If you are interested in portraying one of these women or just wish more information about the program, please click here and leave your name and message or if you are a parent of students in one of the schools, please contact the Women’s History Representative at your school. Presenters from AAUW, parents, and community members are all welcome.
This wonderful program originates from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). We assist units in coordinating with the AAUW.
Women in History program dramatizes remarkable women—from Queen Elizabeth to Sally Ride—for our elementary and middle school students. We coordinate the costumes. We write the scripts. We are the women!
|First week of school||Make sure that you have biographies and other forms – if you wish to use the board from AAUW request it – if you wish to have pictures of the women being portrayed request them|
|Back to School Night||Begin recruiting applying some of the techniques that may be helpful to your school|
|Sept.||Place information either in principal’s newsletter or school newsletter as appropriate in your school|
|Sept and Oct.||Contact prospective volunteers and fill out forms – We suggest that you don’t give forms to presenters – do yourself – they just don’t come back when given to performers – do not have to get availability then but do fill out all the rest of it – make sure you use the year’s form.|
|Until Dec 1||Verify or get availability—if specific problems communicate with AAUW (for example a flight attendant who does not have a set schedule)|
|Dec. 1 (or designated date)||Performer Forms and supplementary form due–submit either electronically — each form should be a separate attachment–forms should either be computer generated or in ink so can be scanned—or by paper in an envelope|
|Jan||In a welcoming call Rep checks with volunteers to be sure they have scripts—if someone does not have one the rep sends it if we have sent out scripts to reps and notifies AAUW—if all have scripts then the rep also notifies AAUW—particularly important is welcoming those who are not parents|
|Jan||Rep checks the preliminary schedule that was sent out and notifies AAUW if it is all right or if there are problems|
|Jan||After training dates set the rep encourages performers to go and also encourages them to ask for costume help if they need it|
|Two weeks before program or as school decides||Work with Teacher rep to get schedules filled—when program is set, contact volunteers telling them when their first performance is going to be, when they will be finished, and if they are going to be there all day indicate that they will be suggesting a place for them to have lunch at school (possibly telling them there will be a refrigerator for them to leave their lunch in if that is the case). If you are one of the schools that provides lunch (and this is not expected) please let them know that so they will not end up with 2 lunches. For volunteers not from your school, please make sure that they know where the office is (that has caused problems)|
|During program||Make sure volunteers have what they need—map of school, location of restroom, schedule, knowledge of where they are supposed to take their breaks etc. – have some type of simple hospitality—can be as simple as a bottle of water and a thank you note. Some schools have chosen to have a class write thank you notes to performers and that is much appreciated. If possible have someone to greet the volunteers (particularly if they are not from your school)|
|After program||See that teachers get evaluation forms in method approved by principal and determine with principal the method of collection–encourage volunteers to send in their thoughts for next year|
|Spring||Hopefully most reps will be the same but if you are not going to return please help to find your successor|