button-download-workshop-filesStrand: Innovations on Equity in Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Session IV: 3:15 – 4:15 PM


This workshop will present how to effectively utilize free, non-commercial Career Girls content in the classroom, focusing on teaching with Empowerment Lesson videos and downloadable lesson plans. Each video is approximately 2 minutes and features several accomplished, diverse, and inspiring female role models who share straight-to-the-point career insights and advice–so the videos clips serve as the ideal jumping-off point for an in-depth learning experience.


Calhoun_Linda_2017Linda Calhoun

Founder and Executive Producer
Career Girls

Biography: Linda Calhoun is Founder and Executive Producer of Careergirls.org, a free, noncommercial, online platform which showcases video clips of diverse women role models sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to expand their horizons, improve their academic performance, and dream big about their futures. Her home base is San Francisco, but she has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women for the site.


Research shows that female role models have an important, positive impact on girls. Girls need to start early in building skills for their future careers. CareerGirls.org is a no-cost, ad-free career exploration website for girls and educators that features video of diverse and accomplished female role models who share their career and educational journey to inspire, educate, and empower girls. It is useful both in and outside the classroom.

Although based in San Francisco, Career Girls has travelled around the United States interviewing dynamic and accomplished women. Career Girls has filmed more than 400 role models from Houston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Denver–everyone from ballerinas to astronauts to federal judges.

Career Girls is the largest online collection of career guidance videos focusing exclusively on diverse and accomplished women. New content is added weekly. In their own words, real-world women describe their individual careers, educational paths, and share personal stories and advice.

In addition to the more than 8,000 inspiring video clips, the website contains detailed career information, college major course listings and video-based classroom lesson plans. A a wide variety of careers are on the site, but more than half of the women role models are in STEM professions. The focus is on STEM because it is a great career in high demand, as so many of the women state in their video clips.

The presenter is Linda Calhoun, founder and executive producer of Career Girls. Based on her firsthand experience working with both schools and student and educator audiences, Linda will share best practices for teaching with the Career Girls Empowerment Lessons in settings ranging from small groups to classrooms to auditoriums.

In this workshop, Ms. Calhoun will give a brief overview of the Career Girls website before demonstrating how to teach with Empowerment Lessons, which are based on 2-minute video clips that feature a number of accomplished, diverse, and inspiring women. These real-world role models share straight-to-the-point career insights and advice–so the videos clips serve as the ideal jumping-off point for an in-depth learning experience.

Career Girls Empowerment Lesson videos cover career-based topics such as Career Exploration 101, Why Choose STEM, Science Careers, Technology Careers, Engineering Careers and Importance of Math, along with topics that address the development of soft skills such as Financial Literacy, Become a Leader, Importance of Integrity, Be Confident, Choosing Friends, Importance of Diversity, Importance of Mentors, and Teamwork to enhance social and emotional learning.

The short and quickly paced format of each video encourages enthusiastic responses from viewers. The related Lesson Plan, Learning Guide, and Fun Page Activity provide stimulus for further discussion and reinforcement of the learning objectives. For both the educator and the student, Career Girls Empowerment Lessons are a fun and easy way to explore careers, discuss the importance of academic subjects, and introduce and develop the soft skills required for success.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have experienced firsthand an example of teaching with the Career Girls Empowerment Lessons. Each participant will receive an Empowerment Lesson Quick Start Guide, an outline of suggested teaching formats for any sized group or time frame, links to the Empowerment Lessons online, a copy of the Lesson Plans, Learning Guides, and Fun Page Activities for videos used in the demonstration, and a copy of the downloadable Teacher’s Toolkit–a guide that includes instructions and printables for teaching with Career Girls. These materials were written by professional curriculum developers with middle school teaching experience and are laigned with common core.


The intended audience is any secondary/postsecondary educator, CTE and workforce development professional, and school counselor who is interested in learning how to use video Empowerment Lessons as a tool to engage students in either their classroom, small group, or in front of an auditorium. This workshop is also intended for education professionals and administrators who are in a position to encourage and facilitate the use of this tool with staff or peers. There is no minimal level of experience needed for any educator or administrator to benefit from this presentation.