Heroic Girlz Educational Project at Simon’s Rock

Heroic Girlz Educational Project Offers Free Teacher Training Workshop in Great Barrington

The Heroic Girlz Educational Project creators are offering a free Teacher Training Workshop at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, MA, on Saturday April 10th, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Using the Heroic Girlz Curriculum Guide, Cindy L. Parrish, Meg Agnew, and Laura Yurko will facilitate writing, visual arts, movement and theater exercises, providing hands-on training in this unique and creative educational process for teachers, homeschool facilitators, parents, girl scout troupe leaders, after-school program directors, summer program leaders, etc.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of why it is so important for girls of this age group to express themselves through the arts, relate to female mentors (living and ancestral) and maintain the strength inherent in having a strong voice throughout their adolescent years.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

The Heroic Girlz Educational Project started in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains of New York in 2004 as a home school exercise for four 11-year-old girls.  Inspired by the story of Harriet Tubman, the girls began exploring the lives of four heroic American women: Louisa May Alcott, Amelia Bloomer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Amelia Earhart when these women were 11-years-old.  In this way, the girls could draw a parallel between themselves and these “great” women, imagining their own futures as they began their journey toward womanhood.  Through facilitated exercises in writing (with Cindy L. Parrish), visual arts (with Laura Yurko) and theater (with Meg Agnew), the girls also engaged in self-exploration at this important time in their lives.  Soon, the group assembled their research and discoveries into a play that was performed in over a half dozen venues.  In the summer of 2005, Cindy L. Parrish directed the girls in the short film, Heroic Girlz. The film has a number of awards and was an invited feature at the 2009 International Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations

THE DOCUMENTARY

To discover what they might become, four 11-year-old girls adopt the persona of four famous American women who meet in the afterlife to relive their pasts:

THE WORKSHOP

Today, the DVD containing Heroic Girlz and Making History -a documentary on the educational process – and The Heroic Girlz Curriculum Guide are available to all who would like to facilitate girls in a similar exploration.  With generous funding from the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation, the Workshop on April 10th is offered free of charge.  The workshop will culminate in a viewing of this award-winning film as one sample outcome of this educational process.  Participants will be provided with a copy of the Curriculum Guide. To register for the workshop call (518) 729-0200 or e-mail Meg Agnew at: megandmerlin@taconic.net.



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