Class Notes for Wednesday, October 26th

Purpose for the work today: To improve our goals and

Agenda Steps and notes:

1)Are the “right” people at the table worksheet

2) Refine our goals

3) Improve our action plan

Did you accomplish the goal?

1) We somewhat accomplished our goal because we completed what we could in class of the worksheet. However, we could use input from Madalynn and Connor.

2) No, this goal is unfinished. We are undecided as to what workshops we will have and how long they will be. We believe that our first workshop should include at least two different workshop ideas combined into two different parts. Our second workshop day can apply what we have learned into the last two remaining workshop ideas. Next week, when we bring our draft workshop lesson plans, we will have to decide who will go when.

3) We amended our “measurable” goal on our action plan to include a better goal than just the numbers of students who attend our class. We want them to learn something about feminism beyond what they already know.

What are your next steps? Who is accountable?

We are going meet with faculty at Second Foundation School as a group. Friday morning is the best likely day to do this.

We also need to bring our lesson plans for our workshop this next Wednesday.


Just some research…

Hey all. So I’m thinking about focusing on healthy body images and/or dealing with sexual harassment as workshop options . I’m just gonna put some of my links on here so that I keep them organized and you all can look at them and give some feedback if you wish.

Purdue Lesson Plan:

Teaching tolerance:

Discovery Education:

Gender Harassment

“Defending your rights” and “Assault strategies”:


10/19 Agenda

1)      Madalynn shared that she contacted Reba who is a volunteer at the SFS. Madalynn confirms that Reba and Starri are welcoming to our project and workshops.

2)      Friday morning to go as a whole group to SFS. When?

3)      Generate activity ideas to encourage discussions.

Madalynn’s Update

Hey all. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I know I will see all of you tonight, although I might be a little late. There is a march tonight organized by some youth/student group going to TCF and Wells Fargo leaving from the People’s Plaza. Kevin probably already knows about it and I encourage anyone who is interested to come along. People over profits, right? OccupyMN!

So yesterday I talked to my friend Riva, who is a volunteer staff member at Second Foundation School, about our groups interest in facilitating some workshops at the school. We had briefly discussed things before and she told me that she has already spoken with the lead teacher, Starri Hedges, about us coming in, and that she’s into the idea. Riva sounded pretty excited and said that there are a lot of teenage girls at the school right now who could really benefit from time spent on issues of gender equality and female empowerment. So pretty much, we’re in. Since the school week ends on Wednesday for SFS as well, I haven’t had a chance to go in. Hopefully next week I can go in sometime while Riva is working and be able to officially propose our idea to Starri.

First Draft Action Plan

Mission Statement

We intend to create an after school program with kids that promotes safe and open discussion relating to sexism, gender, and empowering young women.

The big issue our group is talking about is gender inequality. In the broad sense, women are discriminated against in many areas of our communities. Women are paid less. Women are objectified. Women are thought of as inferior to men in many situations with no evidence to support our societies gender bigotry. The way people are socialized in our communities makes it easy for these problems to persist. Our schools, jobs, homes, and neighborhoods help perpetuate sexism and patriarchal attitudes by teaching our youth that women are a class below men in our own version of the caste system.
Secondary Issues
There is not enough information for young adults about gender inequalities.
Our communities do not motivate young women to attempt to become part of something not typically set aside for female.

Connor- Sexism in music and music communities.


Specific- We all have different areas of individual interest and our plan is to develop workshops with a focus on these different, but specific, interests.

Measurable- Our goals can be measured by having students who attend our workshop(s) leave with a greater understanding of issues pertaining to gender equality.

Attainable- We already have connections with possible schools where we are going to try and set up our programs. We are confident that our project will be interested in having us and that we will be able to accomplish what we seek to.

Realistic- These goals are realistic because this topic is something that kids in our communities care about. They will come to be part of these workshops and schools will recognize that and help us to achieve our goals.

Time-Bound- We have included a timeline which details when each step of our project will take place.
Our intended audience will be students in middle school and above, although we will accept students of all ages. They will have some amount of interest in equality and a will to change their own surroundings.

The stakeholders in our project will be everyone involved. Us, as group members, will put a great deal of work into this and will be striving to achieve our goals. The school employees that allow us to present at their schools will be interested to see if what we have to say is important to their students. The students can be either empowered to do something good for their community by trying to break down gender stereotypes or will be let down if we don’t make it interesting and help them become involved.


Goal- Our goal is, essentially, to talk to kids about sexism and gender and to give them the opportunity to be involved in safe, honest, and open discussion on these topics. We want to open their eyes to things they possibly haven’t thought of or seen yet and to have our eyes opened by what they have to say. We just want students to show up and be involved in our project.

Oct 13th- First Draft of Action Plan Done
Oct 14th- Working Draft of Action Plan Reviewed by All Members
Oct 19th- Madalynn will begin communication with Second Foundation
Oct 26th- Refine goals and meet with schools
Nov 2nd- Rough Draft of Lesson/Workshop Plans
Nov 9th Lesson Plans ready to Practice
Nov 16th- Ready for 1st Workshop
Nov 23rd- Personal Reflection (Turkey, Tofurkey, Chinese Food)
Nov 30th- Possibly present more workshops, continue to work on final presentation
That’s what I got so far guys. Copy it and edit it yourselves or comment and let me know what you think I should change or add!

“Sexism is a disgusting undercurrent in our society and it needs to be fought and challenged.”
David Combs
Connor William Macklin

Violence against women and classroom resources

One of the workshops we discussed having was a self-defense class. We should also consider having a workshop that might inform others about the violence against women in our society and where it comes from.

I found the White Ribbon campaign has an educational action kit on the subject. I also found a compilation of many subject matters at the site Miss G.

One book I found that dealt with teaching inequality in the classroom was Open Minds to Equality, which encompasses more than gender equality issues.I can’t find it in digital form, so we may need to find a copy – which MCTC’s library does not have.

I am still actively looking for short stories lacking gender – which for some reason is much harder than I assumed it would be. If need be, we may just have to take a story and change its character so we have no idea what gender they are.