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Multiple Factors Converge to Influence Women’s Persistence in Computing: A Qualitative Analysis

Previous research has suggested that access and exposure to computing, social supports, preparatory privilege, a sense of belonging in computing, and a computing identity all contribute to women pursuing computing as a field of study or intended career. A recent study explores what helps young women persist in computing despite the obstacles they encounter.

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Making Interdisciplinary Connections to Engage Students

This is the second of a regular column that EngageCSEdu is doing for ACM InRoads magazine. The goal of the column is that by highlighting aspects of the EngageCSEdu project and its community, we can show how great teaching can help broaden participation in computing. This article focuses on 2016 Engagement Excellence awardees Elizabeth Boese from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Mark LeBlanc from Wheaton College (Massachusetts). They were recognized for introductory CS course materials that made use of exceptionally creative interdisciplinary connections to computing.

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Tapestry Workshop-in-a-Box

Tapestry Workshop-in-a-Box contains materials for organizing professional development workshops that train high school educators in research-based, field-tested ways to attract and retain more and diverse students to computing courses. This Box includes information about the objectives and content of a Tapestry Workshop; advice on logistics and budgeting; suggestions for selecting participants and presenters; and a sample agenda, templates, and evaluation tools.

Hidden Figures Twitter Chat

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (All day)

In honor of the film “Hidden Figures” and to celebrate Black History Month, we invite you to join NCWIT, the Anita Borg Institute, participants of the Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable, and special guests for a Twitter chat on February 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
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Collaborating to Grow the Pathway of Native Americans in STEM: White Paper

Intel, in partnership with NCWIT, hosted Growing the Legacy of Native American Leadership in Science and Technology: A Thought Leadership Event. Key leaders in academia, government, tribal nations, non-profit organizations, and the tech industry convened to discuss the state of technology in Native American communities, identify gaps, and create actionable steps for increasing Native American student participation and retention in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

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Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable: Executive Brief

In August 2016, representatives from more than 40 non-profit, industry, media, education, and policy organizations gathered for a Black Women and Girls in Computing Roundtable, hosted by NCWIT and Google, to discuss influence, intersectionality, and media messaging. Participants reported increased awareness about the importance of encouraging and supporting black women and girls through tangible resources and actions.

JSPAC Conference

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (All day) to Friday, December 2, 2016 (All day)

The mission of the CA Perkins JSPAC is to promote equity and success in CTE for students from special populations by providing educators research based professional development, instructional strategies and resources.

SWE Invent it Build It Expo

Saturday, October 29, 2016 (All day)

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is holding their 7th annual Invent It. Build It. event.

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SciGirls CONNECT Webinar with NCWIT

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (All day)

SciGirls, the Emmy award-winning PBS Kids television show, website, and educational outreach program, welcomes NCWIT as guest host for the SciGirls CONNECT September webinar. SciGirls CONNECT  is a broad national outreach effort to encourage educators, both formal and informal, to adopt new, research-based strategies to engage girls in STEM. Leslie Aaronson, Strategic Director for K-12 Initiatives at NCWIT, will share resources and best practices for engaging girls in computing.

Join us:

Tuesday September 13th, 2016 - 8:30 AM pst - 9:30 AM pst: SciGirls CONNECT Webinar with NCWIT

Link: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M1JPEW4P1UPZI6VDNB0H2TKSWX-BEO1&rnd=366255.32294

Phone: 1-415-655-0001

Meeting #: 195 445 857

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AP CSP Teacher Summit

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, July 17, 2016 (All day)
The AP Annual Conference is the largest professional development gathering of the Advanced Placement Program® (AP) and Pre-AP® communities. NCWIT's Ammi Ludwick will be part of a Special Panel on Recruitment, Equity and Diversity in CS on Thursday, 7/14, 9:15 – 10:30.

2016 HI-TEC Conference

Monday, July 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, July 28, 2016 (All day)

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators, counselors, industry professionals, trade organizations, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.

Thursday at 8:15am. (7/28) NCWIT's Beth Quinn will be giving a talk with AA member and community college professor Pam Silvers about NCWIT. 

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students in Computing: The NCWIT Approach: This session introduces participants to NCWIT—a member-based nonprofit organization of almost 600 academic institutions, companies, and nonprofits working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. We will explore how NCWIT equips change leaders with research-based resources to build capacity, raise awareness, reach critical populations, and implement systemic change in their organizations. We will focus on the postsecondary space, and one or more AA member representatives (faculty or staff) will discuss how they made use of NCWIT resources and programs to affect change. Free NCWIT resources and information on how to get involved will be provided.

CSTA Annual Conference

Sunday, July 10, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (All day)

Welcome to CSTA 2016.  We call it a conference but it's not like most conferences. The main goal is to provide quality information/assistance--professional development--for computer science teachers and others who wish to include computing in their teaching. We also want to build a community of computing teachers and we want you to be part of it. 

2016 ASCA Annual Conference

Saturday, July 9, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (All day)

Join us this summer at the 2016 ASCA Annual Conference, The Recipe for Success, in New Orleans, July 9-12. We've lined up more than 150 breakout sessions for your education and professional development, not to mention amazing speakers and networking opportunities. 

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Evaluation Tools

Find a variety of surveys, observation forms, self-evaluation worksheets, and more that you can use “as is” or adapt for your own evaluation purposes. There are instruments that can be used to help you evaluate K-12, workplace, and post-secondary interventions.

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By the Numbers

By the Numbers

NCWIT's Women in IT: By the Numbers presents the most compelling statistics on women's participation in IT on a single page.

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Critical Listening Guide: Just Because You Always Hear It, Doesn't Mean It's True

Use this guide to help identify common misunderstandings that surface when people talk about how to increase the participation of women.  Learn to spot "red flags" that indicate a particular discussion is headed in a direction that may not be research-based or effective.

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