2015 PDI Workshop Agenda

NAPE_SaveDate_14_640x300 web versionTuesday, April 21, 2015

Workshop Session 1: 9:15-10:30 am

Developing Racial Consciousness to Enhance Participation in STEM Careers
Lisa Williams, PhD, Director, Baltimore County Public Schools
Kendra Johnson, Chief Academic Officer, Trenton Public Schools

This presentation will help participants understand that the ability to negotiate and navigate challenges related to diversity in social identity (specifically racial identity) is a critical competency in engaging underrepresented populations to pursue STEM careers. The connection between cultural competency and advancing access to the types of curricular experiences needed to prepare marginalized groups for active participation at the high school and college levels in rigorous STEM offering will be examined.

Successful Practices, Solutions to Common Challenges and Resources: Findings from 10 Years of NSF Funding for Students with Disabilities in STEM Postsecondary Education
Linda Thurston, Associate Dean for Research, Kansas State University

Students with disabilities enter postsecondary STEM education at the same rate as their peers, but their retention and successful completion of degree programs is substantially lower.  This workshop will include successful practices, resources and common challenges and solutions that were findings from a decade of NSF projects in the Research in Disabilities Education Program.

Creating Community Partnerships for Education Equity
Janine Ingram, VP of Philanthropic Partnerships, MIND Research Institute
Zafar Brooks, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America

Philanthropic partnerships can leverage resources to attack big problems, but they are often challenging to create. Through an interactive panel composed of philanthropists, corporations, and school district leaders, participants will explore how a common goal of educational equity can create strong community partnerships. Participants will gain knowledge of pitfalls and best practices, investigate why companies should devote time and resources to community partnerships, discuss how corporations can benefit from partnerships, and share examples of successful partnerships.

You’re Hired!—Looking at the Impact of an Authentic STEM Experience Based on Gender
Kristin Brevik, STEM Outreach Specialist, North Dakota State College of Science

With the growing need for qualified employees in STEM-based careers, it is important to develop activities for students to increase their awareness of opportunities in these areas. With proper design, increasing awareness of STEM-based careers in conjunction with overcoming current stereotypes can lead to a change in attitudes toward these various careers. The presenter will review the impact that the “You’re Hired!” program had on students based on gender.

What You Don’t Know About the Federal Policy Pipeline May Hurt You!
Lou Ann Hargrave, Student Service Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Education
Debra Huber, Administrator of Department of CTE, North Dakota Department of CTE

Ever wonder how we got here and how we will continue equity in career and technical education? The presenters will provide a brief overview of past and current equity legislation that has changed career and technical education; how equity legislative language was protected and in some cases eliminated; the legislative economic impact on equity initiatives; and what we must do to ensure equity legislation continues.

Workshop Session 2: 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Unleash the Power of Diversity for STEM Success
Debjani Biswas, Author, Coachieve

NAPE welcomes back Debjani Biswas, author of Unleash the Power of Diversity and popular session presenter at the 2014 NAPE PDI. Leveraging real-life examples from 20 years of experience across 17 countries, Ms. Biswas, NAPE trainer, author, and international speaker, will bring original concepts to life in a fun, safe environment. How can we leverage diversity for STEM success, building resilience and reducing bias? Participants will take a “Diversity Foray” and learn about a practical toolkit of dos and don’ts. Previous participants have called Ms. Biswas’ sessions “life altering.”

Improving Access to STEM Education and Employment for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Donna Lange, Associate Professor, Center Director, DeafTEC, RIT/NTID
Myra Pelz, Associate Professor, RIT/NTID

The National Science Foundation established a national center of excellence, DeafTEC, at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology. DeafTEC provides teachers with resources on best instructional practices, students and parents with information on STEM careers, and employers with training on successfully integrating d/hh graduates into the workforce.  This presentation will update participants on new DeafTEC resources and describe its high school, community college, and industry partnerships.

A Canary in the Coal Mine: Taking a Deeper Look at the Race-based Achievement Gap and What Must be Done to Effectively Address It
Heather Hackman, EdD, Founder and President, Hackman Consulting Group

This workshop exposes the deeper roots of the race-based achievement gap with the intention of helping educational practitioners chart a more successful course in responding to it. Specifically, the session identifies key structural barriers in education regarding race, racism, and white privilege and poses a framework for addressing them individually, interpersonally, and systemically.

Access, Equity, and Diversity in Local Workforce Programs
Daria Daniel, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties
Carolyn Coleman, Esq., Director of Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities

The National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and their members have had longstanding commitments to provide equal access to education and training programs, and to ensure diversity and equity within these programs. These objectives are important to the success of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), the successor to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and should be reflected in the outcomes of local workforce programs. This session will focus on ensuring access, equity, and diversity in local WIOA programs and will provide examples from local programs that are working to achieve these outcomes.

