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Customized Feedback + Working as a Team = Amazing Results!

 

Dedicated WomenTech Educators Online Training Exclusively for Your Group

Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to have outcomes like the colleges that attended our recent Online Training:

  • 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses
  • 6 of 7 colleges increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months

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In this video, trainer Donna Milgram shares a quick retention tip to support women in your STEM classes:

What Educators Are Saying About the Training

“The WomenTech Educators Workshop uniquely brought us together with an eye toward making class more friendly and informative. Whether teaching in the curricular area of Technology education, teaching Information Technology or teaching vocational education – Natl. IWITTS Training is a must.“

84% Knowledge Increase Online Training ChartSource: Participants in WomenTech Educators Online Training. External evaluator's report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project.

 

You Will Learn:

Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment

✓ Top three recruitment strategies & how to put them to use
✓ How to adopt a program-wide “female friendly” recruitment approach
✓ How to communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Effective strategies to involve faculty & staff in your recruiting effort

Gender Diversity in STEM: Boosting Enrollment & Implementing New Culture

✓ Barriers to recruiting women into STEM & how to overcome them
✓ How to identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success in STEM: See actionable examples of successful STEM programs

Strategies to Keep STEM Students on Course & Improve Graduation Rates

✓ How to make female students feel welcome and what not to do
✓ Ways to bolster confidence in STEM students to ensure success
✓ Strategies to help your female students be successful in the lab
✓ Building block skills to help close the experience gap

Addressing the STEM Challenge: Appeal to Women Who Aren't Excited by STEM

✓ How faculty can teach to female learning styles
✓ How to connect students with female role models & create community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know

Build a Leadership Team Model for Women in STEM: Strategies for Success

✓ Ways to partner with faculty, administrators, student services & others
✓ No educator is an island: How to work together & boost STEM retention
✓ Top 3 qualities of an effective Leadership Team & how to employ them

Download the brochure to share with others in your institution (PDF).

Download a sample letter to gain support (DOC).

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I learned so much about retention from the online training, I decided our entire Engineering and Technology Department could benefit and we are bringing the online training to our school and rolling it out to all of the technical faculty over the next two years.

~ Van Madray, Dean, Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

 

You Will Take Away:

  1. An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
  2. A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male students), starting this semester.
  3. The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action, right away.
  4. A final presentation highlighting your successful outcomes which you can use to garner additional support.
    Optional: Participants may receive one unit of continuing education credit from Fresno Pacific University.

Your Institution Can Achieve Results Like These:

✓ A Georgia community college went from only 1 female student in an introductory Emerging Technology course to 15 females out of 17 students the next semester.
✓ A Massachusetts community college went from 1 female student in its introductory manufacturing class to 9 females out of 13 students the next semester. Plus, 100% of both female and male students were retained!

Schedule and What's Included:

  • Time period: 10-12 weeks of online training plus 6 months of customized feedback and coaching
  • Hours required: 1 hour per week asynchronous, high-quality video modules + 1 hour meeting as a team to develop
    YOUR school’s Recruitment and Retention Action Plans!
  • Team building during the orientation week call
  • Target audience laser coaching call during week 1 to help your team get this critical first step right
  • 2 hour-long Recruitment and Retention Plan feedback calls per team
  • Support for Implementation Call 3 months out and unlimited email support
  • Virtual presentation report on outcomes by all teams at 6-month mark
  • Total of 5.5 hours of customized feedback per team
  • Each team receives transcripts and recordings of all coaching calls
  • Optional: Hold online training in a live 4-day online Bootcamp style format

Why Have a Dedicated WomenTech Educators Online Training for Your Group:

  • The more people you can train in your department, region, or state, the more likely you are to see significant increases in female students, as well as lasting institutional change.
  • Get significant value out of your training dollars: You can reach a large number of educators, without incurring any travel costs.
  • Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this weekly, self-paced training combined with two live Q&A calls that are recorded and archived and an online learning community.
  • Your group can implement what they're learning while the 12-week training is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the group.
  • You'll have the opportunity to pair up with practice partners in your group to work on your welcoming conversations, your personal encouragement conversations, and on modifying the curriculum with others in your program area.
  • Our training encourages pairing and teamwork that facilitate cross-departmental relationships, providing benefits that go far beyond the training itself.
 

Support for Recruiting Participants to the Training:

We’ll help you get others in your educational community as excited as you are about the WomenTech Educators Training.  We recommend you recruit participants in teams so they’ll have more support for implementation and we’ll strategize with you on how to do this.  We'll also provide you with a series of customizable emails to recruit participants.

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The more educators who are trained, the more effective you will be!

Dedicated Online Training and Customized Feedback Provided by Donna Milgram:

Milgram speaking at US DOE Symposium

Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) and has been Principal Investigator on 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants – including the CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects nationally by the American Association of University Women.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM, Ms. Milgram has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 states and Canada.
  • She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recent presentation highlights include:
    • U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium;
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Challenging Technical Privilege Symposium Panel; and,
    • Engineering for Kids Conference (Keynote Presenter).  

  • Donna has been featured in the media on CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and more.
  • An innovative leader, Donna Milgram draws upon over 21 years of experience leading successful projects, such as the NSF-highlighted CalWomenTech Project.
 

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What Educators Are Saying About the Training:

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"The training was time well spent. It was such a minimal amount of time to get so many concrete implementable strategies. The WomenTech Educators Online Training gives you the most for your money—you can implement the tools immediately with minimal resources and see true quantitative results!"

~ Phyllis Baca, Director of STEM Initiatives, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

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"We have the first three women in our Auto Technology Program and really want to make sure they succeed. After participating in the WomenTech Educator's online training, we created additional open lab time for them, realizing they may need extra time to develop hands-on skills in a nonthreatening atmosphere. Two months into the course they are still with us. I learned so much about retention from the online training, I decided our entire Engineering and Technology Department could benefit and we are bringing the online training to our school and rolling it out to all of the technical faculty over the next two years."

~ Van Madray, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators training was the best decision I have made in a long time! During the training, I developed a Recruitment and Retention Plan for one of the CIS programs. This is not a training where you consider doing "something" when you get back to your office, you are actually developing and obtaining feedback from other colleagues on what they have done and how you can improve your plan before implementation! Plus, I will be able to take my experience and work on other programs of study using the same framework."

~ Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

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"The WomenTech Educators Online Training has the potential to change the way you view your program. Important data is presented with passion and humor. I want you to know I have gained a great deal from the course. By the time you have a graduate degree and have worked in education for decades, most "professional development" is repetitive. I can honestly say that you have given me much to think about and that it will result in changes to my approach to course development."

~ Lauran Sattler, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems, Ivy Tech Community College, President's Award for Instructional Excellence 2007, Warsaw, IN

Marcello

"The online training was very manageable because it was asynchronous. I'm always teaching an overload, but you watch the training videos at your leisure, and participate as you're able. Because of that I was able to integrate the training into my very busy schedule."

~ Dr. Cynthia V. Marcello, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, SUNY Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, NY

Sharris

"I learned a lot of new methods and perspectives on retention I did not have before and I've already started making changes on how I do things here at my school! The WomenTech Educators Online Training was a content-filled and highly informative training program."

~ Antigone Sharris, Full-time Faculty & Program Coordinator, Engineering Technology Program, Triton College, River Grove, IL

See the full list of testimonials

The WomenTech Educators Online Training System for Success

IWITTS has cracked the code to helping community colleges broaden participation as soon as the next semester with the WomenTech Educators Training System – developed during our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and now available to all community colleges through IWITTS's WomenTech Online Training program. The proven formula that makes this system so effective includes the following elements:

WomenTech Educators Training System

Why a Team-Based Training System?

The WomenTech Educators Online Training System recommends schools participate in teams of 6-10 because working as a team has proven critical to helping other colleges see real results and enact institutional change. Participating in teams ensures that all the key stakeholders are represented and invested in the Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans your college develops as part of the training, while also improving the infrastructure of your college to broaden participation. (See “The Power of Teams” below for recommendations on potential team members.)

Pre-Training Activities and Support

A pre-training consultation with your trainer will help set your college up for success. Trainer will meet with you to help with: 1) Team composition and development; 2) Baseline data collection and analysis for targeted career pathway of each team; and if appropriate, 3) Review of related grant proposal and discussion on how to meet grant goals.

Focus on 1 STEM Career Pathway

Each team that participates in the WomenTech Educators Online Training program will need to choose 1 career pathway/program (example: engineering technology) in which women are underrepresented to focus on. Keep in mind that each team’s recruitment and retention strategies will differ by program because the outreach materials, talking points, prerequisites, building block skills, and female role models will all be unique to each program. We recommend teams pick a career pathway in a high-demand area where employers are hiring at relatively high wages, so you can share this information with prospective female (and male) students!

Training Modules and Plan Development

Based on proven practices, the WomenTech Educators Training curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 NSF projects and over 20 years of success in assisting educational institutions in recruiting and retaining female students in programs around the country. As part of the training, each team will develop a custom Women in STEM Recruitment Plan and a Retention Plan using a proven template. The plan templates include required key elements that set teams up to be successful. (See the Training Learning Outcomes and Take Aways for more details.)

Team Building and Customized Feedback for Each Team
Note: Each team receives transcripts and recordings of all coaching calls

In our successful NSF CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training itself, support for implementation with trainer Donna Milgram was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results. The WomenTech Educators Online Training program includes 6 hours of call time for each team with Donna:

  1. Team-Building Orientation Call (Includes Laser Coaching on Target Audience) – This first 1.5 hour call with each team and trainer sets them up to be high-functioning Leadership Teams and takes them through the nuts and bolts of training logistics, such as choosing a weekly meeting time for homework/plan development. Trainer will also help each team take the critical, first step of their Recruitment Plan – choosing the best target audience for your school. Target audience impacts every portion of a team’s Recruitment Plan, so it’s critical to get it right at the start.
  2. Recruitment Plan Feedback Call and Retention Plan Feedback Call in Weeks Following Training – Trainer will provide an hour of customized feedback on each action plan – 1 call on a team’s Recruitment Plan and 1 on their Retention Plan. Teams will also receive another round of written feedback when they revise and finalize plans after these calls.
  3. Team Support for Implementation Call 3 Months After Training – Teams receive personalized support from their trainer on implementing Recruitment and Retention Plans during this 1-hour team call.
  4. Final Group Presentation Call Presentation 6 Months After Training –Teams will have a chance to present and hear from the other teams in the training. The information your teams present can be included in reports to funders and in future grant proposals.

“The [Customized Feedback] sessions really keep you on task. It’s too easy for this to be just one project among dozens, and the calls give you just-in-time reminders. It’s very helpful when you’re in the middle of implementing your plan to be reminded of something from the training you might want to go back and look at, or to receive new information from Donna [Trainer] that you need just at that moment."

~ Patrick J. Enright, Dean for Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ

Who is this WomenTech Educators Online Training System for?

This program is recommended for community colleges that are serious about broadening participation in their institution’s STEM programs where women are underrepresented, and are ready to do so in 1-years’ time.

 

The Power of Teams:

Teams communicate as a single voice during the program. Team members join together weekly to synthesize and apply the information into a group assignment; assignments build to create full Recruitment and Retention Action Plans during the training. To achieve these results, each team is required to focus on one career pathway which can be scaled and/or replicated later on.

What WomenTech Educator Participants Said About Their Teams in the Training:

“We have a fabulous team. So many people have different varied areas of expertise. We meet Wednesday mornings and everybody is energized and works hard.”

~ Patti Williams, Faculty, Surveying & Mapping Technologies, Mid-west College

Who Should Be On Your Team:

To be most effective, each team consists of a group of 6-10 members with a variety of stakeholders. Below are the recommended core team members (not every team will have every job title!):

  • Dean or Chair of the Department of the targeted program (recommended)
  • Director of the Technology Center (or equivalent)
  • Principal Investigator of grant (if applicable)
  • Dean of Instruction Minimum of two instructors in targeted courses (highly recommended)
  • Math administrator (if your core targeted courses have math prerequisites)
  • Outreach & Recruitment Director/Staff
  • Curriculum Developer
  • STEM Coordinator Learning Center Director/Staff
  • Counselor/Advisor
  • Workforce Development Director
  • Research & Planning Officer

Download a sample "Join My Team" letter (DOC)

 

Bonuses Included with the Dedicated WomenTech Educators Online Training:

WomenTech eBookThe WomenTech Classroom eBook: A Treasure Trove of Hard-to-Find Women in STEM Resources for Educators
Instantly access hard to find women in STEM classroom resources and online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. This downloadable guide includes links to sample curriculums and websites that teach STEM in a female-friendly way. 

 

OutreachKit SmWomen in Technology Outreach Kit
This easy-to-use downloadable kit has examples and fill-in-the-blank templates for program brochures, flyers, recruitment presentations, and school website sections that all include female role models. The female role model questionnaire has all the proven questions to ask your role models.

 

STEM Master ClassNEW: STEM Success for Women Master Class
12, hour-long audio interviews and transcripts from educators who have successfully recruited and retained female students in STEM, sharing the step-by-step *recipe* for how they achieved this. The Master Class is the recorded version of our recent powerful STEM Success for Women Telesummit.

 

Unlimited PotentialUnlimited Potential Posters (Set of 6)
Each team receives a set of 6 posters! Images of female role models on the job help women and girls picture themselves in STEM career pathways.

 

TechnologyBannerRole Model Banner
Each team receives a 6’ x 2’ banner in the career pathway of their choice.

 

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Bring Our Training to Your Location!

Based on proven practices, the workshop curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and over 20 years of success in assisting educational institutions in recruiting and retaining female students in programs around the country. Our work was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness.

