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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation
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Phone: 717-407-5118
Email: NAPE@napequity.org
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February 2, 2014

Online Registration is Open for the NAPE 2015 Professional Development Institute

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This national conference focuses on access, equity, and diversity in education, particularly career and technical education (CTE), and the workforce. Focused on building the capacity, knowledge, and skills of both state education administrators and local educators, the PDI brings together the most current researchers and practitioners in educational equity to share best practices and build a learning community of professionals.

Early bird registration ends March 6, 2015.
(Registration Form and Complete Information)

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February 26, 2014

Register for the STEM Equity Pipeline Archived Webinar, Helping Native American Females Thrive in Your STEM and CTE Programs

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Presented by Wren Walker Robbins, PhD, Director of Changing Communities (2C) Consulting and serves as Vice-president of North Star American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Alliance & Professional Chapter (NSAAP)

Sponsored by NAPE, STEM Equity Pipeline, and the National Science Foundation Complimentary 1.5 hour session.

Join Wren Walker Robbins in this interactive and transformative webinar as she uses storytelling and models ways to interact with Native females so they survive and thrive in STEM and CTE.

Take a journey across cultures into the perceptual intersections of Native and Western cultures to broaden your ability to embrace diversity and to set yourself on a path to effectively teach and mentor underserved and underrepresented females. This webinar uses storytelling to introduce participants to a Native perception of women that provides a point of departure to many of the images portrayed in popular culture (e.g., movies, songs, and stories). Learn about a set of cultural proficiency tools that can help you to eliminate your stereotypes or those that you encounter in your programs.


STEM program educators, administrators, and counselors plus anyone interested in improving recruitment and retention of females or underrepresented students in their STEM programs.


  1. Explore a Native perception of females.
  2. Explore commonly held stereotypes that impact our ability to effectively teach and mentor females from Native communities.
  3. Identify a set of cultural proficiency tools to eliminate your own stereotypes or those encountered in your STEM programs.
  4. Learn about inter-cultural tools for inviting culture into CTE/STEM courses and organizations to empower underserved and underrepresented women to persist and thrive.


Wren began her journey into science by becoming mesmerized by the cell life in a pond on her parent's farm. Her curiosity took her on a long journey, from a family where she was the first to graduate college through a post-doc at Harvard Medical School, from hard science to a dedication to STEM education with a personal sense of urgency about equity in access in science.

In Wren's own word's, "I'm a two-spirit woman of Mohawk descent with a PhD in cell biology. I am a pipe-carrier and member of the Mountain Spirit Lodge Society. Over the past 4 years I worked with hundreds of educators to address equity and access in STEM education. What I discover, as I uncover traditional knowing and synthesize the diverse parts of my own identity, has inspired me to rethink education. I offer a map to revitalize science education as it operates within diverse classrooms and in a world just beginning to recognize its many cultural traditions."

Download the Helping Native American Females Thrive Handouts.zip
Registration: Register for the Archived Webinar. After you register, NAPE will send instructions about accessing the event to your email address (please check your junk folder).

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February 11, 2014

NAPE Seeking Public Relations Manager

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The NAPE Education Foundation seeks a full-time Public Relations Manager to play an important role in communicating the mission and message of the Foundation. The Public Relations Manager develops and maintains the Foundation’s image and identity. In this effort he/she uses all forms of media and communications. He/she writes press releases and ensures that they reach the target audience. He/she is actively involved in preparing publicity brochures, handouts, promotional videos, and multimedia programs that serve to publicize the Foundation’s policies to the public. This position reports to the Director of Operations.

The Public Relations Manager will be responsible for the following goals:

  • Increase public visibility of NAPE with members, partner organizations, policy makers, and the public.
  • Increase program and product revenue through improved marketing materials and practices.
  • Increase efficiency of internal communications and relationships with NAPE Executive Committee, NAPE Education Foundation Board, National Advisory Board, and Business Alliance Council.
  • Increase NAPE membership through enhanced communication of member benefits and resources.

Click here to learn about position responsibilities and qualifications and the application process.

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2015, or until the position is filled.

February 11, 2014

Ben Williams, PhD has joined NAPE as Director of Special Projects

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NAPE is pleased to announce that Ben Williams, PhD, has joined NAPE as the Director of Special Projects. In this role, Ben will grow, plan, direct, implement, and evaluate special projects across the professional development, technical assistance, and research lines of business. This position includes grant and contract development and program development and implementation.

During the past 5 years, Ben has worked with NAPE in a number of capacities, first as a member of the implementation team for the NSF-funded Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline project, and later as the state lead.

In 2011, he became the Director of the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline project through a unique partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, Columbus State Community College, and NAPE. In 2011, he was part of the team that developed the new Program Improvement Process for Equity™ model. During the past 4 years, in addition to managing the STEM Equity Pipeline project in Ohio, Ben has been one of NAPE's lead trainers around the country.

Ben is joining NAPE after having spent nearly 12 years at Columbus State Community College in Ohio. At Columbus State, he coordinated the secondary career-technical recruitment process and oversaw the Carl D. Perkins grant. In his career in education, Ben has worked as a community college and university admissions advisor, an administrator for academic advising, a coordinator for international students, and a teacher in Japan.

Ben earned his BA in psychology and philosophy from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, his MA in student affairs administration and higher education and his PhD in educational policy and leadership, both from The Ohio State University. Ben's research interests have revolved around student development and racial identity. His dissertation was titled "Expanding perceptions of self and other through study abroad in Southern Africa." Ben's most recent publication is a book chapter titled "Using research- and evidence-based strategies to increase access and gender equity in STEM: The STEM Equity Pipeline Project" (J.L. Wood and R.T. Palmer, Eds., STEM Models of Success: Programs, Policies, and Practices in the Community College, 2014).

Ben can be contacted at 614-596-5730 or bwilliams@napequity.org.

February 2, 2014

Are Black Colleges Boosting Minority Representation in the Sciences?

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Despite finite resources and less racial diversity, colleges that historically cater to African American students could offer lessons on how to train successful, confident scientists.

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February 2, 2014

In STEM Courses, a Gender Gap in Online Class Discussions

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Women and men behave differently in online class discussions, at least in science, engineering, and computer-science courses, according to a new study conducted by Piazza Technologies.

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February 2, 2014

Girl Scouts CEO on the Importance of Encouraging Girls to Enter STEM Fields

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Anna Maria Chavez shares her thoughts on what we can do to encourage girls into emerging fields.

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