The Stella Schools Program seeks to inspire and empower young people to find their own creative voices, challenge stereotypes and imagine a future not limited by their gender.

Stella Schools Program

It is important for both girls and boys to read and study a wide range of stories; to both recognise their own experiences and empathise with the lives of others through reading. Gendered reading habits established during formative years can set the tone for life – gender stereotypes limit us all.

The Stella Schools Program seeks to inspire change and to empower students – girls and boys alike – by encouraging them to critically engage with their own reading habits and imagine a future not limited by their gender. Start a conversation with your students that will help them shape their own brilliant careers.

The Stella Schools Program is for girls and boys in Years 7 to 12 and is comprised of:

  • For Schools: a range of tailored in-school workshops, panels, and special events to inspire conversations about gender bias and literature in your school community, including professional development sessions for teachers and librarians
  • Resources: teaching and learning resources for all secondary-school levels, including teaching units on gender and diversity that encourage students to critically engage with the books they read
  • Girls Write Up: a daylong festival for teens held for the first time in 2016, and expanding in 2017 to include events in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Wodonga and Brisbane
  • Stella Intensives: a program of week-long incursions in schools, commencing in 2017
  • Provocations: a series of online content – including blog posts, podcast episodes and resource lists – to stimulate discussion and deepen understanding around a range of issues affecting contemporary female writers.

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The Stella Schools Program is proudly supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Nelson Meers Foundation and the Hart Line Fund of the Australian Communities Foundation.