April 11-14, 2016 - Alexandria, VA

2016 NAPE National Summit for Educational Equity

April 11-14, 2016
The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.253.8600

The NAPE NSEE is the nation's “go-to” conference for equity professionals!

Pre-Confernce Descriptions

Session 1

April 11, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Title
Mighty Micromessages for Student Success in Nontraditional Careers
Abstract
Nontraditional careers are occupations or career fields in which people from one gender comprise less than 25% of the workforce, and many of these careers are high-demand and high-wage. These occupations and career fields are stubbornly sex-segregated because of cultural stereotypes and cultural norms that have discouraged students from pursuing them. In order for every person to be able to fulfill their potential, we must ensure equal access to and equity in educational options that lead to the entire spectrum of career choices.

NAPE's Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit provides a framework with lesson plans and activities to help counselors, teachers, and administrators to increase the participation, persistence, and completion of students in nontraditional career preparation programs. In this interactive pre-conference workshop, participants will follow the framework, and explore ways that micromessages can help achieve equity in classrooms and schools to ultimately improve student participation in nontraditional pathways.

Micromessages are small, subtle, often unconscious messages we send while communicating with others, whether by voice, action, or body language. These messages can be either positive or negative, stem from our implicit biases, and affect relationships. During the workshop, we will discuss the various types of micromessages and how those micromessages impact student decisions when considering and/or selecting to enroll in courses and programs where they are underrepresented, how to encourage persistence through the use of micro-affirmations, and how to inoculate students from internalizing micro-inequities that, over time, deter students from engaging in nontraditional educational pathways.

This workshop is designed to allow educators immediate practical application for increasing personal awareness of how implicit bias manifests itself in the classroom and for creating equitable learning environments that support every student's potential. Participate in this pre-conference session to learn how to increase access, equity, and diversity in your school's nontraditional programs and pathways.

Outcomes
  • Participants will be able to identify examples of cultural stereotypes related to nontraditional careers, and the potential impact on students.
  • Participants will be able to identify the connection between small, subtle micromessages, and the potential influence on students.
  • Participants will be able identify opportunities and apply effective strategies to build student self-efficacy.
  • Participants will be able to identify and direct students to explore opportunities in nontraditional careers.
Price
$99 per person, includes NAPE Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit
Coffee, teas, sodas, and water provided
Maximum number of attendees: 50

Session 2

April 11, 2016, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Title
STEM for ALL and ALL for STEM! Expanding Access and Success for Underrepresented Students in STEM
Abstract
Careers in STEM are in demand, and opportunities are available for every student! Despite STEM careers being some of the fastest growing and highest paid jobs, women and people of color are significantly and persistently underrepresented in many STEM disciplines. To achieve the diversity that industry and government are calling for to grow the economy and innovate in a complex interconnected world, we must address the barriers that limit so many students from participating and persisting in these careers. In order for every person to be able to fulfill their potential, we must ensure equal access to and equity in educational options that lead to the entire spectrum of career choices.

NAPE's Explore STEM Careers Toolkit provides a framework with lesson plans and activities to help counselors, teachers, and administrators to educate and inspire every student to consider a career in STEM. In this interactive pre-conference workshop, participants will follow the framework and be challenged to consider student, parent, and community perception of your school's “brand” of STEM, and identify areas for improvement to ensure that you are reaching and inspiring every student to consider a future career in STEM.

This session provides research-based messaging to effectively reach and encourage a diverse group of students to consider a future career in STEM. The session will present an overview of STEM careers, introduce messages that use positive language for talking with students, and connect the messaging with tools, activities, and resources. The session will help educators learn how to talk about the wide range of career options in STEM and enable students to explore STEM career opportunities. The session provides educators new ways to talk to students about engineering and other STEM-related careers to build their self-efficacy and promote a multitude of career options.

This workshop is designed to empower educators to effectively communicate to a diverse group of students the breadth of opportunities and pathways in STEM careers, and to allow immediate practical application for creating equitable STEM learning contexts that support every student's potential. Participate in this pre-conference session to learn how to increase access, equity, and diversity in your school's STEM programs and pathways.

Outcomes
  • Participants will be able to explain the value of STEM careers using positive and effective messaging that is attractive to (and equitable for) a diverse group of students.
  • Participants will be able to advise a diverse group of students into a variety of pathways of opportunity in STEM careers (spanning certifications to graduate-level training).
  • Participants will be able to relate student work values to opportunities in STEM careers.
Note: This session builds on the morning pre-conference session, but can be attended as a standalone workshop.

Price
$99 per person, includes NAPE Explore STEM Careers Toolkit
Coffee, teas, sodas, and water provided
Maximum number of attendees: 50