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Communication Arts and Sciences at Berkeley High School, 1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94703

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June 23 – 26
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This unique 4-day training will highlight the power of personal narrative and provide educators with the tools to conduct oral history projects in their classrooms and communities. Workshop participants will engage in an interactive process that introduces the skills, ethics, and social significance of creating oral history, as exemplified by Voice of Witness and other leading practitioners in the field.


Our sliding scale tuition makes the training accessible for a broad range of educators.
Please pay what your school, community, or organization can support!


• Conduct and share an oral history interview
• Hone transcribing and editing skills
• Read and discuss narratives from the Voice of Witness book series
• Incorporate activities from The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher’s Guide to Oral History 
• Work in small groups to share educational strategies and best practices
• Work with members of the Voice of Witness staff and prominent local oral history/humanities educators The training is geared towards new and experienced educators alike, and is particularly useful for teachers of history, social studies, social justice, English and the arts. Amplifying Unheard Voices aligns with several Common Core Curricular Standards, particularly in the areas of Reading History and Informational Texts, Speaking and Listening, and Language, in addition to promoting cultural competency, literacy, and critical thinking skills. The training is also relevant for community cultural workers, non profit organizations, advocates and artists.


After completion of the training, participants will be better able to empower their communities to create their own oral history projects, including:

• Books
• Photo essays
• Podcasts
• Websites and blogs
• Live performances


Download registration form here

Cliff Mayotte, Education Program Director, Voice of Witness


“From sharing deep-reaching stories of our lives to hands-on technical training, the Voice of Witness workshop also offered a nourishing space for professional renewal.”

- Shanti Elliot, Director of Community Connections, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, IL 

“Oral history, and the literacy skills that go along with it, should be built into the map of what all teachers teach.”

- Trevor Gardner, Lead Humanities Teacher, Envision Academy, Oakland, CA 

“ It was an amazing professional development experience. I learned so much about the power of stories and the art and craft of bringing out voices that might otherwise be silenced or overlooked.”

- Amy Crawford, Communication Arts and Sciences, Berkeley High School 

“The Voice of Witness training provides insightful guidance in unearthing our stories: in finding our own voice as educators, researchers, and community leaders… A hands-on learning experience that strengthens our ability to listen, connect, recognize.”

- Juliana Delgado Lopera, Writer/Editor