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PAGE: The Peer Alliance for Gender Equity
The Science Museum of Minnesota invites you to participate in the Peer Alliance for Gender Equity (PAGE) leadership program. Funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Science Museum, PAGE is dedicated to addressing gender, racial, ability, and class-based achievement disparities in STEM education in the Upper Midwest (Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).
As a community of district STEM leaders committed to the wellbeing and future of all our young people and the economic and social health of our communities, PAGE participants work together to bring about cultural change in our educational institutions. We hope that our time together ultimately opens doors that help our children grow up strong in a world full of possibility and opportunity. We invite those working with teachers on STEM teaching and learning including curriculum coordinators, classroom coaches, professional learning community leaders, principals, curriculum committee chairs, magnet coordinators, and others to join us for this work.
PAGE Program Information
Goals for the Program:
- Developing a Distributed Leadership Community: PAGE seeks to increase and deepen the distribution of relevant expertise and resources within schools and districts to improve instruction across all classrooms. PAGE provides professional development designed to support teams of leaders in engaging those around them to build their own distributed leadership communities in which every member contributes to the collective responsibility for the achievement of each and every STEM learner.
- Creating a Foundation for STEM Equity: STEM investigations, discussions, and readings are designed around the PAGE Framework for Access and Equity in STEM Education. Developed by SMM's Science House team with funding from the National Science Foundation, Framework-based PD addresses access and beliefs; pedagogy and curriculum; the nature and culture of STEM; the role of student, teacher, and community identity; and systems-change.
- Effecting Change: Our expectation is that district teams will work to adapt, refine, and implement Framework-based strategies and professional development resources with teachers, principals, and central staff in ways that are highly context-specific, influence policy and teaching practice, and ultimately promote the achievement of each and every student in STEM.
Who Should Apply:
Teams with district-wide responsibility for STEM education who:
- Have a passion for addressing critical issues of access and equity in STEM education and/or education at large provide professional development, training, coaching, mentoring and/or leadership to K–12 teachers. We are particularly interested in recruiting participants that represent the cultural, racial, and economic diversity of our students.
- Provide professional development, training, coaching, mentoring and/or leadership to K–12 teachers,
- Have a district-wide perspective and
- Are from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
Program Structure and Commitment:
PAGE is a yearlong journey that begins with a 5-day intensive professional development institute held at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Saint Paul, and is followed by an additional 6 days together during the school year. During the course of the program, participants are expected to actively work to adapt, implement, and refine the strategies, frameworks, and professional development resources of the program in their work with teachers and to share their successes and struggles with the rest of the PAGE community.
Key Benefits of Participation:
- 60+ hours of professional development designed specifically for district STEM leaders
- Ongoing PAGE community and Science Museum support
- Training in a repertoire of research-based strategies, frameworks, and professional development resources that address issues of equity in STEM classrooms
- Up to $2500 for purchase of resources and materials to use with teachers in your school or district
- Program costs are covered by NSF and include a $1000 stipend for program completion plus travel and lodging
2014-2015 PAGE Dates
- Institute (5 full days): July 14–18, 2014
- Colloquium 1 (2 full days): October 2–3, 2014
- Colloquium 2 (2 full days): January 15–16 2015
- Symposium (2 full days): May 14–15, 2015
The current PAGE cohort consists of teams from Bismarck Public Schools, Mauston School District, the Missouri River Education Cooperative, Pine City Public Schools, Sparta Area School District, Centennial ISD, and West Fargo Public Schools.
2015-2016 PAGE Dates
- Institute (5 full days): July 13–17, 2015
- Colloquium 1 (2 full days): October 22–23, 2015
- Colloquium 2 (2 full days): January 14–15 2016
- Symposium (2 full days): May 5–6, 2016
Applications for the PAGE 2015-2016 program are now available
Applications for the PAGE National 2015 program are also now available
PAGE National 2015 is for teams from Informal Science Centers and runs from April 27–May 1, 2015