Senior Ashley Olafsen Proves She is “One to Watch”

Ashley Olafsen did a GREAT job presenting on girls and STEM and need for role models. She is one to watch!! #CoSN15

This past Monday morning in Atlanta, Georgia, HHS Senior Ashley Olafsen “Wow’d the Crowd” again.

Ashley delivered the opening talk for a panel discussion on “Visions on Leveraging Technology in Education to Empower Girls & Women.” This was part of a day-long symposium on “Leveraging Technology in Education to Empower Girls and Women,” which was organized by The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

The symposium kicked off the annual digital learning conference for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Ashley was invited to speak at this event by a member of the CoSN board who was impressed by the “Ted-like” talk she delivered at the Fall 2014 MassCUE conference. Ashley’s MassCUE talk addressed the dual nature of technology and its powerful effects on female students growing up today.

At the CoSN/UNESCO International Symposium on Monday, Ashley addressed the question, “how can educators get more girls and young women interested in STEM subjects and careers?” She advised educators and school leaders to make clear connections between student interests and the world of possibility STEM can open up for them. Ashley also encouraged teachers to include more women and underrepresented groups in the curriculum so that students can “see” people like them in their learning and find role models they can connect with.

Ashley wrapped up her inspiring talk with an observation that her friend and fellow HHS student Juliette Davis included in a recent AP English essay: “What is taught to young girls today determines how far they will go tomorrow” (here is Juliette’s full essay, “If She Cannot See It, She Cannot Do It”).

Here’s what educators from across the nation had to say about Ashley’s speech:

HHS is very proud of Ashley’s achievements and we hope you take 10 minutes to watch her talk. Please let us know what you think via comments to the blog or tweets to @HPSDigital!

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