Create action plans based on proven strategies to achieve up to 25-50% female enrollment in your STEM classes!
WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp
Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM!
LIVE Online Immersion Training Event on August 5-6, 2015
Dear STEM Educator,
Are you frustrated because you have excellent STEM classes and programs but few, if any, female students?
If you're like me, you have a PASSION for ensuring that every woman and girl feels empowered to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and
But, the reality is, the percentage of female students choosing STEM in the United States is going down. And even when they choose STEM majors, one-third to a half transfer out.
Many educators who really, sincerely want to have more female students are held back by popular but ineffective gender equity outreach and retention methods that, simply put, don't work.
If you're like most of the educators I work with, you have
extraordinary STEM programs...
But you're struggling to recruit and retain more women in STEM.
You're confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs
You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient
You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out
Your male retention rate also needs improvement
If this sounds familiar, I want to help you break through to finally enroll more women in STEM—AND retain them (while improving male retention rates, as well).
I've dedicated my entire career to helping educational institutions have actual increases in female enrollment and retention.
As the Principal Investigator of 5 National Science Foundation grants, I've worked intensively with schools—boots on the ground—to develop the strategies and system that help educators enroll up to 25-50% female students in STEM classes.
My NSF-funded CalWomenTech Project was highlighted by the National Science Foundation for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
After 30 years of service in the field, I've "cracked the code" and developed an 8 point system for recruitment and a 12 point system for retention that provides numerical results in about one year—not just the hope of eventual change 5-10 years down the road that nobody can measure.
I've developed recruitment and retention plan templates based on my 20 point system that requires you to use the plan elements which have resulted in success for so many of our past WomenTech Educators Training participants. I've even created templated personal encouragement and welcoming conversation guides.
I know busy educators don't have time to figure this out all by themselves. That's why I developed rich supplementary online resources that range from examples of women in STEM recruitment videos, to a tested NSF-based spatial reasoning curricula that improves retention.
I love being able to make such a big impact on STEM classrooms around the country, and in turn on the lives of women and girls who have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
I am committed to finding as many ways as possible to get our proven system out to the world. This Summer Bootcamp version of our WomenTech Educators Training is an online version of our 2-day Live Event for those who want to immerse themselves in the knowledgebase and walk away with a recruitment and retention plan that they have customized to their school. Just like in the Live Event, you'll have the opportunity to ask me questions and to volunteer to receive feedback on a section of your plan in front of your fellow Online Summer Bootcamp "recruits!"
So in case you're not convinced that you really can improve recruitment and retention of your female students in your teaching lifetime, here are some of the results of past participants in our WomenTech Educators Training.
It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.
Read about the transformation of the STEM classrooms by our past WomenTech Educators Training participants.
Pam Silvers, Chairperson of Computer Technologies at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in Asheville, NC, credits the live WomenTech Educators Training she attended with changing her approach to female enrollment and helping her to nearly double the female students in her STEM program from 39 to 76.
"Participating in the IWITTS training refined my skills as an instructor and administrator to be an agent of change in this realm. Because Computer Networking and Information Technology was not on the radar of many women, the tools that were given to us by IWITTS for reaching out to students for our entry level class were very effective. And those changes have been institutionalized in my department. Thanks to our work with IWITTS, female enrollment in my department has risen from 19% to 33%."
~ Pierre Thiry, Principal Investigator, Mid-Pacific ICT Regional Center, City College of San Francisco,
San Francisco, CA
"Before [attending the WomenTech Educators training] I had a lot more success retaining women in my database class than in my introductory programming classes -- actually I wasn't retaining any women in my introductory programming classes. They were all dropping. That was a big win for me, that I had an increase in retention of females in my introductory programming courses."
~ Barbara DuFrain, Associate Professor, CS, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX, increased female enrollment in her introductory programming courses by 62% and female and male completion by 45%.
"Completely made me re-evaluate the approach that we have been taking. I realized the many mistakes and plan to make changes that I learned from the training. Great information!"
~ Hector Yanez, Department Chair/CADD Manager of Computer Drafting and Design Technology, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.
Learn the best practices that can increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% and improve female and male completion by 45%.
The WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the first online version of my popular annual 2-day Live Event. I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my five National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 30 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy to access format that packs in as much information as possible.
Over the course of 2 days, you'll be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. You'll walk away with recruitment and retention action plans that you will customize to your school. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 2-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your STEM programs and classes.
Here's an overview of what you're going to learn in my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp!
Plus—Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Ask Questions
from the "Hot Seat!"
My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is not just a special opportunity to pack all of our training into just 2 days—without even leaving your desk! You'll also have a unique chance to get on the "Hot Seat" in front of other "recruits" and have your work on any of the elements of your recruitment and retention plans reviewed by me, Donna Milgram. Don't worry—I promise not to make you do push-ups if you give the wrong answer!
