Show students female role models to counter gender stereotypes.

When girls believe in gender stereotypes like "girls aren't good at math" or "science is for boys," they are likely to have low self-confidence or negative, distracting thoughts when being tested in science and math. Role models are vital to mitigating the effects of gender stereotypes. Often, it only takes a single positive role model to make a difference in a girl's academic life. Teachers can use a variety of strategies (e.g., reading about scientists, inviting female speakers, learning about role models, and collaborating with families) to help students learn about female role models.

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Learning Together About Female Role Models

Use this protocol to convene a school in-service session to learn about the practice of exposing girls to female role models who have achieved success in math or science. Related Media and...

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07/25/2014
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Planning for Implementation: Female Role Models

Work with teachers in your school using this tool to develop a plan for exposing your students to female role models in math and science. Related Files: Teacher Self-Reflection:...

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07/25/2014
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Teacher Self-Reflection: Teaching About Female Role Models

Use this evaluation form to guide teachers’ self-reflection on instructional strategies for exposing girls to female role models who have succeeded in math or science.

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07/25/2014
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She Did It, You Can, Too

Here is a series of motivational posters introducing former students of Dallas Independent School District who have been successful in their higher education and career paths. Related...

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07/25/2014
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Students’ Essays: I Want to Be Like Her

Look at five winning essays from the 2007 essay competition “I Want to Be Like Her.” Middle and high school students read biographies of female scientists and engineers and write an essay...

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07/25/2014
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The Importance of Female Role Models

The Importance of Female Role Models

A teacher and member of the Encouraging Girls in Math and Science expert panel shares experiences in teaching about female role models in math and science. She describes the role of teachers and...

Expert Interview
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07/25/2014
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Female Role Models in High School

Female Role Models in High School

A high school physics teacher talks about guest speakers who present about their careers. He describes the characteristics of role models that high school students relate to and presentation...

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07/25/2014
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Female Role Models in Junior High

Female Role Models in Junior High

A junior high school science teacher discusses programs implemented at the school with emphasis on female role models. Tutors, mentors, and guest speakers are part of the programs to encourage...

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07/25/2014
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Schoolwide Support for Girls

Schoolwide Support for Girls

The principal of Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School describes how the school supports science teachers as role models for students. The school brings guest speakers to the school and encourages...

School Example
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07/25/2014
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Stereotype Threat (Part 2)

Stereotype Threat (Part 2)

In this interview, Dr. Joshua Aronson describes how to reduce stereotype threat by introducing students to role models and emphasizing gender similarities, rather than gender...

Expert Interview
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07/23/2014
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Stereotype Threat (Part 1)

Stereotype Threat (Part 1)

Listen to Dr. Joshua Aronson describe what stereotype threat is and how it can impact academic achievement. Related Files: Stereotype Threat (Part 2) (Audio)

Expert Interview
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07/23/2014
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Female Role Models in Math and Science

Female Role Models in Math and Science

Learn about ways to teach that gender stereotypes are not true. This overview demonstrates the different ways to expose students to role models.

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07/23/2014
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