both print and Web-based materials and has specific references to the work and lives of 32 women astronomers of the past and present. All the materials are appropriate for student papers and curriculum development.

    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.

    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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    The goal of the National Girls Collaborative Project is to maximize access to shared resources within projects and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.

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