WHAT IS THE SHARING HISTORY INITIATIVE?
The Sharing History Initiative fosters storytelling in under-resourced classrooms and communities around the United States. The initiative provides educators, storytellers, and social justice advocates with free books, free curricula, and access to a nationwide learning community through the Voice of Witness Education Program.
This national book placement program has placed over 2,000 copies of our anthology, The Voice of Witness Reader, in almost 100 schools and organizations around the U.S. since 2015, and provides participants with curricular support during the school year.
This year, the initiative will feature Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture. Chasing the Harvest highlights California’s migrant farmworkers, who make up one third of the nation’s agricultural workforce, and their stories of hardship, bravery, solidarity, and creativity in making a life in California’s fields.
Applications for 2017-18 have closed. Please check back in spring 2018.
The Sharing History Initiative is made possible with the generous support of the Germanacos Foundation and the Abundance Foundation.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The Sharing History Initiative is geared toward high schools, community colleges, universities, and education, human rights, or arts-based non-profits. By fostering these relationships, we aim to grow our national network of educators, storytellers, and social justice advocates.
The initiative connects participants with dynamic resources, including:
- Free Common Core-aligned curricular resources (including The Power of the Story and two ELL lesson plans for Chasing the Harvest)
- The Voice of Witness Book Club
- The Voice of Witness Learning Community
- Other Voice of Witness workshops
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
See past and current participating schools and organizations here.