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Watch this short video to learn how to avoid the most common mistakes educators make in recruiting female students

What Educators Are Saying About the Training

“The National IWITTS workshop provides participants with a plethora of useful strategies for recruiting and retaining girls and women in technical programs. An exceptional educational experience.“

Tools to Gain Support from Your Colleagues:

Download the sample training agenda (PDF) 
Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution
Download a sample letter to gain support (DOC)

Knowledge Increase Training ChartSource: Participants in WomenTech Educators Training. External evaluator's report to the National Science Foundation for the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project, March 2013.

 

You Will Learn:

Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment

✓ Top three recruitment strategies & how to put them to use
✓ How to adopt a program-wide “female friendly” recruitment approach
✓ How to communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Effective strategies to involve faculty & staff in your recruiting effort

Gender Diversity in STEM: Boosting Enrollment & Implementing New Culture

✓ Barriers to recruiting women into STEM & how to overcome them
✓ How to identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success in STEM: See actionable examples of successful STEM programs

Strategies to Keep STEM Students on Course & Improve Graduation Rates

✓ How to make female students feel welcome and what not to do
✓ Ways to bolster confidence in STEM students to ensure success
✓ Strategies to help your female students be successful in the lab
✓ Building block skills to help close the experience gap

Addressing the STEM Challenge: Appeal to Women Who Aren't Excited by STEM

✓ How faculty can teach to female learning styles
✓ How to connect students with female role models & create community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know

Building a Leadership Team Model for Women in STEM: Strategies for Success

✓ Ways to partner with faculty, administrators, student services & others
✓ No educator is an island: How to work together & boost STEM retention
✓ Top 3 qualities of an effective Leadership Team & how to employ them

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"As a result of working with IWITTS, over two years the percentage of women in targeted classes at CCRI went from 10.8% to 14.3%"

~ Peter Woodberry, Community College of Rhode Island

" I have already implemented retention strategies from IWITTS with much success. The workshop has empowered me!"

~ Jessica J. du Maine, St. Louis Community College

You Will Take Away

  1. An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
  2. A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male students), starting this semester.
  3. The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away, and the bonus tools that will help you be even more successful. (See Ready to Go Outreach Materials section below)

Your Institution Can Achieve Results Like These:

✓ A Georgia community college went from only 1 female student in an introductory Emerging Technology course to 15 females out of 17 students the next semester.
✓ A Massachusetts community college went from 1 female student in its introductory Manufacturing class to 9 females out of 13 students the next semester. Plus, 100% of both female and male students were retained!

Choose the Training Package that's the Best Fit for Your Institution:

Onsite Training Packages

The WomenTech Educators Training System for Success

IWITTS has cracked the code to helping community colleges broaden participation as soon as the next semester with the WomenTech Educators Training System – developed during our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and now available to all community colleges through IWITTS's WomenTech Online Training program. The proven formula that makes this system so effective includes the following elements:

WomenTech Educators Training System

Why a Team-Based Training System?

The WomenTech Educators Training System recommends schools participate in teams of 6-10 because working as a team has proven critical to helping other colleges see real results and enact institutional change. Participating in teams ensures that all the key stakeholders are represented and invested in the Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans your college develops as part of the training, while also improving the infrastructure of your college to broaden participation. (See “The Power of Teams” below for recommendations on potential team members.)

Pre-Training Activities and Support

A pre-training consultation with your trainer will help set your college up for success. Trainer will meet with you to help with: 1) Team composition and development; 2) Baseline data collection and analysis for targeted career pathway of each team; and if appropriate, 3) Review of a related grant proposal and discussion on how to meet grant goals.

Focus on 1 STEM Career Pathway

Each team that participates in the WomenTech Educators Training program will need to choose 1 career pathway/program (example: engineering technology) in which women are underrepresented to focus on. Keep in mind that each team’s recruitment and retention strategies will differ by program because the outreach materials, talking points, prerequisites, building block skills, and female role models will all be unique to each program. We recommend teams pick a career pathway in a high-demand area where employers are hiring at relatively high wages, so you can share this information with prospective female (and male) students!

Training Modules and Plan Development

Based on proven practices, the WomenTech Educators Training curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 NSF projects and over 20 years of success in assisting educational institutions in recruiting and retaining female students in programs around the country. As part of the training, each team develops a custom Women in STEM Recruitment Plan and a Retention Plan using a proven template. The plan templates include required key elements that set teams up to be successful. (See the Training Learning Outcomes and Take Aways for more details.)

Team Building and Customized Feedback for Each Team
Note: Each team receives transcripts and recordings of all coaching calls

In our successful NSF CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training itself, support for implementation with trainer Donna Milgram was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results. The WomenTech Educators Training program includes 6 hours of call time for each team with Donna:

  1. Team-Building Orientation Call (Includes Laser Coaching on Target Audience) – This first 1.5 hour call with each team and trainer sets them up to be high-functioning Leadership Teams and takes them through the nuts and bolts of training logistics, such as choosing a weekly meeting time for homework/plan development. Trainer will also help each team take the critical, first step of their Recruitment Plan – choosing the best target audience for your school. Target audience impacts every portion of a team’s Recruitment Plan, so it’s critical to get it right at the start.
  2. Recruitment Plan Feedback Call and Retention Plan Feedback Call in Weeks Following Training – Trainer will provide an hour of customized feedback on each action plan – 1 call on a team’s Recruitment Plan and 1 on their Retention Plan. Teams will also receive another round of written feedback when they revise and finalize plans after these calls.
  3. Team Support for Implementation Call 3 Months After Training – Teams receive personalized support from their trainer on implementing Recruitment and Retention Plans during this 1-hour team call.
  4. Final Group Presentation Call Presentation 6 Months After Training –Teams will have a chance to present and hear from the other teams in the training. The information your teams present can be included in reports to funders and in future grant proposals.

“The [Customized Feedback] sessions really keep you on task. It’s too easy for this to be just one project among dozens, and the calls give you just-in-time reminders. It’s very helpful when you’re in the middle of implementing your plan to be reminded of something from the training you might want to go back and look at, or to receive new information from Donna [Trainer] that you need just at that moment."

~ Patrick J. Enright, Dean for Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ

Who is this WomenTech Educators Training System for?

This program is recommended for community colleges that are serious about broadening participation in their institution’s STEM programs where women are underrepresented, and are ready to do so in 1-years’ time.

The Power of Teams:

Each in-person training accommodates up to 6 teams, with a total of up to 40 participants. After the initial training at your location, team members work together to implement the Recruitment and Retention Action Plans they developed during the training. To achieve these results, each team is required to focus on one career pathway.

Who Should Be on Your Team:

To be most effective, each team consists of a group of 6-10 members with a variety of stakeholders. Below are the recommended core team members (not every team will have every job title!):

  • Dean or Chair of the Department of the targeted program (recommended)
  • Director of the Technology Center (or equivalent)
  • Principal Investigator of grant (if applicable)
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Minimum of 2 instructors in targeted courses (highly recommended)
  • Math administrator if your core targeted courses have math prerequisites
  • Outreach & Recruitment Director/Staff
  • Curriculum Developer
  • STEM Coordinator
  • Learning Center Director/Staff
  • Counselor/Advisor
  • Workforce Development Director
  • Research & Planning Officer

Who is the Audience for the Training:

Training is not limited to women – men benefit from the training just as much and often more. The WomenTech Educators Training will be customized to focus on your school's grade level(s): two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, high schools, middle schools. Whether you're looking to have more women in engineering, women in technology, women in computer science or women in the trades, these strategies will work for you! We work with individual educational institutions as well as at the regional and state level.

How to Recruit Participants to the Training:

We'll help you get other educators as excited as you are about the WomenTech Educators Training. We'll also provide you with a series of customizable emails to recruit participants.

About Your Trainers:

Milgram speaking at US DOE Symposium

Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS) and has been Principal Investigator on 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) grants – including the CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by the NSF for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness and chosen as 1 of 3 model projects nationally by the American Association of University Women.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM, Ms. Milgram has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 states and Canada.
  • She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recent presentation highlights include:
    • U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium;
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Challenging Technical Privilege Symposium Panel; and,
    • Engineering for Kids Conference (Keynote Presenter).  

  • Donna has been featured in the media on CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and more.
  • An innovative leader, Donna Milgram draws upon over 21 years of experience leading successful projects, such as the NSF-highlighted CalWomenTech Project.

Download a full bio of Donna Milgram (PDF)

Sign Up to Talk with Donna Milgram about WomenTech Educators Professional Development

Carmen Lamha

Carmen Lamha is a dynamic trainer with hands-on experience increasing the number of women in technology classrooms, having achieved impressive results in the Computer Networking Information Technology department, which she chairs, at the City College of San Francisco, one of eight sites in the IWITTS CalWomenTech Project. The percentage of female students increased from 18 % to an average enrollment rate of 26.4%. The retention rates of female students increased from a 64% baseline to 79% on average (up by 23%). The retention rate of male students increased as well.  Ms. Lahma was the Co-Principal Investigator of the CalWomenTech Project and is the Co-Chair of the California Joint Special Population Advisory Committee (JSPAC).

Download a full bio of Carmen Lamha (PDF)

 
 
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What Educators Are Saying About the Training:

Woodberry

"One thing that was especially valuable about the WomenTech Educators Training was having a variety of people come to the table to talk about all the issues. It was interesting for faculty to learn how they can engage students who might be on the fringes of the class, not necessarily just female students either. Also, in our publications and brochures, we're now as likely to use images of women as of men. As a result of working with IWITTS, over two years the percentage of women in targeted classes at CCRI went from 10.8% to 14.3%."

~ Peter Woodberry, PhD, Dean of Business, Science & Technology, Community College of Rhode Island, Newport, RI

Schmidt

"A lot of people, including me before I met Donna, do a lot of things that aren't necessarily recruitment, they're career awareness tools. People think if you put up a flyer that will solve the problem. Donna really taught us proven techniques to grow the program."

~ Edie Schmidt, Professor, Technology Leadership and Innovation/Supply Chain Management Technology, College of Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Mathur

"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the recruitment and retention plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

du Maine

"The most valuable things I received from working with IWITTS were strategies that have been researched and have data to support them. There are also many inexpensive strategies; "inexpensive" is a key term in these difficult economic times. I anticipate additional increased retention in my programs. I have already implemented retention strategies from IWITTS with much success. The workshop has empowered me!"

~ Jessica J. du Maine, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, Electrical/Electronic Engineering & Technology, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO

du Enright

"At the WomenTech Educators Workshop, it was eye-opening to learn that there is a long list of simple things we could be doing that would make women feel more welcome and included, for example the pictures we use to market the program, and some curricular approaches in the lab environment.

The first big benefit that we've seen is finding out the cross-campus interest in this topic. We've put together a team of 30 people covering a variety of academic departments, student services, admissions, and counseling. The workshop gives everyone a common language to continue discussions.

I don't see how we couldn't be successful. In the upcoming fall, we're looking forward to having more women in our Engineering and Computer Information Systems departments."

~ Patrick J. Enright, Dean for Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ

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Here Are Just a Sample of Our Many Past Clients:

  • SouthWestern College, Chula Vista, CA
  • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 
  • State of Kentucky, Dept. for Technical Education, Cabinet for Workforce Development, Frankfort, KY 
  • Convergence Technology Center, Collin County Community College, Plano, TX (ATE Center)
  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing, Gadsden, AL  (ATE Center)
  • Quincy Public Schools, Center for Technical Education, Quincy, MA 
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology, AIM Institute, Omaha, NE (ATE Center)
 

Start Recruiting Right Away with Ready-To-Go Outreach Materials:

WomenTech eBookThe WomenTech Classroom eBook: A Treasure Trove of Hard-to-Find Women in STEM Resources for Educators
Instantly access hard to find women in STEM classroom resources and online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. This downloadable guide includes links to sample curriculums and websites that teach STEM in a female-friendly way. 

 

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This easy-to-use downloadable kit has examples and fill-in-the-blank templates for program brochures, flyers, recruitment presentations, and school website sections that all include female role models. The female role model questionnaire has all the proven questions to ask your role models.

 

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Each team receives a 6’ x 2’ banner in the career pathway of their choice.

 
 
 

Finally, Outreach Materials for Women and Girls in CTE to Show "You Can Do It!"

Create a positive welcoming school environment!

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STEM Success Classroom Toolkit

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The ultimate Toolkit to help your state meet Perkins performance indicators for nontraditional participation

Unlimited Potential Poster: Women Work in Engineering TechnologyThe key to increasing the number of women in CTE & STEM is female role models on the job. Women and girls don’t think of themselves in careers as engineers or auto technicians or computer network administrators because the percentage of women is still small.

Female role models help get these careers on the radar of women and girls, because they’re able to see someone who looks like them on the job. And they think to themselves, "That might be interesting! If she can do it, I can do it too."

If we ever want to increase our percentages beyond 8, 10 or 15 percent women in STEM, then we do need to have female role models and do outreach so that women and girls will picture themselves in these careers.

We have created the ultimate state-level Toolkit to get more women and girls in CTE & STEM, so every school in the country can have posters, banners, brochures, class presentations, websites and curricula featuring female role models next week if they order today! The need to create a welcoming positive environment for Women in STEM starts in your state.

masterclassBonus: Because I want every school in your state to also have the recruitment strategies that have helped us empower schools to increase female enrollment in STEM (and retention!) you’ll receive as a free *bonus* our STEM Success for Women Master Class with 12, 1-hour audio interviews and transcripts from educators who have actually recruited and retained female students in STEM sharing the *recipe* for how they achieved this, step-by-step. We sell a state license for this interview series for $29,400 but it is free when you purchase the state Toolkit before May 31st.

Think what your school(s) can accomplish with ready-made female role model banners, customizable posters, outreach material templates, hard-to-find Women in STEM Classroom Resources, and proven recruitment and retention strategies from 11 top experts and practitioners on engaging female students in CTE & STEM in the STEM Success for Women Master Class. These tools can help your state meet its Perkins performance indicators for nontraditional participation and completion.

