education

San Francisco Students Share Stories of Life During the Pandemic

June 15th, 2020|Categories: Amplifying Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Through an ongoing partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Voice of Witness has been supporting teacher-librarians and classroom teachers at middle and high schools across the city. As a response to school closures due to COVID-19, VOW is working with teacher-librarians to collect oral history interviews with students and their families and [...]

Perspectives on Connection and Care During the Pandemic

April 28th, 2020|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on teaching and learning in the US and around the world. Voice of Witness reached out to our Education Advisory Board for reflections on navigating this difficult moment. VOW asked the Education Advisory Board to share (a) methods of self-care and connection [...]

Oral History in the Classroom Q&A: Creating a Community Cookbook

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Voice of Witness has an ongoing consultancy with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), providing professional development to middle and high school teachers and librarians. VOW’s trainings offer oral history and personal narrative workshops centered around increasing student visibility and voice, as well as connecting oral history projects to district standards for writing and [...]

10 Dynamic Resources for Black History Month

February 4th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

For Black History Month, Voice of Witness put together a list of 10 key resources for deepening understanding of black history and racial justice. The list includes a mix of organizations, resources, and nonfiction books (including oral history!), in no particular order: 1. Book: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 2. Film: [...]

“Happiness.” Student Stories from Impact Academy

September 6th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows|Tags: , , , , , |

By Stephanie He | Based on an interview conducted with Caroline Le Stephanie He is a student at Impact Academy of Art and Technology in Hayward, CA. This story was written as part of a classroom project led by our Germanacos Fellow, Maria Bucon-Scales. After reading oral histories and The Things They Carried, Maria's students interviewed a [...]

Meet Our Summer Interns Molly and Ari

August 8th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Education|Tags: , , , |

This summer, we have been fortunate to have four wonderful interns join us to support our work. In this post, two of our interns Molly Hawkins and Ari Kim from Haverford College reflect on their summer at VOW. Molly Hawkins In mid-July, Ari, Margaret, and I were able to attend an oral history workshop [...]

Oral History Projects from our 2018-19 Germanacos Fellows

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Education, English Language Learners, Germanacos Fellows|Tags: , , , , , |

Since 2015, the VOW Education Program's Sharing History Initiative has supported passionate and underfunded teachers, storytellers, and community leaders in bringing social justice-based storytelling into their communities. In summer of 2016, the VOW Education Program launched the Germanacos Fellowship for Sharing History, which provides support for outstanding Sharing History Initiative participants to explore groundbreaking new [...]

From the Archives: Rima’s Story in Patriot Acts

July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Brave Stories, Civil Rights and Security, Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Immigration, Narrators, Police Brutality, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we’re resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these stories were first published, many of the themes and issues they address are as relevant and important as ever. In [...]

Using Storytelling as a Public Health Tool

February 8th, 2019|Categories: Education, New Orleans, Public Health, Say It Forward, Volunteers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Praveena Fernes Photo from Our Voice Community Meeting I was 15 when I was first introduced to best practices in storytelling through Voice of Witness (VOW), an organization that illuminates contemporary human rights crises in an oral history book series. Through my seven years of working with VOW, I have learned [...]

Oral History, Memory, and Aging

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Consultancy, Education, Say It Forward|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Cliff Mayotte Our Education Team with the Global Brain Heath Institute's Atlantic Fellows at Trinity College, Dublin. Personal stories are a powerful way to share the rich, multi-dimensional nature of people’s experiences with aging, dementia, and caregiving. That’s why in 2016, Voice of Witness began a collaboration with the Memory and [...]