A Blueprint for Embedding Micromessaging in Teacher Preparation Programs
Floyd Dorsey, Clinical Professor, University of Texas at Dallas
Tegwin Pulley, Texas Director, NAPE

UTeach Dallas and NAPE collaborated to create a blueprint to overlay/integrate NAPE’s Micromessaging into the UTeach Dallas curriculum. UTeach Dallas is a highly successful STEM teacher preparation program at the University of Texas at Dallas that recruits STEM undergraduates to teach secondary mathematics and science. The blueprint provides rich knowledge for program improvement in pre-service teacher preparation programs. The NAPE and UTeach collaboration was made possible by a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas.

Workshop Session 3: 2:15-3:30 pm

Supporting Underrepresented Males in CTE Programs
Eva Scates-Winston, CTE Equity Specialist, MN State Colleges and Universities

Retaining male students from underrepresented populations in career and technical education programs is a challenge, especially in programs considered nontraditional for males. Addressing this challenge is critical in building career pathways that transition secondary students into appropriate postsecondary programs and on to livable wage careers. This session will highlight new perspectives in supporting male enrollment into community colleges. Participants will share and discuss strategies related to increasing participation and retention of males from low socioeconomic groups and communities of color.

“If You Have Their Hearts, You Have Their Heads” Using AVID Strategies to Create Positive Relationships with Underserved Students
Jody Ratti, AVID Site Coordinator, Anne Arundel County: Public Schools
Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, AVID Center

In this presentation, participants will learn about AVID’s proven strategies for establishing strong relationships for student achievement and strategies for keeping those relationships productive. Participants will use a variety of strategies to practice building and maintaining positive relationships, focused on college readiness. The presentation will use recent educational research to show the importance and effectiveness of strong relationships on increasing student achievement across all student groups and socioeconomic backgrounds, along with the power of the positive peer group and a focus on college readiness.

White Privilege 101
Eddie Moore Jr., Director, The Privilege Institute

This interactive, informational, challenging, and energetic session examines and explores white privilege/oppression and the imperative that those promoting diversity must “get in on the conversations.” Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin addressing issues of white privilege/oppression individually and institutionally.

The Dos and Don’ts of Harassment Investigations: Ensuring Safe and Respectful Learning Environments
Ruth Durkee, Assistant Director for Adult Education, Randolph Technical Career Center
Gerry Reymore, Environmental Resource Management Teacher, Randolph Technical Career Center

Vermont law affords parents the right to request an independent review of how schools have handled harassment complaints. This process has shown that many responsible for conducting investigations are well-intentioned but lack the skills or training to conduct effective investigations. This workshop will explore what makes a good investigation, investigation do’s and don’ts, and common mistakes to avoid.  It will also provide an opportunity for participants to hone their investigation skills by participating in a “live” investigation.

Building Capacity for Race Conscious Decision Making
Lisa Williams, Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS)
Jennifer Audlin, Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, BCPS
Tracey Durant, Special Projects Manager/Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, BCPS
Candace Logan-Washington, Specialist/Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, BCPS

Baltimore County Public Schools stepped into the challenge of achieving systemic equity in 2013. Join the presenters to explore the first 2 years of the systemic racial equity transformation process and the impact on STEM Equity. Leave this session with information and insights about how you can begin to address racial disparities systemically in your school district.

Workshop Session 4: 3:45-5:00 pm

Ensuring Equity in State STEM Initiatives/Success with Sustainability: The Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline
Jennifer Jirous, Adult Partnerships Initiatives Manager, Colorado Department of Education
Ben Williams, Director of Special Projects, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

Since 2011, Ohio has had great success in expanding the work started through the NSF-funded STEM Equity Pipeline Project.  Through a unique partnership between Ohio Department of Education, Columbus State Community College, and NAPE, PIPE-STEM has been implemented with 14 different career centers and their educational and business partners; Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student has been implemented with two different teams; and Counselor Training has been provided. Learn more about the structure and successes of this exciting expansion project!

Cisco’s Public/Private Partnership Delivers STEM Curricula Mapped to Employment
Marie Zwickert, Business Development Manager,Cisco

The ‘T’ in STEM is for Technology. The United States faces a serious technology skills gap in the workforce as IT jobs go unfilled. To strengthen regional, community, and individual success, Cisco Networking Academy participates in public-private partnerships with high schools, community colleges, and universities, delivering IT and networking courses to bring economic empowerment to students of all ages. Courses lead to industry-recognized certifications, better salaries, and more career options for new graduates of secondary and postsecondary, returning adults, military, veterans, and their families. Students have a variety of career development opportunities, including skills competitions, real-world experience, and networking with Cisco engineers. Learn how the program was established and is successfully expanding in your area, and how it uses fun videos to build curiosity for IT careers.

Moving the Needle: Women in Engineering and Computing
Catherine Hill, Vice President for Research, American Association for University Women (AAUW)
Erin Prangley, Government Relations, AAUW

This presentation will address leveling the playing field for women in engineering and computing by describing the latest evidence that stereotypes and gender bias affect outcomes for women in engineering and similar fields. This presentation is based on a literature review of more than 750 publications on the topic of women in engineering and computing across multiple disciplines conducted for the forthcoming AAUW research report Moving the Needle: Women in Engineering and Computing, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Research highlighted in this report includes recent findings on gender bias and evaluations, gender bias and self-concepts, gender differences in priority placed on working with and helping others, the importance of professional role confidence, stereotype threat in the workplace, and changes in college and workplace environments that support women’s representation in engineering and computing. The presentation will also include recommendations to address remaining barriers and move the needle on women’s representation in engineering.

Not All College Majors Are Created Equal: A Plan to Recruit Undecided College Majors to STEM Fields
Sarah Miller, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Community College of Baltimore County

This project, began through the author’s participation in NAPE’s Educator’s Equity in STEM Academy, encourages college algebra students to consider careers in STEM. Anecdotal evidence from students indicates that this project helped them to remain engaged in the course and to better see the value of what they were learning. Statistical increases in the numbers of self-reported STEM majors were recorded each semester in which this project was implemented. Within this project, specific focus was given to the recruitment of females and underrepresented minorities to STEM. This project could be easily adopted for use in other mathematics courses as well as other disciplines.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Workshop Session 5: 9:15-10:30 am

California Community College Special Populations Collaborative Project
Laurie Harrison, Project Manager, Special Populations Collaborative Project, Foothill Associates

The California Community College Special Populations Project develops research-based products for serving special populations. The products contain information on student needs, educator strategies, and resources. They include Make a Difference for Special Population Students, Make a Difference for Limited English Proficient Students, Make a Difference for Nontraditional Students, Attract Women to STEM Careers, and the newly developed, The Case for Converting STEM to STEAM. Workshop participants will receive, review, and discuss these documents.

Creating Pipelines for Under-Represented Populations for High Demand Occupations
Mallory Jensen, Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator, Hawkeye Community College
Keanna Levy, Admissions Representative, Hawkeye Community College

In 2013, a group of retired African-American engineers partnered with Hawkeye Community College to form a committee to address the needs of minorities in manufacturing. The presenters will discuss how the committee partnered with local workforce and industry partners, developed a unique application process, created short-term training programs that merged into the community college’s credit program, and placed students immediately into high-demand manufacturing jobs after completion of the program.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
Anton Treuer, PhD, Executive Director, American Indian Resource Center/Bemidji State University

Dr. Anton Treuer will lay out the challenge we face in equity work in our communities and schools and some innovative efforts to address them today. Bring your questions for an interactive session and a fresh perspective on the greatest challenge of our times.

Introducing NAPE’s New Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit
Ben Williams, PhD, Director of Special Projects

NAPE is rolling out its new “Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit” at this year’s PDI. Come to this session to learn about its content and how you and your colleagues can use this new NAPE product to increase the participation, persistence, and program completion of students in nontraditional secondary and community college career-technical programs.

Workshop Session 6: 10:45 am-12:00 pm

Equitable Instructional Strategies for Improving Special Population Outcomes in CTE
Charlotte Gray, Education Program Development Specialist, NJ Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education

This presentation will describe achievement gaps for special education, socioeconomic status, English language learners, and nontraditional students in CTE programs. It will provide equitable instructional strategies that address outcome gaps, and it will offer formative assessment tools for measuring strategy effectiveness.

Women and Engineering: Building Confidence and Interest    
Shawna Fletcher, Director, Women in Engineering Program, Texas A&M University

Women in Engineering programs have existed for more than 30 years, yet women’s interest for engineering has not seen dramatic results. This presentation will center on 30 years’ worth of effective practices and outcomes that have proven results. It will also explore how to find programs in your community and create partnerships to get long-term results for female students entering engineering majors.

Bringing a Gender Lens to Job Training
Katie Onachila, Program Manager, National Center for Women’s Employment Equity, Wider Opportunities for Women
Carissa Schutzman, Dean of Workforce Solutions, Gateway Community and Technical College

The workshop will shine a light on policies and practices that can serve to help place traditionally under-represented workers in high-wage, high-skill jobs. The session will focus on how community colleges and job training programs can improve women’s access to and retention in jobs and job training for nontraditional employment. The interactive workshop will highlight equity strategies for placing women and diverse populations in nontraditional fields. Examples of successful initiatives that tap into diversity goals will be featured, including partners from a community college and a workforce investment board. Both of these partners serve as the job training providers in WOW’s Opportunities for Women in Nontraditional Employment Initiative.