The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation has developed some helpful tips for providing your students with this unique educational activity:
- Set up an organizational committee:
Although girls and boys in your school will be accompanying a parent or mentor to work on Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day, there are students who, for a variety of reasons, will remain in the classroom. To ensure all students can participate in the Day we suggest gathering a group of school staff and community members to place these students in local businesses or implement in-school activities for the Day. See what other educators have planned for the day.
- Talk to local schools:
Find out what other schools are doing to incorporate the theme, purpose, and issues surrounding Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. Is there a way to explore the issues in an English, writing, computer, or science assignment? Is there a book that students can read? Check out our resource section for ideas.
- Build partnerships:
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work is a national grassroots effort—a great opportunity for your school to develop lasting partnerships with local companies and organizations, such as unions, public housing agencies, and local nonprofits.
On Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day your school can work with these companies or organizations to place students at their workplace site for the Day. Alternately, consider inviting companies and representatives to your school to speak about various careers
- Add the date to your yearly schedule:
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is an important educational experience. Your school or district may have an existing policy for allowing students participating in educational outings to have an excused absence.
- Talk to parents:
At a parent/teacher meeting find out if parents will be bringing their daughter or son to work with them on the Day. Let them know of any assignments that will be given and their due date.
- Incorporate the theme and purpose into curriculum or school activity:
There are many ways to help girls and boys explore career interests and learn about work-life issues. For instance, have them do a book/oral report or a short essay on how their parents balance work and family. How about re-doing the bulletin board to focus on great women and men who achieved success? Also, April is National Poetry Month. Another great project would be for girls and boys to write a poem about their aspirations and what they think accomplishing them will entail.
- Ask girls and boys what they’ve learned:
The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation holds Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work on a school day to help girls and boys take what they learned at work on Thursday and share it in school on Friday and apply it to their home, work, and community life. Adults and teachers should ask the students to share what they learned and how they will apply that knowledge.