November 2014   
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Swirls   NGCP Updates
We continue to grow our Collaborative network in 39 states and facilitating collaboration between 18,000 programs serving almost 9 million girls (and 5 million boys) by training their program leaders in the philosophy, knowledge, and methods of NGCP. Learn more about how NGCP facilitates collaboration and increases opportunities for youth in STEM. Join our Collaboration Nation!
Increased Collaboration Benefits Girl-Serving STEM programs

STEM Equity in Practice: Reflecting on a Mini-Grant Partnership
November 19, 2014; 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Pacific
This webinar highlights a partnership between the Dr. Justina Ford STEM Institute and the Equity Assistance Center. Presenters will discuss the accomplishments of the partnership and lessons learned that may be helpful to other STEM programs that include girls from underrepresented communities. Register.    

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Spread The Word Hello Oregon! It's the new Oregon Girls Collaborative Project! 

Help Oregon Girls Collaborative Project spread the word to Oregon organizations committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM by checking out their November 7th Collaboration Forum and adding your organization or program to the Program Directory.   


Montana Girls STEM Fall Collaboration Conference

Helena, MT; November 7, 2014; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

The Collaboration Conference will feature networking, presentations from mini-grant recipients, and STEM professional development. This conference will also include the opportunity to learn more about STEM programs at Helena College as well as ways to partner with the college and other STEM businesses and non-profits.

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Oregon Girls Collaborative Project Collaboration Forum
Salem, OR; November 7, 2014; 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Attendees will have the opportunity to network, learn best practices in creating stronger collaborative relationships, share their experiences building collaborative experiences for girls in STEM, and learn about mini-grants.



New York STEAM Collaboration/Professional Development Forum

Troy, NY; November 12, 2014

This forum will bring together formal and informal educators, industry, academia, and public partners to explore new ways to encourage and promote girls in STEM.
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Alabama Girls in STEM (ALGirlS) Collaborative Kickoff

November 21, 2014; 8:30 AM-2:30 PM

Educators, counselors and STEM/STEAM coordinators are invited to attend the ALGirlS Collaborative Kickoff. Participants will learn about the National Girls Collaborative Project, hear from keynote speakers, and attend specialized breakout sessions.

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FabFems Spotlight FabFems 
Alicia Santiago
The FabFems Spotlight highlights women from the FabFems Role Model Directory. FabFems are enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to inspire a future generation of FabFems. Search the Role Model Directory to find FabFems like Alicia to connect with in your area.


Meet Alicia, Latino Outreach Specialist at Twin Cities Public Television. Alicia is involved in the development, implementation, and delivery of innovative science education and community outreach programs for the Latino Community. She was recently invited by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to speak to various audiences in Mexico City about empowering women through science and innovation careers. Connect with Alicia today! 


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Swirls   Upcoming STEM Events  STEM_Events


Denver, CO; November 9-12, 2014

The STEMtech conference aims to increase student access, success, and completion in STEM. Sessions emphasize improving STEM education, better aligning educational systems, addressing local workforce needs, and exploring technology's role in teaching and learning processes. Register.


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference 

Orlando, FL; November 13-15, 2014

The AISES conference brings together Native American STEM educators, professionals, and students for mentoring and networking, professional development , and a career fair. Register.


Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) National Conference

Nashville, TN; November 19-22, 2014

Career and technical education (CTE) professionals will learn about best practices and innovative programming, how to use technologies to enhance learning, ways to help students plan their secondary careers, and strategies for project-based learning. Register


Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) National Conference


Philadelphia, PA; November 20, 2014

The COSD National Conference will explore the "gray areas" associated with disability, employment diversity, and career employment challenges for college students seeking to enter the workforce. Register.


Computer Science Education Week

Nationwide; December 8-14, 2014

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of computing, the richness of computing careers, and the critical need for computer science (CS) education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to inspire students and colleagues about CS education, to employ new and better strategies for engagement, and to connect with the broader community about the need for and value of CS education. Learn more.


