NCWIT has a collection of over 100 evidence-based resources focused on female participation in computing that provide information and tools for implementing change, raising awareness, and reaching out to critical populations. These resources are well-researched, free, easy-to-use, and available online at www.ncwit.org/resources.
How Are NCWIT Resources Created?
Members of NCWIT Alliances, NCWIT staff, and other computing community stakeholders contribute evaluated local practices, submit ideas/suggestions, and request new resources. Out of the many contributions, submissions, and requests, NCWIT social scientists prioritize resources for creation. NCWIT social scientists collaborate with contributors to develop content. This content is designed by NCWIT staff and published for the general public.
View the Resource Creation Infographic (PDF) for more details.
Co-branded with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), this card explains how computing interests and talents line up with different undergraduate degrees and the careers that follow.
Resources for Retaining and Advancing Mid-career Technical Women
Produced in partnership with the Mid-career Project Team of NCWIT’s Workforce Alliance, this guide is intended to help those who work with or have influence over the careers of mid-career technical women and the environments where they work.
REU-in-a-Box: Expanding the Pool of Computing Researchers
Based on the work of an Academic Alliance project team, this Program-in-a-Box explains the benefits of undergraduate research in computing and guides faculty mentors through the three stages of an REU (research experience for undergraduates): Before the REU (Deciding to Get Involved and Getting Started), During the REU (Faculty Mentor Activities and Student Activities), and After the REU (Post-REU Assessment and Next Steps for Student Researchers).
The Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is continuing work on resources that complement REU-in-a-Box.
Feedback from a Microsoft Faculty Summit session and an NCWIT Pacesetters visit to UT-Austin led to succinct lists of top, evidence-based approaches for recruiting, retaining, and advancing females in computing. Top 10 Ways You Can Retain Students in Computing, the first of these lists published, was quickly followed by Top 10 Ways Managers Can Retain Technical Women in collaboration with the Mid-career Project Team of NCWIT’s Workforce Alliance.
Offer Computing Workshops and Camps: They Benefit Both Students and the Teachers Who Offer Them
Produced in collaboration with Barbara Ericson of the K-12 Alliance, this card along with its accompanying webpage encourages teachers to offer workshops and camps. Pulling together many existing resources from the extended computing community, it offers ideas for partnering, curricula, and implementation.
Moving Beyond Computer Literacy: Why Schools Should Teach Computer Science
Co-branded with Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and ACM, this resource provides information about the value of computer science curriculum for students, educators, local and national economies as well as global society. It offers steps schools can take to successfully incorporate computer science education.
Computing in the Core continues to do work in this area as a “non-partisan advocacy coalition” designed to raise the profile of computer science education and elevate it to a core academic subject in K-12 education.