Deal of the MonthWe’ve created a state-level package and license and to introduce our brand new STEM Success Classroom Toolkit we are offering deep discounts (40% off) through May 31 only for our Deal of the Month. Don’t miss out, finally a women-in-STEM solution that is high-quality, affordable and easy to implement right away!

See the discounted pricing for state Toolkit available until May 31st

 

What's Included in the State Toolkit:

 
toolkitcheckmark200 Role Model Banners:
 
 
 

These banners will help make your career events more appealing to female students. Plus, hang the banners year-round in your school's classrooms, hallways and around campus to send the message that women can succeed in these career areas. Each banner is 6 feet wide by 2 feet high and includes 3 grommets on top and bottom for easy hanging.

 


toolkitcheckmark200 Unlimited Potential Poster Sets:
 

Hanging posters like these sends an important message about who you are as a school. It says that you welcome female students, and support women in STEM career pathways.

See all six posters in the set:

Women in Construction

Women in Engineering

Women in Automotive

Women in Technology

Women in Manufacturing

Women in Green Jobs

 

Customize the posters for your programs to attract even more students!

Add your school's program contact information and logo to each poster.

We will include custom-sized labels and an easy-to-use Microsoft Word template so that you can add vital information about your programs to the posters!

Add your contact details, information about your program, and your school's logo to each poster.

Print them in your office on your own laser or inkjet printer. As easy as printing a mailing label!

 

toolkitcheckmarkHard to Find Women in STEM Classroom Resources - 200 Licenses:
 

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We've made it easy for educators to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, this downloadable guide includes sample curriculums and websites that teach STEM in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save STEM educators many hours of researching on their own.

Sample Resource: Dot Divas are young women that believe in the potential of computing to make a better world. The Dot Diva website offers female role model profiles, examples of how computing can be used in many careers, and a webisode video featuring a young female role model. Parents and educators can find advice for talking to young women about computing, messages and images that work to spark their interest, downloadable recruitment materials (a Dot Diva poster, brochure, and flyer), and female role model videos on YouTube.

 
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"For a long time, we heard from educators, 'Well, we can't find any girls who WANT to be welders' - but now, there's an increased perception that supporting female students in male-dominated careers is a much bigger deal, and there are resources available that can give all students a better ability to explore and pursue their interests. IWITTS materials like the STEM bibliography and Outreach Kit are a huge part of the resources we can offer to districts to help them serve their students. It's not just about Perkins compliance anymore."

~ Don Levine, CTE Education Specialist, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

 

toolkitcheckmark200 Licenses for Women in Technology Outreach Kit:
 

outreachkitflyerscollage2It's challenging to develop outreach materials that really work to recruit women to STEM! To help schools we have developed this easy-to-use kit with examples and templates for Women in STEM program brochure, program flyer, event flyer, recruitment PowerPoint presentation, and school website section that all include female role models. These materials were tested with 8 schools that were successful in recruiting more female students to STEM.

The female role model questionnaire alone is worth its weight in gold with the key questions and follow up questions to ask those hard-to-find female role models and how to elicit an inspirational quote from a women in STEM. Based on hundreds of interviews with STEM stars, you won’t want to miss this.

 

Bonus!200 Licenses for STEM Success for Women Master Class:
 

masterclassEmpower educators in your entire school, region or state to recruit and retain more female students in STEM. The Master Class includes downloadable transcripts and audio of 12 sessions with proven, real-world strategies and case studies that give the nuts and bolts of how schools actually move the needle for women in STEM. We sell a state license for this interview series for $29,400 but it is free when you purchase the state Toolkit before May 31st.

These are on-demand audio classes that you can listen to at your convenience, with transcripts, from 11 top experts and practitioners on engaging women in STEM.

The Master Class is an easy, new way to help your school, region or state learn how to move the needle on Women in STEM...from experts and practitioners who have actually done it!

 
 

Learn from 11 of the top experts and practitioners on engaging women in STEM education including...

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Chandra Brown

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

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Lily Gossage

Director, Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) Center for Gender, Diversity & Student Excellence, 
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Engineering

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Dr. Mary R. Anderson-
Rowland, Ph. D.

Director, Academic Success
Programs, 
School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

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Donna Milgram

Executive Director, Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)

 
 

The Ultimate State Toolkit:

Role Model Banners
(Choose among 7 career pathways)
200 banners
$20,000 value
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Unlimited Potential
Poster Sets
(Set of 6)

200 poster sets

1,200 posters in total!
$20,000 value

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Women in STEM
Classroom Resources
200 users
$7,000 value
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Women in Technology
Outreach Kit

200 users 
$30,000 value

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200 users
$29,400 value

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Show female students they can succeed in STEM and CTE by creating a positive, welcoming environment at your institution

 

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The ultimate toolkit to increase the number of women in STEM programs in your entire school, district or state


Attention STEM Education Leaders:

Your institution offers high quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, but how do you maximize access and the impact of your course offerings? If you’re like the deans, superintendents, program directors, and other leaders in STEM education I talk to every day, you’re frustrated.

consttech cropYou imagine seeing more women and girls enrolled in your STEM classes -- prepared to explore all the engaging and fulfilling opportunities available in these career pathways.

Many educators who really, sincerely want to have more female students are held back because the environment in their STEM or Career and Technical Education (CTE)programs is just not welcoming to women and girls.

That’s why I created the STEM Success Classroom Toolkit.

Finally, the guesswork is taken away, and you have all the proven materials you need to create a positive, welcoming environment for your female students in your ENTIRE institution, district, or state.

Find out which size Toolkit is best for your institution

 

toolkitcheckmarkRole Model Banners:
 
 
 

These banners will help make your career events more appealing to female students. Plus, hang the banners year-round in your school's classrooms, hallways and around campus to send the message that women can succeed in these career areas. Each banner is 6 feet wide by 2 feet high and includes 3 grommets on top and bottom for easy hanging.

 


toolkitcheckmarkUnlimited Potential Poster Sets:
 

Hanging posters like these sends an important message about who you are as a school. It says that you welcome female students, and support women in STEM career pathways.

See all six posters in the set:

Women in Construction

Women in Engineering

Women in Automotive

Women in Technology

Women in Manufacturing

Women in Green Jobs

 

Customize the posters for your programs to attract even more students!

Add your school's program contact information and logo to each poster.

We will include custom-sized labels and an easy-to-use Microsoft Word template so that you can add vital information about your programs to the posters!

Add your contact details, information about your program, and your school's logo to each poster.

Print them in your office on your own laser or inkjet printer. As easy as printing a mailing label!

 

toolkitcheckmarkHard to Find Women in STEM Classroom Resources:
 

Bibliography Cover

We've made it easy for your educators to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach STEM in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save your educators many hours of researching this themselves.

 
DLevine crop

"For a long time, we heard from educators, 'Well, we can't find any girls who WANT to be welders' - but now, there's an increased perception that supporting female students in male-dominated careers is a much bigger deal, and there are resources available that can give all students a better ability to explore and pursue their interests. IWITTS materials like the STEM bibliography and Outreach Kit are a huge part of the resources we can offer to districts to help them serve their students. It's not just about Perkins compliance anymore."

~ Don Levine, CTE Education Specialist, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

 

toolkitcheckmarkWomen in Technology Outreach Kit:
 

outreachkitflyerscollage2It's challenging to develop outreach materials to recruit women to STEM! To help you we have developed these easy to use templates for a Women in STEM brochure, a flyer that describes your program and includes images of female role models, a recruitment PowerPoint presentation, and a Women in STEM section of your school's website.

You just have to fill in the blanks in the templates with the information from your school's programs and we've done the rest of the work for you!

 

toolkitcheckmarkSTEM Success for Women Master Class:
 

masterclassEmpower educators in your entire school, region or state to recruit and retain more female students in STEM. The Master Class includes downloadable transcripts and audio of 12 sessions on increasing the number of women in STEM.

These are on-demand audio classes that you can listen to at your convenience, with transcripts, from some of the top experts in the country.

 

 
 

Full list of Master Class speakers and topics: 

Milgram

How to Be Successful in the Lab with Donna Milgram

Executive Director, Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)

Donna Milgram, your Telesummit host and a nationally-recognized expert on women and STEM, is currently Principal Investigator of two National Science Foundation projects working to assist STEM educators in broadening participation of women. In this session, Donna will share the proven strategies and best practices for ensuring your female students are successful in the lab.

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An Engineering Graduating Class of 56% Female Students with Dr. Liz Orwin, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering  and Department Chair, Director of Engman Fellowship Program in Bioengineering, Harvey Mudd College

You’ll hear how Harvey Mudd College graduated an engineering class of 56% female students in this interview with Dr. Elizabeth J. Orwin, Professor of Engineering and Department Chair. Learn what changes her engineering program made to the curriculum of introductory courses to increase the number of female students getting engineering degrees. You’ll also find out how her department used female role models and increased confidence levels of female engineering students.

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A 100% Job Placement Rate for Women in Non-Traditional Occupations with Ede Slovin

Former President and CEO of the Options! Program, a Community-Based Organization for Empowerment, Education and Employment, and WomenTech Educators Trainer

Ede Slovin has served as the Executive Director of the Options! Program, a community-based organization for Empowerment, Education and Employment. Under her leadership, the organization achieved a phenomenal job placement success rate of 92% for its clients, many of them displaced homemakers. While she was the Director of the New Directions program at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida, the program had a 100% job placement rate and 38% of the placements were in non-traditional occupations for women. In this session, Ede will share best practices applied during her decades of hands-on experience in recruiting and retaining women in STEM career pathways.

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Women in Manufacturing: A Gender Gap to Innovation with Chandra Brown

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Join us to hear Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing from the U.S. Department of Commerce, discuss how the gender gap for women in manufacturing is hurting innovation in the U.S. and what we can do to close that gap. Ms. Brown will share up-and-coming career options in the manufacturing sector and spell out why it’s so important to have women working at all levels in the industry. She’ll also draw on her own years of private sector manufacturing experience to explain why manufacturing is such a great career option for women.

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Increasing Female Students Declaring a Computer Science Major from 11% to 46% via Pair Programming with Dr. Charlie McDowell, Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science, University of California Santa Cruz

Dr. Charlie McDowell, a Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz, has dramatically increased retention of female and male students in computer science courses. Over 46% of female students who participated in his introductory undergraduate computer science courses declared a computer science major compared to 11% of female students in a control group. Learn from his highly instructive case study.

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A 62% Increase in Female Introductory Computer Programming Enrollment and a 45% Increase in Female and Male Student Retention with Barbara DuFrain

Smart Wonderful Women Computer Science, Engineering and Advanced Technology  Site Coordinator, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Engineering and Advanced Technology, Del Mar College

Professor Barbara DuFrain of Del Mar College was able to increase female enrollment in her intro to computer programming classes by 62%, and improve female and male retention by 45% in less than a year. In this session, you’ll learn the classroom retention strategies that worked right away. Plus, get the details on the "Smart, Wonderful Women" outreach campaign that helped lead to substantial increases in enrollment.

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Recruiting Women of Color to STEM with Lily Gossage

Director, Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) Center for Gender, Diversity & Student Excellence, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Engineering

Lily Gossage is the Director of Maximizing Engineering Potential, MEP: Center for Gender, Diversity & Student Excellence at Cal Poly Pomona. In this session Lily shares her experience with recruiting female students, and special considerations for recruiting women of color to STEM.

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Increasing Female Enrollment by 46% and Improving Retention from a 64% Baseline to a High of 86% with Carmen Lamha

Chair, Computer Networking & Information Technology, City College of San Francisco, and WomenTech Educators Trainer

In the Computer Networking and Information Technology (CNIT) department, chaired by Carmen Lamha at City College of San Francisco, the percentage of female students increased from 18% to an average enrollment rate of 26%. The retention rates of female students increased from a 64% baseline to a high of 86%, and the retention of male students increased as well. In this session, Carmen shares strategies and best practices on recruitment and retention from the CNIT program and from her role as Co-Principal Investigator of the CalWomenTech Project.

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From 39 to 76 Female Students in a Community College STEM Program: Doubling Enrollment with Pam Silvers

Chairperson, Computer Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and WomenTech Educators Trainer

Pamela Silvers, the Chairperson of Computer Technologies at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina, increased female enrollment in her program by 95% from 39 to 76 female students. Currently she is PI for a National Science Foundation ATE Grant entitled, "Skilled Workers Get Jobs: Recruiting Women and Retaining ALL Students." In this session she’ll share the strategies that nearly doubled the number of female students in her college’s STEM programs in less than two years.

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40% Female Enrollment and 90% Graduation Rates for Two STEM Academic Scholarship Programs with Dr. Mary Anderson-Rowland, Ph.D.

Director, Academic Success Programs School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

STEM Education expert Dr. Mary R. Anderson-Rowland has achieved an average of 40% female enrollment and a 90% graduation rate for two STEM Academic Scholarship Programs she directs at Arizona State University. Her programs have an emphasis on under-represented minority students with unmet financial need, but still have higher completion rates than students overall. In this interview Dr. Anderson-Rowland will reveal the strategies that worked to recruit women and students of color, and the retention strategies she used that helped them graduate with a 90% completion rate.

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Using Spatial Reasoning Skills to Boost Female Retention by 42% in One Semester with Dr. Sheryl Sorby, Ph.D.

Professor of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University

Dr. Sheryl Sorby, Professor of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University, is the international expert on boosting spatial reasoning skills in female STEM students to improve retention. In this session, she will share how in only 12 teaching contact hours she improved retention of female engineering students by 42% in one semester.

Milgram

Opening the STEM Pipeline: Every Student Can Have An Interest in STEM with Donna Milgram

Executive Director, Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)

What are we missing out on because the way STEM is currently taught in many schools turns students off from science and technology? Join Donna Milgram, a nationally-recognized expert on women in STEM and the Executive Director of the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science, to learn why a diverse STEM workforce is a "life or death matter" and how educators like you are a vital part of the solution. You’ll leave the session with three things you can do right away to make a difference for students in your STEM programs.

 

Which Size Toolkit Is Right For Your Needs?

Every school, district, region, consortia and state is different. That’s why we’ve created three distinct packages so you can choose the one that’s the best fit for your needs and budget. 

  

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  School-Level Toolkit District-Level Toolkit State-Level Toolkit
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best for?
Schools Districts, regional consortia States or national-level
projects or consortia
Role Model Banners
(Choose among 7)
10 banners
$1,000 value
50 banners
$5,000 value
200 banners
$20,000 value

Unlimited Potential
Poster Sets
(Set of 6)

10 poster sets

60 posters in total!
$1,300 value

50 poster sets

300 posters in total!
$5,500 value

200 poster sets

1,200 posters in total!
$20,000 value

Women in STEM
Classroom Resources
10 users
$350 value
50 users
$1,750 value
200 users
$7,000 value
Women in Technology
Outreach Kit

10 users
$1,500 value

50 users
$7,500 value

200 users 
$30,000 value

STEM Success for
Women Master Class

10 users 
$1,470 value

50 users
$7,350 value

200 users
$29,400 value

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Please check your email for information on how to access your ultimate toolkit to get more women in STEM.

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Finally, Outreach Materials for Women and Girls in STEM to Show "You Can Do It!"

Create a positive welcoming school environment!

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Deal of the Month: Orber by May 31 Save up to 40%! 

Unlimited Potential Poster: Women Work in Engineering TechnologyThe key to increasing the number of women in STEM is female role models on the job. Women and girls don’t think of themselves in careers as engineers or auto technicians or computer network administrators because the percentage of women is still small.

Female role models help get these careers on the radar of women and girls, because they’re able to see someone who looks like them on the job. And they think to themselves, "That might be interesting! If she can do it, I can do it too."

If we ever want to increase our percentages beyond 8, 10 or 15 percent women in STEM, then we do need to have female role models and do outreach so that women and girls will picture themselves in these careers.

We have created the ultimate Toolkit to get more women in STEM, so every school in the country can have posters, banners, brochures, class presentations, websites and curricula featuring female role models next week if they order today! The need to create a welcoming positive environment for Women in STEM starts in your school.

masterclassBonus: Because I want you to also have the recruitment strategies that have helped us empower schools to increase female enrollment in STEM (and retention!) you’ll receive as a free *bonus* our STEM Success for Women Master Class with 12, 1-hour audio interviews and transcripts from educators who have actually recruited and retained female students in STEM sharing the *recipe* for how they achieved this, step-by-step. We sell this interview series for $147 per user license, but it is yours free when you purchase the Toolkit before May 31.

Think what your school(s) can accomplish with ready-made female role model banners, customizable posters, outreach material templates, hard-to-find Women in STEM Classroom Resources, and proven recruitment and retention strategies from 11 top experts and practitioners on engaging female students in STEM in the STEM Success for Women Master Class.

Deal of the MonthWe’ve created packages and licenses at the school, district and state-level and to introduce our brand new STEM Success Classroom Toolkit we are offering deep discounts through May 31 only for our Deal of the Month. Don’t miss out, finally a women-in-STEM solution that is high-quality, affordable and easy to implement right away!

Find out which size Toolkit is best for your institution

 

What's Included in the Toolkit:

toolkitcheckmarkRole Model Banners:
 
 
 

These banners will help make your career events more appealing to female students. Plus, hang the banners year-round in your school's classrooms, hallways and around campus to send the message that women can succeed in these career areas. Each banner is 6 feet wide by 2 feet high and includes 3 grommets on top and bottom for easy hanging.

 


toolkitcheckmarkUnlimited Potential Poster Sets:
 

Hanging posters like these sends an important message about who you are as a school. It says that you welcome female students, and support women in STEM career pathways.

See all six posters in the set:

Women in Construction

Women in Engineering

Women in Automotive

Women in Technology

Women in Manufacturing

Women in Green Jobs

 

Customize the posters for your programs to attract even more students!

Add your school's program contact information and logo to each poster.

We will include custom-sized labels and an easy-to-use Microsoft Word template so that you can add vital information about your programs to the posters!

Add your contact details, information about your program, and your school's logo to each poster.

Print them in your office on your own laser or inkjet printer. As easy as printing a mailing label!

 

toolkitcheckmarkHard to Find Women in STEM Classroom Resources:
 

Bibliography Cover

We've made it easy for educators to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, this downloadable guide includes sample curriculums and websites that teach STEM in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save STEM educators many hours of researching on their own.

Sample Resource: Dot Divas are young women that believe in the potential of computing to make a better world. The Dot Diva website offers female role model profiles, examples of how computing can be used in many careers, and a webisode video featuring a young female role model. Parents and educators can find advice for talking to young women about computing, messages and images that work to spark their interest, downloadable recruitment materials (a Dot Diva poster, brochure, and flyer), and female role model videos on YouTube.

 
DLevine crop

"For a long time, we heard from educators, 'Well, we can't find any girls who WANT to be welders' - but now, there's an increased perception that supporting female students in male-dominated careers is a much bigger deal, and there are resources available that can give all students a better ability to explore and pursue their interests. IWITTS materials like the STEM bibliography and Outreach Kit are a huge part of the resources we can offer to districts to help them serve their students. It's not just about Perkins compliance anymore."

~ Don Levine, CTE Education Specialist, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

 

toolkitcheckmarkWomen in Technology Outreach Kit:
 

outreachkitflyerscollage2It's challenging to develop outreach materials that really work to recruit women to STEM! To help schools we have developed this easy-to-use kit with examples and templates for Women in STEM program brochure, program flyer, event flyer, recruitment PowerPoint presentation, and school website section that all include female role models. These materials were tested with 8 schools that were successful in recruiting more female students to STEM.

The female role model questionnaire alone is worth its weight in gold with the key questions and follow up questions to ask those hard-to-find female role models and how to elicit an inspirational quote from a women in STEM. Based on hundreds of interviews with STEM stars, you won’t want to miss this.

 

 
Bonus!STEM Success for Women Master Class:

masterclassEmpower educators in your entire school, region or state to recruit and retain more female students in STEM. The Master Class includes downloadable transcripts and audio of 12 sessions with proven, real-world strategies and case studies that give the nuts and bolts of how schools actually move the needle for women in STEM. We sell this interview series for $147 per user license, but it is yours free when you purchase the Toolkit before May 31.

These are on-demand audio classes that you can listen to at your convenience, with transcripts, from 11 top experts and practitioners on engaging women in STEM.

The Master Class is an easy, new way to help your school, region or state learn how to move the needle on Women in STEM...from experts and practitioners who have actually done it!

 
 

Learn from 11 of the top experts and practitioners on engaging women in STEM education including...

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Chandra Brown

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

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Lily Gossage

Director, Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) Center for Gender, Diversity & Student Excellence, 
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona College of Engineering

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Dr. Mary R. Anderson-
Rowland, Ph. D.

Director, Academic Success
Programs, 
School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

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Donna Milgram

Executive Director, Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS)

 
 

Which Size Toolkit Is Right For Your Needs?

Every school, district, region, consortia and state is different. That’s why we’ve created three distinct packages so you can choose the one that’s the best fit for your needs and budget. 

  

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Schools Districts, regional consortia States or national-level
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10 banners
$1,000 value
50 banners
$5,000 value
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Dear Administrator,

Are you frustrated by the challenges your institution has faced in recruiting and retaining more female students to your STEM classes and programs?

If you're like me, you want to see more women enrolled in STEM classes and prepared to explore all the engaging and fulfilling opportunities available in STEM career pathways.

It's time to see more female faces in your excellent STEM classes and programs!

You've been wanting to improve the educational diversity
of your classrooms…

But you keep running into roadblocks.

You're in the right place if...

  • You have tried to recruit female students to your STEM programs and found your efforts haven't worked
  • You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient
  • You finally recruited one or two female students to your STEM classes... Only to have them drop out
  • You want to improve educational diversity across all your STEM programs
  • Your male retention rate also needs improvement

Don't worry—these problems are not unique to your institution.

You're in the right place to improve the recruitment and retention of women and create lasting institutional change in your school, district, region or state!

Increase the number of women in your STEM classrooms with the action plans you'll create during the WomenTech Educators Training.

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I'm so excited to tell you about the upcoming WomenTech Educators National Institute, a unique live WomenTech Educators Training targeted for the first time to administrators who want to focus on big picture strategies that will affect all of your STEM programs.

Whether you're a principal, dean, department chair, state-level administrator or other education leader, this training is a special opportunity to learn how to enroll up to 25-50% female students across your STEM programs and to ensure high retention rates for female AND male students.

You Will Learn:

Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment

✓ Top three recruitment strategies & how to put them to use
✓ How to adopt a program-wide "female friendly" recruitment approach
✓ How to communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Effective strategies to involve faculty & staff in your recruiting effort

Gender Diversity in STEM: Boosting Enrollment & Implementing New Culture

✓ Barriers to recruiting women into STEM & how to overcome them
✓ How to identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success in STEM: See actionable examples of successful STEM programs

Strategies to Keep STEM Students on Course & Improve Graduation Rates

✓ How to make female students feel welcome and what not to do
✓ Ways to bolster confidence in STEM students to ensure success
✓ Strategies to help your female students be successful in the lab
✓ Building block skills to help close the experience gap

Addressing the STEM Challenge: Appeal to Women Who Aren't Excited by STEM

✓ How faculty can teach to female learning styles
✓ How to connect students with female role models & create community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know

Build a Leadership Team Model for Women in STEM: Strategies for Success

✓ Ways to partner with faculty, administrators, student services & others
✓ No educator is an island: How to work together & boost STEM retention
✓ Top 3 qualities of an effective Leadership Team & how to employ them

Download the sample training agenda (PDF)

Download a letter to gain support (DOC)

You Will Take Away:

  1. An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
  2. A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male students), starting this semester.
  3. The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away, and free bonus tools that will help you be even more successful. (See FREE Takeaways below.)
  4. Plus: A certificate of completion from IWITTS and the option for a unit of continuing education credit from Fresno Pacific University.

Customized Plan Feedback from Donna:

Donna Milgram is committed to helping educational institutions achieve success through effective implementation of these strategies. Between her roles as Principal Investigator of 2 National Science Foundation projects, WomenTech Educators Trainer, national keynote speaker, and gender equity expert, she keeps a packed schedule. But because of her dedication to helping educators increase the number of women in STEM programs, for a limited time she has set aside extra time to provide Customized Plan Feedback to 3 schools following the National Training Institute. This additional support consists of 2 live tele-calls with Donna. During the first call, she will give detailed feedback on the recruitment and retention action plans you develop at the National Training Institute. Then, after you have incorporated trainer feedback, you will have the opportunity to go over your revised plans with Donna during a second call. Once you achieve results in increasing the number of female students in your programs, your success may be featured in case studies or webinars to highlight your accomplishments while inspiring other educators!

Contact us today to discuss adding Donna's Customized Plan Feedback to your National Training Institute registration. This is a valuable opportunity, available for a limited time only, to just 3 institutions - so don't delay!

What Educators Are Saying About the Training:

 
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"I left the training feeling equipped and empowered with the necessary tools to improve female performance and success in STEM programs."

~ Timothy Brown, Department Chair of Mathematics, Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody, GA

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"Last year, the Computer Science department held an Open House event for prospective students. Although a few female high school students came, none of our female faculty members could attend and there weren't any women there representing the department.

After attending the workshop with IWITTS, I was committed to making sure that didn't happen again. At this year's Open House, the College of Sciences held a special Women in Technology event in partnership with the College of Engineering. The girls who came had a great experience, they learned a lot, and I'm confident that it strengthened their resolve to pursue careers in science and engineering. Our goal is to have enough female students in science and engineering majors so that the process can become self-reinforcing."

~ Fred Martin, Associate Dean of College of Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell

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"In my division, we had about 200 students and only five of them were female. I have three daughters myself, and I really wanted to get more women interested in these technically oriented careers. I didn't realize initially that our programs may not have been welcoming for female students. Now, an important benefit that we've gotten from working with IWITTS is to have increased the number of female educators in the division. We're working together to recruit more female students, and to give them better support. We want to achieve a critical mass of female students in the classroom, so these numbers can become self-perpetuating."

~ Virgil Cox, Dean of Engineering & Industrial Technology, Gaston College, Dallas, NC

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"Thank you so much for the information you presented. The manner in which you did so was easy to understand and comprehend. The fact that we were able to create plans to implement at our institution were helpful; especially since we were able to receive input immediately from our peers. This certainly allowed my partner and I to adjust our plans given others input and perspectives. Again, thank you!!."

~ Edda Urrea, Director of Support Services/Title IX Coordinator, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

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"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

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"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the recruitment and retention plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

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"A lot of people, including me before I met Donna, do a lot of things that aren't necessarily recruitment, they're career awareness tools. People think if you put up a flyer that will solve the problem. Donna really taught us proven techniques to grow the program."

~ Edie Schmidt, Professor, Technology Leadership and Innovation/Supply Chain Management Technology, College of Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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"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, San Francisco, CA (ATE Center)

See the full list of testimonials

Event Details At-A-Glance:

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Event: WomenTech Educators Training

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Dates: June 11 & 12, 2015

Schedule: Thursday, June 11: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, June 12: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland Airport (OAK)

Hotel: The event will be held at one of our favorite San Francisco Bay Area hotels, a beautiful Sheraton with a specially reduced event room rate.

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$600 per participant
Teams of three or more $450 per participant
Team registration + Customized Plan Feedback from Donna (Limited availability) Contact us

 

Continuing Education Credit:

Fresno Pacific University is now offering one unit of continuing education credit to training participants!

Two FREE Gifts When You Register Now:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

I am so excited to see you at our National Training Institute LIVE!

