Hard Hatted Women’s Outreach to Cleveland Elementary Schools
Sex role stereotypes bombard children’s minds early in life, creating barriers and limiting their adult career options. Hard Hatted Women believes early intervention or exposure will counter gender stereotypes associated with the trades.
“TINA the TOOL TEDDY” visits Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms to introduce students to the Take-Apart Learning Centers provided by HHW. She is a beary good role model for the little ones. . .
- This project aims to stimulate and expand the occupational dreams of young girls
- Boost boy’s acceptance and awareness of females in all blue collar occupations.
- Convince students and teachers that it’s okay for girls to use tools, get “dirty,” repair bicycles, or develop a keen interest in automotive technology
More Than Show & Tell enabled Hard Hatted Women to develop an integrated system of non-traditional career education resources for the area’s schools, including:
- A “role model speakers” bureau of women in a variety of non-traditional jobs
- Interactive career presentations
- Hands-on demonstrations and projects with role models
Classroom resources for teachers – –
- Learning Centers that incorporate images of women doing non-traditional work and related skill-development activities that reinforce targeted Ohio Proficiency learning objectives.
- Available now from Hard Hatted Women: packets and assembly kits for this and other Learning Centers.
- Teaching Units with lesson plans and exercises that integrate non-traditional career awareness with math, science, reading, writing, and/or social studies topics.
- A literature-based unit, “Bessie Coleman: Aviator and Non-Traditional Woman,” is now available from Hard Hatted Women.
- Also available is “Painting Our Way to a Better Future,” HHW’s non-traditional coloring book, along with an Activities Guide.
* “More Than Show & Tell” was an educational resources development project of Hard Hatted Women in 1998 and 1999, made possible by grants from the Martha Holden Jennings, Hershey, and Alice and Patrick McGinty Foundations, as well as East Ohio Gas, KeyBank, and the Higley, Sherwick and Wolpert funds of The Cleveland Foundation.