Wednesday, September 19, 2012

 NGCP is celebrating 10 years of Collaboration all week long!


Events of the Day 

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) believes in the power of collaboration to transform the way individuals, programs, and organizations work to inspire and support girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, activities, and careers.


People engaged in Speed NetworkingCollaboration is an interactive process intended to enable professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize  benefit beyond that which one project or community could accomplish.


Collaboration allows girl-serving STEM programs and organizations to leverage existing resources and expertise and share successful strategies and lessons learned. Collaboration reduces isolation and decreases the need for programs and organizations to 'reinvent the wheel'.


NGCP Annual Survey findings show: 

  • 67% of NGCP participants report that NGCP has positively impacted the level of collaboration between their program and other programs;
  • 75% of these practitioners agreed that their program more effectively serves girls due to increased levels of collaboration and that increased collaboration improved their program's sustainability; and
  • 60% of these practitioners agreed that NGCP reduced feelings of organizational isolation and made their work more efficient. 

For more information about how the NGCP uses collaboration to support girl-serving STEM programs and organizations, please see Girls Can Fly: Collaboration in Action.


NGCP Extended Webinar Session: Increasing Program Impact: Best Practices in Collaboration
September 19, 2012, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific

Please join us today for this Extended Webinar Session that will examine the key elements of effective collaboration by providing lessons learned from NGCP project staff and partners, including an opportunity to see collaboration in action by hearing from successful collaborative projects. Karen Peterson, Principal Investigator for the NGCP, will lead this professional development opportunity.


Participants are encouraged to attend with other program staff, potential partners, and to view the webinar with a group. Opportunities for planning collaborative projects and practicing collaborative strategies will be provided. This Extended Webinar Session, which is free and open to the public, will be recorded and available in the webinar archive.



Program Spotlights: National Champions Board Collaborators

Today we are highlighting our collaborators - organizations that serve on our National Champions Board and collaborate with the NGCP at the national level to better inform and equip us to do the work we do to support practitioners across the United States.


Aerospace Industries Association 

AIA logoThe Aerospace Industries Association represents the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, missiles, materiel and related components, equipment, services and information technology. Today, more than 300 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers are members of the association.


afterschool alliance logoAfterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. The nation's leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.


ASTC logoThe Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)

ASTC is a nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals.


esri logoEsri GIS (geographic information systems) and geographical problem solving are being used everyday by millions of persons in thousands of occupations to tackle issues in our communities and across the globe. Since 1992, the Esri GIS education program has advanced critical thinking in STEM and related fields in formal and informal education

via software, data, curriculum, and training opportunities and collaborations. 



Google logoAt Google, we believe in the power of the web to help people discover, connect, and learn. Education lies at the very core of our company's mission "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." We think students should not just be consumers of information, but co-creators of it. They should take an active role in developing the technology that will shape their futures. Learning should be magical for students and they should be inspired to take ownership of their learning.



Microsoft logoMicrosoft has supported the National Girls Collaborative from the very beginning.  At Microsoft, we believe that diversity enriches our performance and products, the communities where we live and work, and the lives of our employees. As our workforce evolves to reflect the growing diversity of our communities and the global marketplace, our efforts to understand, value, and incorporate difference become increasingly important.


The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
NAPE logoNAPE is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to the advancement of equity and diversity in classrooms and workplaces. NAPE strives to achieve its mission of creating and promoting greater gender balance and diversity in the workforce; assuring equity in education for women, men, and special populations; being a strong voice in advocating for legislation that protects access, equity, and diversity in the classroom and the workforce.


NCWITThe National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
NCWIT is a non-profit community of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action.


National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA)

NRCCUA LogoNRCCUA has been building educational bridges between college-bound high school students, high school educators and college admissions officers for almost 40 years. NRCCUA conducts the largest nationwide survey of high school students and operates the nation's largest college and career planning program. 


We appreciate the contributions of all of our National Champions Board members. Please check out the complete list of our valuable National Champions Board and the organizations they represent.


Collaboration isn't always easy, but the potential is great. We encourage you to be open to the possibilities and take advantage of the resources and opportunities NGCP and our partners provide. As one NGCP participant aptly stated, "It's nice to know you're not working toward a goal alone."


Additional resources on collaboration can be found in the Exemplary Practices section of the NGCP website, including archived webinars about creating collaborations and a list of Best Practices in Creating Successful Collaborations.


Help Support the Work of the National Girls Collaborative Project
Celebrate ten years of NGCP by supporting our mission to create the tipping point for girls in STEM.   Your gift can make a difference for a local Collaborative, program, or practitioner. Here are ways you can help:
  • Donate a travel scholarship to allow more practitioners to attend professional development opportunities for $500.
  • Sponsor a mini-grant to increase girls' participation in high quality STEM programming for $1000.
  • Sponsor a webinar that informs practitioners on exemplary practices and program models for $1500.
  • Sponsor a Collaborative e-newsletter for $2500/annually.
  • Provide funding for a professional development event to help educators and organizations increase their capacity for $3000.

Celebrate 10 years of collaboration by supporting us today.


Preview of Tomorrow

Tomorrow's Collaboration Nation will highlight SciGirls. The NGCP is proud to partner with SciGirls and bring their amazing resources to practitioners across the United States. Tune in tomorrow to learn more about the SciGirls Seven and to get a sneak preview of the SciGirls Season 2 television series.


NGCP Program Directory

Register your Program Today!
The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.


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