NAPE Pipeline Press
Greetings from the NAPE staff
Hello everyone,

I hope this message finds you well as we begin to welcome in spring. We have much to share in this month's Pipeline Press, and I want to welcome all the new readers who have joined us through various channels this winter. This Virtual Learning Community is comprised of educators, administrators, community leaders, and agency and institutional personnel, all dedicated to broadening participation in STEM and CTE. Thank you for being a part of this community.

We at NAPE are gearing up for our 40th convening of the National Summit for Educational Equity, which will be held in Arlington, VA, from April 28 to May 2. On Sunday, April 28, and Monday, April 29, we will offer each of our professional learning programs, including our annual Educational Equity Leadership Institute, in which our new Leading for Equity Toolkit will be released! From Tuesday, April 30, through Thursday, May 2, will be the conference proper with dynamic and powerful speakers, conference sessions focused on effective practices, relevant research, and key policy, and our annual Public Policy Day in Washington, DC! You don't want to miss this exciting opportunity to build capacity, make new connections, recharge, and be equipped in the critical work of increasing access, educational equity, and diversity in education and careers. Learn more at

You will see new tools to assist state agencies and local education agencies with Perkins V planning on our Perkins V webpage. In March, we added new statewide data dashboards that are searchable by year back to the beginning of Perkins IV disaggregated by gender at the career cluster level. There are also visualizations for enrollment in CTE by race and ethnicity at the state level. Later this month we will release the newest CTE State Profiles, which will also be available during Public Policy Day on May 1.

See below for additional resources, articles, and reports. In the featured publication, we are reminded of the critical importance of contextual micromessages in educational and business and industry settings. In the case of NASA, they had to cancel the highly anticipated all-women spacewalk, because they did not have enough equipment that would fit the astronauts. This was a missed opportunity to affirm the leadership of women and girls in aerospace, and it is a reminder of the importance of sending affirming messages to every individual in our educational and work setting that they belong and are valued.

The NAPE Team and I will look forward to seeing many of you at the Summit later this month, and we look forward to hearing from you about your work.

Warmest regards,
Featured publication
NASA Scraps First All-Female Spacewalk for Want of a Medium-Size Spacesuit
Matthew Schwartz, NPR
History was supposed to be made on March 29 when, for the first time, two female astronauts were scheduled to do a spacewalk together outside the International Space Station. However, one of the astronauts was switched out this week because of a lack of "spacesuit availability."  Read More >>
PAYA national meeting
Recently, NAPE staff attended the PAYA National Meeting in South Carolina. There, national, regional, and local leaders in education, workforce development, and public policy explored how to design and scale sustainable models for youth apprenticeship built on five principles: career-oriented, equitable, portable, adaptable, and accountable. Access resources from the meeting >>

On Tuesday, the NAPE team facilitated a rich discussion titled "Equity in Youth Apprenticeships--Access, Inclusion, and Continuous Improvement" along with Ronald Marlow, Vice President of Workforce Development for the National Urban League. The discussion will help to inform the new Equity in Youth Apprenticeships toolkit, which NAPE will develop later this year.

One feature of the 2-day meeting was an extraordinary panel of current and former youth apprentices from South Carolina who shared their experiences, insights, stories, and dreams for the future. These extraordinary young people are debt-free with postsecondary education under way and/or already completed and paid for by employers in many cases; already highly experienced in their chosen fields; and independent as young adults. They are energized and equipped for a bright future! One of the speakers just closed on her first house at 20! Ben was honored to facilitate this dynamic panel. Watch the panel >> 
Early Departures
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
A new study shows that Latinx and black students leave STEM majors at far higher rates than their white peers. Read More >>
Keeping Girls in STEM: 3 Barriers, 3 Solutions
Carly Berwick, Edutopia
Stereotypes and cultural norms dampen girls' interest in STEM, but educators can counter the disparities with small changes to their practice. Read More >>
On a Quest to Move Children of Poverty Into the STEM Pipeline
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week
Emilio Pack, 50, is running three science and technology charter schools, in a neighborhood of working-class immigrants, to give these children something he didn't have: good choices right in their own neighborhood; schools with the power to lift them out of poverty. Read More >>
Girls Are Acing the AP Computer Science Test in Record Numbers
Selim Algar, New York Post
When it comes to introducing more city girls to their inner techie, the Department of Education is starting to crack a complex code. Read More >>
Vets Are Out-Representing Non-Vets in STEM Jobs 
Richard Sisk,
Employers increasingly are finding that veterans are the right fit for jobs in STEM fields, according to a study by Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families.  Read More >>
For Women, Class Makeup May Influence Interest in STEM Studies
Kim McGrath, Wake Forest News
New research shows peer ability, gender effects and role-model effects in the first college class taken in engineering can impact whether a student persists in the field. Read More >>
Looks Matter When It Comes to Success in STEM
Amy McCaig, Rice University Kim McGrath, Wake Forest News
New research finds that racial stereotypes around appearance impact student achievement.  Read More >>
Half of Female Scientists in the U.S. Leave Full-Time STEM Jobs Once They Have Kids
JR Thorpe, Bustle 
Despite serious gains for diversity over the past few decades, many jobs and industries still offer inadequate support for working mothers, especially in the U.S. For women in STEM in particular, this lack of support can be even more stark. Read More >>
NAPE featured in the ATE Equity and Inclusion STEM Thought Leaders' Summit report
Back in the fall, NAPE CEO Ben Williams helped to plan the first ATE Equity and Inclusion STEM Thought Leaders' Summit, which brought together teams from Minority Serving Institutions to understand how to access resources available through the NSF ATE Program to broaden participation in STEM through CTE. The report on the first Summit outlines the Summit and includes how NAPE's approach helped to build the team's capacity to identify and address equity gaps in programs that lead to high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand careers through the   Program Improvement Process for Equity.  

Join NAPE in the campaign to double the investment in CTE
AtariWomen is a research project aimed at celebrating the hidden stories of women, who made crucial engineering contributions to Atari games in early 70ties and 80ties.

Downloadable Women in STEM posters from Women You Should Know
Interviews: 18 black women in tech tell POCIT what they're really proud of.  
Movie: Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. 
NAPE's whereabouts in April
4/9-10: Advance CTE Spring Meeting (DC)
4/17: Ohio Department of Education (OH)
4/17: Lane ESD Micromessaging (OR)
4/23: Macomb ISD Micromessaing (MI)
4/26: SMU Race & Equity Conference 2019 (TX)
4/26: Salem-Keizer Public Schools PIPE Showcase (OR)
4/27-5/2: National Summit for Educational Equity (VA)