Swirls   Champions for Collaboration  Champions
NGCP Champions Board members are selected to provide the NGCP with a balance of expertise and regional representation. We highlight Champions Board members to inspire and inform your work to engage girls in STEM. This month we feature Stephanie Cuskley, Chief Executive Officer of NPower. NPower mobilizes the tech community and provides individuals, nonprofits and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential.
Stephanie Cuskley
Stephanie Cuskley

What excites you most about your work? I really love coming into work each day with the goal of helping others do better in life and realize their potential. It's incredibly energizing. I worked for almost 25 years in banking and I love using all the skills developed during that time to improve the world and get corporates and tech professionals more engaged in giving back. I firmly believe we need to make that bridge, and that tech is a key skill in the future, hence our mission at NPower!

We work with a lot of smart people in the nonprofit community thru NPower's skilled tech volunteering effort, Community Corps, which is a skills-based volunteer program that connects technology professionals with high impact nonprofits and innovative education partners. Tech volunteers enable schools and nonprofits across the country to use technology more effectively and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in STEM.

The NPower Board is comprised of very thoughtful, accomplished and generous professionals largely from the corporate technology sector. It's pretty cool to hear what they focus on everyday and how we can do social good together via their large organizations. Finally, our staff is this really fun combination of highly dedicated, smart people from both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, a great group.  

Who are your role models? I have a few, but here I'd single out Holly Ross, Charles Best and Dan Petrozzo. Holly used to head NTEN, a community of nonprofit tech professionals and now she's head of the Drupal Association. Holly is this great combination of smart, driven, flexible, creative, great collaborator with a great network, trustworthy, effective and efficient, and fun. That's a pretty powerful combination!

Charles Best is founder of Donor's Choose, a nonprofit matching donors to individual teachers and classrooms. It is a simple, powerful concept and super well executed by Charles and his team. NPower's Community Corps program actually began in a meeting with Charles and while we may never be quite as well-known as Donor's Choose, we refer to their effort and learn from it regularly.

Dan Petrozzo, chair of the NPower board. I mention him not because he is our board chair but because he is incredibly smart, direct, trustworthy and genuine. He will always tell you exactly like it is. When he says he'll do something he does it and does it as best he can. Finally, he is passionate about giving back. No doubt, Dan is on a lot of people's lists of great role models!

What advice would you give the NGCP community? As an Executive Director of a nonprofit, I need to spend more time listening and communicating with my staff and board. With all the meetings and conferences (and there are a lot in the nonprofit sector!) there never seems to be enough time, but when I do prioritize it there are always major benefits. Spending time getting the board engaged provides enormous leverage to the whole organization. There's nothing quite like it when you get it right. At the end of the day it's the staff that has the great ideas and gets things done. Everything works when we have top talent who know where we are going as an organization. Great people do great things!


Swirls   STEM Resources  STEM_Resources

CanTEEN Career Exploration

CanTEEN Career Exploration is a resource aimed at inspiring girls to envision themselves in STEM careers through gaming and online activities. Activities include CanTeen Interactive, Explore Your Future, Livin' It, and Tour Your Future.  


M3 Challenge Logo Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge

The M3 Challenge is an Internet-based, applied math competition for high school students. The contest is free and open to high school juniors and seniors in 45 US states and D.C. Working in teams of three to five, participants solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem. Scholarships are awarded to the top teams. The challenge weekend is February 28 - March 1, 2015. 


NCWIT's Counselors for Computing (C4C)

Counselors for Computing (C4C) provides school counselors with up-to-date information and resources they can use to guide students toward education and careers in computing.

NGCP Program Directory - Search for Collaborating Programs or Register Your Program: Search for Collaborating Programs or Register Your Program! The online Program Directory highlights programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. Build Your Collaborative Network with the NGCP Program Directory provides an overview of the Program Directory as an effective collaboration tool to maximize impact for your program.
Swirls   Global Resources GlobalResources
Global Education Conference
Online; November 17-22, 2014
The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the world while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Learn more.

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The National Girls Collaborative Project™ is partially funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, GSE/EXT: National Girls Collaborative Project: Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce, Grant No. HRD-1103073.