Warmly,

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Donna Milgram
Executive Director, The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science  

About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1994 that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM, Ms. Milgram has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 states and Canada.
  • She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Presentation highlights from 2014 include:
    • U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium;
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Challenging Technical Privilege Symposium Panel; and,
    • Engineering for Kids Conference (Keynote Presenter)
  • Donna has been featured in the media on CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and more.
  • An innovative leader, Donna Milgram draws upon over 21 years of experience leading successful projects. The recent 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.


 

 

 

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If You're Tired of Creating Excellent STEM Classes & Programs That Only Attract A Few Female Students...Learn How You Can Gain up to 25-50% Female STEM Enrollment in Just One Year!

 

WomenTech Educators

Online Training

Take the first step to increasing recruitment and retention of female students in your STEM classes and programs!

Online Training Starts January 25, 2016!

 

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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 math (STEM).

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....

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You're confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs

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You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient

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You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out

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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.

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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. 

AAUW NSFBootcampImageI'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.

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.

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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.

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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 72.

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"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

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"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%.

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"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 Training includes a successful system created from my 5 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 the online training, your team will be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. Your team will 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 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 your team is going to learn in my WomenTech Educators Online Training!

"What Your Team Will Learn"

Part 1: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • TAKEAWAY: Create a Recruitment Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Part 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
    female students


  • TAKEAWAY: Create a Retention Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

Your team will develop:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to

help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)


 

"The Power of Teams"

Most Popular (Silver) - Work on a team of 3-6 colleagues connected to your targeted career pathway (e.g. Computer Networking or Engineering Technology). Collaborate on the development of your Recruitment and Retention Action Plans, and receive customized feedback from Donna and the IWITTS team. School teams develop and implement the strongest Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans. This has been demonstrated across 5 NSF-funded projects in the more than 20 years IWITTS has been offering professional development for educators in STEM.

Biggest Group (Gold) Everything in Silver + Gold - Teams of 7-10 include additional stakeholders, such as Counselors and Advisors, Learning Center Staff, Curriculum Developers and Grant Writers.

Sign up for an information session with a Women in STEM Strategy Specialist to discuss the best team members to help your school meet its goals for broadening participation.


 

Top 4 Reasons to Attend This Event Now...

1. Receive my WomenTech Educators training in a convenient, online format.

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 Training, educators around the country can join in—and you can leave the luggage at home!

2. 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.

3. 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 an online training you do on your schedule—not a conference that has you spending as much time at the airport as you will in the lecture hall.

4. 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 Training 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 Training! 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 Online Training—I'll be there to teach you everything else.

Over the past 21 years, since I 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 Training.

"I'm a male educator. Is the Online Training right for me?"

Yes! My online training 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 Training 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! That’s why I’ve packed as much value as possible into these 12 weeks. I’ve even cut out travel time (and costs!) by making the WomenTech Educators Training 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 online training is the perfect opportunity to have the kinds of results in your own program that you’ve been hearing about. Plus, the training is asynchronous so you and your team can work on your own schedule. Take the first step toward increasing recruitment and retention of female (and male!) students in your classes and programs.

"What will my team 'get' out of the
WomenTech Educators Online Training?"

The WomenTech Educators Online Training 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, personalized feedback, with the opportunity to get questions answered by me personally in live question and answer calls to help you develop a plan to meet your goals and have actual increases. At the conclusion of my Online Training, 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
 

Schedule/Time Required:

Time period: 1-week orientation starts January 25, 2016 then 5 weeks on recruitment (Feb 1-Feb 28), a 1-week break in the middle, and 5 weeks on retention (Mar 14-Apr 10).
Time required: About 2-3 hours per week. This can include the time to start implementing your team’s plan and seeing results, even while the training is happening!
Training format: Presentations, handouts & exercises online, available to watch and complete at your convenience each week.
Live question and answer training call in Weeks 6 and 12.
Exclusive online community forum to connect with other training participants.
Archives: All calls and sessions recorded and emailed out the next day.


Continuing Education Credit:

Fresno Pacific University is now offering one unit of continuing education credit to online training participants! Note: You can sign up for the continuing education credit starting four weeks in advance of training.

 

Two FREE Gifts When You Enroll Your Team Now:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

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Hurry! Limited Enrollment! Choose Your Package Level:

 

Silver Registration ($2995)

  • Online training for a team of 3-6 people
  • Customized feedback on your Recruitment and Retention Plans from Donna and her talented team
  • Customized feedback on recruitment: personal encouragement conversation and retention: welcoming conversation
  • Two live Question and Answer calls with Donna as part of your support system
  • Bonuses: Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Resources Bibliography for up to six people ($1110 value) 

 

Gold Registration ($4690)

  • Online training for a team of 7-10 people
  • Customized feedback on your Recruitment and Retention Plans from Donna and her talented team
  • Customized feedback on recruitment: personal encouragement conversation and retention: welcoming conversation
  • Two live Question and Answer calls with Donna as part of your support system
  • Bonuses: Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Resources Bibliography for up to ten people ($1850 value)

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The WomenTech Educators Online Training is 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 Training 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!

Warmly,

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Donna Milgram
Executive Director, The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science

P.S. Sign up for an information session with a Women in STEM Strategy Specialist to discuss the best team members to help your school meet its goals for broadening participation.

 

NSF-funded Training Hosted by Convergence Technology Center (CTC) for IT Community College Educators

LIVE 3-Day Online Immersion Training

Event on December 14-16, 2015

Based on proven practices, the online curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of success helping educational institutions recruit and retain female students in STEM programs. Our work has been highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

This NSF-funded hybrid online and in-person Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is FREE for teams of 6 community college IT educators. The event will be streamed live online while your team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to complete the exercises together. Classroom space, lunch, and mileage reimbursement are available from the CTC for some teams from North Texas. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares a "confession" about a lab strategy that will help your female students:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.

How our past WomenTech Educators Training participants transformed their STEM classrooms:

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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 engineering and technology programs from 39 to 72.

~ Pamela Silvers, Chairperson, Computer Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC

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"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

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"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%.

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"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, Division Director of Engineering, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.

The WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the online version of my popular annual In-Person Live Event. This December 14-16, 2015 WomenTech Educators Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center will be a special hybrid online and in-person version of my 3-day Bootcamp. The event will be streamed online while your college's team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to watch the training and complete the exercises together.

I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy-to-access interactive format that packs in as much information as possible.

Over the course of 3 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 college. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 3-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your IT programs and classes.

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"What You'll Learn in 3 Amazing Days"

Day 1-2: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to leverage a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • MILESTONE: Create a Recruitment Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your IT classes

Day 2-3: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal IT experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of
    female AND male students


  • MILESTONE: Create a Retention Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your IT classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your IT programs and classes

  • A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)

 

 

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep your team and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in IT. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 

 

 

Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.




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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

 

 
Schedule/Time Required:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram week of December 7 - 11, 2015

  • 3-day Bootcamp December 14-16, 2015 from 10am - 4:30pm CT (8am - 3:30pm PT/ 11am - 5:30pm ET)

  • 6 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected to the Convergence Technology Center

Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution.

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Visual Overview of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp

 

 

Assistance for IT Educators in North Texas from the CTC:

The CTC will provide classroom space at Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, Texas and lunch for teams of qualified community college IT faculty and administrators in the North Texas region. Qualified team members that live over an hour away from Frisco, Texas will also be eligible for mileage reimbursement from the CTC. This assistance will be provided to make it easier for teams to participate in this 3-day training together in one room.

If you would like to request classroom space for your team and/or mileage reimbursement, please indicate that in the online application and the CTC will get in touch with you.

Questions? Please contact Mark Dempsey, CTC Program Manager, with any questions about support for teams from community colleges in North Texas (email: MDempsey[at]collin.edu; phone: 972-377-1582).

 

 

About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 46 states and Canada.
  • Ms. Milgram is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website and the Community College Times.
  • Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from IT programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with the Convergence Technology Center. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. It is hosted by the Convergence Technology Center and funded by the NSF. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $2,995 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any major travel costs. The only travel is to meet up with your team at your college.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training and Follow-Up Support is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day hybrid Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 6 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams. (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - Watch our 60-minute Leadership Team Webinar. You'll receive more information when you fill out the Intent to Apply. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm that you watched the webinar. If you aren't ready to submit an Intent to Apply, sign up for the webinar here.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Consider creating a fun team name! Some examples of team names used in a recent online training are "Motherboards of Invention", "Dogs that Byte", and "Pi-rates."
  4. Complete individual online applications before the November 20, 2015 deadline - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBVFC7X (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor.)
 

Note: If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

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Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

Sign up for the webinar here.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to get access to the dates and times when you can watch the webinar live and the link to join us for the webinar.

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What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

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"We have the first three women in our Auto Technology Program and really want to make sure they succeed. After participating in the WomenTech Educator's online training, we created additional open lab time for them, realizing they may need extra time to develop hands-on skills in a nonthreatening atmosphere. Two months into the course they are still with us. I learned so much about retention from the online training, I decided our entire Engineering and Technology Department could benefit and we are bringing the online training to our school and rolling it out to all of the technical faculty over the next two years."

~ Van Madray, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators training was the best decision I have made in a long time! During the training, I developed a Recruitment and Retention Plan for one of the CIS programs. This is not a training where you consider doing "something" when you get back to your office, you are actually developing and obtaining feedback from other colleagues on what they have done and how you can improve your plan before implementation! Plus, I will be able to take my experience and work on other programs of study using the same framework."

~ Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

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"The training was time well spent. It was such a minimal amount of time to get so many concrete implementable strategies. The WomenTech Educators Online Training gives you the most for your money—you can implement the tools immediately with minimal resources and see true quantitative results!"

~ Phyllis Baca, Director of STEM Initiatives, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

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"The WomenTech Educators Online Training has the potential to change the way you view your program. Important data is presented with passion and humor. I want you to know I have gained a great deal from the course. By the time you have a graduate degree and have worked in education for decades, most "professional development" is repetitive. I can honestly say that you have given me much to think about and that it will result in changes to my approach to course development."

~ Lauran Sattler, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems, Ivy Tech Community College, President's Award for Instructional Excellence 2007, Warsaw, IN

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"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
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The CalWomenTech Scale Up Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program and the Program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1102996

If You're Tired of Creating Excellent STEM Classes & Programs That Only Attract A Few Female Students...Learn How You Can Gain up to 25-50% Female STEM Enrollment in Just One Year!

 

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Take the first step to increasing recruitment and retention of female students in your STEM classes and programs!

Online Training Starts January 25, 2016!

 

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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 math (STEM).

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....

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You're confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs

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You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient

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You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out

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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.

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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. 

AAUW NSFBootcampImageI'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.

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.

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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.

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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 72.

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"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

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"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%.

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"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 Training includes a successful system created from my 5 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 the online training, your team will be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. Your team will 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 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 your team is going to learn in my WomenTech Educators Online Training!

"What Your Team Will Learn"

Part 1: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • TAKEAWAY: Create a Recruitment Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Part 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
    female students


  • TAKEAWAY: Create a Retention Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

Your team will develop:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to

help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)


 

"The Power of Teams"

Most Popular (Silver) - Work on a team of 3-6 colleagues connected to your targeted career pathway (e.g. Computer Networking or Engineering Technology). Collaborate on the development of your Recruitment and Retention Action Plans, and receive customized feedback from Donna and the IWITTS team. School teams develop and implement the strongest Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans. This has been demonstrated across 5 NSF-funded projects in the more than 20 years IWITTS has been offering professional development for educators in STEM.

Biggest Group (Gold) Everything in Silver + Gold - Teams of 7-10 include additional stakeholders, such as Counselors and Advisors, Learning Center Staff, Curriculum Developers and Grant Writers.

Sign up for an information session with a STEM Strategy Specialist to discuss the best team members to help your school meet its goals for broadening participation.


 

Top 4 Reasons to Attend This Event Now...

1. Receive my WomenTech Educators training in a convenient, online format.

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 Training, educators around the country can join in—and you can leave the luggage at home!

2. 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.

3. 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 an online training you do on your schedule—not a conference that has you spending as much time at the airport as you will in the lecture hall.

4. 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 Training 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 Training! 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 Online Training—I'll be there to teach you everything else.

Over the past 21 years, since I 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 Training.

"I'm a male educator. Is the Online Training right for me?"

Yes! My online training 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 Training 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! That’s why I’ve packed as much value as possible into these 12 weeks. I’ve even cut out travel time (and costs!) by making the WomenTech Educators Training 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 online training is the perfect opportunity to have the kinds of results in your own program that you’ve been hearing about. Plus, the training is asynchronous so you and your team can work on your own schedule. Take the first step toward increasing recruitment and retention of female (and male!) students in your classes and programs.

"What will my team 'get' out of the
WomenTech Educators Online Training?"

The WomenTech Educators Online Training 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, personalized feedback, with the opportunity to get questions answered by me personally in live question and answer calls to help you develop a plan to meet your goals and have actual increases. At the conclusion of my Online Training, 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
 

Schedule/Time Required:

Time period: 1-week orientation starts January 25, 2016 then 5 weeks on recruitment (Feb 1-Feb 28), a 1-week break in the middle, and 5 weeks on retention (Mar 14-Apr 10).
Time required: About 2-3 hours per week. This can include the time to start implementing your team’s plan and seeing results, even while the training is happening!
Training format: Presentations, handouts & exercises online, available to watch and complete at your convenience each week.
Live question and answer training call in Weeks 6 and 12.
Exclusive online community forum to connect with other training participants.
Archives: All calls and sessions recorded and emailed out the next day.


Continuing Education Credit:

Fresno Pacific University is now offering one unit of continuing education credit to online training participants! Note: You can sign up for the continuing education credit starting four weeks in advance of training.

 

Two FREE Gifts When You Enroll Your Team Now:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

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PLUS New Fast Action Bonus: FREE VIP Consultation With Me! Enormous Value!

