What is our plan?
We are building coalitions of students and teachers to petition decision-makers in schools, districts and states to rewrite educational policies and learning standards to include rich and intersectional material on women and gender. Modeled on GLSEN’s work building Gay-Straight Alliances in schools during the 1990’s and 2000’s, we are starting small with one pilot program and working with students and teachers to figure out the most effective and adaptable program so we can build Teach About Women Coalitions at schools all over the country.
These coalitions will be grassroots forces for change in teaching practices, school policy and national learning guidelines. With TAW’s guidance, each coalition will launch a local campaign in their school or district to demand that schools include rich and diverse material on woman and examine gender inequalities and actively promote anti-bias education from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Impact on policy
In 5 years, 375 student-activists will be advocating for gender equity in 25 schools/districts through coalitions. More than 10,000 students will benefit from their schools/districts adopting gender-inclusive guidelines.
We design resources for teachers and educate them how to use them effectively in their classrooms. We make our resources and training available in person, through workshops and coaching, and online, through databases, classes, blogs, and podcasts.
Currently, our educators teams are designing a Gender-Inclusive Global History Curriculum for grades 9-10, an anti-bias math program: Why Math Needs Girls and Women for grades 9-12, Feminism for Middle School Boys and Girls for grades 4-8, and a Feminist Transcript for grades 8-12. We plan to bring these programs and more into schools beginning in the fall of 2020. Follow our Educator Blog to see sample lesson plans and resources.
Impact on classrooms
In 5 years, our 12 programs, 35 guides, 20 online courses, will help 10,000 educators in at least 25 schools/districts #teachaboutwomen. That means over 50,000 students will benefit from our resources by 2024.
We create online communities, host conferences, and collaborate with mission-driven institutions to support educators in changing the way we teach in this country. Nothing happens in a vacuum, especially not long-term, sustainable change. One of the biggest obstacles teachers face in bringing women’s history, feminism, and anti-bias education into their schools is a lack of community support–administrators to back them up in in sticky situations, mentors to guide them through new material and new methods, and other teachers to share ideas with.
We build communities to encourage teachers to gather, share materials and grow professionally so that they can teach about women, teach about gender, diffuse toxic gender dynamics in their classrooms and empower all their students, regardless of gender.
Impact on communities
In 5 years, we will be regularly reaching 75,000 followers through social media and our blog/podcast. We will be working with 10 partner organizations to bring their mission-driven work into classrooms and hosting 5 annual educator conferences. All this to build communities to support 10,000 game-changing teachers and their 50,000 students. Together we can change the way we teach in this country.