This newsletter provides a monthly recap of the biggest headlines about women and computing, news about NCWIT, and links to resources to equip you as change leaders for increasing women’s participation in technology. Practices or content of the news presented are not vetted or endorsed by NCWIT.
NCWIT Director of Evaluation Wendy DuBow and Senior Research Scientist Beth Quinn analyzed how community college students feel about introductory computing classes, and how that relates to gender, race, and ethnicity. They surveyed 500 students attending eight community colleges across the country — work funded by a National Science Foundation $605,000.Take a deep dive into their methodologies and results, as featured in the Daily Camera.
NCWIT has released one of the few longitudinal studies of girls and technology study, and one of the even fewer to span high school, college, and beyond. According to the six-year study (here’s a snapshot from 2017), giving girls access to computer programming courses in high school supported by strong parental and teacher engagement is one of the most important factors in ensuring they will persist over inevitable obstacles to continue studying computer science in college and eventually enter a tech career.Follow along as a Forbes contributor digs into the findings and identifies actionable takeaways for girls, their parents, and teachers.
NCWIT Contributes to Podyssey
In celebration of Women’s Equality Day (August 26), NCWIT curated a playlist of podcast episodes most relevant to women in tech. The collection includes podcast episodes from NCWIT Alliance member organizations and media partners, as well as those featuring NCWIT staff and program participants.
Check out the collection, and recommend and discuss your favorites online.
Creating Inclusive Computer Science (CS) Programs for Youth Training Webinar // www.ncwit.org/InclusiveCSWebinar
How can library staff attract girls to their coding and maker programs? This webinar by NCWIT Senior Research Scientist Lecia Barker and Homer, Alaska Youth Services Librarian Claudia Haines describes reasons girls may shy away from these programs and gives some practical advice for identifying target audiences and their influencers, messaging that addresses four important factors that affect involvement, and ways of making programs visible.
(#ICYMI @NCWIT is sharing tips for engaging and retaining students in computing, in recognition of the Back to School season. Follow along on Twitter.)