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Girls outnumber boys in charter schools, study shows. Here’s why that matters.

Chalk Beat – Matt Barnum

“Look around an average charter school. The difference may be too small to be perceptible, but you might notice a few more girls than boys. That is the provocative finding of a study released late last year examining data from charter schools across the country, with a focus on North Carolina and the KIPP network of charter schools. The results re-open the long-standing debate on whether charter schools exclude or push out certain types of students.”(more)

Middle school is the pivotal point for girls in STEM

Education Dive – Stephen Noonoo

“Greater efforts are now being made by schools to encourage girls into STEM fields while their interest and comprehension is still level with boys. Some researchers believe that the best way to boost girls’ interest is by starting at home, encouraging parents to take up the charge. Other schools have begun special mentorship programs, pairing students with mentors in their community, or joining national programs such as Girls Who Code, an organization that works with thousands of girls across the country to promote computer science education.”(more)

Getting Girls into STEM: The Power of Blended (and All-Female) Instruction

Ed Surge – Alyssa Tormala

“Jackie, the team captain of St. Mary’s all-girls robotics team, knows a thing or two about breaking the mold. During a panel on the importance of STEM education for women, she explained what it’s like to be a female student competing in a male-dominated program: “Not only were we the only all-girls robotics team,” she explained of a recent competition, “we were the only team that actually allowed girls to touch the robots.” Jackie’s experience demonstrates how essential it remains to support STEM education designed for women, particularly in engineering and computer science, which remain disproportionately dominated by men. It’s a mission we live by at St. Mary’s Academy (SMA), an all-girls high school located in the heart of Portland, Ore., which has been dedicated to promoting female education for the last 157 years. At SMA, we know that young women thrive when given the chance to choose how and what they learn, while at the same time being supported by a community that believes they can succeed, regardless of gender.”(more)

Louis M. Shucker: ‘Hidden Figures’ and STEM education

The Reading Eagle – Louis M. Shucker

“In addition to proving immensely popular at the box office, “Hidden Figures” serves as a vehicle to encourage diversity in the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum known as STEM. It is helping to inform the ongoing conversation surrounding women and minorities in STEM related fields. By unceasing awareness of past gender and racial inequality, “Hidden Figures” has generated interest in addressing inequities that persist to this day. Studies have shown that male and female students perform equally as well in science and math standardized tests. Nevertheless, large gaps persist between white and black students. A 2015 index analysis shows that even as the number of STEM-related degrees and jobs continues to increase, deeply entrenched gaps between men and women and an even wider gap between whites and minorities remain in obtaining STEM degrees.”(more)

#GirlsCount: This Is What 130 Million Girls Missing Out On Education Looks Like

Fast Co-Create – Jeff Beer

“Around the world, approximately 130 million girls are not in school today. Girls in the poorest countries are less likely to receive an education than boys, which means they’re being denied the education they need to one day get a job, expand their opportunities, and break the cycle of poverty. For International Women’s Day, the advocacy organization ONE has launched a new campaign with agency Droga5 called #GirlsCount, to help illustrate and raise awareness of the sheer scale of the crisis, and demand access to education for all girls.”(more)

Think big, start early: New effort to close gender gap in science starts in preschool

CBS News – Shanika Gunaratna

“Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce, according to numbers released last year from the National Science Foundation. Other data shows they lag behind men in securing higher paying jobs at a number of major Silicon Valley companies.”(more)