Education

Q&A: Students Continue “Human Dictionary” Storytelling Project During Pandemic

2020-07-25T02:59:21+00:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Amplifying Unheard Voices of the Pandemic, Education|Tags: , , , |

Stagg VOW is a year-long, high school level English course, offered at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL. Students in the Stagg VOW class use oral history to collect and share out stories from the community. Teachers Lisa Thyer and Chris Wendelin developed the course in collaboration with the VOW education team, and this is [...]

Voice of Witness Summer Oral History Activity Packet for Students

2020-07-25T02:59:21+00:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education|Tags: , |

Welcome to all students, parents, and educators! We hope you are enjoying your summer in any way you can, especially after the end of a strange school year. The Voice of Witness education team put together this oral history toolkit as a small project that can help students stretch their art and communication muscles while [...]

100cameras x Voice of Witness: A New Visual and Narrative Storytelling Program for Students

2020-07-25T02:59:21+00:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Arts, Consultancy, Education|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: @wiiild.elle Apply now for the new program to support your students in telling their stories through photography and personal narrative. The 100cameras x Voice of Witness program collaboration is designed to work partnership with local schools, community centers, children’s homes, or enrichment programs to equip students with the tools they need [...]

San Francisco Students Share Stories of Life During the Pandemic

2020-07-25T02:59:21+00:00June 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

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00April 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 [...]

A List of COVID-19 Community Resources from the VOW Team

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Activism, Education|Tags: , , , , |

We all need as much hope and inspiration as we can get right now. At Voice of Witness, our narrator communities—educators, students, and activists from and/or supporting those impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems, including individuals facing displacement, financial uncertainty, and more—have been hit particularly hard. We are here for you during this [...]

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

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00February 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 [...]

Introducing VOW’s New Curriculum Specialist for a Project on Voices From Indigenous North America

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Education, Indigenous Rights, Racial Inequality, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Voice of Witness is excited to introduce our new Curriculum Specialist, Suzanne Methot, for our oral history book project, How We Go Home: Voices From Indigenous North America. How We Go Home is a forthcoming collection of first-person Indigenous stories of the contemporary, ongoing effects of displacement and settler colonialism. Each book in the VOW oral history book series includes Common Core-aligned [...]

10 Dynamic Resources for Black History Month

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00February 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: [...]

Humanizing Oral Histories: Student Podcasts on Identity, Learning, and Resistance

2020-07-25T02:59:22+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Consultancy, Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Through a consultancy with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Teacher-Librarians Department, the VOW Education Program has been working with several middle and high schools around the city to develop oral history projects for their classrooms. At the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, VOW collaborated with teacher Bruna Lee to create a podcast [...]