Make the Future™ Best Practices Table Talks
These table talk session recordings focus on each of the Nine Best Practices. Experts in each of these strategies share their stories, successes and challenges as they have worked to increase access and success for underrepresented students in STEM education. These sessions can provide you with some practical tips about how to implement the Nine Best Practices. Use them for your own professional development and share with colleagues.

Table Talk #1 – Reach out to Middle and Elementary School Students

Presenter: Snehal Bakta, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada

Table Talk #2 – Use Invitations – Make it Personal

Presenter: Mimi Lufkin, CEO Emerita, NAPE

Table Talk #3 – Create Exploration Experiences for Targeted Students

Presenter: Karen Peterson, CEO, National Girls Collaborative Project

Table Talk #4 – Engage Same-Gender, Same-Race/Ethnicity Role Models

Presenters: Cindy Thorngren, Mentorship Coordinator, Idaho STEM Action Center and Melissa Bixby, Program Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho

Table Talk #5 – Provide Repeated Exposure to Advanced Manufacturing Careers

Presenter: Kevin Scott, Senior Director, Youth Engagement and Education, The Manufacturing Institute

Table Talk #6 - Designing Interactive Hands On Activities to Attract More Females to Manufacturing

Presenter: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Senior Program Manager, NAPE

Table Talk #7 – Communicate with Parents/Caregivers

Presenter: Lisa Riegel, President & CEO, Educational Partnerships Institute, LLC

Table Talk #8 – Partner with Community-Based Organizations

Presenter: Ashley Crowe, Chief Program Officer, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Table Talk #9 – Connect Students to Meaningful Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Coming Soon!

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