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For faculty members, graduate students and other instructors in science, engineering and mathematics, there are many sources of information on how to encourage and support women students in the classroom. Indeed, addressing differing learning styles and improving the classroom climate improves the learning situation for all students.

An excellent source of practical information is the Brown University Science Education Resource Web Index athttp://www.brown.edu/Administration/Science_Education/ Among their resources are:

Achieving Gender Equity in Science Classrooms: A guide for Faculty was compiled by Women Science Students and Science Faculty and Staff at 16 New England colleges and universities. It offers suggestions covering the full range of teaching strategies, from classroom dynamics, to co-operation education models, to examination options. Each chapter also discusses the research related to women learners and the site provides a comprehensive list of references.

100 Tips for College Science Educators is another excellent and practical set of suggestions for improving the teaching and learning of science, mathematics and engineering. The concise tips are grouped into sections on assessing students' learning, study groups and group work, and mentoring.

The Brown University site also has a comprehensive list of resources about and for women in science, engineering, mathematics and technology.
 

Career Directions - Information for Your Students

The Canada Career Consortium is an alliance to help Canadians better access the information they need to make sound decisions for the future.  They have a number of publications and other resources to help young (and older) people explore their options, including a book Career Directions and a tabloid, Canada Prospects. Guidance counsellors and other teachers will find these resources useful. Check out www.careerccc.org for more information.
 

Let's Talk Science is looking for volunteers

Are you a graduate student in medicine, science, or engineering, excited about what you're doing and willing to carry that excitement into the K-12 classroom? Let's Talk Science is interested in you! 

Part of a national organization, Let's Talk Science locally is coordinated by Mandy Woodland, a masters student in Medicine here at Memorial University. Graduate students take hands-on, interactive demonstrations to schools around the province and talk about their area of research. School students get to do some fun science, learn about education and career options, and meet engaging role models. Educators gain additional resources and career information to enhance their classes. 

Let's Talk Science will help you develop an effective presentation, and you get to practise teaching, represent your discipline, provide a community service, and have some fun with kids. For information on the overall program, check out http://www.letstalkscience.uwo.ca/ , and to get specific details of the Memorial program to encourage you to volunteer, contact Mandy Woodland at b43mlw@mun.ca.