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to get your specific questions answered directly by me after the Online Training. After you’ve started to implement your Recruitment and Retention Action Plans, you’ll be able to come back and ask any questions that have come up and get additional customized feedback on the Recruitment and Retention Action Plans you develop during the training!

Simply apply now with a team of 3 or more educators using the online application and then make a payment by credit card or check by December 7, 2015 to reserve the VIP Consultation for you and your entire team.

Hurry! Limited Enrollment! Choose Your Package Level:

 

Silver Registration ($2995)

  • Online training for a team of 3-6 people
  • Customized feedback on your Recruitment and Retention Plans from Donna and her talented team
  • Customized feedback on recruitment: personal encouragement conversation and retention: welcoming conversation
  • Two live Question and Answer calls with Donna as part of your support system
  • Bonuses: Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Resources Bibliography for up to six people ($1110 value) 

 

Gold Registration ($4690)

  • Online training for a team of 7-10 people
  • Customized feedback on your Recruitment and Retention Plans from Donna and her talented team
  • Customized feedback on recruitment: personal encouragement conversation and retention: welcoming conversation
  • Two live Question and Answer calls with Donna as part of your support system
  • Bonuses: Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Resources Bibliography for up to ten people ($1850 value)

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The WomenTech Educators Online Training is 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 Training 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!

Warmly,

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Donna Milgram
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 during my WomenTech Educators Online Training

 

If You're Tired of Creating Excellent STEM Classes & Programs That Only Attract A Few Female Students...Learn How You Can Gain up to 25-50% Female STEM Enrollment in Just One Year!

 

WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp

Take the first step to increasing recruitment and retention of female students in your STEM classes and programs!

LIVE Online Training Event on January 6-8, 2016

 

FREE VIP Team Session With Payment Before 11/24!
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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 math (STEM).

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....

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You're confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs

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You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient

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You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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"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

DuFrain

"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%.

Yanez

"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 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, your team will be immersed in my powerful WomenTech Educators Training program and learn all 20 of the required elements of my system. Your team will 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 your team is going to learn in my WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp!

"What Your Team Will Learn in 2 Amazing Days"

Day 1: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • MILESTONE: Create a recruitment action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Day 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
    female students


  • MILESTONE: Create a retention action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

Your team will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to

help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)


 

 

Plus—Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Ask Questions
from the "Hot Seat!"

My WomenTech Educators Online 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 Bootcamp, as many educators around the country can join in as would like to—and you can leave the luggage
at home!

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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 my team 'get' out of the WomenTech Educators
Online Bootcamp?"

The WomenTech Educators Online 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

Two FREE Gifts When You Enroll Your Team Now:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

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PLUS New Fast Action Bonus: FREE VIP Session With Me! Enormous Value!

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to get your specific questions answered directly by me two weeks after the Bootcamp. After you’ve started to implement your recruitment and retention action plans, you’ll be able to come back and ask any questions that have come up!

Simply apply now with a team of 6 or more educators using the online application and then make a payment by credit card or check within three days after your application is accepted to reserve your VIP session.

Hurry! Limited Enrollment! Choose Your Package Level: The More Team Members You Bring, The More You Benefit!

All levels include virtual office hours with Donna, several Q&A sessions and the opportunity to receive feedback on portions of your customized STEM recruitment and retention plan!

BEST VALUE! Gold Registration: 7-10 Team Members ($4690)

Silver Registration: 3-6 Team Members ($3800)

Bronze Registration: Self-Study w/Up To 3 Team Members ($997): Does not include personalized plan feedback.

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The tuition for my WomenTech Educators Online 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 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!

Warmly,

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Donna Milgram
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 Bootcamp!

 

 

LIVE 3-Day Online Immersion Training

Event on November 10, 12, & 13, 2015

Based on proven practices, the online curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of success helping educational institutions recruit and retain female students in STEM programs. Our work has been highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

This NSF-funded Online Bootcamp is FREE for teams of 6 community college STEM educators. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares a "confession" about a lab strategy that will help your female students:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.

How our past WomenTech Educators Training participants transformed their STEM classrooms:

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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 engineering and technology programs from 39 to 72.

~ Pamela Silvers, Chairperson, Computer Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC

Thiry

"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

DuFrain

"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%.

Yanez

"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, Division Director of Engineering, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.

The WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the online version of my popular annual In-Person Live Event. I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy-to-access interactive format that packs in as much information as possible.

Over the course of 3 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 college. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 3-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your STEM programs and classes.

Training Participant
 

 

"What You'll Learn in 3 Amazing Days"

Day 1-2: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to leverage a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • MILESTONE: Create a Recruitment Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Day 2-3: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of
    female AND male students


  • MILESTONE: Create a Retention Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)

 

 

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep online Bootcamp participants and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in STEM. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 

 

 

Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.




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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

 
Schedule/Time Required:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram week of November 2 - 6, 2015

  • 3-day Bootcamp November 10, 12, & 13, 2015 from 8am - 2:30pm PT/ 11am – 5:30pm ET (Note: Veteran's Day November 11, 2015 will be a break day)

  • 6 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project

Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution.

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About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 46 states and Canada.
  • Ms. Milgram is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website and the Community College Times.
  • Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $2,995 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any travel costs.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day online Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 6 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams. (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - Watch our 60-minute Leadership Team Webinar. You'll receive more information when you fill out the Intent to Apply. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm that you watched the webinar. If you aren't ready to submit an Intent to Apply, sign up for the webinar here.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Consider creating a fun team name! Some examples of team names used in a recent online training are "Motherboards of Invention", "Dogs that Byte", and "Pi-rates."
  4. Complete individual online applications before the October 15, 2015 deadline -
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8QD78JK (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor.)
 

Note: If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

NEW

Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

Sign up for the webinar here.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to get access to the dates and times when you can watch the webinar live and the link to join us for the webinar.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

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"We have the first three women in our Auto Technology Program and really want to make sure they succeed. After participating in the WomenTech Educator's online training, we created additional open lab time for them, realizing they may need extra time to develop hands-on skills in a nonthreatening atmosphere. Two months into the course they are still with us. I learned so much about retention from the online training, I decided our entire Engineering and Technology Department could benefit and we are bringing the online training to our school and rolling it out to all of the technical faculty over the next two years."

~ Van Madray, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators training was the best decision I have made in a long time! During the training, I developed a Recruitment and Retention Plan for one of the CIS programs. This is not a training where you consider doing "something" when you get back to your office, you are actually developing and obtaining feedback from other colleagues on what they have done and how you can improve your plan before implementation! Plus, I will be able to take my experience and work on other programs of study using the same framework."

~ Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

Pbaca

"The training was time well spent. It was such a minimal amount of time to get so many concrete implementable strategies. The WomenTech Educators Online Training gives you the most for your money—you can implement the tools immediately with minimal resources and see true quantitative results!"

~ Phyllis Baca, Director of STEM Initiatives, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

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"The WomenTech Educators Online Training has the potential to change the way you view your program. Important data is presented with passion and humor. I want you to know I have gained a great deal from the course. By the time you have a graduate degree and have worked in education for decades, most "professional development" is repetitive. I can honestly say that you have given me much to think about and that it will result in changes to my approach to course development."

~ Lauran Sattler, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems, Ivy Tech Community College, President's Award for Instructional Excellence 2007, Warsaw, IN

rmathur

"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
STEM faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

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The CalWomenTech Scale Up Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program and the Program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1102996

NSF-funded Training Hosted by Convergence Technology Center (CTC) for IT Community College Educators

LIVE 3-Day Online Immersion Training

Event on December 14-16, 2015

Based on proven practices, the online curriculum includes the "best-of-the-best" of our strategies, culled from our 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of success helping educational institutions recruit and retain female students in STEM programs. Our work has been highlighted by NSF for showing significant achievement and program effectiveness.

Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

This NSF-funded hybrid online and in-person Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center (CTC) is FREE for teams of 6 community college IT educators. The event will be streamed live online while your team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to complete the exercises together. Classroom space, lunch, and mileage reimbursement are available from the CTC for some teams from North Texas. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares a "confession" about a lab strategy that will help your female students:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

It's possible to nearly double the female students in your STEM classes.

How our past WomenTech Educators Training participants transformed their STEM classrooms:

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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 engineering and technology programs from 39 to 72.

~ Pamela Silvers, Chairperson, Computer Technologies, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC

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"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

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"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%.

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"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, Division Director of Engineering, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, TX increased female enrollment from 11% to 37% in his Computer Drafting & Design Technology Program.

The WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp: Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain Women in STEM, is the online version of my popular annual In-Person Live Event. This December 14-16, 2015 WomenTech Educators Bootcamp hosted by the Convergence Technology Center will be a special hybrid online and in-person version of my 3-day Bootcamp. The event will be streamed online while your college's team is encouraged to get together in the same room in person to watch the training and complete the exercises together.

I have taken the knowledgebase of my WomenTech Educators Training, which includes a successful system created from my 5 National Science Foundation (NSF) projects and 20 years of experience helping educators recruit and retain more women in STEM, and presented it in an easy-to-access interactive format that packs in as much information as possible.

Over the course of 3 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 college. No matter how busy you are, you have the time for this 3-day investment that can transform the way you recruit and retain women (and men) in your IT programs and classes.

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"What You'll Learn in 3 Amazing Days"

Day 1-2: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to leverage a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • MILESTONE: Create a Recruitment Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your IT classes

Day 2-3: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal IT experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of
    female AND male students


  • MILESTONE: Create a Retention Action Plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your IT classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement Recruitment Plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your IT programs and classes

  • A Retention Plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)

 

 

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep your team and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in IT. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 

 

 

Plus, you'll receive 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.




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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

 

 
Schedule/Time Required:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram week of December 7 - 11, 2015

  • 3-day Bootcamp December 14-16, 2015 from 10am - 4:30pm CT (8am - 3:30pm PT/ 11am - 5:30pm ET)

  • 6 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected to the Convergence Technology Center

Download the brochure (PDF) to share with others in your institution.

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Visual Overview of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp

 

 

Assistance for IT Educators in North Texas from the CTC:

The CTC will provide classroom space at Collin College’s Preston Ridge campus in Frisco, Texas and lunch for teams of qualified community college IT faculty and administrators in the North Texas region. Qualified team members that live over an hour away from Frisco, Texas will also be eligible for mileage reimbursement from the CTC. This assistance will be provided to make it easier for teams to participate in this 3-day training together in one room.

If you would like to request classroom space for your team and/or mileage reimbursement, please indicate that in the online application and the CTC will get in touch with you.

Questions? Please contact Mark Dempsey, CTC Program Manager, with any questions about support for teams from community colleges in North Texas (email: MDempsey[at]collin.edu; phone: 972-377-1582).

 

 

About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1994, that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A national expert on recruiting and retaining female students in STEM programs in which they are underrepresented, Ms. Milgram has personally trained educators in 46 states and Canada.
  • Ms. Milgram is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recently, she received a reader's choice award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for her cover article, "How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom" published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. The success of the CalWomenTech Project was featured in articles on the NSF "Discoveries" website and the Community College Times.
  • Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress and appeared extensively in the news media. Her media appearances include CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from IT programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with the Convergence Technology Center. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. It is hosted by the Convergence Technology Center and funded by the NSF. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $2,995 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any major travel costs. The only travel is to meet up with your team at your college.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training and Follow-Up Support is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day hybrid Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 6 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams. (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - Watch a recording of our 60-minute Leadership Team Webinar by clicking here or accessing it from your application. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm you watched the webinar.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Engineering Department or "ATE Project Name" team) and select a key contact for the application process. Consider creating a fun team name! Some examples of team names used in a recent online training are "Motherboards of Invention", "Dogs that Byte", and "Pi-rates."
  4. Complete individual online applications before the November 20, 2015 deadline - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WBVFC7X (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor.)
 

Note: If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

NEW

Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

Click here to instantly watch a recording of the webinar.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today and we'll send you a link to the webinar recording that you can forward on to your other team members.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

 

What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

testimonialvanmadray

"We have the first three women in our Auto Technology Program and really want to make sure they succeed. After participating in the WomenTech Educator's online training, we created additional open lab time for them, realizing they may need extra time to develop hands-on skills in a nonthreatening atmosphere. Two months into the course they are still with us. I learned so much about retention from the online training, I decided our entire Engineering and Technology Department could benefit and we are bringing the online training to our school and rolling it out to all of the technical faculty over the next two years."

~ Van Madray, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

eqc

"Attending the WomenTech Educators training was the best decision I have made in a long time! During the training, I developed a Recruitment and Retention Plan for one of the CIS programs. This is not a training where you consider doing "something" when you get back to your office, you are actually developing and obtaining feedback from other colleagues on what they have done and how you can improve your plan before implementation! Plus, I will be able to take my experience and work on other programs of study using the same framework."

~ Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

Pbaca

"The training was time well spent. It was such a minimal amount of time to get so many concrete implementable strategies. The WomenTech Educators Online Training gives you the most for your money—you can implement the tools immediately with minimal resources and see true quantitative results!"

~ Phyllis Baca, Director of STEM Initiatives, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

lauransattlersq

"The WomenTech Educators Online Training has the potential to change the way you view your program. Important data is presented with passion and humor. I want you to know I have gained a great deal from the course. By the time you have a graduate degree and have worked in education for decades, most "professional development" is repetitive. I can honestly say that you have given me much to think about and that it will result in changes to my approach to course development."

~ Lauran Sattler, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems, Ivy Tech Community College, President's Award for Instructional Excellence 2007, Warsaw, IN

rmathur

"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

applynowbutton

This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
IT faculty in 2-year colleges (see above for who should apply).

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The CalWomenTech Scale Up Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program and the Program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1102996

 

Attend the WomenTech Educators 3-Day Bootcamp to Learn How You Can Gain up to 25-50% Female STEM Enrollment in Only 8 Months

 

3-Day Online Bootcamp

July 13, 14 & 15, 2016

Community colleges that have implemented the strategies participants learn through WomenTech Educators Online Training Program have seen remarkable results: 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses and 6 of 7 increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2016

This NSF-funded Bootcamp is FREE for teams of 6 community college STEM educators. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis and the training fills quickly, so apply early.

