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Educator Fellowship

California Revealed (CA-R), in partnership with the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP), invites California educators to apply for its inaugural Educator Fellowship program. This is a special opportunity for K-12 educators to research and create curricular materials in history and the social sciences using CA-R’s digital collections, of which sound and moving images are especially vast. 

CA-R will support two Educator Fellowships for service between February 1, 2024 through June 28, 2024. The fellowships carry a stipend of $3,000 for approximately 60-80 hours of research and curriculum development. In addition, travel support will be provided by CHSSP following the completion of the curriculum. CA-R will provide archival research support, and CHSSP will provide content and pedagogical mentorship.

The 2023/2024 Educator Fellowship Application is now open!

Application Information

Applications are especially welcome from K-12 classroom teachers and school librarians who specialize in history, ethnic studies, and social sciences. Within the application, prospective Educator Fellows must describe a research plan that identifies a content area for further study using CA-R's online collections. Some examples include the Latinx experience during the Great Depression, California’s farm laborers, and place-based community culture or traditions. The applicant will propose a curriculum development plan that integrates the primary sources and findings of the research project within a K-12 classroom by creating  primary source sets, lessons, and other instructional materials. Applicants are encouraged to browse the CA-R online collections to determine whether the research plan will be feasible.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Teach California or U.S. History in a California elementary, middle, or high school.
  • Commit approximately 60-80 hours to working with California Revealed and the CHSSP to develop, implement, and promote educational resources, including two document sets, between February 1, 2024 and June 28, 2024.
  • These hours will include collaborative online meetings with CHSSP and California Revealed. Hours will vary and work can be completed remotely.
  • Support dissemination efforts beyond the project period, such as piloting instructional materials and presenting at conferences and other professional learning opportunities.

Please apply using the 2023/2024 Educator Fellowship Application Form.

Application Components

  • Contact information
  • School district, school and grade level
  • Subject(s) taught or area of specialty
  • Teaching experience
  • Current resume
  • Sample lesson plan or activity
  • Letter of recommendation
  • One reference
  • Social media handles, if applicable
  • Description of experience researching and using primary sources in instruction
  • Idea for engaging students with CA-R's archival materials outside of the classroom
  • Identify an area of curricular need, and ideas for developing primary source lesson materials that address that need
  • List of CA-R collections, themes, or specific items that you are interested in exploring
  • Benchmarks and timeline for proposed project - please use our timeline template
  • Examples of promising instructional applications of social media for the classroom
  • Explanation of interest in this fellowship for professional growth
  • Commitment of availability


We recommend exploring our website, our partner collections, and themes. After completing their research project using CA-R’s online collections, fellows will produce two or more document sets with supporting instructional guidance and materials for classroom implementation. Each set should include 5-7 primary and secondary sources directly related to the area of study and the following:

  • An introduction and overview of the topic and its significance (1-2 pages)
  • A list of applicable content standards and curriculum frameworks (History-Social Science, English Language Arts, English Language Development) and the Common Core State Standards. 
  • A list of possible inquiry questions that would give purpose to the documents for classroom instruction.
  • An annotated bibliography with proper citations, as well as:
    • An image and descriptions of each source for ADA compliance;
    • Rationale for the inclusion of each source -- of its historical significance or educational value;
    • Transcriptions of sources and/or excerpts, including handwritten notes and typed text;
    • 2-3 suggestions for classroom instruction, such as literacy strategies, historical investigations, civic action projects, and community engagement activities; and   
    • Related urls for further exploration and study.
  • Short videos for classroom use and/or social media post(s)

All written work must be submitted by June 28, 2024, followed by dissemination during Summer/Fall 2024. Fellows will work with CA-R and CHSSP to make their materials available to the public through online publication at partner websites. Fellows will also participate in a recorded panel or online presentation reflecting upon their fellowship experience.  

Funding Details

Each selected 2023-2024 Educator Fellow will receive:

  • A $3,000 stipend
  • Travel support
  • Mentorship by California Revealed and the California History-Social Science Project. 
  • Public acknowledgement via social media, organizational websites, and grant announcements. 

The fellowship process is competitive. Acceptance will be determined on the strength of the: 1) overall project design; 2) research plan for using CA-R collections; 3) the creativity and rigor of classroom applications of curated research; 4) usability and utility of instructional materials proposed; 5) recommendations; and 6) sample classroom materials.


Applications due: Friday, December 15, 2023

Acceptance letters: Thursday, January 26, 2024

Introductory meeting: First week of February 2024

Fellowship begins: February 1, 2024


Contact Pamela Vadakan, Director, California Revealed
(916) 603-6719/