Equity Training for Educators “It is important to recognize and remove gender or cultural biases that are sometimes so ingrained into our society that we are unaware of how they systematically hold students back and how this can affect generation after generation. I am very motivated to make STEM accessible to ALL of my students.” LaShonda V. Roberson Quintanilla Middle School, Dallas, TX – click here for full interview! “I wanted to thank you for your work with the Gender Equity training. I am writing to let you know that the coaches and Center leaders have begun incorporating some of the training in their visits. Many are making recommendations to academy leaders to be aware of gender issues and how they might look to mitigating those issues. All of the Centers have committed to working gender equity in their training by deliberately addressing issues that might come up for teachers. Thank you for providing this training.” Reo Pruiett Texas High School Project / Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas, TX “Teachers have a way of doing things that work for them, but the gender equity training helped me take a step back and become more reflective about my teaching.It challenged my preconceptions and changed many of my practices. I believe that I am a better teacher for both my female students and my male students because of what I learned.” Rebecca Jensen Physics Camp Director STEM Career workshops for Educators “Our district appreciates the opportunity for counselors to hear from professionals regarding career planning and educational decisions. High-Tech High Heels has provided on-going support, relevant information, and a link to the world of work for our counselors and our students.” Paul Weaver Plano Independent School District, Plano, TX “Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity and powerful workshop for our counselors. The feedback from the counselors is very positive. They believe the time was well spent. The information presented was truly an eye opener for our counselors. I do believe they will use this experience to impact the girls and young women they come in contact with to build options to include the pursuit of engineering careers. Sincere thanks.” Dr. Cathy Galloway Executive Director of Student Services, Plano Independent School District, Plano, TX Physics Camps for High School Girls “Although I knew the Physics Camp would be rewarding, I did not expect to have as much fun as I did. Dr. Jensen is one of the best instructors that I have ever had. Her enthusiasm and passion for teaching makes the most difficult problems seem possible. At camp, I also met other girls who were interested in STEM, and professionals who had taken that same direction.” Kristine Gonzales Physics Camp Alumna now at BAE Systems, NH – click here for full interview! “I really liked the fact that before this camp, I was unsure of what college I wanted to attend and my career plans. But now I’m pretty sure of what I want to do thanks to being able to discuss it freely with experienced people.” Student Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX “Thank you for supporting such a great program! It has inspired us to be more interested in engineering related fields.” Sophia Wang and Jossy Son Students, Plano Independent School District, Plano, TX “I had a GREAT time at the camp. I am definitely taking more than just Physics knowledge. Through the camp, especially from hearing the speakers’ testimonials, I was able to broaden my perception of different careers that are cool and fun!” Christina Bae Student, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX