School Programs

We're thrilled to offer a host of in-school programs for K-12 students! Select from one of our standard programs or work with us to customize a program just for your curriculum. Programs are available year-round and free of charge for Connecticut teachers and can be facilitated for groups of any size, from a single classroom to a full school assembly. All programs are tailored to grade level and correspond to Common Core standards as well as curriculum guidelines in the Connecticut State Social Studies Frameworks (though we know not all districts have adopted these guidelines).

Select your grade level to see available program descriptions (or just jump to request form):

K/1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade
       
Fifth Grade 6th/7th Grade 8th Grade High School

 

 

 

Programs for Kindergarten/1st Grade

Kids are never too young to start learning about Connecticut's remarkable women! For the youngest grades, we will work with you to customize a program to suit your unit/curriculum and your students' interests. Typical interactive programs for these grades will focus on 1-3 Inductees, last 30-60 minutes, and include a hands-on project/activity. We can customize your program based on a specific topic or theme (e.g. Black History Month, National Photography Month, music, science, art, etc.) or based on your geographic area. Programs in kindergarten and first grade will also include content that meets guidelines specified in the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks focusing on the relationship of the individual to his/her community and larger society. [Request Form]

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Programs for 2nd Grade

Following guidelines in the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks, our second grade programs are specifically designed to focus on remarkable Connecticut women who have made a difference and helped shape our state, our nation, and our world. Typically, interactive programs for second grade will focus on one or more Inductees, last 30-60 minutes, and include a hands-on activity/project. Choose from one of our standard programs (see descriptions below) or work with us to customize a program based on a specific theme/topic (e.g. Black History Month, National Photography Month, music, science, art, etc.) or based on your geographic area.

Connecticut's African American Heroines - Students will explore the stories of Maria Miller Stewart, Marian Anderson, and Constance Baker Motley, three of our state's remarkable African American women, as they learn about the power of the individual to make a difference in her community on a local and national scale. [Request Form]

Children's Issues - What are the responsibilities of society toward its children? From kindergartens and children's libraries to school nutrition and basic needs, Connecticut women have helped address some of the issues important to the lives of our youngest citizens. In this program, students will explore the stories of four Connecticut women: Virginia Thrall Smith, Caroline Hewins, Isabelle Kelley, and Carolyn Miles. [Request Form]

Civic Engagement - One is never too young to begin thinking about questions of civic engagement! In this program, students will learn how they can begin to engage with their community and explore the stories of Connecticut women whose work epitomizes civic engagement including the Smiths of Glastonbury, Maria Sanchez, and Denise Nappier. [Request Form]

Connecticut Women in Sports - Taking inspiration from some of Connecticut's top female athletes, students will gain a deeper understanding of the role sports can play in lifelong fitness and in developing leadership skills. In this program, students will explore the stories of Rebecca Lobo, Dorothy Hamill, and Donna Lopiano as they discuss equality and opportunity in the context of sports. [Request Form]

Inductees of Hispanic Heritage - How have Connecticut women of Hispanic heritage helped to shape our state, our nation, and our world? In this program, students will explore the stories and influence of Maria Sanchez, Edna Negron Rosario, and Rebecca Lobo as they learn about the power of the individual to make a differene in her community. [Request Form]

Marian Anderson: Powerful Voice for Change - Legendary contralto Marian Anderson was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and sparked a national debate with her refusal to submit to racism. In this program, students will explore Anderson's story and discuss the impact of her inspirational career on the nation and the music world. [Request Form]

Native American Inductees & Their Impact - Connecticut is so rich in Native American history, and the Native American Inductees have each had an impact on the preservation of native cultures both here and across the country. This program explores the stories and contributions of Gladys Tantaquidgeon, Emma Fielding Baker, and Fidelia Hoscott Fielding. [Request Form]

Prudence Crandall: State Heroine - In this program, students will explore the fascinating story of Prudence Crandall, Connecticut's State Heroine since 1995, and discover how her insistance on educating all children regardless of race connects to the larger national context of school desegregation, civil rights, and educational equity. [Request Form]

STEMfems: Connecticut Women in Science & Medicine - Our state has been home to some remarkable women scientists and doctors! In this program, students will explore the stories of a few of these female STEM pioneers including Barbara McClintock, Jewel Plummer Cobb, Emily Barringer, and Emeline Roberts Jones. The program also encourages discussion about the underrepresentation of women in STEM and helps students see how they can be a part of the solution to this critical problem. [Request Form]

Women in the Arts - From women who nurtured the arts to remarkable artists themselves, Connecticut can boast many remarkable women in the arts! In this program, students will explore the stories of women like Florence Griswold, Laura Wheeler Waring, Helen Frankenthaler, and Annie Leibovitz and will have an opportunity to create some art of their own. [Request Form]

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Programs for Third Grade

What's Connecticut's role in America's larger story? How have Connecticut women helped to shape our state, our nation, and our world? The Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks' focus on Connecticut history in third grade is a perfect way to bring in the stories of our state's remarkable women! Programs for third grade will typically focus on one or more Inductees, last 30-60 minutes, and include a hands-on activity/project. Programs also help students see connections between the past and present and encourages them to take an active role in shaping the future. Choose from one of our standard programs (see descriptions below) or work with us to customize a program based on a specific theme/topic or based on your geographic area.  [Request Form]

Connecticut's African American Heroines - What role have African American women played in shaping our state, our nation, and our world? In this program, students will explore the stories of women like Maria Miller Stewart, Marian Anderson, and Constance Baker Motley, three of our state's remarkable African American women, and see how their contributions intersect the larger events in American history. [Request Form]

Connecticut's Famous Female Firsts - Many Connecticut women were pioneers in their fields, and this program focuses on some of their stories. Students will discover women like Emeline Roberts Jones, America's first female dentist; Ella Grasso, the first female governor elected in her own right; Mary Hall, Connecticut's first female lawyer; and Ann Petry, the first African American woman to sell a million copies of a novel. [Request Form]

Connecticut's Pioneering Women in Medicine - Connecticut has been home to some amazing women in medicine! In this program, students will explore the stories and contributions of women like Emeline Roberts Jones, the first female dentist in America; Emily Dunning Barringer, the first woman to secure a surgical residency; Martha Minerva Franklin, pioneer in the movement for Black nurses; and Helen Smits, international health policy expert. [Request Form]

Connecticut Women - Global Impact - Connecticut may be a small state, but its women have had a major impact on the international stage. In this program, students will explore the stories of women like Margaret Bourke-White, pioneering photographer who documented many of the major events of the early 20th century; Barbara Hackman Franklin, international business expert who opened U.S. trade with China; Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo; and Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children.  [Request Form]

Leveling the Playing Field: Connecticut Women in Sports - It's been more than four decades since the passage of Title IX legislation required equal access to all educational programs and activities for boys and girls. Its passage opened the door for young women to participate in sports. In this program, students will explore the stories of Connecticut women like Glenna Collett Vare who forged her own path in athletics before Title IX, women like Donna Lopiano who advocated for crucial legislative changes to ensure equality, and women like Rebecca Lobo who have benefited from equal access to sports.  [Request Form]

Marian Anderson: Powerful Voice for Change - Legendary contralto Marian Anderson was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and sparked a national debate with her refusal to submit to racism. In this program, students will explore Anderson's story and discuss the impact of her inspirational career on the nation. Comparing Anderson's world to today's world, students will also discuss how society has changed and what change still needs to happen to achieve true equality. [Request Form]

Native American Women of Connecticut - Connecticut is so rich in Native American history, and the Native American Inductees have each had an impact on the preservation of native cultures both here and across the country. This program focuses on the lives and accomplishments of three Native American Inductees including Gladys Tantaquidgeon, Emma Fielding Baker, and Fidelia Hoscott Fielding. Students will also discuss the lessons we can learn from these women's examples as we move more and more toward a global society. [Request Form]

Prudence Crandall: State Heroine - What role did State Heroine Prudence Crandall play in events more than a century after her pioneering work in Connecticut? How does Crandall's example change the way we typically view our state? In this program, students will explore the fascinating story of Prudence Crandall, Connecticut's State Heroine since 1995, and discover how her insistance on educating all children regardless of race connects to the larger national context of school desegregation, civil rights, and educational equity. [Request Form]

Remembering Connecticut Women of Hispanic Heritage - How have Connecticut women of Hispanic heritage helped to shape our state, our nation, and our world? What roles have they played in developments beyond the borders of our small state? In this program, students will explore the stories and influence of Maria Sanchez, Edna Negron Rosario, and Rebecca Lobo. Students will also discuss ways they can take an active role in their own communities, choosing to participate as part of the solution to problems they see around them. [Request Form]

STEMfems: Women Transforming Our World - Connecticut women have transformed our world in multiple ways through careers in STEM. In this program, students will trace some of the reasons why women are still grossly underrepresented in STEM fields and get inspired by the stories of some of our remarkable STEMfems, women like Barbara McClintock, Jewel Plummer Cobb, Theodate Pope Riddle, and Jennifer Lawton. [Request Form]

Trailblazers: Pioneering Connecticut Women in Business - Connecticut women have historically been on the cutting edge of the business world, demonstrating just what women can accomplish if given the change. In this program, students will explore the stories of some of our state's remarkable women in business including Martha Parsons, Lillian Vernon, Betrice Auerbach, and Indra Nooyi. [Request Form]

Votes for Women: Connecticut Women Fight for Suffrage - For more than a century, American women had struggled to gain the right to vote, and many Connecticut women were among the most active supporters of women's suffrage. In this program, students will go behind the scenes of the suffrage movement to better understand the sacrifices women made and explore the stories of Connecticut suffragists like the Smiths of Glastonbury, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Alice Paul.  [Request Form]

Women's Perspectives: Connecticut Women in the Arts - There are so many ways to influence history and change the world! In this program, students will examine the work of several Connecticut women in the arts and discuss ways art can influence our society. Inductees spotlighted in this program include photographers Annie Leibovitz and Margaret Bourke-White, painters Laura Wheeler Waring and Helen Frankenthaler, and musicians Marian Anderson and Rosa Ponselle. [Request Form]

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Programs for Fourth Grade

We're more than willing to speak with your fourth graders! The Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks call for a study of geography in fourth grade, and we have not yet developed a program to complement this curriculum component...but we'd love to work with you if you have an idea for a geography-inspired program (or would like a program on a different topic for your class)! Any of our other grade-level programs can be adapted for fourth grade to enhance your curriculum in other subject areas as well!  [Request Form]

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Programs for Fifth Grade

Taking inspiration from Abigail Adams' admonition to her husband to "remember the ladies" during the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, our fifth grade program remembers the Connecticut women of the colonial era. What role(s) did women play in colonial Connecticut? How did Connecticut women help shape the American Revolution? These are the main questions covered in our fifth grade-specific program! The program also helps students see connections between past and present and encourages them to take an active role in shaping the future. In this 45-minute program, your fifth graders will learn how women were viewed during this period of our history; explore the story of Hannah Watson, publisher of The Connecticut Courant during the Revolution; and hear about Sybil Ludington, a young New York woman who helped save Danbury from complete destruction by the British. This program includes the use of primary source documents and a hands-on project.   [Request Form]

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Programs for Sixth & Seventh Grade

We're more than willing to speak with your sixth or seventh graders! The Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks call for a study of world regions in these grades, and we have not yet developed a program to complement this curriculum component...but we'd love to work with you if you have an idea for a world regions-inspired program (or would like a program on a different topic for your class)! Any of our other grade-level programs can be adapted for sixth/seventh grade to enhance your curriculum in other subject areas as well!  [Request Form]

