Girls Thinking Global (GTG) is an online professional learning community for educators to connect and converse about ways to support and nurture leadership qualities in adolescent girls and young women around the world. The community hosts a series of webinars on edWeb.net that enable sharing of stories and ideas and collaborating across all kinds of boundaries. Participants in these webinars learn how this kind of collaboration and conversation can lead to initiatives that will make a difference in girls’ lives. The goal is to empower and educate adolescent girls and young women globally and increase the development of leadership skills for girls everywhere. The community has many voices speaking out on these issues: girls and young women; teachers, administrators, and educators at all levels; organizations providing services and educational programs; and parents and community leaders.
In July, Big Deal Media hosted its inaugural well-being and leadership summit Power Trip™ for women district leaders. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning, outlined five major themes for more effective leadership and personal growth in her keynote, “A Vision for You.”
Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and genderequitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.