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Perfect both for small groups and one-on-one sessions, our curriculum gives you the tools to bolster your students’ self-esteem.

Our curriculum is designed to help you lead girls through any of the 10 themes. Each lesson includes a facilitator’s guide packed with expanded stories and additional information to help you prepare. We've also outlined discussion questions and tips to keep the girls engaged along the way. No extra preparation or materials needed.

Can be used for small groups, responsive services or afterschool programs.


Each curriculum theme includes a Grace & Grit Lesson Set filled with discussion materials and activities for each girl. She'll receive an Activity Journal with stories, challenges and discussion questions, Play-It-Forward Cards and other activities to keep her inspired.

Everything is Included - no extra prep materials or planning needed
  • 1 Facilitator's Guide
  • 1 Timeline Posters
  • 1 Grace & Grit Box
Written for all 3rd- through 6th-grade female students
Designed by a school counselor with your needs in mind
Adaptable to small group goals
Can be used for Responsive Services, Individual Student Planning or School Counseling Core Curriculum
Grace & Grit Curriculum Kit

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Two must-have additions for your Curriculum Kit

Video Series

Each Grace & Grit theme now has a corresponding video led by Heather Stark, founder and former school counselor. All you’ll need to do is press “play” when it’s time for the lesson.

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Online Sessions

Accessible via any device and presented live by series creator Heather Stark, these online lessons give your girls the same interactive learning opportunity as a live classroom without the risk of contact.

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A self-esteem program created to help develop a positive sense of self in girls ages 10-14.

The program is designed to show girls how inner strength and self-worth are discovered and nurtured through healthy physical and emotional choices.


Amelia Earhart's determination to make her dream a reality is a familiar story that one never tires of hearing. She saw herself flying planes, breaking records and using her voice to encourage girls to attempt to do the very things that men did – pushing them to achieve equality and to experience the greatness of life’s adventures.


Anne Sullivan's story is one of triumph and learning to reach beyond one’s limits. She spent her entire life thinking she was teaching Helen Keller how to communicate with others when, really, she was teaching the world how to see people’s abilities instead of their disabilities.


Audrey Hepburn's story is one of elegance and grit. She overcame war and starvation, becoming an actress who used her fame as a means to feed the hungry in developing nations.


Harriet Tubman's life was a fight for freedom. She used courage to gain her freedom, then worked to set others free and joined the fight for women’s equality. This story will inspire girls to be courageous with their lives, to take risks and to help one another.


Kate Warne is a hidden gem in women’s history. She was a tenacious detective who broke into a male-dominated world and saved President-Elect Lincoln from an early assassination attempt.


Marie Curie’s story uncovers a desperate desire for discovery through trial and error and steely determination. Marie used curiosity to fuel her world – to learn new things, to attempt advances in the fields of physics and chemistry.


The story of Rosie the Riveter is the tale of thousands of women uniting to help our nation during a time of need, overcoming doubt and stereotyping as they traded in their oven mitts for welding torches and rivet guns to build airplanes and help win a war.


Sacagawea’s story is one of depth, illustrating how she used patience, grace and wisdom to safely lead a group of explorers more than 7,000 miles on a round-trip journey across our nation.


Sarah Grimké's story is one of true character. Through determination and self-trust, Sarah left the only life she knew to uncover her authentic self and fight for equality.


Using perseverance, positive attitude and grace, Wilma Rudolph overcame an illness that nearly robbed her of her ability to walk – and she earned Olympic gold in spite of it.

Our Story

The Grace & Grit Curriculum was created by former school counselor Heather Stark after she noticed a lack of awareness about historical women. This curriculum leads girls on a journey of self-discovery as they learn about courage, perseverance, and leadership through the efforts of notable women in history who changed the world.