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!
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.
- 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.
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