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In this video, your trainer Donna Milgram shares remarkable results from past online training participants:

Watch this short video to learn how to help your female (and male) students be more successful in their STEM courses.

 

What Educators Are Saying About the Training

“Donna is so passionate about her work it shows. That passion is infectious and can only serve to close the digital divide.“

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You Will Learn:

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Attend the WomenTech Educators Training from the comfort of your own desk.

Females in STEM: Key Factors for Recruitment

✓ Top three recruitment strategies & how to put them to use
✓ How to adopt a program-wide “female friendly” recruitment approach
✓ How to communicate the benefits of STEM at each stage of the recruitment process
✓ Effective strategies to involve faculty & staff in your recruiting effort

Gender Diversity in STEM: Boosting Enrollment & Implementing New Culture

✓ Barriers to recruiting women into STEM & how to overcome them
✓ How to identify your target audience for recruitment and low-hanging fruit
✓ Success in STEM: See actionable examples of successful STEM programs

Strategies to Keep STEM Students on Course & Improve Graduation Rates

✓ How to make female students feel welcome and what not to do
✓ Ways to bolster confidence in STEM students to ensure success
✓ Strategies to help your female students be successful in the lab
✓ Building block skills to help close the experience gap

Addressing the STEM Challenge: Appeal to Women Who Aren't Excited by STEM

✓ How faculty can teach to female learning styles
✓ How to connect students with female role models & create community
✓ An "ah-ha" moment on spatial reasoning - what you need to know

Build a Leadership Team Model for Women in STEM: Strategies for Success

✓ Ways to partner with faculty, administrators, student services & others
✓ No educator is an island: How to work together & boost STEM retention
✓ Top 3 qualities of an effective Leadership Team & how to employ them

You Will Take Away:

  1. An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to greatly increase the number of women and girls in your STEM classrooms.
  2. A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male students), starting this semester.
  3. The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away, and free bonus tools that will help you be even more successful. (See Bonuses section below.).
  4. Results: Community colleges that have implemented the strategies participants learn through this program have seen remarkable results: 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses and 6 of 7 increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months.
Schedule and What's Involved:
  • Orientation call with your team and your trainer Donna Milgram July 4 - 8, 2016

  • 3-day Bootcamp July 13, 14, & 15, 2016 from 8am - 2:30pm PT/ 11am – 5:30pm ET

  • 9 months of Follow-Up Support on plan development and implementation (includes 3 team calls with your trainer, 1 group call, and access to online community)

Who Should Attend:

  • College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented

  • Teams should consist of 6 members

  • Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project

Continuing Education Credit:

Fresno Pacific University is now offering one unit of continuing education credit to online training participants! Note: You can sign up for the continuing education credit starting four weeks in advance of training.

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Team Support Calls and Customized Feedback led to AMAZING results from the online training in 2015!

We’ve unlocked the proven path to increasing the number of female students in your STEM program. Community colleges in our National Science Foundation-funded February 2015 online training group have seen remarkable results: 5 of 7 colleges started enrolling an average of 4.8 more female students in their STEM courses and 6 of 7 increased female retention from an average baseline of 58% to 100% in only 8 months.

Including...

A Georgia community college that went from only 1 female student in an introductory Emerging Technology course to 15 of 17 students just one semester after the online training.

A Massachusetts community college that went from 1 female student in manufacturing to 9 out of 13 students in its introductory course the next semester. Plus, 100% of the female students were retained!

NEVER let anyone tell you again that nothing can be done, or that making change happen for female students in your STEM program will take decades or require a huge budget. We have the evidence to prove your institution can start seeing real increases in as little as one year!

The WomenTech Educators Training is designed to provide you with a roadmap that will enable you to achieve your goals and because you get access to Follow-Up Support calls after the Bootcamp, you will receive support for implementation of your plan strategies. We are committed to helping educators succeed in creating a gender balance in STEM. Once you have achieved results in increasing the number of female students in your programs, you may be featured in case studies or webinars to highlight your team’s accomplishments while inspiring other educators!

After the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program: Follow-Up Support

Keep online Bootcamp participants and your educational institution as a whole focused on your goal of increasing the number of women in STEM. With this ongoing support, you'll receive help as you work to improve and implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans that you develop during the training. In our successful CalWomenTech Project, the external evaluators found that along with the training, support for implementation was one of the top 2 most important things that helped schools achieve their impressive recruitment and retention results.

You will receive:

➤ Follow-Up Support on Plan Development and Implementation:

You'll have direct access to your trainer, Donna Milgram, on live team Immediate Plan Feedback Tele-Calls. You'll meet by phone with Donna in the weeks immediately following the Bootcamp. She'll give "focused advising" and personalized feedback on your team's strategic plans, and answer questions during each 1-hour call. You will have the opportunity to sign up for a call with just your team and Donna. The Follow-Up Support will end with a group call where all teams present on their plans and implementation progress. Colleges that have received this type of Follow-Up Support have found that it was extremely effective in moving them from plan to action, and ultimately helping them see significant gains in the number of women in their STEM classrooms. All calls are recorded and emailed to participants.

 

➤ Exclusive Online Learning Community:

All of the educators who attend the online Bootcamp will be granted access to a private members-only online course in Canvas -- an open source learning management system. Our online learning community in Canvas is a place to receive support, additional resources, and space to work together with other training participants to share documents and progress on plan implementation. Be a member of our community whose culture is one of positive change around increasing the number of women in STEM. The culture of our online community is, "We can do it!"

 
 

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
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Two FREE Gifts When You Enroll Your Team Now:

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Hard to Find Women in STEM Classroom Resources:

We've made it easy for educators to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, this downloadable guide includes sample curriculums and websites that teach STEM in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save STEM educators many hours of researching on their own.

Sample Resource: Dot Divas are young women that believe in the potential of computing to make a better world. The Dot Diva website offers female role model profiles, examples of how computing can be used in many careers, and a webisode video featuring a young female role model. Parents and educators can find advice for talking to young women about computing, messages and images that work to spark their interest, downloadable recruitment materials (a Dot Diva poster, brochure, and flyer), and female role model videos on YouTube.

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit:

It's challenging to develop outreach materials that really work to recruit women to STEM! To help schools we have developed this easy-to-use kit with examples and templates for Women in STEM program brochure, program flyer, event flyer, recruitment PowerPoint presentation, and school website section that all include female role models. These materials were tested with 8 schools that were successful in recruiting more female students to STEM.

The female role model questionnaire alone is worth its weight in gold with the key questions and follow up questions to ask those hard-to-find female role models and how to elicit an inspirational quote from a women in STEM. Based on hundreds of interviews with STEM stars, you won’t want to miss this.

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"For a long time, we heard from educators, 'Well, we can't find any girls who WANT to be welders'- but now, there's an increased perception that supporting female students in male-dominated careers is a much bigger deal, and there are resources available that can give all students a better ability to explore and pursue their interests. IWITTS materials like the STEM bibliography and Outreach Kit are a huge part of the resources we can offer to districts to help them serve their students. It's not just about Perkins compliance anymore."

~ Don Levine, CTE Education Specialist, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development


About Your Trainer: Donna Milgram

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Learn directly from Executive Director Donna Milgram, the creator of the WomenTech Educators Training

Donna Milgram is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1994 that provides educators with a roadmap to increasing the number of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Ms. Milgram developed the WomenTech Educators Training to help educators nationwide increase the number of women in their technology programs.
  • A nationally recognized expert on closing the gender gap for women and girls in STEM, Ms. Milgram has personally conducted hundreds of WomenTech Educators Trainings in 46 states and Canada.
  • She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN). Recent presentation highlights include:
    • U.S. Department of Education, Moving STEM Forward in the Career, Technical and Adult Symposium;
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Challenging Technical Privilege Symposium Panel; and,
    • Engineering for Kids Conference (Keynote Presenter).  

  • Donna has been featured in the media on CNN, Fox Morning News, C-Span, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and more.
  • An innovative leader, Donna Milgram draws upon over 21 years of experience leading successful projects. The recent 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.

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp FAQs:

Who is eligible?

College-based teams consisting of administrators, instructors, counselors and outreach staff from STEM programs where female students are underrepresented. Teams should consist of 6 members. Preference will be given to teams connected with an ATE Center or Project. Watch the webinar for more information on applying as a team and who should be on your team.

How much does it cost?

This grant-funded program is FREE to eligible participants, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project. This program, including the online training, Follow-Up Support, and access to the online learning community normally costs participants $4,700 per team.

What are the benefits of participating?

What is the #1 benefit? More female students in your classes! Here are some additional benefits to you if your team is accepted for the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program:

  1. Get significant value: You can reach a team of 6 educators at your college, without incurring any travel costs.
  2. Accommodate everyone's busy schedule, from deans and administrators to part-time adjuncts, with this 3-day training (only 6.5 hours a day with time for lunch and breaks).
  3. Your team can implement what they're learning while the training is actually happening, and get guidance and direction from your trainer, Donna Milgram, and the other members of the community.
  4. If you are an ATE grantee, this training will strengthen the "Broader Impacts" you report to NSF.
  5. IWITTS has included past training recipients who have successfully increased the number of women in their classes in national conference presentations.
  6. Your achievements in increasing the number of women in your classes may be highlighted by IWITTS as case studies to inspire other educators and for your own future use.
  7. The top Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Plans in the training will be chosen by your trainer Donna Milgram. The selected plans will be featured in the private online learning community and an email will be sent to the dean/VP of each team that develops a top plan recognizing your team's achievement.
  8. Certificate of completion: At the end of the implementation period, each team member will receive a certificate which can be referenced in your future grant proposals.

What's expected of my team?

  • Taking part in the WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program as a team of 6 members from your college (includes a team orientation call, 3-day online Bootcamp, and a total of 4 Follow-Up Support calls, 2 of which are Plan Feedback Tele-calls).
  • Developing Recruitment and Retention Plans as a team for the targeted program, and posting plans in a private online learning community.
  • Actively participating in the Follow-Up Support for plan implementation, which takes place in the 9 months after the online training ends, and a short, virtual presentation on the team's plan implementation progress in a required, final group call.
  • Posting successes and challenges in the online learning community, and responding to the posts of others.
  • Participating in evaluation-related activities (no individual student data will be requested).

How to Apply:

  1. Get started - Submit an Intent to Apply to get your application started. The date you submit your Intent to Apply will be the start date on your application, so submit early to get your application in before other teams! (Note: You don't have to have all your team members identified to submit an Intent to Apply.)
  2. Watch a short webinar - You'll receive more information when you fill out the Intent to Apply. This webinar will help you put together your team and submit a competitive application. It's required for all applicants and the online application will ask you to confirm that you watched the webinar.
  3. Create a team of 6 members, pick a team name (e.g. Greenville Technical College Team) and select a key contact for the application process. 
  4. Complete individual online applications before the June 15, 2016 deadline - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7RXFDZX (Note: Each team member must be identified at this point and must submit her/his own online application. There will be a place to enter your team name in the form.)
  5. Obtain a letter of commitment - Have your dean or supervisor sign a letter of commitment (PDF). Return the signed letter by fax (510-749-0500) or email to seminars[at]iwitts.org. (Note: Each team member must submit a signed letter of commitment from her/his dean/supervisor. If you are unable to submit the signed letter of commitment by the application deadline, go ahead and apply anyway. Contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org and we will try accommodate you.)

More information:

For additional information about the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program, contact us at seminars[at]iwitts.org or call Christine Lesaca, Program Assistant, at 510-749-0200 ext 105.

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Free: Leadership Team Webinar for Your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application

Watch our informative 60-minute webinar led by Donna Milgram to learn how to get the most out of this valuable training opportunity - fill out the Intent to Apply for more information. Donna is the founder of IWITTS and will be your WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Instructor.

In This Free Webinar You Will Learn:

✓ About successful outcomes of schools that have participated in the WomenTech Educators trainings in the past
✓ What's included in the NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program
✓ How to put together a strong WomenTech Educators Leadership Team and apply for this free NSF-funded program
✓ How to choose a STEM Career Pathway to focus on in the training
✓ How your team can set you up to be successful and help you institutionalize takeaways from this proven program
Answers to questions asked during our live sessions by educators applying for the program

You Will Take Away:

The vital information you need to create a competitive application for our limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Program seats! Applications for this training program are reviewed and scored on a first-come, first-served basis.

This webinar will help you create a competitive application and set your team up for greater success. Start your application today to receive access to our webinar recording.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
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The Power of Teams:

Teams communicate as a single voice during the program. While team members may watch modules individually, the team joins together weekly to synthesize and apply the information into a group assignment. These assignments build to create full Recruitment and Retention Action Plans by the end of the training.

Experience and research show that participating as a team sets you up to be successful and see results. Over 5 NSF-funded projects and 20 years of offering professional development, we have found that educators who work in teams develop stronger Women in STEM Recruitment and Retention Action Plans, are able to get the support they need to start implementing those plans right away, and are more likely to institutionalize lasting change.

Some of the many benefits of participating as a team:

  • Team participation enhances and encourages engagement in the online training and the practical application of training content.
  • The more people you can train in your department, region, or state, the more likely you are to see significant increases in female students, as well as lasting institutional change.
  • Team members support each other using a common educational language and framework. The team facilitates cross-departmental relationships and institutional change, providing benefits that go far beyond the training itself.

What WomenTech Educator Participants Said About Their Teams in the Training:

“We have a fabulous team. So many people have different varied areas of expertise. We meet Wednesday mornings and everybody is energized and works hard.”