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Programs for Eighth Grade

What role has Connecticut played in America's larger story? How did Connecticut women help to shape our state, our nation, and our world? These are some of the larger questions we'll cover in our eighth grade-specific program! The program also helps students see connections between the past and present and encourages them to take an active role in shaping the future. In this 45-minute interactive program, students will explore the stories of some of Connecticut's remarkable women from the colonial period through the Civil War. Inductees covered in this program include Hannah Bunce Watson, publisher of The Connecticut Courant during the Revolution; state heroine Prudence Crandall; women's education pioneers like Sarah Porter and Catharine Beecher; influential author Harriet Beecher Stowe; early women's rights advocates Isabella Beecher Hooker and the Smith sisters of Glastonbury; and pioneering women in medicine like Emeline Roberts Jones, America's first female dentist. [Request Form]

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Programs for High School

We offer a variety of programs ideal for your high school classes! Choose from among one of our standard programs (see descriptions below) or work with us to customize a program for your specific course! Our interactive programs for high school students typically last 45 minutes and cover one or more Inductees. In addition to exploring historical content related to the topic/theme, each program also has a focus on inspiring students to take informed action and create their own new history.  [Request Form]

Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut's Remarkable Women - A panoramic view exploring the stories of our 112 Inductees from all fields of endeavor from politics and sports to business, the arts, and STEM. Learn about Connecticut’s role in shaping our state, our nation, and our world through the stories of well-known women like Ella Grasso, Marian Anderson, and Prudence Crandall—and meet some of the state’s lesser-known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock, and Hannah Watson. [Request Form]

Connecticut's African American Heroines - African Americans have played a major role in the development of our state, our nation and our world—and African American women from Connecticut are no exception! This program traces the stories of some of Connecticut’s most remarkable African American heroines. From women’s rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne Baughns-Wallace and our current State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, you'll be inspired as we explore the important contributions of African American women across multiple fields of endeavor. [Request Form]

Connecticut's Female Writers & Journalists - Our state has been home to some incredible writers and journalists, and this program explores the contributions of some of Connecticut’s remarkable women who have shaped our understanding of the world through their writing and reporting. Explore the poetry of Lydia Huntley Sigourney, one of the first women in America to earn a living through her writing; discover pioneers like Ann Petry, first African American woman to sell a million copies; and see the world through the eyes and ears of journalists like Jane Pauley, Adrianne Baughns-Wallace, Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Margaret Bourke-White, and Anne Garrels. [Request Form]

Connecticut Women - Global Impact - Connecticut may be a small state, but its women have had (and continue to have) a major impact on global events! This program explores the role Connecticut women have played on the international stage across a variety of fields from politics and international law to business to health and humanitarian policy. See how women like Barbara Hackman Franklin, Patricia Wald, and Carolyn Miles have helped to change the social and legal landscape of our global society; explore the world through the eyes of journalists like Margaret Bourke-White, Jane Hamilton-Merritt, and Anne Garrels; and discover how women like Indra Nooyi, Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo, are changing global business practices and how women like Helen Smits are helping to shape global health policy. [Request Form]

Connecticut Women and War - What role(s) have Connecticut women played in conflict at home and abroad? This program traces the stories of remarkable Connecticut women and their impact on wars from the American Revolution through the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Explore the contributions of women like Hannah Bunce Watson, publisher of The Connecticut Courant during the Revolution; Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped sow the seeds of the Civil War; and Mary Goodrich Jenson and other female pilots whose contributions to both world wars have been largely overlooked. See the world through the eyes of female journalists like Margaret Bourke-White, Jane Hamilton-Merritt, and Anne Garrels who covered 20th- and 21st-century conflicts around the world. As more and more barriers are being broken for women in the military and other public service professions, what role will women play going forward? [Request Form]

Legal Minds: Connecticut Women and the Law - Much of what women have been able to accomplish since gaining access to the political process has been to change how the law views and treats women. Many Connecticut women have contributed to the legal revolution that has resulted in expanded rights and opportunities for women across our state, our nation, and our world. This program traces the contributions of women like Isabella Beecher Hooker, who fought for married women’s right to own property; Mary Hall, Connecticut’s first female lawyer; Estelle Griswold, who challenged Connecticut law and secured a universal right to privacy; Constance Baker Motley, the first female African American federal court judge; and Patricia Wald, pioneer in international law. [Request Form]