Top 5 Reasons to Attend This Event Now...
1. Receive my WomenTech Educators training in an immersive and convenient format.
In the past, I have only offered this 2-day event in person. Educators love my live trainings, but scheduling and capacity limitations have meant that some educators have not been able to have access to my valuable system. With my new Online Summer Bootcamp, as many educators around the country can join in as would like to—and you can leave the luggage
2. Get your recruitment and retention strategies in shape before school starts.
If you are ready to see more female faces in your STEM classrooms, my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is timed perfectly for you. Lay the groundwork before the fall semester starts by learning actionable recruitment and retention strategies, many of which can be implemented right away.
3. Take away valuable templates and strategies you can share with other educators.
My WomenTech Educators Training is designed to be actionable, because I want to see educators be able to create lasting change for female STEM students in their classes and programs. You'll leave the training equipped with recruitment and retention action plans, personal encouragement and welcoming conversation scripts, and other strategies that can benefit your entire department, in the coming academic year and beyond.
4. Maximize your learning while saving on travel.
While I love to welcome STEM educators to the Bay Area for my live trainings, travel can be a major issue when it comes to planning and departmental budgets. No longer. This is a training that truly only takes 2 days—not a conference that has you spending as much time at the airport as you will in the lecture hall.
5. Learn the strategies that will help you recruit and retain more women in STEM!
The strategies I'll be sharing in the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp have empowered educators across the country to measurably increase the number of women in their STEM classes. If you've ever wanted to take the opportunity to engage in one of our trainings, now is the time.
"Sounds great Donna! But what if I'm not ready?"
Don't worry—my WomenTech Educators Program is easy to follow and I will personally lead you through it over the course of the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp's 2 days! If you are a STEM educator dissatisfied with the number of female students in your classes and programs, that is all it takes to be "ready" for my Bootcamp—I'll be there to teach you everything else.
Over the past 21 years, since I've founded the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science, I've helped educators who feel like they've tried everything and educators who don't know where to begin. No matter where you stand, every classroom can benefit from the proven strategies for recruiting and retaining more women in STEM that I will be sharing in the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp.
"I'm a male educator. Is the Bootcamp right for me?"
Yes! My 2-day intensive online event is a great fit for anyone who is involved in teaching STEM, male or female, especially at the community college level! We've had many male educators come through our WomenTech Educators Training and achieve excellent results. In fact, the majority of STEM educators are male, and I have done this training in the past with 100% male attendees. My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is open to all—the only thing we're focused on is laying the foundation for truly impactful change across your STEM programs.
"What if I'm too busy to attend?"
I know educators like you have busy schedules, even in the summer! That's why I've packed as much value as possible into these 2 days. I've even cut out travel time (and costs!) by making the WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp entirely online.
I know it's easy to get stuck in a busy cycle. But if you don't do anything different, your results will stay the same. If you're dissatisfied with your enrollment numbers, this 2-day event is the perfect opportunity to learn my WomenTech Educators Training knowledgebase all at once and take the first step toward increasing recruitment and retention of female (and male!) students in your classes and programs.
"What will I 'get' out of the WomenTech Educators
Online Summer Bootcamp?"
The WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp contains 8 hours of content on recruitment and 8 hours of content on retention. You'll receive my WomenTech Educators accompanying handouts, recruitment and retention plan templates, and the opportunity to have questions answered and participate through volunteering for the "Hot Seat." At the conclusion of my Bootcamp, you'll have the tools to put in place proven strategies that can help your STEM programs succeed, and help more female (and male) students along to fulfilling STEM careers.
Are you ready to...
- Adopt a program-wide "female-friendly" recruitment approach
- Communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
- Identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
- Make female students feel welcome in the classroom (and learn what not to do)
- Bolster the confidence of your STEM students to ensure success
- Help your female students be successful in the lab
- Teach the building block skills that help to close the experience gap
- Share with other faculty how to teach to female learning style
- Connect with female role models & create community
- Partner with faculty, administrators, student services, and others to work together and boost STEM retention
- Develop a leadership team and employ them effectively
Ready to join us?
Secure your seat PLUS receive my 2 free gifts!
The tuition for my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp is only $497—an investment that can transform the way you recruit women to STEM and increase the number of women in your STEM classes.
The program and our gifts provide value that can be applied to your STEM classes for semesters to come.
I want you to have the tools you need to tackle the problems facing female STEM students at your institution. Remember, each and every one of you is part of the Women and STEM solution.
Join me for my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp and let's achieve more STEM Success for Women!
I look forward to providing you with proven strategies and celebrating STEM Success for Women with you!
Executive Director, The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science
P.S. - Without evidence-based strategies, it's difficult to achieve gender diversity at your educational institution. Learn how to recruit and retain more women in STEM at my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp!