Working with Diverse Populations
This month, we highlight resources that offer guidance in recruiting and retaining diverse participants in STEM programming.
Three webinars -- Strategies for Increasing Diversity in STEM Learning Environments (2014), Research and Strategies for Engaging African American and Latino Families in Informal STEM Education (2012), and Engaging Diverse Learners in STEM Education (2008) -- highlight specific strategies, successes, and challenges related to engaging and retaining diverse learners and their families in STEM programming.
Best practice guides are included. Encouraging Girls in Math and Science (2007) provides a practice guide for STEM programming with girls in mind. Inclusion, Disabilities, and Informal Science Learning (2010) offers a theoretical framework for thinking about inclusion of people with disabilities in informal science education (ISE), then reviews current practice in museums (broadly defined), in media and technology, and in youth and community programs. More generally, Planting the Seeds for a Diverse U.S. STEM Pipeline: A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs (2010) spotlights 38 STEM education programs and their practices that have worked well in recent years.
Three ITEST briefs are also spotlighted. ITEST Participants - Reaching Underserved and Underrepresented Groups (2012) explores the extent to which ITEST projects reach underrepresented populations. In the Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Participants through Community Partnerships and Other Strategies (2006), Principal Investigators from three youth-based ITEST projects discuss how community partnerships strengthen their efforts to recruit and retain diverse participants. The Equity in On-line Professional Development (2004) brief addresses the needs of different populations and how we can rovide equitable outcomes, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and class.
STELAR Webinar: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in STEM Learning Environments
During this webinar we heard from ITEST projects that are developing innovative program models to successfully recruit, retain, and engage youth from underrepresented communities in authentic STEM learning experiences.
ITEST Webinar: Research and Strategies for Engaging African American and Latino Families in Informal STEM Education
Presenters: Jacob Martinez, Project Director, Watsonville TEC, Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia (AET); Patrik Lundh, Education Researcher, SRI International, Girls InnovaTE3
ITEST Webinar: Engaging Diverse Learners in STEM
Moderator: Sarita Pillai, ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC
Presenters: Steve Bean/Jacob Martinez, Girl Game Company; Angela Calabrese Barton, GET City; Heather Almquist, Paleo Exploration
ITEST Webinar: Diversifying the STEM Workforce: The ITEST Program
Presenters: Siobhan Bredin, ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC; Cynthia Newson, ITEST Learning Resource Center at EDC; Dr. Kimberly A. Scott, COMPUGIRLS; Dr. Kevin Clark, Game Design Through Mentoring and Collaboration; Dr. Daryl Williams, National Science Foundation
Encouraging Girls in Math and Science
Developed by a panel of experts, this practice guide brings together evidence and expertise to provide educators with specific and coherent evidence-based recommendations on how to encourage girls in the fields of math and science. The objective is to provide teachers with specific recommendations that can be carried out in the classroom without requiring systemic change. Other school personnel having direct contact with students, such as coaches, counselors, and principals may also find the guide useful.
Inclusion, Disabilities, and Informal Science Learning
Inclusion, Disabilities, and Informal Science Learning, a report by the CAISE Access Inquiry Group, offers a theoretical framework for thinking about inclusion of people with disabilities in informal science education (ISE), then reviews current practice in museums (broadly defined), in media and technology, and in youth and community programs.
Engaging Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: The Future Workforce
This report on a webcast hosted by the ITEST Learning Resource Center identifies resources and key success strategies for engaging girls in STEM, offered by an expert panel of speakers from the ITEST community, private sector and research and policy fields.
ITEST Idea Brief: Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Participants through Community Partnerships and Other Strategies
In this Idea Brief, Principal Investigators from three youth-based ITEST projects discuss how community partnerships strengthen their efforts to recruit and retain diverse participants.
ITEST Data Brief: ITEST Participants - Reaching Underserved and Underrepresented Groups
ITEST Data Brief Volume 1, Issue 3, June 2012
The National Science Foundation ITEST Program explicitly states its commitment to focus on students from groups underserved and underrepresented in STEM and ICT-intensive careers. The ITEST Management Information System (MIS) asked projects to identify characteristics of their student participants, and this Data Brief explores that information to see whether and to what degree projects are working with underserved and underrepresented students.
ITEST Info Brief: Equity in On-line Professional Development
ITEST LRC Info Brief Volume 2, September 2004
This publication addresses the concept that equity in education refers not only to equal access or equal treatment, but to education that addresses the differing needs of different populations and that produces equitable outcomes, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and class.
Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce through Exploration, Equity, and Engagement
Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce through Exploration, Equity, and Engagement is a product of the previous ITEST Learning Resource Center (LRC) and includes a series of six articles (plus a preface) highlighting key themes and lessons learned in the first five years of the ITEST program.
Bridging Barriers: Using Technology to Attract, Retain, and Mentor the Engineering Workforce of Tomorrow
Today’s technology-based global economy places a high premium on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Educators committed to increasing the interest and achievement of females in engineering struggle to find appropriate resources. The Gender and Science Digital Library (GSDL) from Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC) is a unique on-line collection of exemplary resources aimed at encouraging girls and women to pursue science and engineering education and careers.
ITEST Webinar: Cultural Relevance in Science Teaching
Presenter: Dr. Angelicque Tucker Blackmon, National Science Foundation
Summary: This presentation shares resources and approaches for culturally relevant science teaching, followed by specific examples of these approaches used by ITEST project staff Deborah Muscella of the Technology at the Crossroads Project in Boston and Simon Karpen of the SUCCEED Apprenticeship project in Raleigh, NC, and a question and answer session.
See link to webinar recording.
Planting the Seeds for a Diverse U.S. STEM Pipeline: A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs
The Girl Game Company, an ITEST program, was featured among 38 best practice programs in the 2010 edition of the Bayer Corporation's Planting the Seeds for a Diverse US STEM Pipeline: A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs.