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About the Conference

The organizing team—the STEM Consortium—has chosen “Changing the Paradigm: Lessons Up & Down the Pipeline- K12 to university to corporate” as the conference theme for 2012. Conference strands have been selected as follows:
  • Best Practices in Curriculum & Teaching for Girls
  • Girls in Coed Schools
  • Getting Started in STEM—What do we mean? How is it different? How do you do it?
  • Changing the Conversation—What message do we send to girls about STEM?
  • Community Outreach—How can schools use local museums, universities, science centers, and businesses to give girls hands-on experiences and access to STEM careers?
The Think Tank and Conference will bring together national leaders in K12 education for girls and young women (independent, public, charter, and parochial), university K12 outreach coordinators and researchers, leaders of successful university STEM programs, girls' informal educators, and members of industry. Please plan to attend if you teach or work with girls and young women in a STEM field. Our conference theme will allow us to discuss and learn more from each of these groups, translating lessons learned across the lives of females.

The Think Tank & Conference is funded in part by the E.E. Ford Foundation, through the Center for STEM Education for Girls.

The Think Tank & Conference will be hosted on the campus of the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, July 18-20, 2012. The program is being built by the members of our leadership group, the STEM Consortium, which is comprised of leading K12 schools, university researchers and STEM program leaders, corporate members, and informal educators. Because much of the program is devoted to concurrent sessions, the program will draw on the best ideas in girls' education around the country.

The Think Tank & Conference will produce new connections and conversations among K12 teachers, university faculty and administration, informal education, and members of industry. Each group has lessons learned about creating successful programs for females. It's time that we communicate across these groups effectively—both to teach and to learn.