~ Patti Williams, Faculty, Surveying & Mapping Technologies, Mid-west College

Who Should Be on Your Team:
Your team will be the most effective if it includes a variety of stakeholders from your college dedicated to increasing the number of female students in the targeted STEM program. In our experience, a Women in STEM Leadership Team with 6-10 members sets a school up to be successful from the start. Ideally, a dean, department chair, technology center director, or Principal Investigator (PI) of an Advanced Technology Education (ATE) grant will act as key leader and an instructor from the targeted program will act as co-leader.

Recommended core team members:

  • Dean or Chair of the Department of the targeted program;
  • Director of the Technology Center (or equivalent if applicable);
  • Principal Investigator of the ATE grant (if applicable);
  • Minimum of two instructors in targeted technology courses, with one being an adjunct if possible (highly recommended);
  • If you have math prerequisites for core targeted courses, a math administrator.

Other potential team members could include counselors, advisors, outreach coordinators, learning center staff, curriculum developers, Workforce Development Director, Research & Planning Officer, STEM coordinators, representatives from feeder high school(s) or job training programs, and other key stakeholders. The free Leadership Team Webinar and the Online Bootcamp include additional guidance on forming and working with a Women in STEM Leadership Team.

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The more educators who are trained, in your school, the more effective you will be!

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp is free to ATE grantees and
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What Educators Are Saying About the WomenTech Educators Training:

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"We have the first three women in our Auto Technology Program and really want to make sure they succeed. After participating in the WomenTech Educator's online training, we created additional open lab time for them, realizing they may need extra time to develop hands-on skills in a nonthreatening atmosphere. Two months into the course they are still with us. I learned so much about retention from the online training, I decided our entire Engineering and Technology Department could benefit and we are bringing the online training to our school and rolling it out to all of the technical faculty over the next two years."

~ Van Madray, Dean of Construction and Industrial Technology Division, Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC

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"Attending the WomenTech Educators training was the best decision I have made in a long time! During the training, I developed a Recruitment and Retention Plan for one of the CIS programs. This is not a training where you consider doing "something" when you get back to your office, you are actually developing and obtaining feedback from other colleagues on what they have done and how you can improve your plan before implementation! Plus, I will be able to take my experience and work on other programs of study using the same framework."

~ Edna Quintana Claus, Ph.D., M.B.A., CIS Division Director, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen, TX

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"The training was time well spent. It was such a minimal amount of time to get so many concrete implementable strategies. The WomenTech Educators Online Training gives you the most for your money—you can implement the tools immediately with minimal resources and see true quantitative results!"

~ Phyllis Baca, Director of STEM Initiatives, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM

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"The WomenTech Educators Online Training has the potential to change the way you view your program. Important data is presented with passion and humor. I want you to know I have gained a great deal from the course. By the time you have a graduate degree and have worked in education for decades, most "professional development" is repetitive. I can honestly say that you have given me much to think about and that it will result in changes to my approach to course development."

~ Lauran Sattler, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems, Ivy Tech Community College, President's Award for Instructional Excellence 2007, Warsaw, IN

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"The training conducted by Donna Milgram was the best training I have ever received because I can implement the Recruitment and Retention Plans I created specifically for my program Computer Information Management (CIM) to help increase females in technology at Irvine Valley College!"

~ Roopa Mathur, Professor, Computer Information Management , Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

See the full list of testimonials

Here are just some of our past ATE clients:

  • Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), Gadsden, AL
  • Midwest Center for Information Technology (MCIT), AIM Institute, Omaha, NE
  • South Carolina Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC
  • Convergence Technology Center (CTC), Frisco, TX
  • Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing Education Center (TIME Center), Baltimore, MD
  • Nevada Information Technology Education (NVITE), Community College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
  • Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT), Mainland College, Texas City, TX
  • Diversity in Engineering Technology (NC JETS), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

There are a limited number of NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Bootcamp Program spaces available.

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This NSF-funded Bootcamp program is free to ATE grantees and
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The National Online WomenTech Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1400531

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Create action plans based on proven strategies to achieve up to 25-50% female enrollment in your STEM classes!

 

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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
math (STEM).

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.

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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.

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You’re confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs

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You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient

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You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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

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"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%.

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"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!

“What You’ll Learn in 2 Amazing Days”

Day 1: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the “right” target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don’t have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • MILESTONE: Create a recruitment action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Day 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren’t excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
    female students


  • MILESTONE: Create a retention action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You’ll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to

help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)


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
at home!

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 an early bird bonus if
you enroll by July 6th!

Early Bird Bonus! ($197 value):

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If you enroll by July 6th in my WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp will receive our STEM Success for Women Telesummit Silver Pass! It includes:

CheckMark Downloadable audio of all 12 “STEM Success for Women” Telesummit sessions, featuring interviews with STEM educators who have measurably increased the number of women in their STEM classes and programs.
Hear how...
 
  • Dr. Charlie McDowell boosted the number of female students declaring a computer science major from 11% to 46%
  • Dr. Sheryl Sorby boosted female STEM student retention by 42% in one semester
  • Dr. Mary Anderson-Rowland achieved a 90% graduation rate for 2 STEM Academic Scholarship Programs, and much, much more.
CheckMark Transcripts of all the interviews so you can quickly refer to the recruitment and retention strategies you need—and don’t miss any valuable best practices
 
CheckMark Keep all the important strategies handy so you can benefit from them over and over again
 

 

Plus, you'll receive my 2 free gifts:

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school’s technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You’ll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

Bibliography_Cover

STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We’ve made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don’t miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

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!

SilverPassDownload

Enroll and you will receive...

2-day WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp $497
The STEM Success for Women Silver Pass
$197
The Women in Technology Outreach Kit
$150
The STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography
$35

TOTAL VALUE $897

ACTUAL TUITION $497

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Empower Yourself with My WomenTech Educators Online
Summer Bootcamp!

SilverPassDownload

Your Bootcamp Pass includes:

CheckMark My 2-day Online Summer Bootcamp held from 8am—4pm PT (11am—7pm ET) on August 5th-6th, 2015!
 
CheckMark The content from my WomenTech Educators Online Knowledge Base
 
CheckMark The STEM Success for Women Silver Pass ($197 value)
 
CheckMark Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)
 
CheckMark The STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography ($35 value)
 
CheckMark The opportunity to volunteer for the “Hot Seat” and get valuable feedback on your recruitment and retention action plans!

Join Me at My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp for Only $497!

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dealofmonth transparentNote: Enroll a team of 6 or more educators for our WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp by July 31 and get an Exclusive VIP Session with IWITTS Executive Director and Bootcamp trainer Donna Milgram -- just for your group! Just sign up your team of 6+ above and we'll automatically apply this Exclusive VIP Session for you.

 

I look forward to providing you with proven strategies and celebrating STEM Success for Women with you!

Warmly,

donnamilgramsignature

Donna Milgram
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!

 

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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
math (STEM).

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.

STEMConnector Source

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.

CheckMark

You’re confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs

CheckMark

You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient

CheckMark

You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out

CheckMark

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.

AAUW DM Caption2 

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.

AAUW NSFBootcampImage

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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.

Silvers

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.

Thiry

"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

DuFrain

"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%.

Yanez

"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!

“What You’ll Learn in 2 Amazing Days”

Day 1: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the “right” target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don’t have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • MILESTONE: Create a recruitment action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Day 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren’t excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
    female students


  • MILESTONE: Create a retention action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You’ll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to

help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)


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
at home!

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!

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school’s technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You’ll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

Bibliography_Cover

STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We’ve made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don’t miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

dealofmonth transparentEnroll a team of 6 or more educators for our Online Summer Bootcamp by July 31 and get an Exclusive VIP Session with IWITTS Executive Director and Bootcamp trainer Donna Milgram - just for your group! Valued at $1000, this VIP Session provides your team the exclusive opportunity to ask questions about recruitment and retention plans you'll develop during the Bootcamp, and any other questions specific to your institution’s needs. Just sign up your team of 6+ below and we'll automatically apply this Exclusive VIP Session to your order.

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Print order form

 

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!

SilverPassDownload

Enroll and you will receive...

2-day WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp $497
The Women in Technology Outreach Kit
$150
The STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography
$35

TOTAL VALUE $682

ACTUAL TUITION $497

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Print order form

 

Empower Yourself with My WomenTech Educators Online
Summer Bootcamp!

SilverPassDownload

Your Bootcamp Pass includes:

CheckMark My 2-day Online Summer Bootcamp held from 7am—3pm PT (10am—6pm ET) on August 5th-6th, 2015!
 
CheckMark The content from my WomenTech Educators Online Knowledge Base
 
CheckMark Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)
 
CheckMark The STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography ($35 value)
 
CheckMark The opportunity to volunteer for the “Hot Seat” and get valuable feedback on your recruitment and retention action plans!

Join Me at My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp for Only $497!

Silverpassbutton

Print order form

 

I look forward to providing you with proven strategies and celebrating STEM Success for Women with you!

Warmly,

donnamilgramsignature

Donna Milgram
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!

 

BootcampLogoTransparent

dealofmonth transparent

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
math (STEM).

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.

STEMConnector Source

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.

CheckMark

You're confused about how to attract female students to your STEM programs

CheckMark

You have limited time and want to ensure your recruitment efforts are effective and efficient

CheckMark

You finally recruited one or two female students... Only to have them drop out

CheckMark

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.

AAUW DM Caption2 

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.

AAUW NSFBootcampImage
 

 

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.

Silvers

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.

Thiry

"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

DuFrain

"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%.

Yanez

"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!

"What You'll Learn in 2 Amazing Days"

Day 1: Recruit

  • Learn how to choose the "right" target audience for your recruitment goals so that you can go after the low-hanging fruit and enroll more women in your classes

  • Understand how to build a Women in STEM Leadership Team so that you don't have to recruit more female students all by yourself

  • Discover what excites women about technology and learn how to find female role models so that your outreach is more effective

  • Leverage online recruitment strategies so more female students know about your STEM programs and you can recruit 24/7

  • Find out how to execute event-based recruiting that actually leads to increases in female enrollment

  • MILESTONE: Create a recruitment action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to increasing female students in your STEM classes

Day 2: Retain

  • Find out how to close the experience gap and level the playing field for ALL students including those with less informal STEM experience, so they all are retained

  • Uncover strategies to help your female students feel welcome in the classroom and prevent them from dropping out in the first few weeks

  • Learn how to appeal to the large group of women and girls who just aren't excited by STEM in its present form so they are engaged and complete your classes

  • Discover the teaching practices and learning methods that dramatically increase retention of male and
    female students


  • MILESTONE: Create a retention action plan you will customize to your school that will provide you with a roadmap to retaining more female (and male!) students in your STEM classes

You will take away:

  • An easy-to-implement recruitment plan to increase female enrollment to up to 25-50% in your STEM programs and classes

  • A retention plan for your school to increase the completion rate of your female (and male) students, starting this semester

  • The knowledge and confidence you need to put these plans into action right away

* Bonus: You'll also receive, as free bonus tools, my Women in Technology Outreach Kit and STEM Bibliography to

help you save time and money and be even more successful (see below!)


 

 

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
at home!

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!

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Women in Technology Outreach Kit ($150 value)

This Outreach Kit plus the included Online Website Strategy Guide will help you increase the number of women in your school's technology programs. Recruit more women to your STEM programs with these fill-in-the blank templates for proven outreach materials. You'll take the guesswork out of your outreach.

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STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography  ($35 value)

We've made it easy for you to find online role model resources that will help women and girls see themselves in all career pathways. Also, find sample curriculums and websites that teach programming in a female-friendly way. Don't miss this; it will save you many hours of researching this yourself.

 

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Enroll a team of 6 or more educators for our Online Summer Bootcamp by July 31 and get an Exclusive VIP Session with IWITTS Executive Director and Bootcamp trainer Donna Milgram - just for your group! Valued at $1000, this VIP Session provides your team the exclusive opportunity to ask questions about recruitment and retention plans you'll develop during the Bootcamp, and any other questions specific to your institution's needs. Just sign up your team of 6+ below and we'll automatically apply this Exclusive VIP Session to your order.

 

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!

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Enroll and you will receive...

2-day WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp $497
The Women in Technology Outreach Kit
$150
The STEM Resources for Instructors to Help Women and Girls: Annotated Bibliography
$35

TOTAL VALUE $682

ACTUAL TUITION $497

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Join Me at My WomenTech Educators Online Summer Bootcamp for Only $497!

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I look forward to providing you with proven strategies and celebrating STEM Success for Women with you!

Warmly,

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Donna Milgram
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!

 

NSF-Funded WomenTech Educators Online Training Program Timeline

Training Schedule:

Orientation Week: June 8 - June 14

Recruitment Training: June 15 - July 12

Recruitment Q&A Call: Week of July 13 

Break/Catch Up Week: July 20 - 26

Retention Training: July 27 - August 23

Retention Q&A Call: Week of August 24

 

Time Required:

Hours required: About 2-3 hours per week. This can include the time to start implementing your team’s plan and seeing results, even while the training is happening!

Training format: Presentations, handouts & exercises online, available to watch and complete at your convenience each week.

Live question and answer training calls the weeks of July 13 and August 24.

Exclusive online community forum to connect with other training participants.

After the training: Follow-up support includes live calls with your trainer, Donna Milgram, on plan development and implementation.

Archives: All calls and sessions are recorded and archived.

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The National Online WomenTech Project is funded by the Advanced Technological Education Program from The National Science Foundation - Grant no. 1400531

Leadership Team Webinar for Your
WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp Application


Thank you for registering for our webinar!

Check your email to receive login information and a copy of the webinar schedule.

There are 3 webinar time options for your convenience:

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm ET (9:00 am PT)

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT)

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm ET (11:30 am PT)

Adjust for your time zone: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

The webinar will run for 60 minutes.

***Be sure to attend one of these webinars to learn how to create a competitive NSF-funded WomenTech Educators Online Bootcamp application.