Leveling the Playing Field: Connecticut's Female Athletes - It’s been more than four decades since federal Title IX legislation required equal access to all educational programs and activities regardless of gender—including sports. Even so, women’s sports are not as highly regarded or respected as men’s sports, and female athletes are not as well compensated as their male counterparts. The sports world is changing, but slowly! This program explores the stories of Connecticut women like Donna Lopiano who helped make Title IX a reality; women like Glenna Collett Vare, Joan Joyce, and Dorothy Hamill who succeeded in sports before the law’s passage; and women like Rebecca Lobo who have benefited from equal opportunity in sports. [Request Form]

Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy - This program offers a deeper dive into the female voices that have helped change the face of democracy in the U.S. Explore the stories of Connecticut suffragists like Isabella Beecher Hooker and Alice Paul; see their legacy in action through the examples of some of the state’s pioneering female firsts in politics like Ella Grasso, Clare Boothe Luce, and Denise Nappier; and discover the power of your own voice through the inspirational stories of women like Estelle Griswold, Helen Keller, and Anne Stanback who helped shape public policy through their dedicated advocacy. [Request Form]

STEMfems: Women Transforming Our World - Women have been transforming our world through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for centuries—yet they have historically been left out of the conversation and even discouraged from participating in these fields. Today only 25% of STEM jobs in the U.S. are held by women and more than two-thirds of young women feel they must work harder than men to be taken seriously in STEM. This program traces the roots of these issues and demonstrates the myriad ways Connecticut’s pioneering women in STEM have transformed our world. We’ll explore the stories of women like Dr. Barbara McClintock, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist; Dr. Dorrit Hoffleit, world-renowned astronomer; Theodate Pope Riddle, one of the first female architects in the U.S.; and Jennifer Lawton, entrepreneurial technology pioneer. [Request Form]

Trailblazers: Connecticut's Pioneering Women in Business - The most recent Fortune 500 list only includes 22 companies headed by female CEOs—that’s a paltry 4.4%! Though the business world is far from equal when it comes to gender, women have made great strides over the past few decades—and Connecticut women have historically been at the cutting edge of the business world. This program traces the contributions of Connecticut women from Hannah Bunce Watson, publisher of The Connecticut Courant during the American Revolution, to Indra Nooyi, current Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo. Along the way, you’ll encounter women like Martha Parsons, the first female business executive in Connecticut to earn her position on the basis of merit; Lillian Vernon, the first woman to found a corporation listed on the American Stock Exchange; and Beatrice Fox Auerbach, retail innovator who led Hartford’s G. Fox Corporation for several decades and pioneered profitable business and labor practices that were well ahead of her time. [Request Form]

Votes for Women: Connecticut Suffragists and their Legacy - It’s been almost a century since American women won their right to vote, but women still lag well behind men in terms of political representation. This program traces the fight for women’s suffrage through the eyes of Connecticut suffragists like the Smiths of Glastonbury, Isabella Beecher Hooker, Alice Paul, and Katharine Houghton Hepburn—what was it like to be at the forefront of the suffrage fight? What sacrifices did these women make for their cause? We’ll also explore the legacy of these suffragists through the careers of some of our state’s pioneering female firsts, women like Clare Boothe Luce, Ella Grasso, and Denise Nappier. [Request Form]

Women's Perspectives: Changing the World through Visual Art - There are many ways to change the world…including through visual arts! Connecticut has been home to some truly remarkable female artists as well as some women who were vital to nurturing the arts through their philanthropy. This program explores the stories of women like Florence Griswold and Elizabeth Colt whose legacy of arts patronage still resonates in Connecticut’s museum landscape; pioneering painters like Helen Frankenthaler and Laura Wheeler Waring; and incredible photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Margaret Bourke-White. [Request Form]

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