Re: Gender Issues in the Classroom Curriculum
Thu, 25 Jun 1998 14:50:21 EDT

IWITTS' new training video and accompanying trainer's guide -- "Futures:
Preparing Young Women for High Skill, High Wage Occupations"-- is geared
towards vocational education and upper level math and science classes such as
physics. I did a field test of the video in Durham, NC and Chantilly, VA with
Tech Ed, T&I, and math and science teachers and it received an average
evaluation of "very good" from participants. The STW & Nontraditional
Employment Trainer's guide also was rated "very good."

The video and training is divided into three parts: Recruitment, Retention, &
the Workplace. The video features acted vignettes about a fictional student
Lisa with supporting documentary footage of teachers, students, parents and
internship coordinators. A T&I auto tech instructor is interviewed and there
is footage of 3 young women in the lab he teaches. A parent of a female T&I
student is interviewed, as are several T&I students. (Teachers and students
of math and science are also interviewed).

The training can be anywhere from one hour to two days depending on how
participatory it is and what's included. The training in Durham was 11 hours.
The training in VA was two hours.

I am conducting a Futures train-the-trainer in Kansas City, Missouri
(sponsored by IWITTS) before the NCSEE conference on July 11, 1998. The cost
is $100 for the full day workshop from 9 to 5.

Topics Covered:
* Recruiting young women for specific classes in which they are
underrepresented (i.e. auto technology & engineering)
* Retaining young women in the male-dominated classroom
* Preparing employers to welcome young women in internships

Request a registration form via e-mail


Donna Milgram
IWITTS (Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science)
3010 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite E-10
Washington, DC 20016

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